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Our weekly e-mail, the TD Digest, curates content with a focus on living an examined life

 

 

TD Digest Past Issues

 

TD Digest #69- February 23rd, 2019

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  • EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK -  JIM COLLINS METRICS - Adding two simple metrics to my Life CEO Dashboard, incremental to the current rituals tracked there, can help me stay focused on the right things and enable me to better understand key drivers of my daily happiness.

  • TOPIC OF INTEREST - AMYGDALA HIJACKING - Amygdala hijacking is our "fight or flight" response, but often kicks in unconsciously in non-life-threatening situations. Improved mental hygiene and awareness via therapy and meditation is thought to reduce the frequency and intensity of amygdala hijackings.

  • BOOK - Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag (My full Kindle notes) - Discovering and becoming ourselves is an active, ongoing process that occurs as we diligently pursue our highest goals.

  • RESEARCH Annals of Internal Medicine: Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity by Nedeltcheva AV et al. (The University of Chicago) - Insufficient sleep can negatively impact body composition and weight-loss efforts.

  • RESOURCE - Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies by The School of Thought  - Understanding how to identify the many flavors of faulty logic will help improve your reasoning and conclusions.


    "No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

TD Digest #68 - February 16, 2019

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  • TOPIC OF INTEREST - DRUG HARM, ADDICTIVENESS, AND CONTROL - Social norms and laws for drugs are not well correlated with their actual harm and addictiveness.

  • ARTICLE - Vox: Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong by Brian Resnick - We all have cognitive blind spots and make mental mistakes, so we ought to caveat our convictions with appropriate curiosity and humility, and reward others who do the same.

  • ARTICLE New York Magazine: America’s New Religions by Andrew Sullivan - Our core human desire for meaning leads everyone to adopt some form of 'religion', whether that is traditional monotheism, a political party, a philosophical framework, or something else entirely.

  • BLOG POST - The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You by Zat Rana - We have an opportunity to face the fear of boredom and silence, to embrace our solitude and enjoy every single scarce moment that life gives us.

  • BLOG POST - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson - 'Not giving a fuck' is the opposite of indifference, it is actually caring a lot about a very small number of things, so much so that you do the work necessary despite adversity, risk of failure, and feelings of pride and ego.


    "...we need to be thoughtful in choosing our convictions, be open to adjusting them, seek out their flaws, and never stop being curious about why we believe what we believe." ~ Brian Resnick

 

TD Digest #67 - February 9, 2019

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TD Digest #66 - February 2, 2019

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TD Digest - Teddygram - January 26, 2019

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  • SPEECH - This is Water by David Foster Wallace -  The subjectivity of society is ubiquitous; and if we learn to pay attention to the nuance, we can see other options and choose choice throughout our lives.

"...if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options." ~ David Foster Wallace

 

TD Digest - Teddygram - January 19, 2019

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TD Digest #65 - January 12, 2019

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  • EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK -  TEA TIME

  • ARTICLE The New Yorker: The Philosopher Redefining Equality by Nathan Heller - The requirements for securing equality and freedom vary significantly based on context, so embracing intellectual flexibility over rigid ideology can lead to greater success more often.

  • BLOG POST - Medium:  Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It by Brianna Wiest - We must both show up for others and show up authentically to realize our core human need for connection.

  • VIDEO - Wireless Philosophy: The Problem of Free Will by Richard Holton - Free will is still heavily debated among philosophers, with many fun nuances to explore.

  • MUSIC - Bad Religion - If you create twenty-plus albums over forty years, you'll inevitably bring something awesome into the world.


    "I love my computer | For all you give to me | Predictable errors and no identity | And it's never been quite so easy | I've never been quite so happy | All I need to do is click on you | And we'll be joined | In the most soul-less way | And we'll never | Ever ruin each other's day | 'cause when I'm through I just click | And you just go away" ~ Bad Religion

 

TD Digest #64 - January 5, 2019

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  • EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK -  SILENCE (PART 2)

  • DOCUMENTARY - Wild Wild Country by Chapman and Maclain Way  - When groups with different fundamental values come into conflict, the ridiculousness of human dynamics can unfold in unbelievable ways.

