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Location

Melbourne, Australia

Work

Mini-retirement

Learning

Philosophy; Political History; Economics; Literature; Mathematics; Writing

Reading

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Fun

Bouldering

Philosophy

I’ve hired a teacher. I’m covering Aristotle, Plato, Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and more. Why? Because philosophy is training me to think better. It deals with values, methods and assumptions.  These are fundamentals which every conceptual field of study involves and can’t help but import. If I can think better, I can have more control of my mind which means I can validate, pick and pursue values consciously. The alternative is that my subconscious adopts values, the validity and toxicity of which I do not know.

Because all of my philosophy tutorial sessions are recorded, you can see me ask lots of questions for many hours. If after so much effort there’s no noticeable difference in the way I think or act, you and I will know that something has gone wrong with either my methods or assumptions.

Political History

I once tried to study history by reading Ariel Durant’s “Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage.” It was cool, but I forgot almost all of it. I learned from my mistake and hired a teacher. He approaches history with a different set of values, methods, assumptions. He believes that the classicist and revisionist approach to history is a false alternative and is teaching me to study history objectively for the purpose of providing insight into the world today.

Economics

I think some basic understanding of economics and markets is required so that I can conceptualize various potential economic scenarios unfolding before they do and therefore better protect my hard-earned savings. When things go wrong, it’ll prevent me from joining an angry mob to protest against speculators, bankers or foreigners.