Progress is a catch-all category for posts about self-improvement, philosophical thinking, and anything else that I could pass off as advice or recommendations.
BEWARE: "Focus on your strengths"December 31st, 2018I'm not going to mess around because I have already thought about this one a lot recently. Here's my claim: people hide behind their strengths in order to avoid work and improve themselves. Additionally, they are unclear as to the potential gains that small improvements can have.
Ok, I want to get down to the real juicy stuff, but I have to provide just a little context first. There will be many topics discussed here. Let's define a few things.
Sam Harris vs. Jordan Peterson Arguments and Thought Provoking QuestionsDecember 28th, 2018Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson met in discussion a few months ago over four live discussions for a couple of hours each session. They discussed morals, ethical structures, religion, and science among other topics.
The two seemed to be maneuvering around a critical point in their philosophies, which they tried to outline during their "steel-man" sessions, that raised a very interesting thought experiment.
Putting the Phone Down to SketchDecember 19th, 2018This post is going to be a beauty. Once again, I have replicated something plain and simple, (or as Chris Delia would say, "S'plain an' simp") and rebranded it as something new and worthwhile despite its apparent obviousness.
I can only promise you that I have thought this one out. I considered not once, but twice, about just keeping this to myself as my own little hobby (that I hardly do), and reaping the benefits in my own unique way.
Recommendations For a FriendDecember 17th, 2018I was talking to a friend recently, and he ended up asking me to send him my top five books that I think would be great life-improvement items.
I said I would throw in my favorite talk, and include the podcasts I listen to, or listened to, that really have had a profound impact on me.
Important Things: How You Might Try to Understand YourselfNovember 17th, 2018I was listening to one of Sam Harris's recent podcasts with Johann Hari titled "Addiction, Depression, and Meaningful Life". They began discussing a topic that I have read a fair amount about, and I started linking concepts across certain authors, and books, to the point where I wanted to expand on something important here.
First off, Johann brought up the book Strangers to Ourselves by Timothy Wilson, which I had read after Malcolm Gladwell had recommended it on another podcast a couple years ago. My ears perked up because