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  • 2020-03-24 @ 11:49:47

    Forget culture, think of personal life experience instead. We all have a set of feeling rules based on our experiences. This is exactly what trauma is.

    7 Popular “Self-Help Tips” That Are F**king Up Your Life

  • 2019-10-09 @ 19:41:54

    Hey Daniel! Glad you found value in this post. There is psychological gold to be found in the DEEP familiarity with an author’s thoughts. It is the difference between having a coffee date with a great thinker and living with them and editing their work. :)

    Reading Hundreds of Self-Improvement Books is a Terrible Idea

  • 2019-09-12 @ 10:51:27

    Hey Martin,

    Thanks for your reply. I’m glad you found value in the post. Good point on the article title. I went with that because typically one reads self-improvement books with the aim of “improving” themselves. If you only read because it’s fun and it’s clears your mind, that’s not a terrible idea. It’s your choice. However, if one is always reading self-improvement books to try and fill a void, I would encourage them to look into that and work on resolving that need.

    Reading Hundreds of Self-Improvement Books is a Terrible Idea

  • 2019-09-05 @ 17:06:50

    Hey Fred, no problem. Thanks for taking the time to dive in and share your feedback with me! :)

    The Psychedelic Stoic: Navigate Bad Trips Using Ancient Philosophy

  • 2019-04-21 @ 15:18:59

    Hey Peace! I’m glad you found the podcast a great listen. Be sure to check out Jules’ books! They’re fantastic.

    Jules Evans: A Philosopher’s Guide to Stoicism and Ecstatic Experiences (HEx Podcast #19)

  • 2017-11-10 @ 10:49:57

    Thanks brother <3

    Traumatized Supermen: The Self-Improvement Industry’s Most Destructive Blindspot

  • 2017-10-05 @ 08:51:20

    Hi Norman! Wow, practicing Buddhism for 30 years. That’s amazing. I am so pleased you found inspiration in my article. Funnily, I have received a similar message as yours from a few people—that the article somehow appeared to them. The world is much more magical that many believe. Good luck on your journey, my friend! <3

    How I Hacked “The Hero’s Journey” and Transcended Ordinary Life

  • 2017-09-28 @ 10:04:04

    Hey Filip, awww, that’s so nice of you thanks! :)

    And yes, I have no doubt we will hang out again soon <3

    How I Hacked “The Hero’s Journey” and Transcended Ordinary Life

  • 2017-09-20 @ 12:27:11

    Wow, great question! When I was traveling, I became very interested in social challenges. Approaching strangers, namely women, and conquering my social anxiety. This was certainly my jump program as I failed over and over, and then one day, something clicked. :)

    How I Hacked “The Hero’s Journey” and Transcended Ordinary Life

  • 2017-09-19 @ 10:15:56

    Hey Bart, great to finally meet you (at least in this online format). I’ve heard about you many times
    from your amazing bro Hans. I’m really pleased you found some value in the article, and yeah… The Matrix, it is a piece of philosophical wizardry. Perfect in nearly every way. Also interesting fact: Keanu Reaves was the tenth choice for the lead role. Sometimes when you don’t get what you think you want, things work out much better. <3

    How I Hacked “The Hero’s Journey” and Transcended Ordinary Life

  • 2017-09-04 @ 17:18:08

    Did you listen to his podcast?

    Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink Explains Why He Rejects Suicide

  • 2017-05-26 @ 12:55:04

    Did you read the conclusion?

    7 Popular “Self-Help Tips” That Are F**king Up Your Life

  • 2017-05-23 @ 17:41:30

    Hey Casey. I agree with Peter. Your go with the flow attitude is inspiring. I would advise you to try and avoid homelessness at all costs though. It’s not a sign of strength to be homeless to pursue your passion. If you have money, you will be more effective at pursuing your passion.

    7 Popular “Self-Help Tips” That Are F**king Up Your Life

  • 2017-05-23 @ 17:39:50

    That’s awesome, Chris! :)

    7 Popular “Self-Help Tips” That Are F**king Up Your Life

  • 2017-05-23 @ 17:39:31

    What are you good at?

    7 Popular “Self-Help Tips” That Are F**king Up Your Life

  • 2017-03-28 @ 13:50:01

    Just from seeing the Dalai Lama in interviews, I suspect he would have a good ol’ chuckle after reading this post.

    10 “Spiritual” Things People Do That Are Total Bullshit

  • 2016-08-12 @ 08:46:39

    Thanks so much, Chelsea. That means a lot. I hope you’re well. :)

    Alone in Thailand: How I Built a Meaningful Life From Scratch in 8 Days on a New Continent

  • 2016-08-11 @ 16:41:16

    Thanks so much for reading. Glad you found it valuable! :)

    Alone in Thailand: How I Built a Meaningful Life From Scratch in 8 Days on a New Continent

  • 2016-07-08 @ 10:09:27

    I’ve always wanted to read that book. We’ve actually included that book in this article:

    25 Best Psychology Books From Derren Brown You Must Read Before You Die

  • 2016-07-04 @ 20:03:57

    I’d love it if you read the article and let me know what you thought of the points.

    What Is Propaganda? Noam Chomsky on Media, Manipulation, and Democracy

  • 2016-04-24 @ 00:14:59

    Oh, nice. I’m in Chiang Mai. I feel exactly the same. It’s a great experience going from that disorientated state to a feeling of comfortableness. Shows us that we can adapt to anything.

    2 Simple Buddhist Techniques for Amplifying Positive Feelings and Softening Negative Moods

  • 2016-04-21 @ 23:40:19

    Haha… “You” as in a tangible sense of self. Sit down for a moment and try and locate “you.” Try and locate your “self.” It’s impossible. Your “self” is not a tangible entity like an arm or a foot, it’s an ever-changing bundle which creates the illusion of a unified thing.

    Spoiler Alert: You Do Not Exist

  • 2016-04-21 @ 03:04:28

    Hey Roz! This is so weird. I moved to Thailand just under a week ago and experienced similar sensations! Where in Thailand did you go?

    2 Simple Buddhist Techniques for Amplifying Positive Feelings and Softening Negative Moods

  • 2016-03-30 @ 13:53:43

    Hey, Suzie. Thanks for sharing your struggles with us, and make us all feel less alone. Would love to hear an update about how this approach has changed your relationship with your emotions.

    2 Simple Buddhist Techniques for Amplifying Positive Feelings and Softening Negative Moods

  • 2016-03-29 @ 16:22:49

    That’s great to hear Audrey! Just curious, what type of meditation do you do?

    2 Simple Buddhist Techniques for Amplifying Positive Feelings and Softening Negative Moods

  • 2016-03-18 @ 18:43:52

    Hey, Audrey. First of all, I’m sending you a big hug. Thank you.

    I commend you for your response above. You have self-awareness, and you’re taking action to live a life closer to your ideal.

    Seen as you read the post, do you see yourself incorporating the techniques I wrote about? Even though they’re simple, they’re extremely powerful.

    Here’s an excerpt from the article I think you’ll find particularly useful:

    “The next time you experience sadness, anger, low self-worth, depression or any emotion you’d conventionally call “negative,” visualize that you are feeling this emotion so that the people you love and care about don’t have to. You can also bring to mind all of the other people who endure this same emotion and acknowledge that these feelings are just part of the human condition.

    By taking on unwanted feelings so that people you love don’t have to experience them, not only are you practicing compassion, you are also walking into the “negative” emotion instead of avoiding it. You may still feel sad, but you no longer feel sad that you feel sad; on some level you are comfortable with your uncomfortable emotion.”

    2 Simple Buddhist Techniques for Amplifying Positive Feelings and Softening Negative Moods

  • 2016-01-12 @ 13:02:31

    Well said hworth! I agree with this perspective. Maria Nanabhai on the HE Facebook page left a great comment which resonates with yours:

    Always thought this was the perfect response to that –
    “Get scared. It will do you good. Smoke a bit, stare blankly at some ceilings, beat your head against some walls, refuse to see some people, paint and write. Get scared some more. Allow your little mind to do nothing but function. Stay inside, go out – I don’t care what you’ll do; but stay scared as hell. You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.”
    Albert Camus

    Sylvia Plath’s Illustrated Advice on the Battle We All Face Between Aspiration and Accomplishment

  • 2015-12-20 @ 20:33:16

    I followed your instructions with the soundtrack, turned the lights off and watched it from beginning to end. It was… an experience. Great recommendation on the book at the end too!

    This Time-Lapse Footage of Earth as Seen From Space Will Expand Your Consciousness

  • 2015-12-18 @ 16:42:12

    Really, really, really great post Mike. Irreverent, amusing, WISE.

    14 Gems of Life Advice That the Herd is too Afraid to Follow

  • 2015-12-16 @ 12:25:48

    Sweeet! Just followed you! :)

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-12-16 @ 12:25:11

    Many of the largest crimes against humanity were carried out by atheists.

