What you can learn from doing chores

“The truth is, just having a concentrated mind — that’s not getting lost in thought — is just intrinsically pleasurable. It’s intrinsically blissful. It’s the emotional bass note of all the good drug experiences.” – Sam Harris

We can learn many things from doing chores actually.

Most of us don’t always like doing chores, and we often try to get them over with as soon as possible. But why is that? Can they not compete with our ever-interesting Pokémon Go playing?

While doing chores we frequently check our phones and watch our favorite TV series. We do it and dread doing it; only doing it out of sheer necessity.

I think that’s a shame because chores have the potential to teach us a lot. Not despite but because of their repetitive and boring nature.

 

Bringing your full awareness to chores

So please don’t aim for mind-numbing the next time that you’re doing chores. Bring your full-awareness to the task instead.

Besides getting more patient and disciplined, you will be cultivating single-minded focus and concentration. Furthermore, chores create a perfect opportunity to study the inner-workings of your mind.

So next time you’re doing your laundry, ironing shirts, vacuum cleaning your house or cleaning the toilet, do so with your full attention.

Don’t rush it. Be curious and you might learn a thing or two. “How am I responding to this activity?”, “which thoughts and emotions come up?”, “why am I trying to get this over with as quickly as possible?” You can rest assured that whatever comes up when you are bored is also influencing you when you’re not.

And don’t be surprised that, when you do so mindfully, you’ll actually start enjoying cleaning the toilet or scrubbing the sink. Attending to something is known to be pleasurable.

Maybe it’s not so much about the what as it is about the how. Maybe we can bring attention to many more parts of our lives. Chores are a good place to start.

Nurturing your attitude of wholeness

“Through the absence of what we think we have to have we can discover our wholeness”  – Renae A. Sauter

A while ago I read the Dutch book ‘Liefdesbang’ by Hannah Cuppen. ‘Afraid of love’, which the title translate to, describes how people who have fear of commitment are often attracted to people who fear abandonment and vise versa, which then leads to a perpetual back and forth dance of needing and rejecting.

Now, many people would see this as problematic. I bet all of us know at least one couple that is in such a relationship. And many of us, including myself, might argue that both these people have a thing or two to learn about themselves before settling down with someone else.

But then last week a dear friend of mine was talking about the same issue and approached it from an entirely different angle. Rather than judging such a relationship to be unhealthy, he said that these people have the remarkable potential to heal each other. Perhaps it’s this potential that they are attracted to, not this game of rejection.

These are two different ways of looking at the same thing and I think it’s important to be aware of this. Do we see it as a problem that we need to get rid of before committing to a relationship? Or is it a unique opportunity for growth?

Neither is objectively right or wrong yet such a shift in attitude might change everything. One attitude moves towards the matter, the other moves away from it. One attitude encourages movement while the other feels restrictive and limiting.

 

An attitude of wholeness

The challenge with many of our personal issues, I think, is whether we can keep seeing ourselves as whole beings rather than sums of broken parts that need fixing.

Nobody should ever have to feel defined by some word, label or life event. Nobody should ever have to feel like “one of those people”. The important question to ask is whether we can learn to see our problems as opportunities.

We should always attempt to see ourselves as whole and include even our least favorite parts of ourselves. This means we include our illnesses, the rough edges of our personalities, and the occasional (or maybe not so occasional) dark thought.

And I don’t think this is some kind of magical ‘AHA’ mind-shifting moment. At least, I know that for me it’s not. It’s a daily challenge to remind myself that I can always choose to see things from a different perspective. I often do this through journaling but you might also talk to a friend, silently contemplate, or whatever else helps you stay open-minded.

I wish this attitude upon everyone; even when they think it’s a load of crap, perhaps especially then.

5 useful tips for improving your daily routine

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” – Maria Popova (from this article on BrainPickings.org)

While this may seem obvious, I want to emphasise it anyway: how you spend the majority of your average day is how you will spend most of your life.

A very significant part of the average person’s day is spent sleeping, eating and working. Unfortunately, for many of us that time is non-negotiable. Therefore, it’s incredibly important how we make use of the time that remains.

According to The Wall Street Journal the typical American spends about 5.13 hours per day on leisure activities such as exercise, socializing and watching TV. I guess this holds true for most western countries. If you are to get anything done besides work and taking care of your basic needs, you have to craft these hours carefully.

