"MAN'S mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny." - James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

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Karma Has Been Designed To Be Your Second Brain

If there's a piece of knowledge, a principle, a factoid or idea that you feel good about, you can digitize it and then periodically revisit it to retain and integrate it into your memory. A digital second brain can accelerate your synthesis of unrelated ideas while improving your recall and articulation.

Karma's been designed to be your second brain, but it's only useful if you load it up.

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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joe Sugarman

Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy

The Copywriter's Handbook by Robert Bly

Reality in Advertising by Rosser Reeves

The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman

My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

"Hey Whipple, Squeeze This" by Luke Sullivan

How Brands Become Icons: The Principles of Cultural Branding by Douglas B Holt

"Breakthrough Advertising" by Eugene Schwartz

The Book of Gossage by Howard Gossage

This Video Will Make You Angry

The Model Thinker

  • On Becoming an Effective Teacher
  • A View of What Education Might Become
  • Blink
  • Lies my teacher told me
  • Small teaching
  • Thinking fast and slow
  • Reading and writing for civic literacy
  • Make it stick
  • Design for how people learn
  • How we learn
  • The art of learning
  • A mind for numbers
  • How learning works
  • For those readers who recognize that this is a revolutionary statement, and who feel the obligation to read further, I would urge struggling through the great book in the field, Personal Knowledge by Michael Polanyi (376). If you have not studied this book, you dare not consider yourself prepared for the next century. 1£ you don't have the time, the will, or the strength for this giant of a book, then I recommend my Psychology of Science: A Reconnaissance (292), which has the virtue of being short and read· able while making similar points. This chapter, these two boob, and the other books touted in their bibliographies represent well enough the new humanistic Zeitgeist as it is reflected in the field of science.
  • Emerson ~ All goes to show that the soul in man is not an organ,
  • http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/the-kekul-problem
  • The three dimensions of reality you refer to are almost identical to what the psychoanalyst Lacan
  • A metaphysical google maps
  • The potential solution is to model the learner’s knowledge (there is some exciting research right now in an area called Deep Knowledge Tracing that aims to do this) and combine that model with a map of the content, in order to predict what piece of content will be most likely to help the learner.
  • Einstein memory palace book?
  • Reading With Patrick and How To Change Your Mind.
  • Hofstadter's "superrationality"
  • The Quantum and The Lotus: A Journey To the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet, by Matthieu Ricard
  • Harry Lorayne's books? He has a great improvement on the "method of loci". Instead of linking each idea to a location on a fixed path, he instead links each idea directly to the next using absurd associations.
  • Jed Mckennas theory of everything
  • the holographic universe by Michael Talbot is good place to start and the field by Lynne mctaggert is similar with more details on similar concepts.
  • McKenna talks about his recommended writing process towards the path of truth which he calls spiritual autolysis in Jed talks #1

  • Less Wrong/rationality writing
  • Resonance is like ~ spotify bars
  • The virus says buy all you can buy; the antidote says be all you can be.
  • Constructive optimism / constructivist optimism
  • The spirit molecule
  • Ramdas
  • Advita vedanta
  • Gore vidal: “much less decent”... objectivity
  • Love and altruism are biological-logical
  • Moonwalking with einstein

    Write about the information economy, and how we value quality information as well as data. Institutional flavor of high quality information is data that makes people targetable. Personal flavor of high quality information is data that renders institutions obsolete by giving us personal freedom. Frame this in the context of The Watchmaker, and how ideological evolution is just filling in inevitable gaps. Technology is pushing us forward into the grooves of potential, and we're learning (as any variation of evolution would) that undisciplined technology is like undisciplined drinking. Discipline comes in the form of opting in to algorithms and incentives that deliberately suppress institutional imperialism in favor of social value. Then study each social network as an organism, as a species, and anticipate the emergence of a new species not as some ideologue, but as an outside observer of unthinking evolutionary forces pitted against life's will to live.

    A clever way to win the argument is to dilute the power of truth by using truth to support untruth. This is how doublespeak emerges.

    Rhetoric by Aristotle


    How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

    Debate Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault - On human nature [Subtitled]

    Aristotle's On Memory

    Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

    Classroom Assessment Techniques


    The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

    The Power of Mindful Learning

    What the best college teachers do

    The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

    Service Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learning

    Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Can Transform College


    How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching




    I mentioned 'the diamond age' in my first comment. You should maybe check it out if you want more food for thought around what teaching could look like. 'The Young Lady's Illustrated Primer' is probably the ideal form of what you'd be wanting to build. The true self-education tool would be one that can build a path from your current understanding to where you want to go, or even to where you 'should' go but don't know about yet. To do that, it would need to be able to figure out what you're missing to understand the things you're currently working on, and what order to introduce new concepts to build the bridge up to higher levels.

    mind mapping ted talk

    Chomsky's moral relativism

    The danger of pop-sci and signal distortion and loss. Science and then pop-sci, and then pop-sci on pop-sci.


    So many of Small Teaching's infos weren't backed up, and came from other pop sci … I think the best way to approach learning is to take pop sci and then look at the references lists and then throw the book away, because that's what you end up doing anyways.

    Check out this talk: https://youtube.com/watch?v=p40p0AVUH70 and also there's a really neat book I'm currently reading, Vladimir Propp's "The Morphology of the Folktale" that talks about tales as algorithms, in a pre-Turing and von Neumann world.

    To turn a collection of dissociated facts into comprehension, we must connect those facts and rationalize their relationships.

    "Frederick Douglass is a classic story of a nineteenth-century slave's self-education, against the rigid opposition of his owners, into a powerfully persuasive writer and speaker. Mark Twain is another example; he left school at twelve but educated himself, beginning with his work as an apprentice typesetter at a newspaper, to the point where he became one of the best-read and wisest people of his time." - Donald Lazere, Reading and Writing for Civic Literacy

    Seems like genes > proteins > neurochemicals means genetics predispose our programming with a "template" that's been determined to result in relative high probability of survivability. Chick pecking at anything, a baby sucking on anything, is the result of evolution predisposing protein synthesis towards a certain pattern that reflects - in a single being - the story of environmental pressures exerting influence on life for eons.

    How We Learn

  • Choose the information that accelerates progress. Emotionally, ideologically, logistically, etc.