Instead of saying ‘I can’t…’, how about asking yourself: ‘Why can’t I?’ and ‘How can I?’

There is no such thing as “Can’t” (other than ‘I can’t live without water/oxygen etc.’, and those laws of physics which are limiting, e.g. I can’t fly to South East Asia from Australia just by flapping my arms’)*. But for everything else, there’s no can’t, only ‘Don’t’. If you find …

What is knowledge? Do you know?

Remembering what numbers your favourite football players wore in 1995, the capital city of Latvia, Moldova and Belarus are and all the lyrics to about 3 or 4 songs is not knowledge. It is storage of data, and the data is man-made, or arbitrary tags. it’s what Google does. Now, …

Was Socrates taking the piss when he said this? Isn’t saying ‘I don’t know anything’ still a form of knowing something? Instead of ‘I don’t know anything’, would it not have been more accurate to say ‘Do I know anything?’?

This is something that my mate Matt said the other day… If Socrates was the wisest bloke human guy there ever was, and he used to say ‘There’s only one thing I know… that I don’t know anything,’ doesn’t that mean that he still claimed to know that fact –the …

A Deep Dive into: Insults [pt.4] – I got 3 students, my girlfriend and a friend to insult me in 3 different languages (and also English) to test Epictetus’ theory

This is a I-don’t-know-how-many-yet part longform examination of insults (and getting offended)… Here’s Part 1: The philosophy of: Stuff they teach kids (Sticks and stones may break my bones…) Part 2: Words are nothing but a series of letters arranged in a certain order to make a certain sound that comes out …

The good type of vulnerability and the bad

When you show your vulnerability, that’s when you know you’re on the right track. That’s when a real connection’s made between you and someone else. But there’s 2 different ways to show vulnerability – the good way and the bad (and annoying). Question #1 What’s the difference between: a) Anne Lamott …

Optimal Minimal

I don’t live my life by any specific sayings or soundbites. One, because I can’t remember them exactly as they were said and two, living life in all the ways you want to can’t be distilled into one or two pull quotes. But one thing that I do try to live …