    The Psychology of Terrorism: Why Normal People Become Deluded Murderers

  • 2015-12-16 @ 12:24:04

    Steve wrote this article explaining:

    The Psychology of Terrorism: Why Normal People Become Deluded Murderers

  • 2015-12-16 @ 12:23:30

    Yeah, many of the people who have carried out the recent attacks were “radicalized” later on in life.

    The Psychology of Terrorism: Why Normal People Become Deluded Murderers

  • 2015-12-04 @ 13:40:18

    Great idea Chevallier. Could you expand on what you mean by “trades”? I may start curating such a list.

    25 Best Psychology Books From Derren Brown You Must Read Before You Die

  • 2015-12-01 @ 16:09:52

    Cheers, Mark. Really pleased it had that effect. :)

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-30 @ 16:15:48

    Thanks Ali

    25 Best Psychology Books From Derren Brown You Must Read Before You Die

  • 2015-11-27 @ 22:55:05

    Martouk, you’re going out of your way to be awkward, hiding bitterness behind pseudo-intellectualism. I realized early on a constructive conversation with you was not going to happen. You want to be understood but you do not want to understand.

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-27 @ 00:00:34

    Well put, Jon.

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-22 @ 19:04:21

    Awesome! You’re an artist? Add me on Instagram @jonbrooks.

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-20 @ 17:23:09

    That is awesome. Just what I wanted. :)

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-20 @ 13:44:10

    Glad you found the article useful, Nico.

    Okay, I’ll try to explain what you’ve brought up. So, the behavioural economist Daniel Kahneman in his book Thinking Fast and Slow showed that the “end” of an experience greatly alters how we remember that experience. If you have an operation and the last minute is painful vs. the first minute, you’ll remember the painful-last-minute experience as having the most overall pain. So, to go back to your question, when a politician has nothing of substance to say he or she will end their sentences and paragraphs emphatically to leave the listener with an impression of something important being said, when, in fact, it wasn’t important at all.

    “Fluff… fluff… fluff… and we are working diligently to put an end to the crisis.”

    Make sense?

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-19 @ 12:39:53

    I agree with Martijn. Please back up your points!

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-19 @ 12:20:40

    What do you think it means Nico? I can fill in the blanks for you :)

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-11-19 @ 12:19:50

    Thanks, Sam! Great to hear!

    George Orwell on the 7 Ways Politicians Abuse Language to Deceive You

  • 2015-10-20 @ 12:07:17

    Hey, Scalliwag. No, it’s natural to want a motive, and to not want a motive is also a motive. Meditation can help us, actually, get a clearer sense of our motives. I reconfirm my motive for meditation every time I sit down to practice. After you state your motive, it’s important to just get on with the practice itself. Obsessing over the motive during the meditation—this is different from merely stating it in your mind—may hinder your progress towards you desired outcome. It’s like running to get fit and stopping halfway around the race track to read a book on the benefits of being fit. I hope that makes sense. Don’t over analyze it. Practice every day no matter what. The best insights about meditation will come to you *during* meditation.

    A Meditation on Meditation and the Nature of Momentary Enlightenment

  • 2015-10-17 @ 23:22:55

    Ah I watched this in media studies at school. Pretty amazing watch.

    Century of Self: Amazing Documentary on How People are Controlled

  • 2015-10-12 @ 10:28:26

    Ah, this comic’s message reminds me of this article:


    Advice From the Creator of Calvin and Hobbes (Comic by Zen Pencils)

  • 2015-10-08 @ 19:35:38

    Hey Filip! So I edited and published this article but I didn’t write it. I would recommend Quiet because it made me more accepting of my natural introversion. I also like a Whole New Mind because it made me feel better about my leanings toward right-brain dominance. If you’re in any way creative, both of those books will radically change the way you see your place in the world. I have also read Drive and Nudge, definitely worth reading. And I’ve read Mindset on Blinkist just for the insights. But I plan on ticking them all off eventually. Have you read any of the mentioned books? What are you currently reading/recently read that you recommend?

    10 Books That Will Change How You Think Forever

  • 2015-10-08 @ 19:29:23

    Dhyan, your argument isn’t very clear. “Happiness doesn’t have anything to do with giving.” That’s like saying cigarettes haven’t got anything to do with lung cancer. Objectively they don’t. Two separate entities. But smoking can cause lung cancer and giving can create conditions for greater well-being.

    Happiness Comes from Giving and Helping, Not Buying and Having

  • 2015-10-04 @ 14:42:10

    Hey Dhyan. I sort of see what you’re getting at. I think balance in all things is healthy. Not too much of one way of thinking, and not too much of another. Art & Science. Open mindedness & Skepticism. Kindness & Firmness. Goals & Non-doing.

    How to Change Your Life: An Epic, 5,000-Word Guide to Getting What You Want

  • 2015-10-04 @ 14:39:21

    Awesome. Glad you actually took action immediately upon reading. This will make all the difference!

    How to Change Your Life: An Epic, 5,000-Word Guide to Getting What You Want

  • 2015-09-29 @ 14:41:16

    Thanks Alok. Pleased you could relate! :)

    A Meditation on Meditation and the Nature of Momentary Enlightenment

  • 2015-09-29 @ 14:14:22

    For me, meditation is a method to improve my relationship with my mind, thoughts, and emotions. Through practice I believe we can learn to find a place of peace or ease with *however* we are feeling. On a deeper level meditation can help us dissolve the illusion of the “I”, and break apart the bundle that forms our identity. When you truly see that that sense of “I” is a construct (I’m not there yet), I expect the resulting feeling is an approach to life that’s less serious and brooding and instead more playful and serene.

    A Meditation on Meditation and the Nature of Momentary Enlightenment

  • 2015-09-15 @ 16:04:00

    This would be nice, I think this is the ideal. I think there’s a good chance we’ll be wiped off the planet by AI before this happens.

    Philosopher Says Man And Machine Will Fuse Into One Being

  • 2015-09-06 @ 11:52:38

    Thank you Martouk! Is that your name? I’ll look into those books.

    I think Geoff uses his language loosely. I think “divine” is quite a loaded word, but it’s also powerful, i.e. “That is a divine piece of art.” I’ve listened to many of Geoff’s videos and he takes words from various religions and disciplines to try and create a description of his experiences that feel aligned to him. He feels that the word divine is appropriate, if he were to use someone else’s language then he wouldn’t be talking from a place of truth—his truth.

    Geoff Thompson on Harnessing the Power of Attention

  • 2015-09-05 @ 13:45:49

    The photo is a composite I created on Photoshop. The monk and the books are two separate stock photos. Thanks, I’m pleased you noticed haha.

    How I’ve Read a Book a Week For the Last 5 Years

  • 2015-09-03 @ 13:35:35

    You sound certain Martouk. How can you ever know this to be true?

    Geoff Thompson on Harnessing the Power of Attention

  • 2015-08-31 @ 10:51:45

    What do you mean?

    Geoff Thompson on The Divine Economy

  • 2015-08-26 @ 22:33:07

    Hey Dhyan. Did you read the post? What did you think?

    How to Change Your Life: An Epic, 5,000-Word Guide to Getting What You Want

  • 2015-08-21 @ 20:45:25

    Thought-provoking, as always. I love Steve’s writing.

    Transcending Human Madness and the Over-Developed Ego

  • 2015-08-18 @ 22:45:55

    What specific claim did Geoff make that you disagree with Dhyan?

    Geoff Thompson on How the World Consists of Infinite Mirrors

  • 2015-08-14 @ 08:17:01

    I loved it too. Steve Taylor is fantastic! Thanks for stopping by.

    Why It’s Time to Shut Up in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

  • 2015-08-14 @ 08:10:04

    I guess this article made extra sense to you then!

    Why It’s Time to Shut Up in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

  • 2015-08-10 @ 22:49:06

    The jury is still out on Brand. Give him another 100 years and reevaluate then.

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-09 @ 10:25:56

    I read the article, here are a few problems I had with it:

    “Obviously the statement’s clear implication is that the religious view on what happens when we die and the concept of heaven and hell is a fantasy, while the atheist view – that when we die there is nothing – is factually correct.”

    First of all, you say obviously, but to whom is it obvious? You? Then say, “It was obvious to me”.

    “We really don’t know what happens after death”.

    Well, we know that the body becomes lifeless. The brain dies. This statement is from the point of the mind. We — as in our thinking minds — don’t know what the after death experience feels like. Well, if you understand the basics of brain physiology it’s only logical to assume there is no feeling.

    “The evidence we have so far is that human consciousness does not become annihilated. It continues for a few hours after death, albeit in a hibernated state we cannot see from the outside.” Questioning the long-held notion that consciousness derives entirely from electrochemical processes in the brain, Parnia’s research has offered a rigorous challenge to conventional scientific wisdom.”

