@machado OK yeah I see. I assumed it was a conflict of interest.
Do you think it makes a difference if the stuff you're reviewing is for educational rather than entertainment purposes?
I guess I'm thinking that reading books can be hard, so a good review can convince you to do something you otherwise wouldn't. Whereas the bad review would just reinforce the default of not reading.
Then again, maybe it's a related problem if there are too many games to ever play.
I've previously thought about this question, whether there's a moral cost to indulging one's dislike or hatred for something through vitriol, how that weighs up against saving other people's time.
My recent thinking has been that it's hard enough to get the motivation to read/experience difficult stuff so better to err on the side of the (more difficult to write, as most of those writers note) positive review.
@machado Thanks for explaining. Yeah I thought that the decriminalisation had been a success.
Interesting to hear what it was like before that.
London there's more needles and crack pipes now than there were a few years ago, it feels like, though I don't know the stats.
@pnathan I agree that the talent doesn't have to be much. Although I've also been thinking lately that the growth mindset is only optimal if you truly are capable of growth. I may never become a great singer, regardless of effort; that may be a good place to adopt a fixed mindset.
Could you say more about the understanding of how to improve?
I agree that mediocrity in all things is not desirable, but I also believe the dose makes the poison in most cases. Pursuit of a goal to starvation, e.g.
I've been thinking a lot about mastery lately. Mastering ideas, concepts, or skills, to reach a high level, or new insights.
I think of mastery per se as a worthy goal, but a friend has argued that it can indicate obsession or compulsion, and he thinks high-level mastery is sometimes pathogenic.
Do you have a view on mastery, whether good or bad? For the purposes of this question, let's say mastering that has a neutral impact on the world, like privately learning an idea or skill.
@richard I agree. It seems to mostly have positive benefits. The past week and a half I've been aiming to write 2000 words per day. I do not find that if I have my first cup of coffee at the 0, 1000, or 2000 word mark makes much difference to how good the writing is, but it does affect how quickly I can do it.
@machado For me it varies, when I'm in an office where it's on tap I drink a lot. But I haven't been in that situation for a few years.
Right now I drink probably 1-3 cups per day. I grind it and make it with aerorpress, french press, or stovetop espresso, which is the strongest.
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