The Destruction of Culture

(Globalization, Pop Culture, Dumbing-Down, Failed School System, and Participatory Democracy)

If porn was allowed on YouTube the next president would be a pornstar.

If the theme song of Homeostasis Dwellers is Girls Just Want to Have Fun, then the theme of Homeostasis Breakers is Push it to the Limit.Continue Reading…

The Expanded Version of Breaking out of Homeostasis & More

I know I’m slow.

I wrote the original version when I was ~22-23. Then I wrote the current (Kindle) version when I was 26. That, right there, is three years of refining and expanding upon existing ideas.

How many people would spend years pondering a philosophy? I know many people do 100 tweets a day, email their followers twice per day, and create a new product every week. I’m slower though, because I don’t copy.

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The 13 Minute Workout: How to Maintain Your Physique with Minimal Time Spent

 [How I cut my total workout time in a third and even put on a lot of muscle.]

If you had asked me one year ago, “Ludvig, could you maintain your body by spending a third of the time in the gym, and barely even getting sore?” I would have flat out told you no.

Now, I’m not so sure.

Is it possible to put on weight, gain muscle, and stay in shape without adhering to long conventional workout routines? This has been the case for me the past 6 months.

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Nothing New Under the Sun: 8 Historic Patterns

I have written about history on multiple occasions in the past, and now it’s time again.

Studying history is important because it gives you a broad understanding of human nature under different circumstances. And it also allows you to predict with higher certainty when people or countries are succumbing to certain historical patterns. When this happens, there is not much you can do to counteract it — a wiser decision may be to simply extract yourself from the situation and strive to avoid the folly of your peers, statesmen or countrymen.Continue Reading…

Now Finished: The Future Skills Program

Hi friends,

I’m excited to tell you that we’ve now completed the Future Skills Program and will do our first (scaled-up) run of the program, starting on Sunday 14th.

The past couple of days I’ve been sending lots of emails and communicating with applicants and the people scheduled for our first run. In doing this, I’ve received some recurring questions which I will now do my best to answer.

What is the Future Skills Program?Continue Reading…

The Thoreau Test: Can You Live on 6 Weeks’ Work?

“For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labor of my hands, and I found, that by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living. The whole of my winters, as well as most of my summers, I had free and clear for study.”

~Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau could live on 6 weeks of serious work per year.

Most likely, you cannot.

Because inflation has ruined your purchasing power and the median salary has not risen enough to compensate for this.

Also, taxes have increased. So you have to work a lot more.

To put that in perspective:

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Don’t Think Too Highly of Human Nature

human nature

Roman aqueducts

Accelerating change, progress, and innovation is not the status quo.

The Aqueduct and functional sewage systems existed during the Roman Empire (300 BC – 300 AD). And then, when the Roman Empire fell, so did this innovation. The idea of digging tunnels below ground to transport water and waste out of the city was effectively eradicated from popular culture.Continue Reading…

Annual Review 2018

 

Hi there –

I hope you’ve had a fruitful year.

I thought I’d give a brief summary of 2018 and share some lessons. (Like I did in 2016)

The year went ahead different than I had expected. It’s been eventful and I learned a tremendous deal (if you’ve followed Future Skills, you’ll have picked up on some of it).

I made many mistakes, butContinue Reading…