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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 040 (Dec 13, 2020) — My Reading List, Sensemaking 101, The Will of Technology, & More
Sloww Sunday delivers the latest from Sloww along with the most interesting stuff I came across this week.
I’m currently reading two books: Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows and Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin. If you think you’re smart and have all the solutions to all the world’s problems, Thinking in Systems will make you think again. Summaries of both books are coming soon.
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1. Sloww Stuff
🆕 My Full Reading List Spreadsheet (Google Sheet)
I finally took the time to compile my entire reading list into a single place. This spreadsheet lists 250 books including Amazon links, summary links, recommendations, and more. I will continue to keep it updated moving forward. Be sure to bookmark this (pun intended).
I put myself to the test and answered the 35+ lifestyle design questions from this previous post. Hopefully this will give you some thought-starters for your own lifestyle design.
2. Podcast I’m Enjoying
Jim Collins seems like a consistently world-class human. The first podcast he did with Tim Ferriss was excellent. I have fond memories of listening to it on our cross country drive when we moved from the Midwest to Northern California a couple years ago. This second podcast is no exception. Pair with these Jim Collins’ concepts: The Hedgehog Concept & The Flywheel Effect.
“The most treasured gifts in the world are kind words spontaneously tendered.” — Jim Collins
3. Video I’m Watching
📺 Sensemaking 101
(5 mins | Rebel Wisdom on YouTube)
A short video of Daniel Schmachtenberger describing sensemaking and real thinking (as opposed to memes, memeplexes, and meme propagation).
“It’s fairly rare to encounter real thinking. Mostly we encounter meme propagation … Real thinking means ideas come in and then I actually process them … I have my own depth of sensing an experience.” — Daniel Schmachtenberger
4. Article I’m Reading
📖 Kevin Kelly on Why Technology Has a Will
(20 mins | Palladium)
This is guaranteed to expand your mind about the future—and even how you think about the present.
“I see an arc running from the origins of the universe to technology. And that’s one story … so, my view of technology is that its origins are not human things. Its origins are at the cosmic level.” — Kevin Kelly
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
“We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.”
— Marcel Proust
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