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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 026 (August 9, 2020) — Memes, Evolution, Ideas That Changed My Life, & More
Sloww synthesizes the world’s wisdom to awaken the art of living.
In an age of information overload, Sloww Sunday is like a deep breath for your mind.
1. Sloww Stuff
The Hierarchy of Happiness eBook hit 1,000 downloads! If you haven’t grabbed your free copy yet, read more about it here.
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2. Video I’m Watching
📺 Memes and Temes — Susan Blackmore
(21 mins | TED Talk)
You’ve seen countless internet memes, but what exactly is a meme itself? I’ve started going down a rabbit hole related to memes (as you’ll see in the podcast below as well). Although research on memetic theory seems to have slowed down in recent years, a foundational understanding seems beneficial to better understand what’s happening in the world today.
“A meme is that which is imitated, or information which is copied from person to person.” — Susan Blackmore
3. Podcast I’m Enjoying
Fascinating discussion with a fascinating human. Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. At the time, the internet as we know it didn’t even really exist yet.
“Meme is the cultural equivalent of a gene … in the sense of that which plays the same role as the gene in the transmission of culture and ideas in the broadest sense.” — Richard Dawkins
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4. Article I’m Reading
📖 Ideas That Changed My Life
(5 mins | Collaborative Fund)
This is a short but insight-dense article. It covers: tribes, history repeats itself, multidisciplinary learning, room for error, competitive advantage, and more.
“You spend years trying to learn new stuff but then look back and realize that maybe like 10 big ideas truly changed how you think and drive most of what you believe.” — Morgan Housel
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
“Wellness is about balance. M-E-D-S is a simple strategy.
M is meditation. Take a bit of time out. Just to think.
E is exercise. Walk every day. Walk more. Take the stairs.
D is diet. Reduce the rubbish; increase the nutritious.
S is sleep. Get rid of sleep debt.”
— Nicholas Bate
PS: Here’s a shareable version.
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