The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung // An Antidote to Materialism

As a consequence of reading The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung, I’ve ordered three more of his books and sat here staring at the wall for roughly the amount of time it would take to read the entire book two times over. This is not a book for literary escapism.

This book is not a cure, but the first dose in a treatment for materialism.

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How to Read Dangerously - Part I

I was with a friend who was notably hangry yesterday and she suggested getting something to eat. We were out running errands and I had already eaten my emergency packet of honey peanut butter so I wasn’t terribly hungry at this point. Still, the suggestion of In-N-Out Burger was enough to get me in the car. After 30 mins of trying to maintain an engaged conversation while simultaneously listening for our number being shouted across the room. We obtain the object of our salivation.

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When the Enviromarxists Come for Bitcoin

Every time the Bitcoin price jumps a swarm of kombucha drinking hipsters flock to Vice to take stabs at writing hit pieces on the energy consumption of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is back in the spotlight these days thanks to some wild price movements and central bank meetings. The decentralized currency has recently been trading over its all-time high of $1200 on some exchanges. But the higher the price goes, the more it exacerbates bitcoin’s dark side: shocking levels of electricity consumption.

Daniel ShaneVice - A Single Bitcoin Transaction Takes Thousands of Times More Energy Than a Credit Card Swipe

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Understanding Bitcoin Forks. Fork Off.

First, lets take a lay of the land. There are three branches of Bitcoin governance:

  • Nodes: A computer that connects to the Bitcoin network is called a node.
    • Full Nodes: A comupter that downloads newly mined blocks and ensure that all transactions conform to consensus rules, and are also responsible for relaying transactions across the Bitcoin network.
  • Miners: A computer that executes proof of work to create Bitcoin blocks.
  • Developers: A contributer to Bitcoin source code and consensus rules.

There are two ways to change existing Bitcoin law…

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Advice From Grandpa // The Curmudgeon's Guide by Charles Murray

Mr. Murry is the man who wrote The Bell Curve, a somewhat controversial study on IQ. Reading the mans book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead feels a bit like getting advice from your Grandfather. Not the crazy Grandfather that says the aliens are coming, but the one that talks about how he got screwed over on his pension and is trying to stop the same thing from happening to you. Forget the fact that no one gets a pension anymore.

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Your Storytelling Ritual

Why do people tell stories? There’s the obvious reason that people tell stories for entertainment. But entertainment doesn’t account for the thousands of repeated stories we tell only ourselves.

Storytelling is a transformation ritual. They are tools that are ment to get you from the person you are to the person you are aiming at becoming. Similar to how art is a way of healing your wounds while simultaneously exposing them. If that sounds like a plausible enough motive for storytelling, I’ll take it one step further and say, every judgment you make about yourself is a story.

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How To Tell The Truth

Often I feel like I’m censoring myself, and this is a problem because censorship is not exactly conducive to great communication. At its best, the truth comes out clear, pointed, and direct. At worst it comes out insensitive, rude, and clearly for my own amusement. More often it comes out somewhere in between, dancing around the inoffensive and the somewhat vague notion of any worthwhile conclusions.

Truth is the art of poetry and the science of comedy.

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A Womans Perspective on The Google Manifesto

Diversity is very a dangerous topic…

For a number of reasons:

  1. Google engineer, James Damore was recently fired for it discussing it.
  2. There are nightmarish regulations around it. These can be emotionally taxing and expensive.
  3. Nearly everyone agrees we ought to strive for a meritocracy and “hire the best person for the job,” but no one wants to have the conversation as to if diversity quotas are good or bad for a system of meritocracy.
  4. If people within an institution feel that they don’t have shared values, it damages their ability to cooperate.
  5. If you can’t cooperate, you don’t have a company.

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