Exercise you love

If you want to get fit, try to find exercise that is fun. For me, it’s climbing. I want to go because I love it.

If you don’t have something that is fun, be a scientist. Try things until you find something you love. Each experiment will teach you something (even if it’s just what you don’t like).

Don’t be disciplined. Don’t go unless you love it.

Don’t worry about working hard. When I’m on a stationary exercise bike I think “when can I stop”. It takes mental effort to keep going. When I ride a bike outside, I want to go fast. I push my limits because it’s fun. (If you love stationary bikes do what you love too!)

See what happens when you ignore the resistance. Sometimes you won’t feel like it, even though you love it in general. See what happens if you go in that state. Our bodies try to conserve energy, so I often find it a blast even when I don’t feel like it today.

Get your friends involved or find new ones. A community will help keep you doing what you love.

But look for something else if you fall out of love. You’ll come back one day.

Part 1 of 2, the second part is about exercise you need.

Communication is Unbalanced

If you get a message, it’s just one of the crowd jostling for your limited attention. Not responding is easy and understandable. Imagine you were in a real crowd of people talking at you at once, at all hours of the day. You might miss a thing or two, you’re only human.

But when you send a message it feels like the two of you are alone in a room. A lack of response is personal. Imagine someone sitting across from you, pretending they don’t hear or see you. What an asshole! 

It’s one situation. Both perspectives are true.

Two Approaches to Learning

Josh Kaufman argues you can learn anything in less than 20 Hours. This seems to contradict research that says it takes (on average) 10,000 hours to master a skill. Josh Kaufman doesn’t mean it takes you 20 hours to master a skill, it just takes that long to get “good enough”. This article explains two approaches and how to apply them effectively.

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Don’t Learn Latin, Don’t Use Translations, Don’t Be a Hack.

I recently read my first book in Spanish. To celebrate, I’m reflecting on how I got here. It was an arduous journey and there are many pitfalls to avoid. Three principles guided my way:

  • Don’t be led astray
  • Eliminate the unimportant
  • Go slow to go fast
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Radical Democracy

How can governance represent the needs of the people?  How can governments disseminate power, and give equal consideration of interests? One proposal is quadratic voting, outlined in the book “Radical Markets”. The authors, Eric Posner and Glen Weyl, propose “Quadratic Voting”. This proposal replaces ‘one person one vote’. It replaces equal influence in choosing governments with equal influence on governance. Equal influence rather than equal say.

Under quadratic voting, everyone receives an equal number of voting credits. These credits can buy influence. Raising an issue for consideration or voting for it once raised. Or voting against an awful proposal, as the case may be. We would all have the same number of voting credits. We could all use them how we like. Perhaps climate change moves you. Or marriage equality. Or mental health policy. Or any number of things. You could your influence on what is most important to you.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where they Came From

Sitting in the botanic gardens, hungover, watching the ducks skim across the water, waiting for the revival we knew only coffee could bring. Attempting a normal conversation. “Have you heard the theory that octopuses are aliens that arrived on a comet?”, my friend asked. I hadn’t.

We examined this strange theory. It apparently relied on the absurdness of octopodes, fantastic creatures with distributed brains, unlikely intelligence, and the ability to squeeze and escape through a hole as small as their eye (see below). The theory was equally absurd, can this creature really be explained by accidental intergalactic space travel?

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