    How does he test this? Surely the sample size is small, also?
    Define consciousness. By consciousness, he doesn’t mean the conscious type of consciousness. Unless you’re more awake when you’re dead than you are under anaesthesia.
    How is this not a function of the brain?

    “Atheists have yet to take up arms and commit acts of violence to exert their influence on the religious…”

    You mean, “Atheists haven’t taken up arms and committed acts of violence to exert their influence on the religious.”

    “Richard Dawkins, considered by some to be the High Priest of Atheism.”

    By who? He is an evolutionary biologist who is passionate about science. Not a priest.

    “[Richard Dawkins] isn’t averse to using provocative language and ad hominem when discussing religious people, suggesting that faith qualifies as “a kind of mental illness” and that the question of the existence of God is “a scientific question” to which the answer is a resounding “no””.

    He isn’t calling those who believe mentally ill. He is saying that the dogma of religion acts kind of like a mental illness.
    The existence of The God outlined in the main bibles acts in ways that defy physics. Why can’t god’s existence be a scientific question?
    Keep things in context. Dawkins is a 6-out-of-7 atheist. He is open to new evidence, but the evidence found in the main religious doctrines is extremely dubious.

    “Ultimately, the theist versus atheist “debate” on the existence or otherwise of a deity and what happens after death is little more than a spectacle in which two diametrically opposed belief systems continue to gesticulate back and forth whilst failing to hear – and choosing not to understand – the perspective of the other.”

    Real skeptics look at all of the evidence. Dawkins has read the holy texts. How many religious people have read The God Delusion?

    “As more research continues to indicate, the real questions we should be considering shouldn’t revolve around questions of faith or the existence of deities, but rather the true nature of consciousness, one which it is becoming increasingly clear breaks clear of both the confines of religion and that of mainstream orthodox scientific thinking upon which much of atheism is founded. “

    Consciousness is not becoming increasingly clear.
    Dawkins wants people to think critically. That’s his goal.

    Challenging Cocky Certainty: Why I Am No Longer An Atheist

  • 2015-08-08 @ 11:54:44

    Yeah, if we could all tattoo these ideas on our mind the world would be such a beautiful place to live in.

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-08 @ 11:54:05

    I totally agree Jenny! Thanks for stopping by.

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-08 @ 11:53:44

    Haha, I meant the poem! :)

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-06 @ 20:09:53

    Wow, thank you! I assure you posts like these are much more frequent now. Stick around :)

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-06 @ 15:02:00

    Yeah that’s a good point Maya. A good scientist would never say something is a fact; they would say something is a scientific fact. I’m writing an article about this very topic right now as it happens. :)

    science and philosophy

  • 2015-08-06 @ 13:14:33

    Yeah all science begins as philosophy, then when it becomes advanced enough it becomes a field of its own. William James and Issac Newton created psychology and physics but were philosophers first. I’m fed up with philosophy trying to belittle science. It’s total straw man. Science doesn’t claim to have “all the answers” so when philosophers criticize science for not having all the answers, that’s like criticizing a slug for not being good at climbing trees.

    science and philosophy

  • 2015-08-06 @ 11:38:37

    Continued discussion:

    “How do you know I’m doing philosophy?”
    “Well because I just observ–”
    “Annnnnnnd you are doing science.”

    science and philosophy

  • 2015-08-06 @ 10:59:38

    Thanks Jaideep!

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-06 @ 10:55:40

    Thanks, Hans! Very pleased you enjoyed it! :)

    Rudyard Kipling’s Timeless 149-Word Instruction Manual for Wisdom

  • 2015-08-01 @ 19:19:23

    Haha, thanks!

    The Universe Doesn’t Conspire Against You, BUT…

  • 2015-07-31 @ 08:47:15

    You can’t say the author has serious issues because of a half-joking rant, that’s falling into the same trap as he did in this post. :)

    How To Recognize Your Inner Idiot

  • 2015-07-29 @ 21:19:27

    Haha, awesome.

    How To Recognize Your Inner Idiot

  • 2015-07-22 @ 15:01:38

    Muhumuza, thank you for the comment. It means a lot to the High Existence editors that our content is making an impact. Be well.

    A True Story About Adversity, Violence, and the Importance of Role Models

  • 2015-07-22 @ 15:00:46

    I agree, it’s important to know that we’re going through struggles together. Whatever is bothering you at any moment is is absolutely certain that the exact issue is also being battled by someone else someplace else.

    A True Story About Adversity, Violence, and the Importance of Role Models

  • 2015-07-22 @ 14:59:59

    That’s awesome Paul! HighExistence has just done a podcast with Geoff, we can’t wait to share it with you. I’m glad this story gave you a boost today!

    A True Story About Adversity, Violence, and the Importance of Role Models

  • 2015-07-20 @ 12:12:05

    This sure is glorious!

    Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking

  • 2015-07-17 @ 20:27:41

    Cheers Peter, we love the feedback, it gives us a solid sense of direction!

    D.H. Lawrence on the Overdeveloped Ego and Our Connection to the Cosmos

  • 2015-07-17 @ 20:26:58

    So glad you loved the article Beverly! I’d love to know exactly what you took from it, if that’s not too much to ask :)

    D.H. Lawrence on the Overdeveloped Ego and Our Connection to the Cosmos

  • 2015-07-17 @ 20:26:13

    Did you see glimmers of Husserl’s work in this Hans? Reading this makes me want to get into D.H. Lawrence, he had some really important ideas it seems.

    D.H. Lawrence on the Overdeveloped Ego and Our Connection to the Cosmos

  • 2015-07-17 @ 13:06:53


    Sagan, Nye, Feynman & NDGT Sing: “We Are All Connected”

  • 2015-07-16 @ 13:36:41

    Loved this podcast. So I have a bunch of questions, but here are just two:

    1) How did you go from the Psycho-Cybernetics to Psychedelics? I’ve read self-improvement and spirituality books but never made this next step.

    2) Did you have prior experiences with websites/technology/coding before starting HE? Not going to class to build a website takes a lot of confidence and trust that you’ll be able to pull it off.

    Positive Head Podcast – Jordan Lejuwaan of HighExistence

  • 2015-07-14 @ 13:43:08


    Carl Sagan – You Are Here (Pale Blue Dot)

  • 2015-07-11 @ 11:51:51

    HAHA very true ;)

    #8 Agreeing with point about ego traps

    5 Ego Traps

  • 2015-07-10 @ 23:39:01

    Haha, will I get a badge? And have you ever read it?

    PHILOSOPHY – G. W. F. Hegel

  • 2015-07-09 @ 18:59:31

    Hmmmm. I like that three-minute rule. I’ll test that out. Thanks!

    Slighted: 6 Ways to Defend Against Invisible Insults, Passive Aggression & Rudeness

  • 2015-07-09 @ 18:45:55

    hahaha awesome. part 2 please :)

    This MIND-FIZZLING Comic is Basically a Mini Version of the Psychedelic Experience

  • 2015-07-07 @ 18:19:03

    I can’t talk about that. I love Geoff’s philosophy though.

    4 Challenging Questions to Ask Yourself Before It’s Too Late

  • 2015-07-07 @ 16:58:51

    Hmm. Don’t see a way around this. You can strive to enjoy the process. Plus it’s all about context. Geoff wrote his first novel while sitting on the toilet during his breaks while working in a factory. All the Eastern philosophical texts are fraught with inconsistencies anyway, aren’t they?

    4 Challenging Questions to Ask Yourself Before It’s Too Late

  • 2015-07-07 @ 16:55:37

    Good starting point is Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland. This isn’t a study, but something that stuck with me: 95% of professors believe they’re more competent than their peers. 80% of drivers believe they’re above average. There are some really interesting split brain studies on confabulation. I think you’d get something from this book.

    If you want to experience irrationality first hand, go on a diet and pay attention to your thoughts about food. Great way to “know thyself”.

    What is Science? | By George Orwell

  • 2015-07-07 @ 14:33:10

    Yeah I thought this too. But then I’d feel weird trying to read a novel a week. I feel like novels should be as Francis Bacon famously said, “digested.”

    174 Pearls of Wisdom I’ve Gleaned from Reading 174 Books

  • 2015-07-06 @ 15:21:12

    So much insight in this post. Love that the books that you didn’t like still taught you something!

    174 Pearls of Wisdom I’ve Gleaned from Reading 174 Books

  • 2015-07-06 @ 12:46:05

    Yeah, true. If it was fun everybody would be doing it.

    Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice from Mozart, Picasso, and Kobe Bryant

  • 2015-07-04 @ 15:54:30

    Jordan, do you think this quote contradicts what Geoff said in this post? I haven’t read the Tao Te Ching yet. It’s on my list though.

    4 Challenging Questions to Ask Yourself Before It’s Too Late

  • 2015-07-04 @ 15:14:10

    Oh yeah, that’s interesting.