 

5 useful tips for improving your daily routine

Over the years I’ve spent some serious time pondering how to use the hours of my days more effectively. I wouldn’t say I’m completely satisfied yet, but I’ve definitely made some huge improvements.

I would say that easily the most important thing is that you implement the right habits into your life. A routine without consistency isn’t really a routine. If you are able to build a solid routine with the right habits, you are on the right track!

Personally, I’ve been able to implement several habits into my life that I find extremely valuable, such as:
– Journaling twice a day
– Daily meditation or yoga
– Working out at least 4-5 times per week (usually every day)
– Deliberate guitar practice
– Healthy eating
Deep work

I don’t think I can overstate how grateful I am to my past self for putting in the time and effort and making these things feel ‘automatic’. These habits ensure that I spend my time wisely and on things that I find important.

A few strategies that I’ve found to be effective in implementing new habits into my routine are:
#1 One new habit at a time
#2 Gradual implementation
#3 Fixed timing
#4 Combining habits
#5 Make what you want to do the most accessible

Below, I’ll elaborate on each of these.

 

#1 One new habit at a time

Focussing on the implementation of just one habit at a time is crucial.

This means that you probably shouldn’t start working out and changing your diet at exactly the same time, it’s too much! What you could do instead is: you start working out, gradually and according to a plan, and let your nutrition be the way it was for a while. If you automatically start eating somewhat healthier, great. If not, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Then, once you’re consistently working out, say that in two months you’ve build up to running 3 times per week, doing some calisthenics on two other days, and taking brisk walks on your off-days, you can start focusing on nutrition. You’ll still be working out but that should be part of your routine now, it shouldn’t require as much effort anymore.

 

#2 Gradual implementation

I’ve already been hinting at this, but gradual implementation is very important!

For example: check out this article from Zenhabits on rising earlier. Leo recommends a gradual approach and suggests that we wake up 10-15 minutes earlier for a couple of days and, when we are comfortable with that, wake up a little earlier yet again.

I like this approach very much. Oftentimes we get too excited when introducing a new habit and overdo it. We might start running 4 times per week for the first two weeks, but then the third week we lose some motivation and only go three times, and then maybe the fourth week we don’t do any running at all. Mission failed.

Instead we should focus on gradual implementation. Go running twice a week instead and go for only 15 minutes. Then gradually build that up to maybe 30 minutes, 4 times per week. That’s the way to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Personally, I think you shouldn’t focus on results in the first few months but on habit implementation. Habit implementation should be the goal. Results will follow as a consequence of having an excellent routine.

 

#3 Fixed timing

Always try to perform your habit at exactly the same moment in your day.

I find daily habits often easier to implement than habits that I, for example, only perform twice a week.

If you don’t want to do something every day, like when going to the gym three times per week, then consider doing something else at exactly the same time on your off-days. Perhaps you can take a walk, or perhaps you can alternate it with something entirely different such as playing the guitar the other days of the week. The important thing is that you set aside some time each day to do this thing, or this rotation of things.

I understand that it isn’t always realistic to do something every day. You can definitely still use the techniques described in this article if you only do it two, or three times per week. It just might take a bit more time before these habits will be ingrained in your routine.

 

#4 Combining habits

It can really be helpful to combine habits that you want to incorporate in your life with habits that you’ve already implemented. This strategy is best illustrated by some examples:

  • I floss my teeth while I shower in the morning
  • I have a morning routine and an evening routine where I do several things consecutively, such as: rising – writing – drinking water – meditating

Always ask yourself if you can combine habits like this, it will make their implementation much easier because they become attached to something you were already doing. This is also why many successful people have and have had morning and evening routines. These are good moments to perform a few habits consecutively.

 

#5 Make what you want to do the most accessible

If you want yourself to do something, then you should make it as easy as humanly possible for yourself. Conversely, you could make the thing that is most likely to distract you more difficult. If, for example, you would like to play more guitar, you could leave your plugged-in Stratocaster on the couch and hide the TV remote.

