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Default 08-01-2021, 01:18 PM

Nietzsche had some groundbreaking ideas but it is notoriously hard reading.

To dismiss him offhand one would say that he believed that some special beings would emerge to rule over us who he called the ubermensch (almost definitely not spelled like that) who would mistreat us for their own benefits, that it is inevitable and will be the best thing ever. So the Nazis took his ideas and maybe misinterpreted them. And he definitely influenced that nutter Ayn Rand. Probably AI will turn out to be the ubermensch that he didn’t realise he was talking of. The end.

Which is mostly bullshit... but also a good debater could argue that this interpretation is accurate, plus it makes for a better movie plot or genocidal motivation than what he really said.


Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel is quite a fun read. His most well known paper is in there “What is it like to be a bat?” which is great. His short book / long paper “The view from nowhere” is also interesting and quite readable if you enjoy his style.

Philosophy of mind: a guide and anthology by John Heil is a great collection of essays.
Philosophy of language by A P Martinich contains a lot of the stuff that influenced my own writings.

I can offer more suggestions in normative ethics or classical philosophy but I’m a philosopher of mind and language primarily and haven’t studied too deeply into other areas.


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Default 30-03-2021, 07:33 AM

Last night I was lay on bed reading, and thinking about how to make my reading more efficient, and imagined how awesome it would be if the screen on my phone automatically scrolled.

Obviously, I then figured I'd see if this was a possibility and surprise surprise, apps exist that do just that.

The app I got is called "Easy Scroll", and combined with the app I use for reading called "Readera" - in which you can choose to read your books on a continuous downward scroll from beginning to end - this is an exceptional find.

Just a few minutes figuring out the buttons and pretty soon you're holding your phone without needing to do anything else other than read, whilst your screen automatically moves up for you. You can adjust the speed of the scrolling faster or slower with one tap of a button on a little side bar, which you can hide.

I'm really excited about this, it's an absolute game changer.

Today is a good day.


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Default 27-04-2021, 10:42 PM

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life

I've almost finished listening to Jordan Peterson's new book. My first thoughts are that, because I've listened to so much of his published work, to some extent it just feels a bit like, well, more of the same. I'm not sure if I'm feeling anything "new".

Being about 9 hours in, it feels like a lot of the content has been bulked out with lengthy stories about clients from his clinical practice. I mentally noted at least a few of these stories as ones I'd heard before in his lectures. The thing about that is, the majority of people reading or listening to his book are going to be fans who have, like me, also heard these stories before.

It's not bad, but I'm just undecided whether it's better than anything we've already had. I think there's a lot of religious references in it too, which, if I was reading or listening to just about anyone else, I'd close the fucking book.

Although I have to say, one of the new rules has struck a chord with me and has influenced me just yesterday to make a decision, and that was the rule:

'Work as hard as you possibly can on one thing and see what happens'

I have actually been spreading myself too thinly lately (although that's been a position I've frequently found myself in throughout the years) and now I'm going to put the majority of my spare time into a new business project. Yes, I know I've been yapping about this a long time and I have two failed attempts behind me, but here we go with phase three.

I even started studying a relevant course on Content Strategy last night as soon as I'd made that decision. It's not the only course I've done lately (I've got the study bug again) but whilst I enjoy studying for fun I'm currently doing so with purpose.


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Default 19-06-2021, 10:50 PM

I haven't managed to read half as many books so far this year as I had planned to. The best of which was The Art of Seduction.

At this point, I've decided I'm going to get stuck into The Memoirs of Casanova.

I started it nearly a year ago and after about 300 pages I lost track due to having multiple other books open. It's a bad habit I've often had, although I've managed to stick to one book at a time this year.

So this is the only story I'll be reading for the next while. It's obviously quite epic, so it'll be interesting to see how long it takes me to get through. Currently 63 pages in, of 3208. Which is probably around 3000 pages of actual content when you take out title pages and shit.

Really looking forward to it, actually. It reads like great literature, only it's probably better since these are true words from a seducer and adventurer who lived three centuries ago, before there was even electricity, never mind cars. It feels like a privilege to read this work.


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