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  1. @Insightful27 Because you actually have to exert effort in learning the information Audiobooks the info can go through one ear and come out the other You don't need a papercopy though, you'd struggle to get one with the corona virus You can get those three books for free - just google them and look for a pdf
  2. @electroBeam Yeah Sam, says at the 3:30 mark - Timestamped video below - That's he has had experiences with psychedelics previously This was just the classic Terence Mckenna Heroic Dose Story - I think Terence recommended 6g though not 5g And yeah he is 52, so no he was born in 1967
  3. Ha, I just watched the video and within the first 30 seconds Sam mentions the article I linked Still should read it if you haven't
  4. @Insightful27 Here is some Goggin's motivation buddy Nothing makes you get the shit you need done like some Goggins words of wisdom
  5. Hey @Insightful27 Just made a post yesterday on what habits to make I'm also struggling with what to do Just take this time to get your stuff in order for when things get back to normal Here's a great video of Leo's on this topic if you haven't seen I agree don't waste the time on low level bullshit Though you can do that a bit Make a checklist of important habits to do for the day And at the start make a plan for your day And at end of the day, see how many habits you've followed through with, and for how long you've done them I recommend using google calendar for this Its free and easy to use and can help you keep track of your time School at 15 is mostly bullshit, but use this time productively to get shit done It can be school work, but take this time to educate yourself Again watch the video linked, and make notes, it'll help give you idea on how to pass the time Anyways goodluck
  6. @Serotoninluv Yeah, he was doing acid at woodstock when he was two man Sam Harris was getting a lot of hippie pussy back in the day Sam Harris did mdma a few times in college which he talks about a lot Though I'm pretty sure he has dabbled in hallucinogens The man went on a several year meditation retreat people He knows about consciousness Great article by Sam Harris on Drugs and the Meaning of Life Highly recommend https://samharris.org/podcasts/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life/ Harris probably has a better grasp of consciousness than you do Sorry he attempts to understand... That is called articulation Its not a bad thing
  7. Hello @SamueLSD I'm glad you referenced Stoicism And questioning it as a philosophy It is a very broad question & yes Stoicism does have its limits Stoicism I believe is not mutually exclusive to self actualisation and enlightenment The fundamental ethos of Stoicism is to live in accordance with nature Now I have just finished reading Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche And in Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche also in his first chapter "On the prejudice of Philosopher" I'll find my notes on this chapter and bring them up later I've been meaning to write about Nietzsche questioning of Stoicism Particularly Stoicism Vs Existentialism Existentialism from my perspective being Stoicism truly taken to an extreme So to begin with questioning Stoicism I'm going to start with a epistemological questioning of truth Nietzsche has a theme of life requiring illusion Here's a amazing lecture by Professor Ken Gemes (There are many others of his lectures on Youtube if you're interested) Ken Gemes is a student of Nietzsche [Now I also want to note hat Amor Fati (Love of fate) is in essence a stoic philosophy] So basically, from my knowledge, Nietzsche fundamentally questions a metaphysical presumption that most philosophers take for granted about truth. That the grandfather to knowledge is not actually a drive to knowledge but in fact is a drive to power. What Nietzsche referred to as the "will to power" - Schopenhauer similarly referred to as the "will to life". "For every drive is tyrannical: and it is as such that it tries to philosophise" So how does this relate to Stoicism? So going back to the main ethos of Stoicism "To live in accordance with nature" "According to Nietzsche, Stoicism teaches the philosopher to escape from life into commerce with the Stoa, suppressing ones passions and will-to-power. Stoicism is therefore a life-denying philosophy using reason as a weapon against the realities of being alive. Additionally, I think Stoicism generally involves an acceptance of material determinism, and Nietzsche fought against all previous forms of determinism. Determinism for Nietzsche is seeing the future, which is the realm of the will, through the lens of rational thought for which everything is thought in its essence, categories and concepts. Thinking of the future as if it is already determined seriously undermines the efficacy of the Will, and human beings enjoy being efficacious through the faculty of the will even if all is determined in the end." Why is this a life denying philosophy according to Nietzsche - because it pedestalizes indifference And is also turns into a virtue what Nietzsche refereed to as "self tyranny" So basically Stoicism takes the life out of life Being wrapped up in our existences, to be different to lifes events That's the art of life - which Stoicism sucks out Life cannot escape life Nature cannot escape nature Here's the quotation from the book "You want to live "according to nature" O you noble Stoics what fraudulent words! Think of being such as nature is, prodigal beyond