In my own life I use a few simple hacks, such as:

– Electronic devices are not allowed in my bedroom, which encourages mono-tasking, less stimuli and better sleep

– I do not have a comfortable desk in my house, encouraging me to work elsewhere

– Distracting websites are blocked during the day by the Freedom app

Another example of this is that you exclusively keep food in the house that is healthy for you. And if you don’t like how much time you’re spending on Facebook, delete the app, have a browser app that limits the time you can spend on it, and while you’re at it completely block your newsfeed (I personally do all of these).

Whatever it is that you want to do more of, you can usually design your life in a way that encourages it. It may be extremely useful to take some time to think about this and make some changes if necessary.

I hope these tips help guide you in the right direction and assist you in building a lifestyle that is aligned with your values and dreams!

 

Where is this all headed?

“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Where is this all headed?

I wish I could tell you friend
I wish, I wish I knew
But nobody really knows, do they?
We simply have to see it through

Bad things happen to good people
And safety is never guaranteed
But we find ourselves longing for it anyway
It’s what we desperately need

Suffering is very, very real
Anxiety and hurt; despair is a real burden
But in our heart of hearts we know, don’t we?
That when we yearn we’re also learning

We must move my dear
We must make way for change, however terrifying that might be
We must plunge in the deep
And stop asking “why” and “when” in order to be free

So brother raise your head
Oh sister, keep walking the walk
We may not know what’s in store for us
But we’re all connected through our challenges and love

And when we meet our endings
Which all of us will, sooner or later
When we leave our cherished vessels
And stand face-to-face with our creator

We will know that we could simply have trusted
That things will go the way they go
The single constant in our lives is change
And the enigmas of the future, none of us can know

Perhaps life’s purpose is the very lack of it

“The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say it doesn’t have a destination that it ought to arrive at.” – Alan Watts

If you are like me, you’ve often asked yourself what’s the purpose of life is.

I guess most of us strive towards something greater at some point in our lives, yet this ‘something’ is highly individual, and we cannot all be right, can we?

Whether it’s a certain achievement like building a house, landing a dream job and producing a piece of art, or living a virtuous life in order to get to heaven, there is no singular truth.

We have many different religions and probably a greater variety of perspectives on life and death than we have Homo Sapiens walking this planet. It follows that the existence of an ultimate, general purpose for us human beings is highly unlikely.

 

Live on purpose rather than for a purpose

So what if this purposelessness is actually the purpose?

Maybe there’s no glory to attain, nothing to accomplish and nothing to be. This means we can decide for ourselves who we want to be and assign meaning to that, instead of to some higher goal.

Maybe we can do whatever we wish, shape ourselves in whatever way we want. If there’s no destination but one of our own devising—nowhere to move unless that’s where we aim to be—then we can just relax, make the best of it and enjoy our time here. We can live on purpose rather than for a purpose.

 

Why your life is not a journey

I highly recommend that you check out the video below in which philosopher Alan Watts explains why your life is not a journey. He compares life to a musical composition: there is no purpose to it but the thing itself. We do not listen to compositions because we want to arrive at some destination; we listen to it simply for the experience of listening to it.

So if life is like music, let’s sing, dance, play and travel the world! The thing is, it doesn’t matter. Be who you want to be. But don’t go chasing after some superfluous thing that won’t actually bring you joy. You are already where you have to be. Best enjoy the ride!

Can you accept a compliment?

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

Can you accept a compliment?

Without feeling embarrassed.
Without needing it.
Without playing it down in your head.
Without immediately wanting to return it.
Without letting it pressure you in one way or the other.

Can you let it be, without adding anything to it? Allowing it to be perfect as it is.

Can you just let this compliment fill your heart with joy?

I’m guessing most of us find it difficult to accept compliments sometimes. But let’s not have that stop us from trying anyway. Because the capacity to gracefully accept compliments is a treasure. It’s a gift that we can only give to ourselves. And yes, we are worth it.

The student’s mindset

“Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.” – Peter Diamandis

This is a brief post on a way of thinking that I’ve found to be useful in difficult times. We’ll call it the student’s mindset.

Having a student’s mindset means that you attempt to find teachings in anything that happens. Practically speaking this means that you might turn difficult life events into valuable lessons, and meaningless suffering into meaningful challenge.

It may sound pretentious, but it really isn’t. Surely life will still drag you down, but rather than just being helpless, or frustrated with it all, you could try to see such events as an opportunity to learn about yourself and the world around you.

