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OUT OF OFFICE Announcement – December 2020

[200 words] I'm going to be spending December in a Zen Temple in the Gredos mountain range in Extremadura in Spain. By this point, I understand the basic notion I am not actually 'David Leon'. I am really just the Universe, pretending it's this monkey called 'David Leon' for a while. Essentially, it appears... for …

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Aristotle’s Self-Help Book — The Nichomachean Ethics SUMMARIZED

[500 words] It's all about doing your thing (ergon). And doing it well.Flourishing. "Eudaimonia". What your thing is depends on what you are. If you're an animal, it's eating enough food to survive, and growing. If you're a human, it's that, plus talking, thinking (...which, annoyingly, involves listening to other people) and... "creative work" is …

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Why Twitch Plays Pokémon is literally the Best Thing Ever

[This is an old post, originally published on Blastocyst on March 9, 2014.But it's pretty relevant today, when we're all on the internet together feeling pretty down about collective action and existence itself.] [9600 words] Mount Moon is our Mount Sinai, and the Helix Fossil, our One True Lord and Saviour. Oh, and one more …

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An HONEST Guide out of Depression

[3000 words] If you don't get what you want, you get sad. If you consistently don't get what you want, you get depressed. Depression is a sort of hibernation of the soul. When physical winter makes the food scarce, certain animals hibernate their bodies. When psycho-social-spiritual winter makes enjoyment scarce, we humans hibernate our minds. …

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The solution to over-population

[200 words] Some people still seem to be worrying about overpopulation. Here are the solutions. Understanding them will help you stop worrying. Women's access to education When you improve women's access to education, the birth rate plummets. Birth rates have plummeted in all industrialized countries. It's why they've had to import people to keep the …

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