Non-financial: October - December 2017 articles archive home
 
Amor fati
I want to learn more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. ― Friedrich Nietzsche
Friday, December 29, 2017 ... more
 
 
Xmas spirit
For those of you who are finding it difficult to get into the “holiday spirit” this year, there’s a long list of Christmas “cheers” from the folks at the escapistmagazine.com that shows you’re not alone
Thursday, December 21, 2017 ... more
 
 
Summer breeze
On those weekends, the river is disquieted from morning to night by people resting from their work. This resting involves traveling at great speed, first on the road and then on the river. The people are in an emergency to relax. They long for the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Their eyes are hungry for the scenes of nature. They go very fast in their boats
Friday, December 15, 2017 ... more
 
 
Invert, always invert
The ancient Stoic philosophers regularly conducted an exercise known as a premeditatio malorum, which translates to a “premeditation of evils.” Their goal was to envision the negative things that could happen in life – becoming homeless, paralyzed or losing their status in society.
Friday, December 8, 2017 ... more
 
 
Living longer
Should we manage to hack death and stop the aging process, the forever-young will rule the world with their immense wealth: just picture what 300 years of compound growth would do to the bank accounts of billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google founders Sergey and Larry, and the Koch brothers.
Friday, December 1, 2017 ... more
 
 
Success
O, worldly pomp, how despicable you are when one considers that you are empty and fleeting! You are justly compared to watery bubbles, one moment all swollen up, then suddenly reduced to nothing. ― Orderic Vitalis
Friday, November 24, 2017 ... more
 
 
Time wasted
It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.
Friday, November 17, 2017 ... more
 
 
The 1% advantage
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Scientists have catalogued approximately 16,000 different tree species. But despite this remarkable level of diversity, just 1.4% of tree species account for 50% of the trees in the Amazon.
Friday, November 10, 2017 ... more
 
 
Negative knowledge
Many people are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, opinions, analysis, and news we have available at our fingertips from our pocket supercomputers. Many place the blame on ‘fake news’ or social media outlets when people don’t know who to trust but the real problem isn’t too much information but rather filter failure.
Friday, November 3, 2017 ... more
 
 
Information dodge
We live in an unprecedented "age of information," but we use very little of it. Dieters prefer not to look at the calories in their dessert, people at high risk for disease avoid screenings and people choose the news source that aligns with their political ideology.
Friday, October 27, 2017 ... more
 
 
Predictable
Where psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky went beyond the social science of the time, was in demonstrating that people’s errors are not random but predictable.
Friday, October 20, 2017 ... more
 
 
Friday 13th
“Don't walk under any ladders, don't break any mirrors, don't spill any salt, and don't let any black cats cross your path. Things are bad enough - it’s Friday the 13th!” – Anon.
Friday, October 13, 2017 ... more
 
 
Superheroes
Quick origin story – High school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider on a field trip and develops super strength and the amazing ability to crawl up walls. At first, he uses these powers to make a little cash on the amateur wrestling circuit ...
Friday, October 6, 2017 ... more
 
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