 

The student’s mindset in action

I’ve found this mindset to be applicable to a large spectrum of hardships. For example, say a new building is being constructed next to your apartment and loud noises from the construction site wake you up at 7:30 am each morning. You can become angry about it every single day and perhaps even fantasize about physically harassing some of those construction workers. But you could also see it as the perfect opportunity to wake up earlier and see what that brings you.

Or if you were to break a leg, you could sit around in your apartment all day, binge-watching Netflix, and feel useless. But you could also see it as an opportunity to reconsider your life goals, and perhaps take some online courses.

Or say your spouse was to break up with you, leaving you feeling sad, depressed and unconfident. While these feelings are totally legit and you should allow yourself to feel them, you could also try to see this event as an opportunity to learn about yourself. You could see it as a chance to rediscover who you are without this other person by your side, what you want out of a relationship, or perhaps how you could have been more vulnerable, less dependent, etc.

Or even if a loved one were to die. While this is one of the worst things that could happen to you, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot also ascribe positive meaning to it. Yielding the student’s mindset you might find yourself pondering the deeper questions of life. You may find a deeper appreciation for things that you previously took for granted. Death can teach you about gratitude as much as anything, but you do have to open up to that possibility. The student’s mindset can help you with that.

 

But it’s not easy…

Please note that I’m not saying that adopting such a mindset is easy, because it’s not. It might take you many years of effort to cultivate it. Personally, I think I’ve only been scratching the surface of it in my own life. I nevertheless feel that the student’s mindset has significantly improved my overall well-being.

Experiment with it yourself, and try it on for size!

A lover’s first kiss

“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns, it calls me on and on across the universe.” – John Lennon (from the song: Across The Universe)

As we walk from the tapas bar to the night museum, our hands finally touch. In a suggestive way that is. Definitely not convincing but it’s better than nothing. I wonder whether she likes me too. Although this thought suggests that I like her… and I’m not quite sure about that.

It’s a beautiful midsummer evening in a beach-side European city. I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks and the road is starting to feel like home. I’m becoming quite comfortable here, very tranquil, without a doubt on the horizon. Until I met this girl that is.

There’s just something about her. She’s pretty, tan-skinned, but otherwise very ordinary, yet she intrigues me. Perhaps it’s the slight language barrier. Perhaps it’s because she’s staying in the hostel bunk next to mine, making this a ‘girl-next-door’ kind of crush. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve spent most of the past week with another girl, and feel confused about meeting someone else.

Whatever it is, I can’t say that I’m in the zone. The zone, you know? Where everything you do just works for some reason. Or at least you think it does. And when it doesn’t, you don’t care. It’s a sense of invincibility, a kind of flow state that can last for days, weeks even. Perhaps that’s what I’m looking for in this girl, to get into the zone, to feel alive again! But right now that’s not really working out for me.

The two of us went to the beach today, and while we had fun, there was no touching. If there was any flirting at all, it was very slight. That being said, when we went out last night, she surprised me by joining me in leaving early. I guess the signals were there, it just felt like risky gambling to me. Like I would risk everything, my whole bubble of comfort, simply for trying something with her. But it doesn’t matter, does it? Because here we are, touching hands, near that night-museum, on my last night here.

 

A lover’s first kiss

The museum’s entrance fee is beyond our backpacker-budgets so we decide to keep walking. And that we do, without any sense of direction. To walk is easier than talk.

We touch hands a couple more times, and I even put my arm around her for a while. She doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about that, but she doesn’t object either. I still have no idea how she feels about me.

We buy a couple of beers and find a park bench where we finish them. I’m glad to finally have some proximity, this might get interesting, except that it doesn’t. Some toothless old lady ruins the moment. She wants a beer and will not leave us alone. We give her one but she creeps us out. I guess we should leave.

So yet again we walk, without holding hands this time, and still no sense of direction. The moon is smiling down on us but I’m starting to feel restless, a feeling I always get when I’m being indecisive. I need to lead us somewhere, no girl would ever want to walk around by night randomly for hours, would they?

I put my faith in Google Maps. It directs us to another small park. We walk over there to sit down and finish our beers.

We arrive and find ourselves amidst a lovely flower garden. Sadly there aren’t any benches. At this point, I’m done being indecisive though, so I lead the way, find a quiet part of the garden and sit down at flower level. I wonder whether she’s comfortable with this but she joins me, seemingly oblivious to my misgivings.