    Global Mapping of Scientific Collaboration

  • 2015-07-04 @ 13:36:19

    I received this today in an email that mistook you for me. I figured here would be the best place to share it.

    “I read your Rilke blog twice last night and again tonight and I can’t express how it has hooked me – for several reasons. I made an attempt to comment last night but deleted it because my head was simply too busy absorbing and processing the avalanche of occurring thoughts. In short, I’m 60 years old, retired as an addictions therapist who created a fairly successful treatment programme based on love and selfishness; everything you and Rilke (a long-time favourite wordsmith of mine) wrote about love and relationship just totally fascinated me. Maybe I’ll get to express some of that in a comment later. I was delighted to find that Martjin has headlined your piece in today’s HE newsletter.

    I admire the style, skill and talent revealed in the words you write, and your attitude towards life and living. At risk of seeming presumptuous, considering I’ve only recently began to read your work, I will say you have a gift that calms, soothes and guilelessly reassures the reader as he joins you in your sharing place. Thank you for sharing so freely and generously (for even being willing to).


    The Poet Rilke’s Uncommon Wisdom on Love & Relationships

  • 2015-07-02 @ 14:36:49

    Interesting! One of the best things I’ve learned from scientists is how biased everyone is, even them. But the crazy research on irrationality is fairly new so I can imagine people in Orwell’s day thinking that man can be 100% rational. Bad idea.

    What is Science? | By George Orwell

  • 2015-07-02 @ 13:35:23

    You’re toooo kind Hans! But that’s far from a bad thing!

    A Shade of Red: My Healing Ayahuasca Experience

  • 2015-07-02 @ 13:29:52

    Me too! :)

    Captain America’s interview on mindfulness

  • 2015-07-02 @ 12:24:22

    Hey Agalin920, I don’t see any format issues. Are they still there? What browser/device are you using?

    10 Sublime Wonders of Science

  • 2015-07-01 @ 17:33:04

    Wonderful tale. Thanks for Sharing Hans! I really appreciated your honesty too.

    A Shade of Red: My Healing Ayahuasca Experience

  • 2015-06-29 @ 15:29:28

    I’ve already posted this. But we could all use a reminder. :)

    A Simple, Illustrated Guide to Meditation

  • 2015-06-25 @ 16:16:04

    That’s a fantastic and balanced view. I can’t say I disagree with that. I have one question though, you said the only thing that makes the earth turn “fact” now is the science we’ve built to support it. Are you saying the earth wouldn’t be turning without science or it wouldn’t be a fact without science. I would say that Plato was using science as much as Galileo, and, had he lived in Galileo’s time would concede his primitive scientific view. Thoughts?

    The Divine Gap of Ignorance

  • 2015-06-25 @ 06:33:30

    Thanks A! Me and Jordan love these kinds of discussions and would love other people to get involved too! What are your thoughts on the quote?

    The Divine Gap of Ignorance

  • 2015-06-24 @ 15:38:04

    “i don’t think the majority of people who think about science think of it as the creation of ever-more-accurate models of reality. most people think of it as a system that’s giving us plenty of objective truth.”

    Science isn’t something that just accumulates facts over time. Science goes out of it’s way to DESTROY models of reality as much as it creates them. That’s the beauty of science, they are always questioning their own discoveries and discarding them if need be. I do find it annoying when people criticize science because it’s the best method we have of getting closer to an objective truth. It helps if you imagine there is one. Otherwise, science gets stagnant. Richard Dawkins is a 6 out of 7 with his belief in God. No real scientist will ever really call something “proven” or a “fact”. Science can never prove anything to be true, it just supports something as being true.

    At first this makes sense:

    “i’m not anti-science. i just want people to acknowledge that it will never give us access to objective truth, absolute reality, the fundamental nature of things, etc. (choose your metaphor) any more than a shamanic rain dance will.”

    But if you change “never give us access to” to “never take us closer to” it falls flat IMO.

    “[i] don’t even know absolute knowledge is a thing that can’t be attained,” you’re right. i don’t know if absolute knowledge exists. perhaps there isn’t even an objective reality or truth to know. perhaps it’s always relative and interpretive. that doesn’t weaken my point.”

    I do think this weakens your point. I’m not saying that absolute truth might not exist, I’m saying that “absolute truth”, the concept, might not even be a thing. It might be no different from me saying, “see! ullagoollogyo doesn’t exist!”. We can infer from our understanding of evolution that this might not be far fetched. Objective truth is not incompatible with relative truth. As Einsteins theory of relativity has shown, where you are and how fast you’re accelerating can change what it true for you. We understand this to relative truth to be objectively true.

    “epileptic fits are one aspect of nature, and neither you or i can say if nature is “divine.”

    I believe nature to be divine. The word ‘divine’ seems appropriate. But let’s not forget that there are many other aspects of nature, once thought of as divine (rainbows perhaps) but are now, on the continuum of understanding, much higher up. This doesn’t take away our appreciation, but we no longer accredit them to “The Divine.”

    Good discussion :)

    The Divine Gap of Ignorance

  • 2015-06-24 @ 14:29:49

    well, on one level, our understanding is always tied to human language and concepts, so our understanding can only ever be a human-centric understanding.

    Isn’t that the problem with this kind of discussion? You don’t even know absolute knowledge is a thing that can’t be attained. To me, whenever somebody says absolute knowledge is unattainable I just see it as a weak anti-science argument. Plus, you fall into all kinds of sticky spider webs when you combine ontology with epistemology.

    The thing is, I’m not opposed to your ideas I just don’t see their relevance to this quote. On the continuum of understanding — insofar as understanding allows us to make predictions about and manipulate the physical world — we have a much better understanding of epilepsy than in 400 B.C.E., and to genuinely react to this illness as if it’s the channelling of god or another divine dimension, if you value rationalism and evidence at all, would be very strange indeed.

    The Divine Gap of Ignorance

  • 2015-06-24 @ 12:57:43

    How do you know?

    The Divine Gap of Ignorance

  • 2015-06-23 @ 08:41:32

    exactly, and on top of that eye witness testimony is the least reliable form of evidence in science. :)

    NDGT on Politics: Where is the rest of… life?

  • 2015-06-23 @ 06:32:11

    Julien did say:

    Is your deadline closing on you, and you feel you may fall behind? Holy crap! Ok, it’s time to cheat. Choose a quick book and read it, *something you may have read before*, enjoy a lot, and can breeze through.

    So I’m guessing he’s all for reading in general — new or old books.

    How I’ve Read a Book a Week For the Last 5 Years

  • 2015-06-22 @ 19:20:49

    And “everything changes the chemistry in your brain” is not a really strong counter argument because if you follow that through you have no choice but to totally dismiss the entire field of neuroscience.

    What a Wasp Can Teach You About the Dangers of Pornography

  • 2015-06-22 @ 18:55:01

    Obese people, cocaine addicts, and regular porn users share similar reward circuitry in the brain. The worst part about porn, however, isn’t the chemistry in the brain. It’s the compartmentalization of personality. To be able to sit in a room and oggle nude people do explicit things and then going out and getting nervous in front of a clothed person creates a mild form of multiple personality. On top of that, self-perception theory states that you get the personality traits that naturally accompany the behavior you perceive yourself doing. Do brave things, you get more “brave” emotions. Watch porn, and depending on your guilt/cultural associations you might perceive yourself as someone with low self-esteem or unattractive and get the emotions that accompany that.

    There are many people who love stripping. Some girls work so that they can afford to strip, albeit not explicitly, at festivals, concerts, burlesque events, etc.,

    I think no one can say if porn is good or bad. The question Geoff asked himself was:

    “Is this something I can indulge or will it always be an addiction looking for a host?”

    Your response to that will determine the best course of action.

    What a Wasp Can Teach You About the Dangers of Pornography

  • 2015-06-21 @ 16:46:36

    Incredible metaphor and great story.

    What a Wasp Can Teach You About the Dangers of Pornography

  • 2015-06-18 @ 15:21:40

    I’d like to look like that when I get old.

    “To a mind that is still, the whole universe..”

  • 2015-06-17 @ 15:04:22


    New Horizons – The Furthest Reaches of Humankind

  • 2015-06-15 @ 12:37:38

    Yeah, also non-sentient lifeforms. I’ve seen terrible violence against beautiful trees and plant life. The maxim Da Vinci lived by: “Respect all life.”

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-13 @ 11:57:07

    Hey Mikey, I’m just engaging in some fun debate, nothing too serious. “It’s a misperception that our nature is to be violent.” I’m not making a claim what our nature is meant to be like or not, I’ve read books like The Fall that tracks our origins back to non-violent matriarchal societies — I get your frame. But you can’t say that my nature isn’t to be violent. You can’t say of a murderer who lusts after blood that their nature is not to be violent — that to view things that way is a misperception. I totally see where you’re coming from, although I feel like you’re an idealist arguing from a closed loop. How could we ever live in a physically non-violent world AND a mentally non-violent world? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-12 @ 23:09:20

    I probably am making assumptions, but I can only go on what I’ve read here. I disagree that there are two types of people in society, I think there is an unquantifiable number of types and many of the people who seem to want to be in control in one context will abdicate control in another. To describe the interaction between doms and subs as parasitical is unfair because of our associations with parasites. I think you could just as well describe this relationship as between a pilot and a passenger. Or a mother and a newborn.

