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🎁 Valentin's Present - networks dynamic viz, goals/systems/values, book notes, success celebration music


🎁 Valentin's Present

May 20 · Issue #38 · View online

The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Hey friends, hope you enjoy this week’s present. Lots of juicy content.

Provoking Picture
Moonrise, over the atmosphere. By NASA
Moonrise, over the atmosphere. By NASA
Mouthwatering Concepts
Amazing new article with a dynamic medium, by one of my favorite bloggers:
It’s about Networks, specifically diffusion (how things spread) and “going critical”. Awesome explorable visualizations of ideas, reinforcing intuition.
Super interesting article about a model between Goals, Systems, and Values:
if you’re familiar with the systems vs goals idea, this should be pretty interesting. Creates a triangle model between each of the vertices (goals, systems, values) and defines “types” of people depending on which vertex you’re at most of the time, and which direction you most often turn.
Tempting Question for Self
Is there a hard conversation I want to want to have?
Good question to add in a weekly reflection ritual.
Brief Book Notes from this week
Trying out a new section. I love books. I listen to 2-3 per week and browse through a couple in my kindle app - I treat that one as a blog. But I realized I haven’t been sharing much of what I learn from the books I read during the week here, so testing out adding some snippets of notes from the week:
Ideological Turing test: try to convince other people that you hold an ideology you don’t.
Our life experience will equal what we pay attention to, whether by choice or default.
Unlike biological, spiritual evolution can happen consciously.
Do you want to be a full-time human being or a part-time human being?
Love is dependent on you only — we assign some keys to some people, but those keys are an illusion; we can love everything - without a lock.
The quality of your life is not determined by external factors, it’s determined simply by how we feel and experience it.
Psychological moonshots: 10x improvements in perception of a technology. Easier to make trains more enjoyable than to make them faster. -> Easier to create a psychological moonshot than technology moonshot.
Maps were a psychological moonshot. Not making travel 10x shorter, but 10x less annoying / less uncertain.
Psycho-logic: instead of being optimal, it’s useful. That’s what we’ve developed through evolution. One of the reasons there’s seemingly irrational solutions / ideas, that look like magic.
Magic exists in psychology and perception. Magic is creating things out of nothing. Value of things comes from the meaning we ascribe to them. And we can create meaning out of nothing. In physics you can’t turn lead into gold, but psychologically you can make people perceive things like gold.
Reminder that short notes don’t replace books. There’s incredible value in all the stories and elaboration of ideas, most of which I didn’t include simply because there’s too many.
Exquisite Short Film
amazing 3min story, with visuals (great edit) by Will Smith, about what Skydiving taught him about Fear:
What Skydiving Taught Me About Fear | STORYTIME
Finger-licking Quote
“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”—John F. Kennedy
Delicious Music
Made an intentionally ridiculous playlist called “Success Celebration”. We are the Champions, All I do is Win, Started from the Bottom, etc. - all you would expect from a title like that. Fun.
DJ Khaled dropped a new album - 2 days ago: Father of Asahd. Noteworthy songs: Higher, feat John Legend and Nipsey Hussle, and Just Us, feat SZA.
Maluma did the same thing, 2 days ago as well. Noteworthy song: 11pm, same name as the album.
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