measure, indifferent beyond measure, without aims or intentions, without mercy or injustice, at once fruitful and barren and uncertain: think of indifference itself as a power (going back to truth here) how could you live according to such indifference? To live - is that not precisely wanting to be other than is nature? Is living not valuating, preferring, being unjust, being limited, wanting to be different? And even if your imperative "live according to nature" meant at the bottom the same thing as "live according to life" - how could you not do that? Why make a principle of what you yourselves are and must be? (perhaps this links to reaching enlightenment) The truth of it is this, however quite different: while you rapturously pose as deriving the canon of you law from nature, you are self decievers! Your prides wants to prescribe your morality, your ideal, to nature, yes to nature itself, and incoprate them in it; you demand that nature should be nature "according to the stoa" and would like to make all existence exist only after your own image - as a tremondous eternal glorifiacation and universalisation of stoicism! All your love of truth not-withstanding, you have compelled yourselves for so long and with such persistence and hypnotic rigidity to view nature falsely, namely stoically, you are no longer cable of viewing it any other way - and some abysmal arrogance infects you at last with Bedlamite hope that, because you know how to tyrannise yourself - Stoicism is self tyranny - nature too can be tyrannised over: for is the stoic not a piece of nature? But this is an old an never ending story: what formerly happened with the stoic's still happens today as soon as a philosophy begins to believe itself. It always creates the world in its own image, it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical drive itself, the most spiritual will to power, to "creation of the world"" Anyway I recommend watching the lecture Although I still believe personally Stoicism is one of the best philosophies I also recommend reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (one of my favourite books) This is one of my favourite lectures on stoicism, if not ever by Prof Michael Surge who is also great Heighly highly recommend watching it I might make a post of my own on Amor Fati eventually I can't be bothered to write anymore Hope this post was of help to your question Godspeed
  8. @Bill W Well I'm pretty sure I'm the oldest person on the planet, so it won't be to long before I bite the dust and the NHS will start walking again
  9. @Bill W Its tough being 147 But I've survived two world wars, I ain't afraid of no pussy bat disease
  10. @Preety_India no problem, hope it helps
  11. @Bill W No problem buddy I don't surf this forum, when I come here, its with something in mind I've been thinking of mkming a habit out of writing one post a week on here as well Any topic I find interesting and relates to self help, I'll write about and throw on here to get some outside ideas I recommend you do the same, it seems to me that that's the best way of getting help out of the forum
  12. @GrowthPilgrim Yeah you're right, I probably listed to many I haven't yet made my routine second nature but I'm working on it I think everyone's routines has been messed up with the shutdown If I was going to summarize my routine for the shutdown Morning Schedule - Cold Shower - Some Coffee and Chess Some Reading Breakfast - Eggs & toast Music Practice Studying and Writing Lunch Dinner Play some video games - listen to podcasts Commonplace book writing Exercise for 30 minutes Listen to music Mindfulness meditation Presleep reading and avoiding screens Currently in Britain all exams are cancelled, and its seem the grade that we're going to given is our estimated grade, meaning the college year has been a complete waste, so I'm struggling to summon any will to even bother with revision, if I was certain that I could actual sit my exams than I'd be studying for the rest of my day
  13. @Thought Art Version 16001.12624.20042.0 I believe its the 2016 one, though I might be wrong
  14. Hi @Thought Art I just was making a post talking about this and asking others how they organize their commonplace books Personally I use One Note as its the most convenient, if you use a Google Chrome, there is an extension One Note clipper which can add pages and clip bits and send them directly to your One Note page which is useful. I use google chrome bookmarks and they match my One Note identically. If I've gathered info listening to a podcasts, reading books, website. I bookmark it into a corresponding bookmark. When I feel like writing on a given subject I find this bookmark, timestamp to a video and begin writing on that topic. I have many, many topics on both One Note and Chrome Bookmarks e.g. Personal Books Quotes Academia Self Help Studies Health Meditation Drugs Economics Philosophy Etc... With in these topics I have separate sub topics For example take mediation Meditation Types of Meditation Mindfulness I am Meditation Vipassana Interesting People Alan Watts Exchart Tolle David R Hawkins Zen The Way of Zen Book Review The stages of Zen Etc... I have the sub pages that all relate to the main page. I only make these pages when I intend to write about them. If you use one note you can interlink all of these pages, with one another so it becomes very quickly a manual/repository on your own thought process and gathered information. So you can quickly gather info. Hope this helped I'm also interested in others systems/strategies Godspeed
