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On this website

This website contains two types of content. Book summaries and articles.

  • The majority of my writing is summarizing books. In each summary, I extract ten or more key ideas, provide additional research and include passages from the book. I aim to publish one each week, but never compromise quality for quantity.
  • Three topics unite my articles: philosophy, psychology, and the human condition. Every piece has a running theme of practicality: offering you actionable principles. I publish articles only when I have something worth writing about.

Mind Macros

I condense the most profound lessons from my 20-hour reading weeks in to a four-minute newsletter every Monday. View an issue here.

  • I include two passages for each category:
    - Practical advice
    - Food for thought
    - Quotes to ponder
  • For each passage, I provide context, pose a question or prompt an exercise.
  • My goal is to extract the most valuable content from everything I read and share it with you in four minutes.
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Practical Philosophy
Life-long Learning
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels
Networked thought
Bodyweight Strength
Good Memes
Digital Art

What I'm doing now

  • Reading (probably)
  • Learning how to live
  • Learning how to write well
  • Publishing essays sporadically
  • Tweeting about what I'm learning
  • Summarizing the books I'm reading
  • Sending out Mind Macros every Monday
  • Managing an audio sample library company

Last update: 17th November 2021. Page inspired by Derek Sivers.

Favourite books

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Anthony de Mello - Awareness
Epictetus - Discourses and Enchiridion
Eiji Yoshikawa - Musashi
Derren Brown - Happy
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Seneca - Letters from a Stoic
Laozi - Tao Te Ching
John Gwynne - The Faithful and the Fallen Series
Steven Pressfield - The War of Art
Viktor E. Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Confucius - The Analects
Pema Chödrön - When Things Fall Apart
Walter Isaacson - Leonardo da Vinci
Michael Puett - The Path

Maxims I live by

  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. — Marcus Aurelius
  • Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.Epictetus
  • We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. — Seneca
  • Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. — Marcus Aurelius
  • If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone. Epictetus
  • True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. Seneca
  • You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. — Marcus Aurelius
  • Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. — Epictetus
  • If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. — Marcus Aurelius
  • You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone. — Marcus Aurelius