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Rediscovering and Using Ancient Ideas: Part 1

The more control and rigidity you stumble for, the further away you get from what you want.

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Out of the Interface, Back To the Frontier

What happens to us when businesses decide to mimic human evolution?

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How Nature Flings Business over the Edge of Chaos

Complex, lifelike behavior is the result of simple rules unfolding from the bottom up. It’s how all life on Earth evolved. 3.5 billion years ago, increasing entropy enabled our first multi-celled ancestor to evolve from the primordial soup. To this day, us modern humans continue to benefit from and exploit this law of increasing entropy. Especially businesses. 

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On Uniformity, Disparity and Where We're Headed

When I was a kid, I loved baseball cards. In my after school YMCA program, I’d trade baseball cards with a friend, another kindred spirit who loved baseball just as much as I did (a lost art, since no one has the patience for baseball anymore). The trading was basic; you’d swap some duplicate card you had for something probably not that exciting. It was a monumental day when you came across an actual blockbuster trade.

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What's Home?

The global pandemic has changed our relationships with the idea of home forever.

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The Fight Between Our Institutions, and Us

What happened to our American institutions? Why do so many people today feel pain and fear around the degradation of our sacred democracy? We can place a considerable amount of blame on our decaying institutions.

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Was Thanos Right?

A twisted villain who kills half of human life with the snap of his fingers. All in the name of justice and mercy and inevitability.

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On Climate Change and Real Solutions

You see it all over the news, all over Twitter; all your friends talk about it. Humanity faces their biggest collective problem yet in the form of climate change. I personally believe mitigating climate change effects, reducing global CO2 emissions, tackling deforestation, and preserving biodiversity to be the most important and pressing problems of our time.

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The Consciousness Rabbit Hole: Where Are We?

“In fact, although people talk about being conscious of what is happening now, that’s the one thing you cannot be conscious of”Once you start trying to write or think about consciousness, you realize it’s the weirdest, craziest, most confusing, yet beautiful thing. After all, it’s the one thing you have control over that pushes the levers for everything in your life - emotions, reactions, desires, goals, outlooks, thoughts, physical feelings.

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How To Thrive in Modern Relationships

Rain thundered down from the sky. I looked out the window and saw a “welcome to Johnson City, Tennessee” sign. My girlfriend at the time, Serena, had been at the wheel of her Toyota Camry for almost 8 straight-hours. Midnight quickly approached.

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Thinking Through Foreign Policy From First Principles

Everyone has an opinion on foreign policy and everyone is probably wrong about it. Including me. People on Twitter slammed Trump and frothed at the mouth for his decision to pull troops out of Syria, negatively impacting our allies, the Kurds. I saw someone on Twitter even say that the complex geopolitical landscape has taken years to create and we have just eliminated it with the wave of a hand.

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What's Our Problem with the Great Stagnation?

There’s a clear cause of the widespread economic problems facing America today. But for some reason, nobody in power wants to admit this problem. They all act like wizards at Hogwarts tiptoeing around He-who-must-not-be-named. What’s the problem? 

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Sam Harris and Strange Loops

Sam Harris taught me something important: something eye-opening happens when you actually look at the inner workings of you mind.

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The Best Way to Reduce Wealth Inequality

Can you imagine if owning land was outlawed?

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Simple Strategies for Presence & Mindfulness

You probably can’t go a day without hearing someone ramble about presence or mindfulness. It’s everywhere now. But, as you could probably guess, there’s a reason for that.

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Why Are You Sprinting Into Walls?

It’s weird when you have that moment. You’ve been working on a project or a goal or a task for a while, and you make progress through what you think manifests itself as improvement. You can see the progress. “This isn’t so hard,” you think to yourself, as you prep plans on becoming a professional at whatever new goal you just decided to set out on.

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The Best Advice On How To Live & Think

Do you know the best way to live your life? Meaning: how do you act in certain situations, how do you handle difficult situations, what do you spend your time on, how do know if you’re on the right path in life, etc. I’m not sure if any other question matters as much as this one.

