Summary of “All You Need To Know About Stoicism In One Table”

The best tool he’s found so far also happens to be the source of his best business decisions, he claims: Stoicism.
We hear the right buzz words, like success, wisdom and living a good life, but then words like virtue, fortitude, and providence enter the picture, and we’d rather flip right back to Youtube.
When people like Tim call Stoicism “An operating system for thriving in high-stress environments; for making better decisions,” what they’re doing is translating to help us pick up the thread.It’s always the right time for Stoicism, but it’s always wearing the wrong dress.
You can find everything you need to know about Stoicism in a single table.
Three For ThreeIf only we dare to look just a little closer, we can instantly see that Stoicism is, above all, about simplicity - and a philosophy built around this idea can, by definition, not be complicated.
You really only need to do one thing to become a Stoic: learn to recognize what’s in your control and what’s not.
What Philosophy Is Really ForFurther selling Stoicism to the audience, Tim says it “Decreases emotional reactivity, which can be a superpower.” Given it could save a student from suicide as much as it could keep an NBA star from losing his temper, he claims the stakes are very, very high.
This is something even fewer people understand about Stoicism than its simplicity: It’s a philosophy of happiness.

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Summary of “Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated”

There’s a debate in climate circles about whether you should try to scare the living daylights out of people, or give them hope – think images of starving polar bears on melting ice caps on the one hand, and happy families on their bikes lined with flowers and solar-powered lights on the other.
Beyond quibbles with the science, critics including the illustrious climate scientist Michael Mann took issue with the piece’s “Doomist framing” because, as he wrote at the time, there’s “a danger in overstating the science in a way that presents the problem as unsolvable, and feeds a sense of doom, inevitability and hopelessness”.
Perhaps the most famous purveyor of climate scare tactics is Guy McPherson.
That’s the conclusion from behavioral scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Daniel Chapman, Brian Lickel and Ezra Markowitz, who, in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change, seek to bring the lessons of psychology to bear on communicating the importance climate change.
Climate experts, after all, are not experts on human behavior and the people who are say there are better ways to communicate the climate problem.
“In general, I think we need researchers and practitioners attending in an honest way to what research does and does not tell us about how to engage the public with climate change.”
The overwhelming problem in climate communication, after all, isn’t how it’s talked about so much as whether it’s being talked about at all.
A 2016 report from Yale’s programme on climate communication found one in four Americans say they “Never” hear someone discussing it.

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Summary of “Why This Type of Intelligence You Probably Haven’t Heard of Might Be the Most Important”

It used to be that cognitive intelligence was the king of the hill in terms of importance.
Now Cornell University’s professor of human development, Robert J. Sternberg, says “Successful intelligence” likely matters more than all the other intelligence types you’ve heard about.
Successful intelligence is a “New” psychological theory Sternberg actually introduced way back in 1996.
If you feel like you come up short given the description of successful intelligence, don’t fret.
Like other forms of intelligence, successful intelligence, according to Sternberg, is something you can work at and develop.
Sternberg was awarded the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology earlier this month for developing the successful intelligence concept.
His colleagues assert that his work is shifting the way we think about intelligence and forcing us to see it within a broader cultural context.
With cognitive intelligence, we might look at the person, with emotional intelligence, our relationships and interactions-successful intelligence requires us to look much more deeply at how we live, influence one another, and establish or adjust norms.

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Summary of “Barack Obama’s Reflections on Leaving the Presidency”

