The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird Read:  2018-01-29, Rating:  9/10. This book offers thought-provoking ways to provoke thought. I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. —Albert Einstein Understand deeply: Don’t face complex issues head-on; first understand simple ideas deeply. Clear the clutter and expose what is really important. Be brutally honest about what you know and don’t know. Then see what’s missing, identify the gaps, and fill them in. Let go of bias, prejudice, and preconceived notions. There are degrees to understanding (it’s not just a yes-or-no proposition) and you can always heighten yours. Rock-solid…

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One Small Step Can Change Your Life

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The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Read:  2018-01-07, Rating:  7/10. using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” —Lao Tzu Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement. These strategies include: asking small questions to dispel fear and inspire creativity thinking small thoughts to develop new skills and habits—without moving a muscle taking small actions that guarantee success solving small problems, even when you’re faced with an overwhelming crisis bestowing…

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The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life by Alan W. Watts Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  7/10. Part One:  Background and History 1. The Philosophy of the Tao Taoism Difference between western and eastern thought Intro to self You are who you are now But we define self on past Concrete past Intro to Taoism "Superior work has the quality of an accident" 2. The Origins of Buddhism "Knowing what is not so is often as important as what is." "The function of negative knowledge is not unlike the uses of space" "The value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains. But…

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Finding Flow

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Finding Flow The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life by Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  9/10. Three Sentences from Finding Flow It is the full involvement of flow, rather than happiness, that makes for excellence in life. The happiness that follows flow is our own making and it leads to increasing complexity and growth in consciousness. The first step in improving the quality of life, consists of engineering daily activities so that one gets the most rewarding experiences from them. (This sounds simple but...) My Notes What makes a life serene, useful and worth living? The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt, to make sense of the reality of the past and the possibilities of…

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The Obstacle is the Way

The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-04-26, Rating:  8/10. My Notes Obstacles are not only to be expected but embraced. Our actions may be impeded... but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle of our acting.  The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Are you worthy? Can you get past the things that inevitably fall in your way? Will you stand up and show us what you're made of? Most of us are paralyzed. Whatever our individual goals, most of us sit frozen before the many…

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Existence of God

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Philosophers and Existence of God Anselm of Canterbury Ontological argument It is a conceptual truth (or, so to speak, true by definition) that God is a being than which none greater can be imagined (that is, the greatest possible being that can be imagined). God exists as an idea in the mind. A being that exists as an idea in the mind and in reality is, other things being equal, greater than a being that exists only as an idea in the mind. Thus, if God exists only as an idea in the mind, then we can imagine something that is greater than God (that is, a greatest possible being that does exist). But we cannot imagine something that is…

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Philosophers

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Philosophers Plato Tripartite Theory of Soul Logical - Rational - logos Spirited - Emotional - thymos Appetitive - Physical Desires - epithymia The Republic - Nature of Reality - Allegory of the Cave René Descartes Skeptic - a person who questions whether anything can be known with certainty Cartesian Skepticism Disbelieve everything “All that up to the present time I have accepted as most true and certain I have learned either from the senses or through the senses; but it is sometimes proved to me that these senses are deceptive, and it is wiser not to trust entirely to anything by which we have once been deceived.” Cogito, ergo sum or “I think, therefore I am.” John Locke Tabula rasa - blank slate…

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Are Sam Harris’ arguments irrefutable?

A Simplified Conversation about Free Will with Sam Harris: Sam: Do you have free will? Me: Maybe, I sure hope so. Sam: Are you future decisions based on your past, your deep conscious and unconscious past? Me: Yes. Sam: Now, do you have any control of the past, genes, childhood and other experiences? Me: No. Sam: If you have no control of your future decisions because they are based on your uncontrollable past, do you have free will? Me: I guess not, Sam Harris. A person’s conscious thoughts, intentions, and efforts at every moment are preceded by causes of which he is unaware. What is more, they are preceded by deep causes—genes, childhood experience, etc.—for which no one, however evil,…

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Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-02-15, Rating:  8/10. Everyone should read this book because, for everything that comes next, Ego Is the Enemy. A really quick read full of anecdotes from Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, John DeLorean, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Aurelius, Richard Nixon and Genghis Khan. My Takeaways Stay Humble Stay a Student Don't Tell Yourself a Story My Notes An unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centred ambition. "Not me," you think. For people with ambitions, talents, drives, and potential to fulfill, ego comes with the territory. Precisely what makes us so promising as thinkers, doers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, what drives us to the top of those fields, makes us vulnerable to…

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig Read:  2017-02-08, Rating:  10/10. My Takeaways Too personal for me to give an objective review. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance found me, forever changing my view on life, on suffering, on literature, philosophy and the search for Quality. My Notes Romantic vs Classical Personality What is Quality?

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