Recent Thoughts

Overall a fantastic book detailing human behavior from a psychological and economic point of view. My favorite chapter was Cost of Social Norms, as it opened my eyes to a new point of view on interactions in a professional context. Dan Ariely does an amazing job detailing caveats of human irrationality throughout the book and I would say a must read for anyone. Summary Chapter 1: The Truth About Relativity Objectivity is nearly impossible how much is something actually worth? ... Read More
After falling behind doing one of these a day by about a week and doing a lot of reflection in a single day, I’m noticing a ton of repetition. In fact, circle of control was something that I reflected on here, here, here, and here. Not that this doesn’t bear repeating, but circle of choice has started to sound like the circle of dead horses. The author brings up a new point today though about how a stoic only controls his mind. ... Read More
Or Serenity Now! If we trust all of the teachings up until today, the stoics leave us with the sound conclusion that the optimal way forward follows from us giving up everything outside of sphere of choice. Allowing ourselves to trust that fate or luck or God controls all else. I struggle with this conclusion, not because I disagree with it but because it disagrees with my unrelenting existentialism. My sphere of influence never feels like a discrete function but a continuum that decays asymptotically. ... Read More
Similar to yesterday’s meditation If You Want to be Steady today’s explores the other side of the equation, analyzing the outcome of one focusing on things we cannot control. The unsteady, shaky nature we face when we only consider the outcomes out of our control as opposed to our judgment of those outcomes. I’m reminded of 2008 when a lot of my friends gambled professionally playing online poker. They would consistently play marathon sessions of heads-up poker online with 12 or more tables open at once. ... Read More
Epictetus waxes on judgement, questioning what drives us to make good choices versus bad ones. If we derive our decisions from external inputs, raw materials, how can we arrive at good or bad decisions if not for our judgments. If those we have skewed judgment of these externals, our actions could be bad. This process reminds me of the flux pattern because it feels the stoics want to have a unidirectional flow of data. ... Read More