Here’s a transcript of a talks by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Taking notes, gleaning my favorite quotes, etc. Continue reading “Transcript of “The Perimeter of Ignorance” by Neil deGrasse Tyson”
“Time feels especially shallow these days, as the wave of one horror barely crests before it’s devoured by the next, as every morning’s shocking headline is old news by the afternoon.”
In today’s fast-paced digital world, making the time to read intensively has been a constant struggle for me. I get distracted easily, my phone is a sure-fire way to get easy, fast, and cheap entertainment. I browse reddit endlessly for hours. It’s hilarious and I laugh a lot when I surf through the content. But what have I gained? How have I improved by reading this content? What I have learned? Nothing substantial. Feels great in the moment, but afterward I’m left looking behind at a gross void of wasted time.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, nor is this a new problem. One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes, “a Classic is something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read” hits just a little too close for home for me. Even Twain’s pre-digital age, the world was full of great literature, and few people wanted to put forth the effort to read Moby Dick or Les Miserables. I gaze longingly on this wonderful reading list and cringe with terror. How will I ever begin? How can I understand this stuff? Who will help me?
I guess the journey to a finished book begins with a single page. I need to be patient with my progress.
This musing was brought to you by a recently-published article: Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction by Mairead Small Staid. Written February 8, 2019. Continue reading “Reading “Intensively” (Vertical Reading) vs. Reading “Extensively” (Horizontal Reading)”
Beware of “missing the forest for the trees”.
I love YouTube’s transcript feature. It makes grabbing interesting quotes from speakers so much easier. Here is a transcript of the interview between Brett Weinstein and Rebel Wisdom about the recent Weinstein v. Dawkins debate in Chicago, with a quote from Brett that I found particularly interesting. Continue reading “The Value of Belief Systems”
Another article that I’m taking notes on: Camille Paglia: It’s Time for a New Map of the Gender World. Another reminder that this is not necessarily supposed to make sense to you, but I’m using this as a tool to understand ideas being published elsewhere. Continue reading “Hollowing Out of the Humanities”
Listen to a partial transcript of Joe Rogan that particularly struck me today. Continue reading “Try to Have a Long-Form Conversation”
Source (read more to see): Continue reading ““It’s easy to be contrarian. It’s hard to do the work and find truth.””
No wonder why people get so angry on the internet!
Is catharsis actually healthy? Does it make us feel better to express our anger?
One researcher has listed conditions under which catharsis would actually make you feel good: Continue reading “Anger On the Internet”
My new favorite thinker in the Intellectual Dark Web is Sean Carroll. Follow him on YouTube! In his “episode zero” he said something that I related to as a hobbyist artist: Continue reading ““Artists see things more accurately.””
I’ve always loved the double meaning of this saying. You literally see your thoughts reflected back to you when you write them on a piece of paper. Kind of weird, right? Roughly attributed to Stephen King, but paraphrased slightly.
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…And lead us not into stagnation, But deliver us from Ego…
Jordan Peterson recently interviewed Nina Paley. Here are a few of the quotes that I heard that I resonated with. Video below. Continue reading “The Muse’s Prayer”