In Obama’s first major interview as a private citizen, he told Prince Harry of Wales, the British royal, that he felt thankful for his spouse and unexpected serenity as his term ended; that presidents aren’t afforded the luxury of long reflection on thorny challenges; that he feels as though he is now like a coach on the sidelines rather than a player on the court; that life after leaving the White House unfolds in slow motion; and that free speech remains vital in spite of hate speech.
Wherever you were in the race, if you ran hard and you did your best, and then you were able to pass that baton off successfully, with the country or the world a little bit better off than when you got there, then you could take some pride in that, and I think that we were able to do that.
Leaving the White House “Gives you the ability to reflect and study in a way that sometimes as president you couldn’t do the way you wanted because you had to move very, very quickly,” Obama said.
“One way I’ve described it is that I think when you’re in politics directly, then you’re a player on the field, and there’s some element of that you’ll never be able to duplicate-the excitement and the thrill and sometimes the agony that goes along with being on the field. And now I’m making that transition to some degree as a coach. And that has its own demands and its own responsibilities and its own impact. Being a great coach is often times as satisfying as being a great player but it’s a different role. That’s how I’m transitioning.”
“One danger of the internet, Obama continued,”is that people can have entirely different realities.
“One of the things we want to do when we’re working with young people to build up platforms for social change is to make sure they don’t think just sending out a hashtag, in and of itself, is bringing about change You have to get on the ground and you actually have to do something.”
Obama: I’m big on education, because the notion that we are going to be able to corral, that we are going to be able to contain, what’s said and what’s not on the Internet seems unachievable-and contrary to the values of an open society that the United States and Great Britain and most of the advanced world adheres to.
If you had to choose a moment in human history in which you wanted to be born and you didn’t know at the time whether you were going to be Prince Harry or Barack Obama or a small child in rural Africa or India, you’d choose today, because the fact is the world is healthier, wealthier, better educated, more tolerant, more sophisticated, and less violent than just about any other time in human history.

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Summary of “How to stop catastrophising”

Let us start by considering why some people catastrophise – that is, on hearing uncertain news, they imagine the worst possible outcome.
High levels of anxiety are extremely unpleasant, so we look for ways to discharge those unpleasant feelings as quickly as possible.
If a catastrophiser is told something inconclusive – for example, if they go to a GP and are asked to have tests – they look for a way to feel in control again immediately.
In this way, catastrophising soon becomes a well-entrenched habit.
There is always another source to check or another opinion to be had; as a result, catastrophisers feel anxious again increasingly quickly.
If you are a catastrophiser and you would rather not be, how do you go about making changes?
Anxiety is energy: if you are an anxious person, celebrate! However, why waste that energy feeling uncomfortable and preparing yourself for circumstances that will almost certainly never occur? Look for enjoyable ways to challenge yourself and use your energy more positively: taking regular aerobic exercise; learning something new; taking up a creative passion.
Whenever you are overwhelmed by anxiety and feel you must seek reassurance, give yourself permission to do so – but not straight away.

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Brush Up on What Healthy Eating Really Is. There are a lot of different ways to eat healthy.
Pretty much all healthy diets have you eating a lot of vegetables, usually also some fruits and whole grains, not too much sugar, plenty of good fats, and a reasonable amount of protein.
Switching to a plant-based diet won’t mean you’re automatically super healthy.
Not every healthy eating hack is actually going to be healthy for you.
Eating healthy can be hard, especially if you’re trying new foods or if you have co-workers who constantly bring boxes of doughnuts to the break room.
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Summary of “Heretics welcome! Economics needs a new Reformation”

Keen and those supporting him were making a simple point as he used Blu Tack to stick their 33 theses to one of the world’s leading universities: economics needs its own Reformation just as the Catholic church did 500 years ago.
Like the medieval church, orthodox economics thinks it has all the answers.
Neoclassical economics has become an unquestioned belief system and treats anybody who challenges the creed of self-righting markets and rational consumers as dangerous heretics.
True, the prestigious academic journals remain in the hands of the old order and in economics faculties there is strong resistance to change but increasingly students are showing their frustration at being told to learn and regurgitate economics that is not just narrow and of little relevance, but also plain wrong.
Of the 33 theses pinned to the LSE, five involved the teaching of economics, with demands to be taught history and economic thought, and for the monopoly of the status quo to be broken.
One of the theses demands that “Economics must do more to encourage critical thinking, and not simply reward memorisation of theories and implementation of models. Students must be encouraged to compare, contrast, and combine theories, and critically apply them to in-depth studies of the real world.” The fact that students feel the need to say this is a terrible indictment of the way economics is being taught, and their discontent negates the idea that this is just whingeing from aggrieved Keynesians.
Thirdly, economics needs to be prepared to learn from other disciplines because when it does the results are worthwhile.
At the launch of the 33 theses last week, Victoria Chick, emeritus professor of economics at University College London, put it this way: “The economics mainstream has the hallmarks of certain religions. They think they have the truth. But read for yourself and think for yourself. Change has occurred before and it can occur again.” She’s right.

