Reasons to Vote Yes to SSM In Australia

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  Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? Reasons to vote ‘Yes’ as contrasted with Reasons to vote ‘No’ (1) On Epistemology I know quite a lot and I’m logical. SSM makes total sense. I understand that I can only be logical with elements of my knowledge and belief, Truth is excluded. It is quite difficult for me to distinguish between knowledge and belief without lived experience. By voting Yes on this issue, as with many other issues, there’ll be negative and unintended consequences in the form of collectivism. (2) On … Read More




Hunter S. Thompson’s life advise to a friend

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April 22, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City Dear Hume, You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself. I am not a fool, but I respect your sincerity in asking my advice. I ask you though, in listening to what I … Read More




The Artist’s Way

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Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART V: Outcomes Are What Consolidation Is Made Of Chapter 24: The Artist’s Way Daily experience is filtered through our worldview with the aim of accurately predicting the future and maximising reward. The Pareto principle tells us that 20% of our mental models will do 80% of the work of filtering experience. A small number of models will support our entire worldview. The first five parts of this book represent the five most important mental models, that if established in your mind, will allow you to build a worldview … Read More




Going Wheatbelt

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Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART IV: Actions Derived From Elegance Chapter 16: Going Wheatbelt In September 2015 I got back from a trip to Mauritius. We’d gone over for a wedding and had ourselves a great time. But, my return home had a feeling of precariousness to it. In the months before Mauritius, I had put together a prior version of this book, as an online course. I had a go at promoting the course using Facebook Ads, to no avail. I had hoped to eke out a living and work onward from … Read More




Don’t Confuse Means With Ends

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Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART III: Getting There With Means More Feasible Chapter 12: Don’t Confuse Means With Ends Let us begin by imagining two blokes fresh out of high school. Let’s imagine the first bloke acts on the following advice; Whatever you do, go to university and use your degree to build a career. The second bloke acts on advice to the contrary; Whatever you do, don’t go to university as institutions cannot provide an education. We could proceed by arguing over which of the two blokes is more likely to become educated. … Read More




Be Suspicious of What You Want

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Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART II: Getting to Ends More Desirable Chapter 6: Be Suspicious of What You Want It was July 2011. A group of us needed a place to watch the Super Rugby final. We were spending the uni vacation pruning vines down near Pemberton in Western Australia. After working a half day that Saturday, we got cleaned up and headed into town. Before the hotel, we replenished our supplies at the supermarket and bottle-o. Especially the bottle-o! There is nothing worse than a hard earned thirst without the beer to quench it. Upon entering the pub we spotted … Read More




The Inherency of Philosophy

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Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART I: The Consolidating Worldview Chapter 2: The Inherency of Philosophy Type ‘Steve Jobs 1980’ into YouTube. You should find a talk in which Jobs explains the philosophy behind Apple. He makes mention of an article that he read in Scientific American magazine. It ranked creatures by the amount of energy each required to get from point A to point B. He explained that human beings come about a third of the way down the list, whilst the concord is the most efficient creature. But, if you allow human beings to use a bicycle (a tool created by the species), we become 3x more … Read More




Charlottesville and the Tyranny of Consensus

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On August 12th 2017, a 32yo woman was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. How Did Society Become So Polarised? On one hand, there are those who believe that the system is unjust by design. Old white men designed systematic oppression right into the US Constitution, and thus women and non-white minorities are generations long victims. Mainstream news sources constantly use this narrative in their reporting. Those who believe this narrative strongly enough, might be inclined to take part as counter-protesters. Why? Because this is how Hitler came … Read More




Getting Your Lawn Through a Summer Scorcher

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Those of us who live in Perth know very well the meaning of hot and dry. Furthermore, those of us who fall within the spectrum of house proud and avid gardener, have to deal with the added difficulty of keeping our gardens alive and healthy through the summer. And yet it is possible. Any stroll through the neighbourhood reveals the odd garden looking beautiful and lush, like an oasis amid the rest of the street whose gardens sport brown, uninviting lawns. So what can we do to avoid a scorched lawn this summer? Understanding Plants 6 Reasons Your Garden Struggles … Read More




Taking the Red Pill

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We all make choices. Different choices produce different outcomes. Nihilistic outcomes stem from nihilistic choices. The outcomes of optimistic choices you didn’t make, remain hidden from you. Metaphor cuts through complexity, bringing it to life. The rabbit hole in ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ is one such metaphor. More recently, we got ‘The Matrix’ and the red pill. The Choice We all have a choice – whether to conform to Truth, or conform to people. There is the fork in the road, and there is all the distance travelled since that fork. Consequences Blue-pilled people face the hostility of Truth. Red-pilled … Read More