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Meaning wars

Everyone thinks the attention game is about attention. It is (of course) but it isn’t. It’s about meaning. We give attention to the things that we find meaningful. Attention being a rough proxy our brain provides for meaning.  That means … Continue reading

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Instrumental experiment: Cut your losses

Epistemic status: Shower thoughts, but also – Actually trying things. There are times in life where you will have seen the warning signs.  You have watched others fall on your journey.  If anything was the canary in the coal mine, … Continue reading

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Instrumental experiment: Quit while you are ahead

Epistemic status: Shower thoughts, but also – Actually trying things. There are times in life where you will have climbed a mountain.  You have been facing a storm and it’s finally clearing.  The world just cut you a break and … Continue reading

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Instrumental Experiment: The Double Down

Epistemic status: Shower thoughts, but also – Actually trying things. There are times in life where you will have made a breakthrough.  You will have had a success and you will think, “great, time for a holiday”, I should quit … Continue reading

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Problems as dragons and papercuts

When I started trying to become the kind of person that can give advice, I went looking for dragons. I figured if I didn’t know the answers that meant the answers were hard, they were big monsters with hidden weak … Continue reading

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Cutting edge technology

When the microscope was invented, in a very short period of time we discovered the cell and the concept of microbiology.  That one invention allowed us to open up entire fields of biology and medicine.  Suddenly we could see the … Continue reading

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Halloween costume: Paperclipperer

Guidelines for becoming a paperclipperer for halloween. Supplies Paperclips (some as a prop, make your life easier by buying some, but show effort by making your own) pliers (extra pairs for extra effect) metal wire (can get colourful for novelty) … Continue reading

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Use concrete language to improve your communication in relationships

She wasn’t respecting me. Or at least, that’s what I was telling myself. And I was pretty upset. What kind of person was too busy to text back a short reply? I know she’s a friendly person because just a … Continue reading

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How to consistently have good days, or Reduce the frequency and impact of bad days

The following is an exercise I composed to be run at the Lesswrong Sydney dojos.  It took an hour and a half but could probably be done faster with some adaptations that I have included in these instructions. In regards … Continue reading

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Fish oil and the self-critical brain loop

Disclaimer: you do you, this is a single (several times repeated) anecdata report.  Fish oil is cheap so you can run this experiment at home. Do you recognise this brain pattern: Remember that thing you did years ago that was … Continue reading

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