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Which Health Advice Is Actually True?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:55:11 PST

Spencer Greenberg, an extremely rational person and ultra synthesizer, posted the below as a public entry on Facebook. I found it interesting. What follows are Spencer’s words… A query for you about human health: what are dietary/nutrition/health recommendations that are (essentially) … Continue reading

Impressions of Morocco

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:25:23 PST

I spent 10 days in Morocco (Marrakech and Fes) over Christmas and New Year’s. Some of my impressions: Quite a beautiful country, physically. The old towns of Marrakech and Fes — the endless alleyways and crevices, and of course the … Continue reading

Heleo Interview Part 1

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:20:47 PST

Here’s a six minute video excerpt (part 1) of a recent conversation I did with business site Heleo. We cover how adaptation is a business and life skill; how to get feedback on how you should adapt; what one might … Continue reading

Book Review: But What If We’re Wrong?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:09:54 PST

Chuck Klosterman wrote one of the most stimulating books that I read in 2016: But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. There are countless interesting observations on science and pop culture and sports … Continue reading

Impressions of Malaysia

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:08:41 PST

Malaysia is a country of 30 million people that co-anchors the SE Asian economy with Indonesia. It’s also a place known to have great food and friendly people. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit there for the … Continue reading

The Factor That Colors Happiness and Unhappiness the Most

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:15:20 PST

Is she enjoying the city she’s living in? Is he enjoying his job, his co-workers, his boss? How’s he feeling about life? The factor that has the most explanatory power, in my view, on questions having to do with personal happiness and … Continue reading

What I’ve Been Reading

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:01:00 PST

Books and more books. 1. Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper. An incredibly engaging journalistic introduction to Bitcoin and blockchain, with cinematic storytelling about the people who pioneered the technology over the past 15 years. The book is about a year … Continue reading

Visiting Prison Again — With Defy Ventures

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:12:19 PDT

A few weeks ago, I continued my education on an issue I’m passionate about — criminal justice reform and the prison system — when I participated in a Defy Ventures event at a California maximum security prison. It was an incredibly powerful day. … Continue reading

Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:58:08 PDT

One of my favorite books of 2016: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I feel a little sheepish joining the parade of praise — everyone in Silicon Valley seems to be reading the book. I’ve wandered into more … Continue reading

Book Notes: Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:40:29 PDT

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger is a short book about how humans relate to each other and how modern society is pulling us away from our “tribal” roots. It touches on many topics related to community, war, … Continue reading