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Some of you may have seen my tweets on beef-only thinking (eg: twitter.com/vgr/status/1076991) on twitter, ie people who only seem to be able to do good thinking in the context of conflict, where they're trying to prove someone wrong.

I'm interested in mechanisms of no-beef thinking. Which we can maybe call soy thinking, reclaiming the soyboy slur.

Quality thinking in a non fight-flight context.

@vgr The method I use is something that I think Feynman did: keeping a small list of interesting ideas and paying attention anytime stuff on it pops up.

His ex complained of him doing math problems near immediately upon waking. I found I do that kind of thing when I overload my thinking with biological concepts the night before.

Einstein may have stumbled upon that too regarding his life-long obsession with compasses.

As a way to direct thinking: It ends up being driven by curiosity, not ego.

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I think it helps to have time to follow curiosity. If there are questions that I want to know the answers to, and I have time and energy to pursue them, that can take up a lot of my attention. Sometimes that eventually leads to conflicts, if there are obstacles or societal incentives to dissuade people from finding the info.

It's hard to follow curiosity in a context where time and attention are claimed and commanded - like most elementary and high schools in North America.

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