  15. If you have free will But you Than how do you have free will?
  16. Every night is red panty night at the @tenta household
  17. Carl Jung said something along the lines that the avoidance of legitimate suffering is the root of all mental illness. I'd like to here some thoughts on that idea Thanks
  18. @Commodent Sure, I understand what you're saying now Personally when I meditate, when in pain, and focus on the sensation of pain, that pain ameliorates its self But isn't letting go of the resistance to suffering in a sense suffering As its very difficult to summon the will to willing focus on pain
  19. @tenta Status and money are practically synonymous in Western culture Status and money serve the same purpose Indicting that you can provide Yeah, you haven't added anything new, you're just saying their instinctively parasitical You remove women ability to use sex in a relationship, she loses 90% of her assets in a relationship You remove men ability to use money/status in a relationship, he loses 90% of his assets in a relationship Relationships are transactions No different from prostitution
  20. @Keyhole You make women sound like parasites
  21. Girls want a guy who other girls want, if no other girls want you she doesn't want you Girls don't want their boyfriends standing out because its mate guarding But the moment they stop standing out they lose interest Please don't use the word chad unironically again, that stuff is embarrassing man Yes it is Girls just want to have a good time Money makes that happen They don't care how you got it They care what it can do for them
  22. @tenta Agree with the social groups thing Don't try to hard though, just when you go out, focus on having a good time, not getting laid The way you get laid as a guy is basically just have fun I mean don't be a pussy And don't try to be fonzie Just be natural That doesn't mean "be yourself" Remember its an art not a science buddy
  23. That's why I said, if I thought they could handle it I agree 100%, that we can't handle everything at once. But the end goal is acceptance, 5 stages of grief 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance I don't believe saying that eventually you're going to have to accept what happened to you and move on is useless. Friedrich Nietzsche said (one of my favorite quotes) that “The strength of a person's spirit would then be measured by how much 'truth' he could tolerate, or more precisely, to what extent he needs to have it diluted, disguised, sweetened, muted, falsified.” Meaning the mark of a man is how much truth he can handle without giving up on the journey And I am no where near the top
  24. @tenta All that matters is appearances, in relationships with anyone, appearance are what is most important "Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes but few have the gift of penetration" - Niccolo Machiavelli That's the black pill, the idea that "authenticity" and "being yourself" is actually detrimental to getting what you want 1.Looks 2.Status 3.Money 4.Game I don't know what "norm breaking" means, but if it means deviating from the orthodoxy, that is the exact thing that makes you more attractive, by definition, as you are exceptional and better than everyone else Some Robert Greene Laws from the "48 Laws of Power" Law 25 Recreate Yourself "Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by Forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions-your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life." Law 30 Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless "Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work-it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you." Law 32 Play to People Fantasies "The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses."
  25. @Commodent Suffering definition - "The state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship." I don't understand your point Who has lived a life and not suffered