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It has been a while since we were in touch. A great many things have changed, but in the essentials, all remains fairly intact. I wanted to share with you, here; let's call it an Aristotelian version of Reddit (super catchy, I know). came from another product idea that we had - a card game - inspired by our journal, The Learner. Pithy, esoteric quotes and didactic questions now congest the internet highway, and I myself am guilty of adding to the deluge. However at a fundamental level, first principle thinking  - a set of responses to the world informed by first-hand observations and critical reasoning - does require one to be on a constant collision course with perceived reality. It's hard to know what one thinks, truly, unless one is prodded hard. Try it, the amount of minutes leading into hours that we spend lost in constant thought, without actually thinking, is quite remarkable. We call it day-dreaming but I'd call it a buffering issue, with the final image never quite fully loading.

Having others present questions to you is one way to actively think, the other is having to write down one's thoughts. The page will quickly school one as to how coherent (or not) one's viewpoint is. The pen may well be mightier than the sword, but I'd add that a blank white page quickly exposes the fact that you don't know what you think, about most things, most of the time. It's a big claim, I know, but bear with me. functions like a talking head, one question at a time. Think Zoltar from Big. You'll be ready to spin off a quick response as soon as you read the question, but consider this instinctive response a mental belch; Kahneman's System 1 thinking. Once this has been expunged, read the question and answer again; this time write down your response by taking pen to paper. I know I'm asking you to type your response on, and then write another one down that no-one will ever see, but in my classic self-defeating manner, I want to run the experiment deeper, even if it means my giving you additional homework that turns you off, and provides me with no material benefit. There'll be a few of you that will indulge me, however, and you'll respond to this bat signal accordingly.

Note the difference - does the response change, does it take longer to think it through, do you have to make any corrections as you go along? This spluttering, amorphous, unyielding but gradually emergent process is...thinking. Quick? No. Will it save you in an emergency? No. Will you become more, or less, secure, in the views you hold once consistently exposed to this trial by thought? Perhaps.

'If you must take care that your opinions do not differ in the least from those of the person with whom you are talking, you might just as well be alone.'
Kenko, A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Blossom
(I didn't say I was going to stop with the pithy quotes...)


That's it for now. Farewell until this every sometimes note hits your inbox, next.

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