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Summary of “Hip-Hop Changes. Eminem Doesn’t.”

On “Untouchable,” over an alluringly frenzied beat reminiscent of the Bomb Squad, Eminem puts similar intensity in service of a gripping narrative about racial friction, rapping from the perspective of a bigoted white police officer: “You better show your hands/And put our minds more at ease/Or get shot in the thyroid, comply or die, boy.”
Eminem has always been keenly attuned to the way whiteness has figured into his success, but here, for maybe the first time, he’s also seeking to disentangle himself from its most problematic shades.
The anti-Trump sentiment continues here on the well-intentioned and outlandishly corny “Like Home,” in which Alicia Keys sings a toothlessly uplifting chorus while Eminem likens the president to Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan.
Eminem is so obsessed with the particularities of rhyme that his songs can lack forward momentum.
The less Dr. Dre has been involved with his production, the less Eminem has been interested in actual songcraft – on almost half of the songs here, he starts rapping within the first few seconds, with little or no setup, flooring the gas pedal with no concern for structure.
Eminem chooses to rap garishly about the female physique on both songs, but rhythmically, the beats suit him.
There is recent precedent for this: On “4:44,” Jay-Z – three years older than Eminem, and still searching for his own middle-age-appropriate sound – found a lane of yesterday’s hip-hop he was well-suited to, and stuck to it, albeit with an emotional wisdom Eminem only occasionally achieves.
In the way that country singers often revert to traditionalism after they’re done pushing against the genre’s boundaries, Eminem may well be on his way to becoming a rap classicist.

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Summary of “Why humans are cruel”

The conventional explanation is that people are able to do terrible things to other people only after having dehumanized them.
Paul Bloom A lot of people blame cruelty on dehumanization.
We see other people as blameworthy, as morally responsible, as themselves cruel, as not giving us what we deserve, as taking more than they deserve.
A lot of what goes on in concentration camps is degrading and humiliating, and it’s about torturing people because you think they deserve it.
Sean Illing Are our intuitions about why people do terrible things wrong? Are we too sanguine about human nature?
They’re just failing to appreciate the humanity of other people, and if only we could clear up that mistake, if only we could sit them down and say, “Hey guys, those Jews, the blacks, the gays, the Muslims, they’re people just like you,” then evil would disappear.
That’s what you chant at people you’re really worried about, people who you think are a threat to your status and way of life.
People look at that moment of insanity and say to themselves, “I could never have participated in that.” But I don’t think it’s that simple at all.

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Summary of “The Force Belongs To Us: THE LAST JEDI’s Beautiful Refocusing of Star Wars – FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!”

A charming way of storytelling that whispers sweet nothings in your ear and is out the window before you wake up.
In making a Episode 7, I was hoping he’d cast it aside, and in some ways he did, and in some ways doubled down on some of his worst story habits of “Momentary effect” over building to a coherent point.
Sometimes it’s done in a funny way, sometimes in an incredulous way, but it’s always in purposeful way.
So for something to be “Invisible” and for you to be “In it” is not necessarily a virtue of any filmmakers ability or the lack, but largely what we bring in our own way of seeing.
The way the film plays with audience expectations with her is never a “Ta-da! surprised you, didn’t I!?” It’s what most good turns do in that they make you slap your forehead and go “Of course!” Poe’s mutiny was always misguided, him repeating the mistakes of the past.
Because it has to earn so much of the real biggest mystery presented in the last film and that’s WHY, why would Luke ever do this and run away? The answer, and then the films answer to that answer, is one of the most brilliant last lessons that the Star Wars universe has yet to give: and that is the acceptance of / and learning from failure.
“My friend said this in a conversation a long time ago. And he didn’t mean it about the characters themselves, nor what they meant to him. He meant it in the sense of the Star Wars series’ focus on lineage and the way some all powerful family who are the most powerful force users who basically controlled the fate of galaxy was super gross. And he’s right, quite frankly. Because it’s everything I hate about the notion of ‘destiny” and “Why I’m destined to be a hero!” bullshit.
Who, within them so innately carry the understanding of the horrors of that world, and thus so tangibly know the simple, inescapable ways for it to be better.

The orginal article.