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-12 @ 22:54:55

    If self-control is violence and your nature is to be violent then you are forever unable to escape violence. I don’t accept this.

    With my other comment, here is the rewording:
    Your argument seems to presuppose that we don’t want to live in physically non-violent worlds, rather that a physically non-violent world has been abusively forced upon us with mental violence like mind control. You’ve created a closed loop. If domestication is our choice then mind control is not needed and, therefore, there is no mental violence; if mind control is needed you presuppose we want to live in physically violent environments but have been “coerced” away from our ideal. You see why I struggle to accept this?

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-11 @ 14:00:25

    This is a great interview with the School of Life. many of Pinker’s ideas are challenged:

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-11 @ 13:58:37

    “But I think the course of human history has been a processes of increasing domestication and control of the species.”

    Again, this is victimization. Do we not want to be domesticated? The woods and the forests are all around us. We can no go camping in the woods without fear of being murdered (in most places), but many of us don’t. Brain control or personal preference?

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-11 @ 13:56:26

    “Personally, I’d take our situation over that of many, many others in human history.”

    Uh… YEAH! :)

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-11 @ 13:45:12

    “And the reason why there might be less physical violence is because people are more psychologically controlled to obey. No reason to rebel if there’s nothing to disagree with. That is psychological violence and manipulation, and it’s more rampant than ever.”

    So is self-control and self-manipulation violence? Your argument seems to presuppose that we don’t want to live in non-violent worlds, rather that a non-violent world has been violently forced upon us. You see why I struggle to accept this?

    The surprising decline in violence – Steven Pinker

  • 2015-06-11 @ 13:13:11

    Great question. :)

    I see where you were coming from.

    To Give is to Receive

  • 2015-06-11 @ 12:47:33

    I’m a big picture thinker. To use that cliche, I try not to miss the forest for the trees. The problem with quotes is that they often lack context, so I make my own. I think this language is poetic. It only becomes gag-worthy when the person making the claim tries to turn it into something scientific, which I don’t believe it is. I believe that output and giving are the best ways to get things back. If you’d like to call that output frequency, I don’t have a problem with that.

    To Give is to Receive

  • 2015-06-10 @ 07:18:29

    I think the dilemma AI faces is in the “A”.

    The craziest thing about AI, is that we may end up creating intelligent machines, with no clue as to how they work.

    Artificial Intelligence is coming. Only question is when.

  • 2015-06-09 @ 20:13:47

    Fantastic comic with an equally as good analysis. I am sure Rod Serling would have had his cogs on full throttle right about now. I do.

    This Comic Will Make You Wonder What “You” Even Means

  • 2015-06-07 @ 13:21:53

    I don’t think any of us are thinking about the good Christians in the world. We all know there are millions of amazing Christians everywhere. I have a few in my family. Just try and get to the root of Gandhi’s message: People often use their idols/religion/group as a way to rationalize immoral behavior.

    I like your Christ, but…

  • 2015-06-06 @ 19:32:34

    haha, no problem. Awesome quote!

    I like your Christ, but…

  • 2015-06-06 @ 19:32:11

    That was spam I think Lowry :/

    8 Books on Zen and Taoism to Liberate Your Mind and Heart

  • 2015-06-05 @ 18:51:07

    Haha, yeah. I know Tarantino and Woody Allen also just use typewriters. George R. R. Martin also has a Macbook, but he uses that exclusively for, “Paying the bills and sending emails.” And he also hates spell check. Not surprising considering some of his characters’ names.

    Minimalism, Success, and the Curious Writing Habit of George R.R. Martin

  • 2015-06-04 @ 19:42:36

    Looking forward to digging into these. I like that you stressed Alan Watts in the first two. This is a long-overdue indication that I ought to invest in his work.

    8 Books on Zen and Taoism to Liberate Your Mind and Heart

  • 2015-06-04 @ 18:59:46

    I just love this post.

    This Will Revolutionize Your Work Day: The 7P Productivity System

  • 2015-06-04 @ 12:41:05

    Hey Filip, I only noticed after I posted, I think because we used two different links! Worth seeing twice though hopefully :)

    This Comic Will Change The Way You Look At Privilege Forever

  • 2015-06-03 @ 19:28:07

    Keep it going dude!

    20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

  • 2015-06-02 @ 13:02:30

    This is so funny! Just seeing Russell as a Pokemon was enough! lololol

    Pokemon Philosophy – Existential Comics

  • 2015-05-31 @ 13:12:54

    Love this.

    Monk Radio: Meditating When You Don’t Want To Meditate

  • 2015-05-31 @ 12:11:40

    I think what he’s saying is that your romantic relationships shouldn’t resemble a therapist/patient dynamic, with you playing the part of the heroic “fixer”. I think falling into this emotional ‘knight in shining armour’ frame is quite common.

    20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

  • 2015-05-30 @ 06:21:35

    Haha, love this. New alarm clock?

    DO IT

  • 2015-05-27 @ 12:19:30

    Woohoo, that’s so cool! As they say in Essex, I’m “well jel”.

    Slavoj Žižek: Don’t Act. Just Think.

  • 2015-05-20 @ 11:01:21

    Woh, that’s an incredible story. So you essentially turned into Daredevil for a little while :)

    The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

  • 2015-05-19 @ 18:21:01

    This gave me a chill. Awesome.

    Why Do We Fall In Love?

  • 2015-05-19 @ 18:19:56

    This guy is a legend. I’m tempted to try and learn how to do this, I just worry that the clicking would annoy people.

    The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

  • 2015-05-17 @ 14:45:40

    No worries! Looking forward to it!

    Why Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Hate Philosophy?

  • 2015-05-15 @ 22:14:41

    I found this interview from April this year. I’ve started it where he talks about philosophy:


    Why Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Hate Philosophy?

  • 2015-05-13 @ 10:54:19

    Yeah, I’m going to go and listen to the original podcast. I think it’s important to understand what Tyson’s definition of philosophy was before dismiss it. He doesn’t seem that shallow. I think the problem that confuses all of these types of debates is the normalization of verbs. I think changing the words ‘philosophy’ with ‘to philosophize’ and ‘science’ with ‘to experiment’, seems to make Tyson’s intentions clearer – as an educator.

    Why Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Hate Philosophy?

  • 2015-05-08 @ 19:19:18

    Hmm, that’s interesting angle. What do you think Harris should have done (could have done?) differently to help the discussion flourish? It was awesome to see two ‘rational thinkers’ struggle to conduct a rational discussion here. It was like an intellectual “Yeah cool story bro, now let me tell you your opinion!”

    Noam Chomsky and Sam Harris Email Exchange

  • 2015-05-08 @ 13:51:57

    Not sure really, I just think he wanted an in-person discussion with Chomsky but got dragged into an email debate he didn’t want to have. I would have liked to have seen them have a real discussion. Shame!

    Noam Chomsky and Sam Harris Email Exchange

  • 2015-05-03 @ 18:00:26

    I think it’s because the system isn’t “one thing” run by “one entity”. He’s also a comedian and any media channel that appreciates comedy will benefit from his work, whether politically inspired or not.

    30 Reasons Why Russell Brand is Wrong and We Don’t Need No Revolution

  • 2015-05-01 @ 15:14:02

    Amazing article. I’m never going to use that excuse again. I’ll just think of you writing your first novel.

    Why The Excuse “I Don’t Have Enough Time” Is The Coward’s Way Out

  • 2015-04-30 @ 11:15:07

    Awesome article! Thanks for sharing. :)

    The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations

  • 2015-04-28 @ 16:03:57

    Glad you enjoyed!

    Introduction to Kierkegaard: The Existential Problem

  • 2015-04-26 @ 12:03:55

    Hey! That’s fantastic, well done! So for a meaning map, a good place to start is from the frame that you have everything. Imagine you have all of the money in the world, all of the material possessions you could ever hope for. How would you spend you life? Would you create a business, a novel, paint, travel, make friends, help the disenfranchised? When you have your answers, scale them down a little and you’ll have a meaning map. Hope this helps!

    How To Design The Perfect Morning Routine

  • 2015-04-21 @ 08:20:30

    Ooo, this looks awesome!

    Honor Our Home on Earth Day – 22 April – Watch ‘Inhabit’

  • 2015-04-19 @ 11:57:30

    No, I’ve seen it on Neflix though, I’ll give it a watch. Thanks!

    Zizek On What Is Personality

  • 2015-04-17 @ 11:54:25

    “What if the mask is our true selves?” — Woh.

