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🎁 Valentin's Present

November 18 · Issue #12 · View online
The best content I've ever found, sent in digestible weekly gifts. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Hope you enjoy this week’s present.

Provoking Picture
While I was learning about Graphic Design, I learned about the Gestalt Principle — that we perceive objects by grouping similar elements or patterns to see a “unified whole”. More about this here.
Mouthwatering Concepts
Shape your context to change your thinking
“What all these principles suggest is that it isn’t the quality or quantity of our knowledge that matters. Nor even our raw intellectual ability. All these pale in comparison to the problem-solving capabilities of our environment. The bottleneck on human performance is our context. Luckily, context is not fixed. As natural-born cyborgs, we can change not only what we think about, but how, when, where, and with what we think. We have the natural ability to sculpt and guide our own processes of learning, recall, representation, and attention. For this we use language, physical objects, mental models, the minds of others, our environment, and whatever else we find at our disposal. Human minds and bodies are designed to undergo episodes of deep, transformative restructuring. During these episodes, our mind can change how it operates. New kinds of knowledge can be incorporated, and obsolete kinds ejected. We can redraw the very boundaries around the “self,” incorporating new tools into the fabric of our cognition.” from Extend Your Mind book by Tiago Forte.
Tempting Question
What is something you would want to prove but can’t?
I got asked this question on Monday by a friend. It takes time to think of an answer, but I loved the question — in my mind it falls in the category of “hard questions that pull out interesting perspectives”. Would love to read your thoughts.
Exquisite Short Film
Knowledge vs Thinking - Neil deGrasse Tyson - YouTube
(2mins 46secs). On the distinction between the process of thinking vs knowledge.

Finger-licking Quote
“Some of the things I think I think, I find don’t make any sense when I start trying to write them down. And if it can’t stand applying pencil to paper, you’d better think it through some more.” — Warren Buffet
Re Human Stories
Link to daily and weekly stories here.
Delicious Music
I used Soundcloud a lot before Spotify. Most of my links in this newsletter have been Spotify but today I decided to send some good Soundcloud songs:

Quickie 魂 by La Soülchyld 魂 | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Jarreau Vandal - Saturday Love (VANDALIZED EDIT) by Cédric LM | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Martina Camargo - Corre Morenita (Aetius Boutefoy Edit) by Aetius Boutefoy | Free Listening on SoundCloud

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