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When the shaman dresses like a deer, he is not imitating the deer. He is becoming the deer.



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Saying "How are you?" was a huge leap fwd in the interaction between human beings: It shows you are interested in others. It allows relationships built on trust and ... trading. 

Mindsight is the ability to pick up on other people's mental states. It is a massive


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Upper Paleolithic Transition

Upper Paleolithic Transition

Humans existed for 200-300 thousand years. But 40,000 BC something happened. Humans started living in settlements. And they started to make ... art. Sculptures, paintings, and even music.

This is the period where humans have an upgrade to their cognitions. They invent abstr...


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Psycho Technology

We evolved to use tools. In that sense, we are natural-born cyborgs. Our clothes, our objects are tools we enhanced ourselves with biologically. 

Psycho technologies enhance our brain. Like literacy, which enhances our cognition by helping us to remember. Taking notes makes...


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Shamanic rituals

Shamanic rituals

Shamanism is a cultivated ritual for altering your consciousness. It was so pervasive in prehistorical civilization, to today the shaman became an archetype: Yoda, Merlin, any old wise man are all Shamanic characters.

Shamans do this through sleep deprivation, imit...


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The meaning of life in the 21st century

The meaning of life in the 21st century

To seek our purpose in the world is a human pursuit for millennia. For Vervaeke, the meaning in life is found in wisdom. But the modern world has distanced us from the goalpost and Vervaeke points out spikes in depression, suicide rates, and social unrest.

But while things ...


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John Vervaeke's "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis"

John Vervaeke's "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis"

John Vervaeke teaches cognitive sciences University of Toronto. Similar to his Canadian colleague, Jordan Peterson, he became popular through his Youtube channel, where he explores deep philosophical ideas. 

In 50 hour-long episodes, Vervaeke analyses the crisis of meaning (which he describ...


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Life-long learner. Passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship, philosophy, Buddhism & SF. Founder @deepstash.

A very long series of lectures about meaning from a Canadian cognitive academic. I plan to watch them all and will share my insights as I go.

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Imitating and performing impractical actions is the key to learning complex cultural skills.

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When I have laid bait for deer, I don’t shoot at the first doe that comes to sniff, but wait until the whole herd has gathered round.


Winning is short-term

When Andre Agassi describes becoming number one, he says that he felt nothing. Even when winning important games, he describes the feeling as only lasting a short time.

You can’t rely on winning to be your day-to-day motivation. You have to be able to live a fantastic d...


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