A Strange Loop found in some of Sam Harris's teaching on meditation from Waking Up
Philosophy

Sam Harris and Strange Loops

Sam Harris taught me something important:  something eye-opening happens when you actually look at the inner workings of you mind.  After (partially) reading Douglas Hofstadter’s wild, masterpiece of a book, Godel, Escher, Bach (GEB for short), I recognized an even stranger phenomenon than Sam had initially shown me:   Strange loops.   They exist in everyday consciousness.  […]

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A land tax could help reduce wealth inequality.
Economics

The Best Way to Reduce Wealth Inequality

Can you imagine if owning land was outlawed?   What if the only taxes the government collected were taxes on land?   What does a world like this look like? Both sound pretty un-American, and pretty outlandish. But these two ideas form the crux of Georgism, an economic ideology named after the late 19th century American political […]

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Philosophy

Simple Strategies for Presence & Mindfulness

You probably can’t go a day without hearing someone ramble about presence or mindfulness.  It’s everywhere now. But, as you could probably guess, there’s a reason for that. It seems intuitive, doesn’t it?  Rather than focus on things causing you pain, or your frustrations, or future fears, if you live in and focus on the […]

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Running away from problems you can't understand
Decision Making

Why Are You Sprinting Into Walls?

It’s weird when you have that moment.  You’ve been working on a project or a goal or a task for a while, and you make progress through what you think manifests itself as improvement.  You can see the progress. “This isn’t so hard,” you think to yourself, as you prep plans on becoming a professional […]

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Philosophy of Life
Philosophy

Consolidated Ways to Live & Think

Do you know the best way to live your life?  Meaning: how do you act in certain situations, how do you handle difficult situations, what do you spend your time on, how do know if you’re on the right path in life, etc.  I’m not sure if any other question matters as much as this […]

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Startups

Current Trends For A New Billion Dollar Startup

Two important themes in our society have kept playing on repeat the past few years, particularly in America; I strongly believe that both represent billion-dollar opportunities for startups to address in a variety of ways. First: Combating Loneliness It’s no secret that young people in cities have become lonelier. Longer hours at work, constant FOMO […]

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Philosophy

A New Way of Understanding Religion

Growing up Jewish and having a Bar Mitzvah, I always felt combative towards my religion. I imagined greener pastures and freedom from the boring services awaited me outside of the four Temple walls. These experiences with religion as a kid have influenced how I view religion today: stodgy, out of touch with reality, and a […]

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AI

AI Doesn’t Know Your Intentions

We hear about AI in the news every day. “AI is coming for our jobs”, or “AI is going to take over the world and murder as all”, or even “AI company now valued at $100 Billion and getting ready for IPO.” I’m personally incredibly excited about the future of AI and how it can […]

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Venture Capital

What’s The Deal With “Corporate Innovation?”

Every CEO harps on “disrupting ourselves” these days. Ever since reading Clayton Christensen’s “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, I’ve noticed more and more large corporations making attempts at insuring against future competition by trying to either 1) be a lead innovator in their current industry, ensuring that an upstart can’t take them down or 2) moving into […]

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