    Zizek On What Is Personality

  • 2015-04-15 @ 16:53:14

    So three options, imitate two other sites or die. While you may think productivity is a dirty word, inactive unproductive people can’t overthrow the government; can’t change the capitalist system which you seem to despise. Tools are just that, what you do with them is the important part. :)

    The Perfect Productivity System That Won’t Work For You At All

  • 2015-04-15 @ 16:50:53

    It’s kind of an anti-productivity productivity post. Why are you confused?

    The Perfect Productivity System That Won’t Work For You At All

  • 2015-04-12 @ 15:45:58

    Peter, things don’t have to be black and white. “Brand is worth listening to or not.” The post isn’t about Russell Brand; he only bookends the article. The post is about ignorance and hints at the possibility of social media as a force for good in the world. If there are any specific aspects of this post you disagree with or don’t like, please share. But calling the post ‘rubbish’ because you don’t like the person in the title isn’t the greatest feedback.

    30 Reasons Why Russell Brand is Wrong and We Don’t Need No Revolution

  • 2015-04-12 @ 11:18:53

    So cool. Love it!

    X-ray Body in Motion – Yoga

  • 2015-04-10 @ 07:41:09

    1,000,000 on 3rd try

    Test Your Color Perception

  • 2015-04-09 @ 13:56:46

    23 on second attempt

    Test Your Color Perception

  • 2015-04-09 @ 13:09:40

    State your first score lol

    Test Your Color Perception

  • 2015-04-09 @ 10:22:10

    Color perception habituates, glance away from the screen between each round.

    Test Your Color Perception

  • 2015-04-09 @ 09:03:03

    I had 20. :)

    Test Your Color Perception

  • 2015-04-08 @ 11:18:18

    I didn’t know that. Amazing. What an attitude to bring people up and show what’s possible.

    Learning From Superhumans: The Incredible Fitness and Success of Jack LaLanne

  • 2015-04-07 @ 10:39:02

    This is horrific. And we’ve all got to start pulling together on the war against ourselves. Right now, this is the biggest problem. There is a nucleur bomb with a timer on it ticking away, and the bomb disposal squad haven’t been called yet.

    Western Canada to lose 70 per cent of glaciers by 2100

  • 2015-04-07 @ 10:26:10

    I could definitely use some of this stuff! But then again, would we end up relying on it?

    Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep

  • 2015-04-06 @ 13:20:22

    This is very true, YOU MATTER. We all do, because we all are.

    Use logic to avoid depression:

  • 2015-04-06 @ 12:57:06

    Alan Watts, a consciousness traveler, an explorer of internal realms and the synaptic deserts of the real. It starts now.

    It Starts Now – Alan Watts

  • 2015-04-05 @ 16:48:16

    One of the most beautiful articles I’ve ever read. So profound. Thank you for this. What courage.

    Fragile Life: Why You Need to Forgive to Experience a Free Mind

  • 2015-04-05 @ 09:21:50

    The rice example seem coincidental, but the LSD trip was interesting. It must be strange seeing yourself as the ship of the soul, the carrier of consciousness.

    Russell Brand on Rice Resonance and LSD

  • 2015-04-05 @ 09:17:57

    This is absolutely sickening. The lengths people will go to to make a quick buck. Question everything.

    Don’t let society make your decisions for you!

  • 2015-04-05 @ 09:15:52

    It’s as easy to judge yourself badly, as it is a narcissist to judge themselves godly. But judgment doesn’t matter, taking action and following the path is the only thing that does.

    How bad you are doesn’t matter, only which way you’re moving

  • 2015-04-04 @ 10:31:32

    This quote by Jim Morrison is very true. We project our own internal states onto reality to create a consistency between the world and how we imagine it.

    People are strange, when you’re a stranger

  • 2015-04-04 @ 10:18:49

    This is quite digusting, but also beautiful in its own way. It looks like a sculpture.

    After 150,000 Years in a Cave, a Skull Looks Like This

  • 2015-04-04 @ 10:05:27


    Mummified Monk “Not Dead” but in a Meditation, Says Expert

  • 2015-04-03 @ 10:10:29

    This is where spirituality gets its bad name. This is supernatural. Absolute nonsense. The guy has no pulse and a medical doctor is still calling him alive.

    Mummified Monk “Not Dead” but in a Meditation, Says Expert

  • 2015-04-03 @ 09:49:36

    William James is a genius. So full of insight. He is the perfect balance of psychologist and philosopher.

    William James – The Will to Believe

  • 2015-04-03 @ 09:43:36

    Very intersting dicourse on perception and how each of us can disagree so much on the same objective reality. What do you think?

    Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters

  • 2015-04-02 @ 13:51:17

    Learning first hand rather than socially. Be mindful and test your hyptothesis first hand. Fight of Flight is impossible to eradicate, and wouldn’t be a good thing if you could. What happens when you’re really in danger?

    How to Give Your 200,000 Year Old Brain a Much Needed Software Update

  • 2015-04-02 @ 10:53:26

    I think thinking is should be put under the microscope if we are to live a happier life. Tara Brach shares some great insights here.

    Dealing with Thoughts (in life and in meditation)

  • 2015-04-02 @ 10:43:47

    Firstly, I think Jupiter just looks beautiful. But I also marvel at the means at which I can marvel: telescopic vision. This image is testment that as our scientific tools improve, so will our understanding of the universe.

    Images of Juptier Reveal Just How Far We’ve Come

  • 2015-03-30 @ 16:59:32

    I’m currently reading Montaigne’s essasys and found this video informative. While I have a love for knowledge I’ve always found intellectuals somewhat ridiculous. Seems like Montaigne was in agreement.

    PHILOSOPHY – Montaigne

  • 2015-03-27 @ 16:39:29

    “Nothing is more important than an unread library.” Love this quote. Great breakdown of the concepts in Steal Like An Artist.

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

  • 2015-03-26 @ 23:02:53

    Right now I have some brain lag and it’s screwgling me big time. I might be in an anti-lucidity loop, but either way I’m gonna have to awkwalk. Great post.

    25 Made-Up Words That You Will Actually Use

  • 2015-03-25 @ 10:35:34

    A great author/book review of Eckhart Tolle. Unlike most book reviews, he delves into how Tolle’s writings helped him personally, and why.

    The Power Of Now – Eckhart Tolle and Becoming Present

  • 2015-03-23 @ 18:31:06

    The people who need it are all online. :)

    How the Internet, Dopamine and your Brain are Working Together to Screw Your Potential

  • 2015-03-20 @ 19:52:18

    Hey, lovely comment. If you do enjoy a post in future please don’t hold back with a comment. Writing is a lonely job, we all need encouragement. :)

    Stop Bullshitting Yourself If You Want To Wake Up (From The True Matrix)

  • 2015-03-20 @ 14:49:33

    Great story, love the message behind it. Thanks for sharing!

    Stop Bullshitting Yourself If You Want To Wake Up (From The True Matrix)

  • 2015-03-20 @ 14:48:51

    Awesome little guide on punctuation, only just found this and will be referencing back to it often.

    Top Ten Punctuation Tips

  • 2015-03-11 @ 07:45:29

    I know that originally meditation was a little more than sitting and breathing. People would fast, spend weeks alone in the desert and so on. Interesting to see the link with psychedelics here.

    How Meditation And Psychedelics Can Go Hand In Hand

  • 2015-03-10 @ 20:13:46

    Yeah, agreed. And one of the problems I had with Tai Lopez’s book a day method: the point of learning is knowledge AND buy-in. You can read a book on why junk food is bad, but without a detailed set of reasons WHY, acting on that knowledge is 10X harder.

    The No Bullshit Guide to Speed Reading: 1 Technique That Actually Works

  • 2015-03-10 @ 19:13:54

    I love this post. My favourite part was thinking about how messed up dating is gonna be in a few decades!

    6 Mind-Boggling Things I Learned About the Future by Reading 100 Science Fiction Books

  • 2015-03-09 @ 14:16:52

    Hey Saad, thanks for the incredibly humbling comment! I’m very glad you were able to take something useful from the piece. It’s not something that every gets talked about, and I’m trying to change that. I hope you keep an envy diary from now on, every time you feel a pang of envy just write it down in your phone, your anxiety will decrease and your sense of control over your destiny will increase. It’s a great tool.

    A Philosopher’s Guide To Facebook Envy

  • 2015-03-09 @ 11:29:06

    Hey Thanks Filip! Have you ever dabbled with speed reading?

    The No Bullshit Guide to Speed Reading: 1 Technique That Actually Works

  • 2015-03-08 @ 16:53:48

    I love this image because it looks like a photograph.

    A Recent Picture of Space – 1 Month of Exposure

  • 2015-03-08 @ 16:49:08

    I know feel a lot smarter. Lol, but seriously this is a very interesting study, and makes sense. Sexual selection perhaps?

