This Week's Reading List 📚
How to know what you really wantby Luke Burgis (28min)
Desire is a social process – it is mimetic. Because desire is mimetic, people are naturally drawn to want what others want. Your desires can become hijacked through this process of mimetic attraction. It’s easy to become obsessively focused on what your neighbors have or want, rather than on your immediate responsibilities and relationship commitments.
The Future of Learningby Niklas Goke (10min)
Learning is a state of mind. If your mind is always open, you’re always learning. And if it’s closed, nothing has a real chance of sinking in. If we focus only on the activity of learning, we miss the most important part: Unless we’re willing to change our perspective, we won’t grasp a thing. The longer we can hold opposing ideas in our heads without rejecting them, the more granular the picture that ultimately forms.
Social Status: Down the Rabbit Hole | Melting Asphaltby Kevin Simler (21min)
The beginning of wisdom about social status is learning to distinguish its two (and only two) primary forms: dominance and prestige. Dominance works by inspiring fear and other "avoidance" instincts, while prestige inspires admiration and other "approach" instincts. Admiration, rather than prestige-seeking, is the lynchpin of the prestige system. Prestige status is "the public knowledge that you possess assets that would allow you to help others if you wished to." In other words, prestige reflects your value as a teammate, whether actual or potential.
See you next week ;)
Kei and Kazuki
Today's Quote - "I'm not a genius. I'm just passionately curious."- Albert Einstein