Stuff that inspire me

Twenty-eight thousand eight hundred and thirty-five days: that’s all we have!

How conscious are we of the value of time? Are we spending it wisely? Are we investing our time wisely?

The 16thC French philosopher, Michel de Montaigne was a wise and intelligent writer, yet refreshingly modest, quite different from the philosophers of his time. He only wanted to learn things that were useful, worth understanding – only that which makes us feel better. He wrote: If man were wise, he would gauge the true worth of anything by its usefulness and appropriateness to his life.”  He observed that we should study our own minds before we study other peoples books. While either studying our own mind or studying other’s books, we should make sure that we are investing our time and effort in how we want ourselves to be in the future.

I am taking this advice and going to spare my precious time only on those things that are useful to me.

I will keep here items that I come across worth reading/listening.

January 2019

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

A well spent 22 minutes of my time today – and I intend to revisit this speech periodically.  This is water – David Foster Wallace 

December 2018

Compassionate and sustainable eating possible?

vegetarian-butcher  Join the revolution!

November 2018

Pranayama explanation from a real expert.

October 2018

Beginning to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science. Controlling the mind is possible by controlling the breathing.

September 2018

Podcasts:

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An Insider’s View of Medicine A Conversation with Dr. Nina Shapiro : award-winning Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. She is featured in The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.com

We all want to be healthy and eat the right things.  The endless worries we live with…what’s good for you, what’s contaminated, the detox diet … it gets so overwhelming.   May be we can relax a bit.  Apparently if we can go back to the basics and with common sense eat everything moderately, our food might not kill us.  The more likely scenario would be texting/talking while driving.

They discuss the unique resiliency of children, the importance of second opinions, bad doctors, how medical training has changed in recent years, medical uncertainty, risk perception, vaccine safety, and other topics.

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Coleman Hughes:  poignant insights from a fellow who is still in college!

Beyond the Politics of Race : In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics.

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4.23 minutes morning ritual that will shape how you view your day

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Do we have to forgive? Everything?