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  1. i think the OP's criticism is valid and i generally respect and admire leo's self awareness and commitment to continual improvement while i am not at this point yet myself, i think as i progress along my journey, there may be a point where i am impartial to both the intelligent and stupid, the wise and the foolish, sinners and saints, and the conscious and unconscious leo seems to have a preference for the former and his ability to assess the difference is far stronger than it is for the vast majority of humans, but the latter exist in an imperfect world i am not at the point where i think the world or universe is 'perfect' bc there is so much that i don't like in it and would like to change, but i'm looking to very precisely figure out what i can and can't change and in what order it must be done i also sense a bit of a recurring bias in favor of elites in leo's work which is a bit simplistic bc many elites are really fucking crooked while many poor ppl can be quite virtuous and noble and a true victim of their circumstances - really depends on a case by case basis, I'm not sure if i feel that one group tends to be better than the other
  2. there is an optimal amount of govt interference and handouts and it is neither too large nor zero if you have too many safety regulations and procedures, you can actually undermine safety having too large of a government might make it less efficient, effective, and more vulnerable to corruption i am somewhat of a govt minimalist, certainly not a libertarian or anarchist, and believe that government should be made as small as possible but no smaller, and have built in mechanisms to prune natural overgrowth that will inevitably occur over time - like a self maintaining bonsai tree
  3. Business can be corrupting and oppressive, esp for artistic and creative pursuits I worked for other ppl's businesses for abt a decade to learn the skills i needed to go out and do my own thing and reduce risk for me
  4. You can reprocess old painful memories by learning a lesson abt them and what you would do differently you experienced the same challenge in the future. Once you consciously have a better adaptation to the same problem, the unconscious and emotional pain tends to dissipate. Easier to do for some memories versus others.
  5. Do any of these videos have transcripts anywhere? Youtube has built in transcript function but the formatting is so bad that it isn't particularly useful. Some of the topics I would prefer to read/skim through in 30 min to an hour in case I am interested but would like to find highlights.
  6. I would be interested in this too but would maybe be fine w 30 min on each one
  7. I thought the two part series on quantum mechanics was a great look at the world beneath the veneer of materialism. Would love to see a similar thing about relativistic nature of energy, mass, space, and time. there was some brief discussion in the series on relativism but I'm especially interested in the physics and not the sociological or psychological or moral forms of relativism
  8. What's easy or hard is a personal thing But far fewer ppl can successfully run a 100k person corporation than can successfully bail hay
  9. How do you observe thoughts to create space between them and yourself? For the past two years, I have been observing and seeking to understand my emotions and it is easier to recognize them because you can physically feel them? How do you know when you are thinking? What is a thought and what forms can it come in? I am always thinking and I enjoy thinking but I am a bit curious to better understand the structure of how thoughts work now to get to that observer-witness state.
  10. Why do people say that your body doesn't exist if your sense organs (eyes, skin, nose, tongue) are perceiving and translating stimuli in your environment into a subjective phenomenal experience?
  11. How does this realization differ from what most people consider to be enlightenment? Is it the same thing?
  12. How do these two irreconcilable concepts exist at the base of both Buddhist and Hindu thought respectively? What is so great abt the concept of the non-self? Is it the same as unitive consciousness? Regardless of whatever cosmic realization you have where you feel unified with everything. I am and presumably will always have a localized sensory experience of qualia nested in my bodymind. Everything is connected and causally dependent on one another but that seems like just a perspective and has nothing to do with living a good life or freeing yourself from suffering IMO.
  13. You could say the land of America was discovered by the Vikings and Columbus bc it was already there and they just found it and figured out what it was they found. the land itself was created by various physical forces that similarly created the entire Earth. so there are some things that can be both discovered and created. Accounting is a branch of math that I would say was definitely developed for human use. But is there any element of math that exists independent of human experience? the number pi was discovered I would argue and the fundamentals of geometry. Number systems were developed for human use but numerical properties would exist in any possible universe or alien civilization I would think Where do geometry and numerical identities and pi and the Fibonacci sequence come from? I couldn't even alter the universe in such a way that I would change those but I could imagine a universe where the laws of physics were totally different Leo says math is as real as a dog turd but is a dog turd not real?
  14. If math is discovered, at least in part, what is being discovered?
  15. Is it constructed to describe absolute truth or is there absolute truth in math? Are these maybe even the wrong questions?