Karl Popper: Quote of the Day – (On Internet Flame Wars?)

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“It is not possible to write clearly enough to avoid being misrepresented by people who are sufficiently determined to do so.” — Karl Popper, paraphrase In keeping with the point of the statement, the above is a paraphrase Karl Popper, not a direct quote, as I can’t remember where to find it, LOL. Dan John […]

The Soul of Immensity Dwells in Minutia – Jacob Bernoulli Quote & Harmonic Series

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“So the soul of immensity dwells in minutia. And in narrowest limits no limits inhere. What joy to discern the minute in infinity! The vast to perceive in the small, what divinity!” — Jacob Bernoulli in his Tractatus de Seriebus Infinitis (Treatise on Infinite Series), 1689 A divergent series is a sum such as Eventually […]

Hermann Weyl: Quote of the Day (On the Shaky Foundations of Mathematics)

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“The question of the foundations and the ultimate meaning of mathematics remains open; we do not know in what direction it will find its final solution or even whether a final objective answer can be expected at all. “Mathamatizing” may well be a creative activity of man, like language or music, of primary originality, whose […]

Meditation Experience vs DMN Activity (Paper Review)

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You should be meditating. Here’s another reason why. In the paper, Meditation Experience is Associated With Differences in Default Mode Network Activity and Connectivity, Judson Brewer (and crew) look at the negative effect of a Wandering Mind and what positive effects meditation can have on curbing it. Abstract: Many philosophical and contemplative traditions teach that […]

Bertrand Russell on the Poverty of Wittgenstein

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This is Bertrand Russell on Wittgenstein’s book Philosophical Investigations which had a profound influence on 20th century philosophy: (emphasis mine) “Its positive doctrines seem to me trivial and its negative doctrines unfounded. I have not found in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations anything that seemed to me interesting and I do not understand why a whole school […]

Retraction: On Yesterday’s Post (A Digression on Digressing & the Nature of Blogging)

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As you might have noticed, I’m a huge fan of digressions and random side notes. My favorite parts of other people’s writing is invariably what happens within parentheticals, footnotes, endnotes, and those digressions expressing random thoughts that don’t otherwise fit directly into the argument being presented. These digressions are not really random, of course, they […]

Shakespearean Skepticism: How To Laugh & Snatch Harder

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I often tell lifters to Take Righteous Action, by which I mean that they need to attempt every lift as though they are sure they will and must make it. In other words, if you don’t go all out, then you will be more likely to fail. Snatch Hard or not at all. Of course, […]

Publish & Perish: Why I Dumped Grad-School & Opened a Gym

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I believe in freedom, not being someone’s bitch. The science-journal publishing industry has become criminally insane and turned professional academia into my worst nightmare. You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.” This isn’t good for science, and it sucks-ass for scientists whose purpose-in-life is being made […]

David Hume Quote: Evangelizing vs Reasoning

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“As reasoning is not the source, whence either disputant derives his tenets; it is in vain to expect, that any logic, which speaks not to the affections, will ever engage him to embrace sounder principle.” — David Hume Put another way: You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.1 It’s […]

How To Snatch: Online Course Starts December 1st!

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Learn how to snatch the right way: Get hands-on, personalized help from myself and Tamara for 30-straight-days in December. Learn the right way the first time Fix bad habits Fast-track your success Have fun! It’s all Online, so you will have constant access to Myself and Tamara in a private Facebook group where you can: […]

A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind (paper review)

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Is a wandering mind making you unhappy? That’s the question behind this paper by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert. Abstract quote: We developed a smartphone technology to sample people’s ongoing thoughts, feelings, and actions and found that… People are thinking about what is not happening almost as often as they are thinking about what is […]

Planets as Fruit: Solar System Infographic (Relative Scale)

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This is a fun infographic/image showing the “true” scale of the planets if they were fruits instead of hunks of rock and gas in space, lol. Note the scale of the sun would have been so big, it didn’t fit on the picture! Now go lift something heavy, Nick Horton Image Link HERE

Bayesian Falsification – Andrew Gelman Paper

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This Article by Andrew Gelman is one of the very few I’ve read that gets it right: we should be combining Falsification with Bayesian methods. I’ve called it Bayesian Falsification, he calls it Falsificationist Bayesian, but the point is the same. The Abstract: The classical or frequentist approach to statistics (in which inference is centered […]

Woody Allen: Quote of the Day (On Light Speed)

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“It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one’s hat keeps blowing off.” — Woody Allen The picture is of Woody Allen in his movie Sleepers, one of the funniest sci-fi films of all time. Now go lift something heavy, Nick Horton

Richard Feynman: Quote of the Day (On String Theory)

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“I don’t like that they’re not calculating anything. I don’t like that they don’t check their ideas. I don’t like that for anything that disagrees with an experiment, they cook up an explanation — a fix-up to say, ‘Well, it still might be true’.” — Richard Feynman Does this sound like a lot of fitness […]

My New Twitter Account @RationalAction (Old One DEAD)

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Just a note: My OLD Twitter account is being killed off. I’m reassigning all of my stuff to a new Twitter account: @RationalAction. I got locked out of my old account a while ago because it was attached to an old (dead) email, yadda-yadda, LOL. Shit happens! No biggie. I’m on a new kick right […]

Rich Hickey: Quote of the Day – Familiarity & Freeze Tag

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“One possible way to deal with being unfamiliar with something is to become familiar with it.” — Rich Hickey1 We’re in the middle of running a 2-day seminar at our gym, Asheville Strength, with Chip Conrad (owner of Body Tribe). Chip had everyone doing plenty of crazy shit that they were unfamiliar with. But with […]

Henri Poincare: Quote of the Day (On K.I.S.S… ing?)

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“It is the simple hypotheses of which one must be most wary; because these are the ones that have the most chances of passing unnoticed.” — Poincare. Henri Poincaré is one of my favorite mathematicians, and one of the leaders in the development of what we now think of as the theories of Relativity. He […]

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