Reflections on Literature 1
Reflections on Literature 2/1-7/1 (2015)
I’ve condensed 5 months of reading, 20 books, into little espressos of knowledge. Enjoy!
Meditation and self-reflection has incredible benefit in understanding and programming our minds. Know yourself to know others. Meditation has helped many people in psychotherapy applications. Use mindfulness to self-audit. Basically, be your own psychotherapist.
A critical thinker can gain a better perspective with clever uses of philosophy. Minds of philosophers contain much useful wisdom.
Brain Rules – Medina
Most people know more about their cars than their brains. Don’t be those people. Remember the rules: Excercize, learning, memory, stress, sleep, vision, etc.Practical neuroscience. Know your hardware.
Prometheus Rising – Anton Wilson
Understand the subconscious nature of perception, and how this affects reality. Remember implications of imprinting. Limitations are where we put them. Our minds can be re-wired. Use meditation to access the subconscious, achieve beginners mind and higher potential.
Bruce Lee was a badass. Train like him, learn from him. Practice southpaw equally. Seek practicality. Be water, my friend.
Consilience – Wilson
All forms of science and schools of thought can be unified with enough understanding. Behavior is very predictable en masse. Reflect on causal connections between physics, biology, evolution, sociobiology, and the humanities. “Forgive them, they know not what they do… ”
Reference book for the science of many important discoveries in human history. Always seek synthesis. Knowledge is connected. Everything builds from everything else.
We live together on a rock floating trough the cosmos, yet we suffer because of silly differences and imaginary boarders. Understand science and your fallibility, be skeptical, but always keep and open mind and remember the cosmic perspective. We’re all in the same boat.
Science and spirituality don’t just vaguely meet, they make sense together. The Dalai Lama is a wise and great man.
Do not focus on conflict itself but rather the mind of your opponents. If you understand opponents and understand self, you cannot lose.
Complex mathematic systems are chaotic and unpredictable but there is always hidden order within. Such outcomes are very sensitive to initial conditions. Fractal geometry is in everything. Chaos theory is nature’s complexity. An infinite amount of data can be created by a couple lines of non-linear computer code. The universe looks like, and could be theoretically be reduced to, an incredibly deep and complex simulation. Mathematical mind bender.
Memoirs of a genius and very entertaining nobel prize physicist. It’s good to be smart and willing to have fun like a child.
Alwyays remember system 1(fast/ex: 2+2) and system 2(slow/ex: 17×12), how they function, and limitations of each. Cultivate intuition but be prepared to override it. Humans have bad statistical intuition. Use base rates and logic to overcome biases.
We only knew of the nucleus from the discovery of radiation. Particle physics was born. Large particles are hadrons: protons and neutrons. Smaller are leptons: electrons and neutrinos. Force carrier bosons such as photons and gluons, Higgs, and probably gravitons. All is composed of partially charged quarks. Quantum world is counter-intuitive and discreetly quantized.
The laws of physics are eerily exact to allow the universe to flourish in such complexity. Relativity meets quantum mechanics. Reality is probably not limited by our 3 perceptual dimensions. There’s likely 10 or 11. The forces we know, such as gravity and electromagnetic, are likely caused by extra-dimensional geometry; and there’s a good chance there are other universes similar to our own.