Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.
During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?
Finally got round to Longform's interview with
Michael Pollan on _How to Change Your Mind_, which was excellent. I wrote about it here: https://clerestory.netlify.com/dn18/
Reading "Stand out of our Light," about digital distractions, which is free here https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/stand-out-of-our-light/3F8D7BA2C0FE3A7126A4D9B73A89415D
Bland, Dull, and Boring.
No, that's not my MastoBio.
It's what I found when looking for the distinction between "dull" and "boring".
Just read Michael Polanyi's Republic of Science. It's somehow nuts and I can't decide if I agree or disagree...
On the one hand it seems very Hayek-esque, like the market will solve everything, and he's very opposed to state intervention in science. On the other hand, he advocates for what Isaiah Berlin would call positive freedom, which normally prescribes strong central control? Has anyone else read this?
I wrote a bit about roguelikes https://clerestory.netlify.com/dn6/
Just discovered Cal Newport's take on #Mastodon and other social media stuff
via the podcast he did with James Clear, on deep work and habits:
I'm still defending fiction against two smart people who don't even really read it, and who mentioned it offhand on a podcast.
Here's me on whether it negatively affects morals:
Here's why I don't think all fiction is working through the author's trauma:
@dredmorbius Just wanted to thank you for posting my Zettelkästen article on HN!
I wrote a bit about why productivity/tracking systems don't always stick, and whether it's a natural cycle, or a sign of poor implementation.
Does anyone know about this Zettelkasten thing? Tried it? Someone at my discussion group yesterday mentioned it. It's intriguing but not sure if it will just be a distraction. https://zettelkasten.de/posts/overview/
I wrote about feelings. Should you record them? Do they mean anything? They seem much more important in the moment than they do later on. But does that mean they deserve more attention? https://clerestory.netlify.com/feelings/
Thinking about Robin Carhart-Harris' new paper on psychedelics. Anyone else read it? https://clerestory.netlify.com/rebus/
Californian in London. Linux sysadmin in a former life, now translating poetry, and trying to write about restructuring consciousness.
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