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Sunday String #1

A human beat for curious people. Lean back and enjoy a curated playlist among a string of movement, stillness and childish curiosity.

Jonas Achouri Sihlén
Jonas Achouri Sihlén
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Sunday String #1

1. Movement Of The Body, Stillness of The Mind

I first encountered this great signal when I studied movement through Ido Portal in 2017-2018. It is such a great message.

Since we are not brains in a jar, our creativity and intellectual outcomes are pretty much dependent on our ability to move our bodies.

In the book "Stillness is the key" Ryan Holiday explains how the body is a key domain to achieve true stillness. Not being physically still but being mentally present and aligned with your own state of mind. Free from distractions, worries, maladies and wrong behaviors.

I find the life of Winston Churchill inspiring even though I would not like to have such a busy schedule as he had. He lived a very productive but also a creative one. He did not only have a key role to save Europe and rest of the World from The 3rd Reich expansion. He was also a prolific writer and painter. On top of this he realised the benefits of physical work, starting off a parallel path of becoming an amateur bricklayer.

It is not about adding more and commit to more.

It is about creating outlets and use your physical body to grow in your profession and daily life.

2. Think Like A Kid

How can we possibly explore new things if we are not curious and ask questions?

Avi Loeb, an american-israeli physicist would rather be surrounded with youthful curious learners that dare asking lots of questions than an expert with a bias attached to his/her own experience. The interesting here is that he encourage a behavior which is rare in his own profession and domain.

Youthful curiosity is a compelling model for creative research.

Many scientists are focused on academic ego boosts and misses the true essence of scientific learnings and curiosity.

In episode 154 of Lex Fridmans podcast he discusses this and much more, if you are curious about physics, astronomy and life in the universe.

3. The Antilibrary

I got so happy when I read this blog post by Farnam Street: The Antilibrary.

The main point?

Let your library serve you as a visual reminder of what you don’t know.

I used to get lots of advice on the fact that you should first finish the books on your bookshelf before you buy, borrow or start reading another book.

The last couple of years I have been spending more and more money and time ordering books and building up my library. The speed of added books in the library is higher than I possibly can finish them. My guilty conscience starts to grow and my wife starts to get suspicious on where all the money goes every month.

Now I have a different view on it and seeing my library as a pulling force into future learning journeys.

Your library is not an intellectual status signal. It is a haven for future learning.

For more in depth insights on the relationship around books and knowledge you can read The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb.

Actually the whole Incerto Series is pretty eyeopening and a must read for any curious learner.

Thanks for reading and until next string: stay curious, stay nimble.

P.S I have been starting to curate a playlist I listen to when writing my newsletters. I hope you enjoy it 🎶 🎧 D.S