I still have no clue whether I can kiss her. I honestly have no idea. I usually do; whether there’s a touch of hair, an exchange of glances, a bite in the lower lip, I can typically tell whether a girl wants me to kiss her. But this girl… she really doesn’t make it easy for me.

In some way, a man gives all of his heart to a woman when he goes for the first kiss. It’s the defining zero-or-hero moment when she decides whether she’ll have him or not. With the hundredth girl it may be easier than the tenth, but sometimes you come across someone who can make you feel like it’s your first kiss again.

That’s how she makes me feel like it’s my first time. So I nervously wait for a more fitting moment. Any signal, anything. Any moment would be better than NOW. It’s my last night here so I gladly talk about that, hoping to avoid any uncomfortable silences.

Then suddenly I’m captured by a strong sense of finitude. This moment won’t last, we won’t last. Nothing will last. If not now, then when? All there is, is now. I don’t know whether there will be another moment like this. The only moment I can possibly count on is this one.

This sense of urgency pushes me to take the leap. She never really made long eye contact before, but when I touch her back she gazes into my eyes, so I go for it. And when our lips touch she responds. Not shocked, which part of me expected, but passionately. Like she’s been waiting for this all day.

 

A timeless moment

In that moment we connected more deeply than any language could express, on a level that goes beyond logic. It could only be felt, not rationally understood.

We remained there for quite a while longer, enjoying the blessing of being together. Of course that moment did not last either. Nor did the feeling of connection, nor my ‘flow’ state. I just held her tightly until it was time to let go.

In a year it will probably be a beautifuland perhaps heavily distortedmemory of what once was. And while I know that not even the memory will last, I like to think that such moments are timeless: a first kiss between lovers, a meaningful moment of warmth and passion. And that, in some way, we’ve created something, together. Something that will outlive us all.

To grieve

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”- C.S. Lewis (from: A Grief Observed)

To grieve is to be afraid. It’s to be confronted with mortality in its nakedest form.

To grieve is to realize that everything we know will someday perish. It’s a violent awakening from the dream of being in control.

To grieve is to be completely in the dark, where the simplest of tasks are beyond us and we hardly recognize the person in the mirror.

To grieve is to have a deep wound that reopens at random, having the bandage ripped off when we least expect it.

But grief is also a blessing in ways. It’s love in its most striking disguise. It’s a logical consequence of having cared deeply.

To grieve is to hurt more intensely than anything we’ve ever felt, but it’s also a deep gratitude for all that remains in our lives.

To grieve is to be numb, but it’s also to be sensitive beyond measure. It’s a means of finding essence, beholding beauty, and being alive in one of the sincerest of ways.

Grief.

Everyone faces it sooner or later. Will it conquer you, or will you dance with it? Will you hide from it, or greet it respectfully, like an old acquaintance you’d rather have avoided but ‘here you are’?

Grief.

Let us not drown in our sorrow. Let us sail its mighty oceans and emerge from it anew—like butterflies from cocoons—more empathic and humane, more consciously awake.

Oh grief.

Be kind to me. Show me the light and I will fetch it. Show me the path and I will walk it.

Grief.

My 5 favorite books of 2016

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King (from: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

Reading good books is one of the great delights of my life. And while  reading preference is probably highly personal, I always find it useful to learn what like-minded people are reading. For that reason, I’ve decided to share my favorite 5 books that I read in 2016. Without further ado, here’s my top 5 in no particular order:

 

Deep Work – Cal Newport

I’ve read several of Cal’s books over the years and they’ve definitely transformed my professional life. Cal is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University who’s been writing and researching productivity ever since he himself was a High School Superstar.

In Deep Work, Cal defines deep- and shallow work and describes a recent trend towards shallow work—which is work that is easily replicated and doesn’t require intens focus—while deep work, the opposite of shallow work, is becoming increasingly rare and valuable. He then suggests several ways of implementing deep work into your life and getting more out of your typical workday.

I’ve been experimenting with deep work ever since reading this book and found that blocking my e-mail, Facebook, and several distracting websites completely during the day was both effective and necessary to sustain it. I also swap my iPhone for an old Samsung phone that doesn’t have internet when I feel like getting serious. This may sound a bit extreme but Deep work made me recognize the value of not having my work interrupted.

