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Book summaries, lifehacks, tips and psychology

How Long is a Moment? The 4 Different Ways to Measure It

A few hundred years ago, the word “moment” used to mean a precise amount of time, just like a minute equals 60 seconds.

Nowadays, we just use it to describe a very short period of time, but without any hard definition. This leaves room for some ambiguity, so here are a few ways to measure how long a moment is:

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I Hate My Life – You Won’t Hate It Anymore After Reading This

It takes a lot to say “I hate my life”.

The reasons are different from person to person. But they all feel the same: that no matter how much you struggle, quality of life stays the same. Or gets worse.

You put in the work, do the right thing, sacrifice yourself whenever required. Yet you can’t seem to catch a break or win a personal victory.

Worse yet, even if you do win something, you’ll find the victory is hollow or meaningless.

If you compare your present life to the one you had 2-5-10 years ago, nothing much seems to have changed.

It’s like trying to race a marathon while stuck on a treadmill.

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A Funny Misunderstanding: 9 Historical Examples

The definition of misunderstanding, (as per dictionary) describes it as such:

  1. An incorrect interpretation of a certain point of view, situation, argument or piece of information.
  2. A conflict or disagreement between two or more parties.

It’s safe to say that any human that has ever lived has been in such a situation. But some misunderstandings are bigger than others and history is peppered with some hilarious examples

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The best philosophy books, as chosen by philosophers

What follows is a collection of some of the best books out there for people who want to learn philosophy, and what major thinkers, philosophers and scientists think  about these books.

They’re not structured in any particular order, and most are pretty much “pick up and play”, meaning you can read them even if you don’t know much philosophy.

Before you start, you should know that philosophy has some particularities that occasionally make it a tedious and time consuming process.

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Limerence causes, symptoms, and how to not go full crazy

Have you ever caught yourself falling in love with someone you rationally know you really, really, really shouldn’t fall for, but can’t do anything to stop it?

If yes, you’ve experienced the painfully magical emotional state of limerence.

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Guide your life with the concept of Ikigai

What is Ikigai

 

In the Japanese language, Ikigai is a compound word where:

  • Iki = alive, life
  • Kai = result, benefit, value

Put the two terms together and you have a word that translates to “reason for living”.

Now, one might question why such a term is actually needed since many languages come with their own particular words for this notion.

But Ikigai doesn’t just describe a simple concept. It encompasses a philosophy that helps one actually achieve this “reason for living”.

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Unconditional Love for Practical People

What is unconditional love

In its true, semantic meaning unconditional love equals affection without any sort of limitation. Love simply flows towards someone (or even an ideal) without any sort of restraint. One might even call it “true love”.

But this definition raises some tough possibilities that beg the question: “without any limits? Seriously?”.

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What if an Artificial Intelligence chooses suicide?

Whenever we think of super intelligent AI’s, we imagine complex entities like Skynet in the Terminator movies or the machines in the Matrix series. Alternatively, they might be helpful, like many of the robots in the stories of Isaac Asimov.

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(Summary) Flow: The Pyschology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

What is flow?

 

Flow is the state of total immersion while doing an activity. Flow comes from the intense concentration around your own actions and their immediate feedback. Think of a painter who carefully observes how straight his lines are or the accuracy of his colors. Think of a chess player who eagerly awaits his opponents move, all the while planning his own.

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(Summary) Childhood Disrupted

Childhood Disrupted” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa explores the lasting impact childhood trauma can have on your biology.

The book’s premise centers around the negative (and on few ocassions, positive) impact stress can have on a child’s development into adult life.

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