    Sexual Satisfaction Correlates With Intelligence

  • 2015-03-08 @ 16:45:32

    It’s hilarious. Seeing monks chant for mindfulness as if they’re taking part in some frat house drinking game!

    We all want mindfulness!

  • 2015-03-04 @ 20:12:39

    There’s a link in the article about this, have a look at it, I’m sure the author will answer all your questions.

    How to Get Better Sleep: The Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

  • 2015-03-04 @ 20:11:51

    There’s a link in the post on this!

    How to Get Better Sleep: The Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

  • 2015-03-04 @ 09:10:15

    Hey Filip, about your last question I think that just comes down to genetics. A small percentage (5% I think) of the population can thrive on 4 hours sleep a night. I’m certainly not one of those. Also, anyone who works out regularly will need closer to 9-10 hours a night. Depends on a ton of factors. But yeah, that dirty word that’s never included in biohacking guides: genetics.

    How to Get Better Sleep: The Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

  • 2015-02-28 @ 15:56:04

    A nice in-depth guide to meditation. And more importantly, it motivates me to do it more.

    Meditation — A Beginner’s Practical Guide

  • 2015-02-28 @ 13:56:35

    Some gems in this list. My to-read list just grew substantially.

    75 Books to Boost Your Productivity

  • 2015-02-27 @ 16:05:09

    I think this is true. So many people try to be either/or. The act of judgement, reason, is one of the main things that discerns us from other animals and gives us our intelligence. Why would we get rid of this?

    Why You Should Be Judgmental

  • 2015-02-27 @ 15:32:15

    Yeah I thought that. I think he’s literally using a green screen of his own view from his home. Reliable weather, etc. But still ridiculous and obvious.

    How To Read A Book In 10 Minutes

  • 2015-02-27 @ 10:33:29

    I think a good readers should be open minded about different methods of learning from books. I do have issue with Tai’s method but I see it has a time and place (useful in book store!)

    How To Read A Book In 10 Minutes

  • 2015-02-27 @ 10:29:49

    Here is a collection of my favourite Koppleman insights. I’ve read all the top, mainstream screenwriting books but his wisdom trumps them all. I wish I had found him when I was in film school.

    202 Creativity Tips From Screenwriter Brian Koppelman

  • 2015-02-25 @ 07:54:46

    This video makes me realise how short life is, and how ultimately everything is borrowed and recycled.

    A beautiful video on impermanence

  • 2015-02-25 @ 07:51:52

    A scary examination at the psychology of ‘thinking yourself dead’. It reminds me of The Matrix, how if you die in your mind, you die in the real world.

    The contagious thought that could kill you

  • 2015-02-25 @ 07:49:10

    A great little story on the power of meditation in action.

    Dan Harris’ Panic Attack (and Discovery of Meditation)

  • 2015-02-24 @ 18:46:08

    Thanks, yeah that was the intention. Hope you decide to take action on those things you’ve been putting off. :)

    How to Overcome Perfectionism: Life Lessons from Kubrick to Picasso

  • 2015-02-24 @ 10:34:51

    I can see that argument, it makes sense. I suppose it comes down to whether you believe capitalism is exploitative or not and whether revolt is healthy or not. I couldn’t tell you much about my thoughts on capitalism because I haven’t looked that deeply into it, but what I will say is capitalism allows us the privilege of criticising capitalism. Capitalism allows us this internet and this website and this freedom of expression. It’s one of the few religions/regimes that seems to permit its own demise. I see it as a cultural stepping stone to a higher realm of existence. A necessary evil.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: practicing meditation changed my life

  • 2015-02-23 @ 10:32:56

    Once again shows the importance of sleep, power napping in particular, on creativity and optimal cognitive functioning.

    Nap Like Salvador Dali: How To Get Creative Insights

  • 2015-02-23 @ 10:28:06

    A beautiful compilation of Alan Watts talking about nothingness.

    Alan Watts – On Nothingness

  • 2015-02-22 @ 13:23:03

    There is no guaranteed relationship between mindfulness and ethical behaviour but mindfulness has been shown to increase compassion in the research – a virtue that’s integral to ethical behaviour. The fact that mindfulness may make killers more efficient is not an argument against mindfulness any more than ‘practice’ makes killers more efficient therefore ‘practice’ may be bad. Of course it’s unrealistic to assume anything is wholly good or wholly bad. Humans are ultimately responsible for the use of any technology at their disposal. With the mindfulness for business I don’t see the draw backs. Happier more productive workers will generate more profit yes, but why is this bad? One of the best ways of making your workers work hard is to show them that you care about them (research to prove it), should this business approach also be criticised?

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: practicing meditation changed my life

  • 2015-02-22 @ 11:43:24

    Hmm, I see that as a flawed criticism. Capitalism would change if the whole world practiced mindfulness. Compassionate capitalism would ensue — a different creature all together. While buddhism is all about training the mind to be more ethical and ‘free’, Buddha and the Dalai Lama would both agree that mediation is the most vital part of achieving this. Meditation is much more than a stress reliever: better decisions, less irrationality, more empathy, healthier psychological immune systems, etc,. The criticism with mindfulness would be potential decrease in consumerist culture. If anything meditation could lead to the collapse of capitalism rather than increase its power. What do you think about my views?

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: practicing meditation changed my life

  • 2015-02-22 @ 10:23:27

    I like hearing self-help advice from someone who’s climbed Everest at 23, broken their back, and been a member of the SAS. This is a man who literally practices what he preaches and that makes his insights much more powerful to me.

    Bear Grylls on How To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

  • 2015-02-22 @ 10:16:16

    If you stop and think about your life. What are your intentions? What are you trying to achieve? It’s such a simply question but few people really know the answers. I found this article empowering because it helps clarify why we do what we do, and highlights if we need to change direction.

    How to Harness the Power of Intention

  • 2015-02-22 @ 10:10:22

    This is incredible, it goes to show how ambition and mindfulness are not at odds, rather they compliment each other.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: practicing meditation changed my life

  • 2015-02-21 @ 08:43:47

    This is amazing.

    Mummified Monk Found In Buddha Statue

  • 2015-02-20 @ 15:36:52

    Yeah, you’ve made some good points Emppu. I would like to add though that we don’t just envy people who live up to societies perfect standards. I envy people who can write, “I had toast for lunch” as their status because I would never write such a thing. I envy their carefree attitude and ability to be so detached from outcome. This highlights within me an area I need to work on. There are also people who travel, have lots of popularity, get a new job or get into a relationship who are otherwise, in our eyes, ‘losers’. But the point of this article is to admit to ourselves that we feel envy. Because it’s very taboo. Nobody wants to say they feel bad because someone else is better off. Envy is the result of feeling inadequate to others, I think social media is a huge driving force for depression not just because of envy but also because of our reluctance to admit we feel it.

    A Philosopher’s Guide To Facebook Envy

  • 2015-02-20 @ 13:29:54

    Hey Poly, I understand your frustration with the links but I think you’re interpreting things from the wrong viewpoint. Examine funded their site for the first few years with affiliate links to Amazon’s search pages for a particular supplement. I think is one of the best websites on the web, I’ve bought their ebooks and I’ve summarised the most important parts of them in this article for free. I also spent a lot of time researching the best supplements using their recommendations for myself, and subsequently shared that information in this post for free too. We are trying to offer value to readers, not take it. I see that some people will have a problem with affiliate links and always will, but there are a group of people who intend on buying supplements anyway and appreciate the research that went in to putting this article together. If you thought the post was poorly written, inaccurate or uninformative then that’s a problem, but if it’s none of the above, I struggle to see one.

    Also, you said about Examine: “They can put up as much science as they want, it could all be unreviewed papers and 99% of the visitors wouldn’t even notice”. If this is the case (they link to all of their studies so it’s not) then the fault would not lie with Examine, only the people too lazy to investigate for themselves. Examine promotes critical thinking and a scientific approach, this surely can only be a force for good in the fitness community?

    The No Bullshit Guide to Vitamins: 8 Supplements You Actually Need

  • 2015-02-19 @ 21:07:47

    Haha, oh no! Just that the same people who are telling you to add colour are most likely using a black and white filter on their Instagram ;)

    An Artists Attempt To Revolutionize Portrait Painting – A Personal Story By David Kassan

  • 2015-02-19 @ 19:46:40

    Gah! Lol that’s annoying! Yeah black and white is amazing. I mean, besides, isn’t it the fastest way to make a bad photograph look good?

    An Artists Attempt To Revolutionize Portrait Painting – A Personal Story By David Kassan

  • 2015-02-19 @ 19:37:38

    That’s cool though man. Maybe an assumed ‘weakness’ will turn into a strength. Monet had eye problems and some art historians say he could see more ultraviolet wavelengths that normal. Btw, Rembrandt’s pallet consisted mainly of four colours: red, white, black and yellow ochre. That might be a good start. Limited colour palette stuff is gorgeous.