  • MOVIE The End of the Tour by James Ponsoldt  - No one is too "smart" or "brilliant" or "aware" to suffer from mental health issues. Embrace a mental health toolkit and do the work, the world is better with you in it and fully alive.

  • ARTICLE TechCrunch: We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018 by Catherine Shu - As evidence stacks up against screen time, we have opportunities to leverage existing tools and perform self-experiments to optimize our usage for our individual goals and context.

  • BOOK - Man's Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl (My revised Kindle notes) - Finding meaning, embracing our freedom to choose, and forgetting ourselves are important keys to a happy life, regardless of external circumstances.


    "The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life." ~ Dr. Viktor Frankl

 

TD Digest #63 - December 29, 2018

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  • TOPIC OF INTEREST - 2018 ANNUAL LETTER (My 2018 letter)

  • EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK -  SILENCE (PART 1)

  • BOOK - Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (My full Kindle notes) - We can all unleash our creativity if we get over our fears and diligently do authentic work.

  • BLOG POST Medium: The Unifying Theory of Alcohol by Dan Kieran - All of our consumption choices, regardless of rituals and social norms, can add positively to our lives with thoughtful experimentation and re-framing.

  • MUSIC - Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C. - Christmas makes me long for quality 80's hip-hop juxtaposed with egregiously dorky video production.


    "The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust—and those elements are universally accessible." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

 

TD Digest #62 - December 15, 2018

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TD Digest #61 - December 8, 2018

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TD Digest #60 - December 1, 2018

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  • BOOK - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (My full Kindle notes) - Accepting the fallibility and limitations of the human animal will enable us to improve our individual and group processes to solve the key challenges of the 21st century.

  • PODCAST On Being: The Difference Between Fixing and Healing with Rachel Naomi Remen by Krista Tippett - Our imperfect, wounded, authentic self is more than enough to heal the world immediately around us.

  • BLOG POST - Reboot: The Gifts of Relationship by Ali Schultz - Our intimate relationships offer tremendous opportunities for growth.

  • MOVIE - Groundhog Day by Harold Ramis - Serving others is one of the easiest (and counter-intuitive) paths to deep joy and meaning.


    "Yet if you want to go deeply into any subject, you need a lot of time, and in particular you need the privilege of wasting time. You need to experiment with unproductive paths, explore dead ends, make space for doubts and boredom, and allow little seeds of insight to slowly grow and blossom. If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth." ~ Yuval Noah Harari

 

TD Digest #59 - November 24, 2018

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  • DOCUMENTARY Free Solo by Alex Honnold & Jimmy Chin - Human potential is beyond imagination; nature is awe inspiring; and climbing still scares the shit out of me.

  • MEDITATION APP Waking Up by Sam Harris - Sam Harris created a new meditation app that offers a more intellectual and analytical entry point into meditation practice.

  • ARTICLE - Aeon: Can relationship anarchy create a world without heartbreak? by Sophie Hemery - There are myriad ways to construct meaningful relationships, and your personal choices ought to reflect your (and their) needs and goals.

  • BOOK - Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (My full Kindle notes) - Within each of us lives the full spectrum of human nature.


    "You will always feel fear, but over time you will realize the only way to truly manage your fear is to broaden your comfort zone.'' ~ Alex Honnold

 
 

TD Digest #57 - November 10, 2018

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TD Digest #56 - November 3, 2018

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TD Digest #54 - October 20, 2018

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TD Digest #52 - October 6, 2018  ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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TD Digest #50 - September 8, 2018

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TD Digest #48 - August 25, 2018

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TD Digest #46 - August 11, 2018

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🥤 TD Digest #45 - August 4, 2018 🥤

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TD Digest #41 - June 30, 2018

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TD Digest - Teddygram - June 26, 2018

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  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK - TD DIGESTS #15-40

 

🕺 TD Digest #40 - June 23, 2018 🕺

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TD Digest #39 - June 16, 2018

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TD Digest #38 - June 9, 2018

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🦒 TD Digest #37 - June 2, 2018 🦒

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TD Digest #36 - May 26, 2018

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TD Digest #31 - April 21, 2018

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TD Digest #30 - April 14, 2018

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TD DIGEST #4 - OCtober 13, 2017

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