Thinking Toys #1 — Inversion

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This will take about 2 minutes and may magically solve a problem for you. Pick a problem from your life. It can be big or small, but keep it salient — what was on your mind before reading this? Take 15 seconds and load it up into your head. You’ve probably thought about it already. You’ve been trying to fix something, or make something different, or achieve some goal. You may have some sense of 

Talking past each other

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“Free speech, liberty, freedom, human rights — we need more! Also, let’s eat more bologna sandwiches!” We can probably agree on the first part but perhaps the bologna sandwich draws some protest. In fact, we don’t actually agree on the 

My introspection practice

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Lately, I’ve had a handful of people ask me about my meditation and introspection practices. This has served as a nice jumping off point to think back on my progress and results, as well. The core of my efforts has 

Ways of Seeing

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Tough problems often feel insurmountable without more information and better models — more data and thinking. An alternative approach is to be able to see the problem, and the whole world, in a new way. By looking through different eyes, 

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Certain Questions

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About a year ago I was sitting around trying to grok the concept of Evil — where does it come from and how does it work? After a few hours of spinning in circles, I experienced a sudden shift. My 

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