The Amateur Society

The Amateur Society

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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonst...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a new direction after an extended absence! Fatherhood is fantastic, and it has led me to think about how we should structure our approach here at The Amateur Society. In our first series of 2020 we will model an ongoing philosophical inquiry to demonstrate that everyone can develop the skills necessary to ask meaningful, challenging questions and to dig in. We begin with a handful of aphorism...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This discussion focuses on the nature of parenthood as Courtney and I prepare for the birth of our first daughter. It is important to learn from the experiences of others in addition to exploring these important topics through our own worldviews. Parenting is an awesome responsibility and something that so many throughout the generations have found such joy i...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This discussion focuses on ignorance and why we often make a willful choice to avoid exploring certain territory. The picture isn't so clear, and there are many instances where we could say that ignorance is, in fact, preferable to knowledge. We hope you enjoy this dynamic look into the questions that matter and the definitions that structure our approach...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This discussion focuses on wisdom, what it is, and why it is important. It may seem obvious that wisdom is good and worthwhile to pursue, but our culture has shifted in several ways that have in many instances led to a prioritization of education and intelligence over wisdom. We unpack these different definitions and make an appeal that all of us must pursue ...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! We all inevitably deal with frustrations in our live that arise when things stand in the way of us pursuing a goal, whether grand or mundane. We have spoken about frustration on The Amateur Society before, and this conversation returns to focus on how we should understand and deal with the frustration that we face both before it arises and after it appears. H...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! At many points we have encountered in ourselves or others a tendency to be lazy instead of productive. There is definitely a time for rest in order to maximize productivity going forward by avoiding burnout, but all too often we encounter excuses. What are the sources of this overall lack of productivity despite extremely powerful tools enabling us to be more...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! What would you write in a note to yourself that would be opened in ten years. Over that time frame plenty of uncertainty can come into play. Our first instinct is usually to hope that some goal has been completed or some experience taken place, but what about the broader questions? I would hope that I had discovered many things that I was wrong about and corr...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This week we are examining an interesting branch of math and physics, chaos theory. In certain dynamic, complex systems small changes to initial conditions can lead to vastly different outcomes. This understanding has significant implications even at a personal, philosophical, and worldview level. Please be encouraged that the small decisions we make do make ...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This week we look at an important concept in improvement and growth, via negativa. Our culture has a bias to make additions as our default path to solutions when often times the best starting point is to make subtractions. Whether in our diet, our habits, our careers, and our relationships, there are going to be many things that we know are harmful - or at le...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This week we look at a critical subject in science: the origin of life. It is challenging to assess competing theories about the origin of life because the landscape is laden with worldview baggage. As such, having a genuine discussion typically takes a back seat to personal attacks. For the dedicated amateur, thinking about this subject offers a wide array o...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This week we examine an age old topic in philosophy: beauty. Whether in the natural landscapes around us or in the human experience, defining beauty and grounding it properly in our worldviews is trickier than it might first appear. Are the standards of beauty objective or subjective, and what might the implications of each be? We hope that you enjoy this con...
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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! This week we turn to the field of medicine and examine some of the big picture technological trends that have driven progress in this important field. The discussion focuses on information technology, big data, miniaturization, imaging technology, and genetic medicine. All of us bear a responsibility to inform ourselves, to ask meaningful questions, and to ex...
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