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The Greatest Negotiation Tactics You'll Ever See: In Practice

It’s fascinating how often you have to negotiate in life. From big things like salary or business deals, to smaller day to day tasks like who’s going to do the dishes, I realized that you can’t EVER avoid a negotiation. If you’re doing something every single day, might as well try to get good at it, right?

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Current Trends For A New Billion Dollar Startup

Two important themes in our society have kept playing on repeat the past few years, particularly in America; I strongly believe that both represent billion-dollar opportunities for startups to address in a variety of ways.

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A New Way of Understanding Religion

Growing up Jewish and having a Bar Mitzvah, I always felt combative towards my religion. I imagined greener pastures and freedom from the boring services awaited me outside of the four Temple walls. These experiences with religion as a kid have influenced how I view religion today: stodgy, out of touch with reality, and a waste of time. Religion felt strange and unnecessary. I respected however people wanted to live their lives, but it wasn’t for me.

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AI Doesn't Know Your Intentions

We hear about AI in the news every day. “AI is coming for our jobs”, or “AI is going to take over the world and murder as all”, or even “AI company now valued at $100 Billion and getting ready for IPO.” I’m personally incredibly excited about the future of AI and how it can help us essentially solve every problem we could ever have. But that day could fall anywhere from 10–100 years from now.

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What’s The Deal With “Corporate Innovation?”

Every CEO harps on “disrupting ourselves” these days.

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A Day In The Woods

Nothing feels better than escaping your daily routine and the noises of the city and trekking through the mountains in the Hudson Valley in New York during fall. Golden, red, and orange leaves litter your entire field of vision.

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All Books Tell You The Same Thing — But That’s The Beautiful Point

I noticed a tweet from Patrick O’Shaugnessy (CEO of O’Shaugnessy Asset Management) the other the day that caused me to pause my endless scrolling. In his tweetstorm, he said, “As you keep going, say past 100 books, you start to realize all the good ones, even those on wildly different topics, are all related.”

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Psychology of Fascism- 1941 and Now, and How To Fight It

In his book, Escape From Freedom, written in 1941 at the height of Nazism and World War II, Erich Fromm, an American psychologist and philosopher, discusses the collective psyche of a country conducive to a Fascist leader taking control. Important stuff for us to know in this day and age!

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How Do You Know if Your Thoughts Are Your Own?

Seriously, how do you? One of my favorite books I’ve read recently, Escape From Freedom by Erich Fromm, discusses how one of the main ways to gain “positive freedom” is thinking for yourself. Digging deep into your own belief system and worldview and questioning why you believe things helps to uncover what you actually believe and why you believe it, or even why you say certain things or think the way you do.

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The Dark Side of a Universal Basic Income

UBI, or Universal Basic Income, has been touted by economists, technologists in Silicon Valley (like Y Combinator), and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, as a solution to our growing inequality gap and a strategy to hedge against the coming AI takeover that will render millions of Americans unemployable.

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The Art of Being a Small Venture Capitalist

You can imagine a venture capital investment as a dance between the entrepreneur and the investors. Much has been written on this end from the entrepreneurs’ perspective: how they can best perfect their pitches and fine-tune their approaches to win investment from venture capitalists.

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Who Cares About Philosophy?

Why you should care about philosophy

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How To Improve Your Thinking: Charlie Munger vs. Ray Dalio

Two modern-day business titans — Ray Dalio and Charlie Munger — have a lot in common. They run massive billion dollar businesses. They’ve constantly adapted and evolved to achieve their own definitions of success. But what I admire most about Ray and Charlie?

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Teach Yourself Data Science: the learning path I used to get an analytics job at Jet.com

How can you go from zero programming skills to a job in technology or analytics?If you’re interested in learning these skills, whether for fun or for a career change, what’s the best way to go about it?

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What Comes After Democracy?

If I said that the United States operates on the principles of individual freedom, and gives the utmost importance to protecting those core freedoms, you’d probably agree right? And that these freedoms and this system helped to create the most powerful country in the world, correct?

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Why Time Flows Faster Once You Graduate College

As the great Ancient Roman philosopher Seneca mused, “So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”

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