    An Artists Attempt To Revolutionize Portrait Painting – A Personal Story By David Kassan

  • 2015-02-19 @ 18:32:28

    Black and white?

    An Artists Attempt To Revolutionize Portrait Painting – A Personal Story By David Kassan

  • 2015-02-17 @ 20:17:36

    I love this quote “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” I can imagine him saying it sternly to someone gossiping.

    Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons, and Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

  • 2015-02-17 @ 13:58:46

    I’m glad you got something out of it! Do you have any case-studies where you’ve used a negative experience as fuel to succeed?

    A Philosopher’s Guide To Facebook Envy

  • 2015-02-16 @ 20:47:05

    Hey, getting serum levels checked is a safe move, especially if you have a health condition like yourself. By the way, if you read the article again you’ll see that optimal levels of vitamin K actually decalcifies your arteries. I’d look into that if I were you.

    I encourage everyone to use critical thinking when it comes to health, but that also includes looking at the evidence. Science can tell us lots of useful things.

    I used to be a minimalist with supplements too. I thought they all did nothing, a multivitamin was all you need. But if the science keeps saying otherwise, the skeptical thing to do is be open to change.

    The No Bullshit Guide to Vitamins: 8 Supplements You Actually Need

  • 2015-02-14 @ 13:29:23

    Same here. What was your favourite part?

    Arnold Schwarzenegger Interview by Tim Ferriss

  • 2015-02-14 @ 13:06:33

    I like what you said Rohn. Moving past the need for petty arguments, IMO, is essential for a wise life.

    We Perceive Our Own Realities

  • 2015-02-14 @ 13:05:03

    Awesome article Ryan.

    Social Media is Distorting Your Creative Vision, and You Don’t Even Know It

  • 2015-02-13 @ 10:14:42

    Love this!

    We Perceive Our Own Realities

  • 2015-02-11 @ 10:43:53

    Hi Elie, thanks for checking out the post and taking the time to ask some important questions.

    I’ll answer each individually.

    1) Supplements are good vs. supplements are bad is an overly simplistic view in my opinion. I do believe that 98% of supplements are overhyped and do nothing, but that doesn’t mean every supplement is useless. For example, the only way to get optimal levels of vitamin K from your diet is to eat HUGE quantities of cooked kale or nato beans daily. If you workout a lot and lose zinc through sweat, oysters and beef will have to be eaten in large quantities. What if you have a nut allergy and have low magnesium? What if you’re a vegetarian and want more protein? What if you’re deficient in vitamin D but don’t want to spend time in the sun? The supplements in this article were chosen because they’re hard to get from diet alone. Vitamin C deficiency can kill you, but I don’t recommend anyone buy vitamin C because it’s easy to get through diet without even trying. If you’re worried about FDA regulations, I would look into each supplement individually, contact the manufacturer, ask for authenticity records, etc., rather than just assume all cause harm.

    2) It’s a funny world we live in. Conspiracy theorists who convince us that toothpaste is poisonous or deodorant causes cancer tell us that we’re lied to, so we’ll keep paying the companies. Ironically, mainstream conspiracy theorists seem to use the same business model. The argument that because something isn’t natural it’s bad is illogical. Our understanding of medicine has increased life expectancy from 35 to 75. Despite what you hear on the news, violence is declining in sync with the technological revolution. Plus, most of the food we consider ‘whole food’ has been messed with by artificial selection. Apples, broccoli, bananas don’t resemble their true form anymore.

    3) You’re not going to really have withdrawal symptoms from stopping with your vitamin supplementation. I don’t know if dependent is the right word. Do supermarkets make us dependant on them? TV makes us dependent for entertainment? I don’t think there’s an evil agenda. Some companies advertise to the ignorant, but there are a few companies out there that have a solid reputation for remaining scientific in their supplement endorsements.

    Hope this helps, there are a lot of conflicting viewpoints, will help clear things up further! :)

    The No Bullshit Guide to Vitamins: 8 Supplements You Actually Need

  • 2015-02-08 @ 19:04:03

    Yeah the word ‘debunked’, without context, seems to belittle the guy’s achievements. The shooting is real and he’s twice as fast as the number 2 speed archer. The historic references might not be accurate, but to me that’s the least important part.

    With 10,000 Hours of Practice What Could You Achieve?

  • 2015-02-07 @ 22:23:46

    Lol yeah the dude doesn’t mess around! Makes you wonder too, if this incredible method of archery has been forgotten for thousands of years… what other things did the ancients do better than us?

    With 10,000 Hours of Practice What Could You Achieve?

  • 2015-02-04 @ 19:14:56

    I don’t think there’s a definitive answer here because while one may theoretically be slightly better than the other, the best meditation for everything will typically be the one you can stick to and maintain a motivation for (beginners mind) in the long term. So to put the question back to you, if you had to focus your attention on something every day for the rest of your life would you choose a mantra or your breath?

    26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

  • 2015-01-14 @ 20:54:33

    Thanks for this. Incredible human being. A great example of talent + insane work ethic!

    Richard Feynman – No Ordinary Genius

  • 2014-12-25 @ 18:29:07

    Thanks Ophelia! That’s awesome. I GUARANTEE you’ll love it!

    10 Best Positive Psychology Books You Need To Read For Authentic Change

  • 2014-12-25 @ 18:28:30

    I’ve read that. Amazing book. Seligman is such a huge figure in positive psychology. The only reason it’s not in the list is because I think ‘Happier’ and ‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ sort of cover that ground. But excellent recommendation, thanks!

    10 Best Positive Psychology Books You Need To Read For Authentic Change

  • 2014-12-22 @ 12:42:28

    It’s a weird thing. When your ill or in pain you don’t realise the exact moment you feel better again. I personally feel reduced anxiety, increased happiness and better social interactions pretty much immediately. On one hand meditation is like mental hygiene (you’ve gotta do it everyday), but it’s also like weightlifting in the sense that you’ll continue to get better at it as time goes on. It’s ancient brain training. The reason why the studies are so important is because we can’t always ‘feel’ something like meditation at work. Can you feel 18% less pain? Can you feel yourself making better decisions 20% of the time? It’s pretty difficult to ‘feel’ these things. But that doesn’t mean they’re not happening.

    26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

  • 2014-12-22 @ 10:38:53

    Yeah it’s crazy isn’t it. That organ is like 3 instruments in one!

    Hans Zimmer’s On Making Interstellar’s score

  • 2014-12-22 @ 10:36:56

    As a standard practice I focus on my breath for a set amount of time. I’ve found sitting on the floor is better than a chair for increased alertness. On top of that I use the app ‘buddhify 2’ for guided mindfulness audio tracks. There are some great ones for eating, falling asleep, walking and doing chores.

    26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

  • 2014-12-20 @ 11:42:15

    That’s absolutely right Filip and I chose the books with this in mind. For example, in ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life’ there is a chapter on ‘How to Put Books Down’, in which it states clearly, “Reading is on the threshold of the spiritual life; it can introduce us to it: it does not constitute it.”

    That said, I think the act of reading itself is a practice that can induce significant change. Sitting down for an hour of two every day and training your mental muscles to concentrate and absorb challenging content is not easy. In my experience the type of person who can do this will find it much easier to adopt new habits than those who do not. Much like meditation, reading ticks the ABC of change: affective (emotional), behavioural (habit), cognitive (knowledge). The higher quality of the content only increases the benefits.

    10 Best Positive Psychology Books You Need To Read For Authentic Change

  • 2014-12-13 @ 22:28:04

    I think it definitely applies to other art forms. For music. exercises like ‘learning a song by ear’, ‘composing away from the instrument’, ‘mastering covers’, ‘playing the same song in different keys’ and so on will help. Creativity is improved when we provide our brains with novelty and skill improves when we stretch our abilities — why not combine the two?

    9 Sketching Techniques Leonardo da Vinci Used To Achieve Artistic Mastery

  • 2014-12-13 @ 22:22:43

    No problem! A great place to start is ‘Leonardo: The Artist and The Man’ by Serge Bramly.

    9 Sketching Techniques Leonardo da Vinci Used To Achieve Artistic Mastery

  • 2014-12-13 @ 22:20:31

    Thanks LulaBella! Happy the post resonated with you! :)

    26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

  • 2014-12-13 @ 22:04:34

    Absolutely! We can only measure that which we have the tools to measure with. I’m looking forward to seeing what other benefits meditation provides as our understanding of the brain advances.

    26 Scientifically Proven Superhuman Benefits of Meditation

  • 2014-11-23 @ 20:04:30


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  • 2014-11-22 @ 22:00:45

    Thanks Martijn. That means a lot considering it’s coming from a lucid dream aficionado :)

    The Science of Lucid Dreaming Techniques 101

  • 2014-11-20 @ 14:56:17

    I think this is an amazing and well written article.

    Ross Andersen – Humanity’s deep future