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🎁 Valentin's Present - why humans sing, get a job here, multiple perspectives, events vs things, and more

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I enjoy learning about many different, seemingly unrelated things. For some of these weekly gifts I w
 

🎁 Valentin's Present

December 9 · Issue #15 · 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.

I enjoy learning about many different, seemingly unrelated things. For some of these weekly gifts I was putting content together in “themes”, but sometimes trying to reduce lots of content to a single “theme” is both less fun and less interesting, for me.
So I’m going to continue sending ideas, videos, quotes, and more surprises from many different themes and perspectives — all just with the filter of things that I would enjoy receiving too. Which usually comes down to things that I find highly “interesting”, “valuable”, or “wonderful”, which also usually feed into each other.


Also, this week we launched a new version of Symbol (startup I’m working on), focused on A) getting people jobs, B) helping companies find talent, with a method that greatly reduces bias when doing assessments. Our platform is also able to express previously “subjective” talent like soft skills in a range — something more quantifiable, less “blurry”.
So if you’re looking for a job, or looking to hire people, check it out here:
Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback :). If you’re not looking for a job but your friends are, you can refer them and both of you get $500 if they get a job through Symbol.

Provoking Picture
Also an image from the yet-to-be-released Velocity of Being book. I really love the feeling it portrays.

Mouthwatering Concepts
One of my all-time most “oh so interesting”-provoking articles I’ve found:
A Theory for Why Humans Sing - article link
A couple of mouthwatering concepts to pique your interest:
Humans are the only ground-dwelling species that sings. There are over 4000 singing species — mostly birds, but also gibbons, dolphins, whales, and seals. But they all sing from water or the trees. When a bird lands on the ground, it invariably stops singing.
When we sing, we almost always dance, even if it’s just nodding along or tapping a foot. Both singing and dancing (whether together or separate) are group activities used across the world in tribal bonding rituals. Isolated ethnic groups have remarkably similar styles of song and dance.
Early hominids quite possibly ate their dead, and (some while later) definitely started burying them. The instinct to preserve a dead human body from mutilation, and then to dispose of it, is fairly universal. E.g. we strive to retrieve corpses even from a battlefield.
The article puts together these concepts and more, into a theory for why humans sing. Super interesting.

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An interesting visualization for how a single perspective (a colored line) barely encompasses reality, which starts to be seen/understood (the circle that emerges) only after combining many many ways of looking at the world:
Article from where this picture was taken and where the author expands on this mouthwatering concept.

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The difference between things and events is that things persist in time; events have a limited duration. A stone is a prototypical “thing”: we can ask ourselves where it will be tomorrow. Conversely, a kiss is an “event.” It makes no sense to ask where the kiss will be tomorrow. 
Would it be more rewarding and useful to conceptualize love and happiness like events, not things?
Interesting idea, which I don’t really subscribe to (also not to its “opposite”), but I hadn’t heard of this perspective before and it could be useful for breaking some beliefs — and then using it as an input to create new beliefs about love and happiness.
Short Article (4mins) that expands on this concept.

Tempting Question
What have been the 3 most pivotal moments in your life?
Exquisite Short Film
This is How to Be Bigger Than Yourself | Jim Carrey
(2mins). Awesome quote from the video:
Finger-licking Quote
“Our eyes are not viewers, they’re also projectors, that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all the time”. — Jim Carey 
Re Human Stories
Medium blog here.
Delicious Music
An “old” song (from around the times where Tropical House was starting off, ~2013) that I really like:
And the original one, surprisingly much less popular, just Waves by Mr. Probz is also very good, more chill.


Hope you enjoyed this gift. If at some point while reading it you thought of a friend, in a positive way, send this to them!

All the best,
Valentin
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