Anyone who wants to feel more confident about finding a job in a future full of automation, would do well do read this book. You can find an animated summary of Deep Work here.

 

Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday


While the title of this book would be terribly misplaced in a spiritual or psychological context, ego, as defined more superficially by Ryan Holiday, is actually the enemy. And fighting it should be an important goal in any ambitious person’s life.

In this book, Ryan defines the ego as “an unhealthy belief in one’s own importance” and offers down-to-earth, practical advice on how to keep this ego in check. The relevance of fighting the ego is illustrated perfectly by my favorite quote in the book: “it’s impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows” – Epictetus.

Ryan makes use of case studies of both success-stories an failures. He uses these to come to conclusions about how to tune the ego for success and, more generally, living a good life. I found these case studies very educational and they make for a fun read!

This book was almost dethroned from this list by Adam Grant’s Originals. The books have a lot in common and both are full of wisdom and practical tips. However, I chose Ego Is The Enemy for the simple reason that I enjoyed reading it better. The interesting case studies definitely contributed to that.

Find an animated summary of Ego Is The Enemy here.

 

John Lennon: The Life – Philip Norman


I’m a huge fan of biographies. Reading well-written biographies of interesting people is, in my opinion, one of the most worthwhile investments of one’s time.

I’ve read several biographies this year. Most of these were biographies of scientists, such as The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman, Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon, and Genius, a Richard Feynman biography by James Gleick. So it was nice reading about a musician’s life for a change!

While Genius would have been my favorite biography had I read it for the first time this year [1], John Lennon: The Life, is also a masterpiece. And it has one of the most fascinating of subjects ever. What a character John was!

It’s been a delight to read about John’s developments as both a musician and a person. Also, let it be no secret that I am a huge Beatles fan, and this book covers the history of the Beatles quite well. I’m particularly impressed by the writer’s objectivity in covering the Beatles’ conflicts leading up to their breakup.

This is a must-read for any Beatles fan, or, in other words: everyone!

 

On The Move – Oliver Sacks


For some reason Sacks never really got under my skin. I read his Muscicophilia a few years ago and remember disliking it. In fact, I didn’t even finish it. As a Neuroscience student I found his conclusions somewhat shortsighted and I didn’t like his tone. I guess I just wasn’t ready for his work.

The experience of reading Sacks’ autobiography, On the Move, couldn’t have been more different. It got me to deeply appreciate this man, who struggled with many of life’s greatest questions as well as his homosexuality in a time when it wasn’t socially accepted at all. Sacks was also quite the traveler (hence the title) and the book portrays many of his adventures on the road as well.

Whether you’re a fan of Sacks’ work or not, I highly recommend On The Move: A Life, especially if you’re interested in writing or the medical sciences.

 

Nexus (trilogy) – Ramez Naam


This list wouldn’t have been complete without some fiction in it. Besides the Nexus trilogy, I loved reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Homeland, its sequel. In the end, Nexus won the battle for this list because of the exciting neural lace-like technology it describes.

While one could argue that the Nexus books aren’t written that well, I think the story more than makes up for the writer’s lack of experience in fiction-writing. In fact, the story has touched me deeply. I found it extremely interesting to read about the direction in which our future may very well be headed.

The Nexus books introduce us to a world where technology, rather than just turning us into Pokémon Go zombies, makes us more humane. A drug-like technology called Nexus, allows brains to interconnect and encourages a deep understanding between people. At the same time, this technology also causes huge political issues, leading to a war between the conservatives, who are driven by fear of it, and the liberals, who are fighting for their freedom. I love how the writer depicts the dangers of fear and ignorance in policy making, and I believe this will become increasingly relevant in the coming years.

Overall, I found the Nexus books extremely interesting. They directly touch many of my interests, such as Neuroscience, technology, programming, and transcendental experiences. I often couldn’t stop reading.

Trans-humanism is coming, and it’s coming fast! If you wish to join the bandwagon, you could do worse than to start with these books.

 

Notes
[1] I would strongly urge anyone who’s even remotely interested in science to read Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, authored by Feynman himself, and compliment it with James Gleick’s Genius, they’re definitely among my favorite books of all time