philosophy

the japanese dichotomy of politeness

There is something about Japanese culture that has always struck me as odd. Generally, people in Japan are uber friendly and there are countless occasions where Japanese politeness has saved me when I was lost or when I did not understand something which then lead to some mistake on my part. However, on the street […]

stoic practice

Recently my patience has been quite low, and for some reason I have been short tempered. Really small things were able to throw me off balance. For example, when I had a video call with my brother and we were chatting about current issues in academia, I became quite heated when explaining something to him […]

seeker of truth

I consider myself a seeker of truth. Most people ascribe this title to themselves because it sounds virtuous. However, I think that most people are seekers of convenient truth. They do not actually want truth, especially not if it challenges their held believes. I dare to say that I am a seeker of truth in […]

negative consequences of risk aversion and honesty

Here are some thoughts on the negative consequences of risk aversion and honesty. This is going to be a short one but given that what I want to write about is explained easily. I guess the major part of this post should happen on the readers side; reflecting on your own circumstances. This week I […]

we are not even the product; we are the fuel – part 1

This is part one of a two part series that bridges technology critique, social science and a call to be more mindful of your time and focus. A while ago I listened to the waking up podcast where Sam Harris talks to Roger McNamee who is a former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg – the man […]

meditations

by Marcus Aurelius synopsis The book does not have a real story and is rather a collection of thoughts and scraps of Marcus Aurelius’ mind. Marcus Aurelius was a strong proponent of philosophy and is often depicted as the ideal philosopher king. His work was split into 12 books that do not really have a […]

improve your health by fighting climate change

Congratulations humanity! You are successfully killing yourself! I read on TechCrunch the other day that the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere has climbed to over 415 PPM for the first time in human history. If you look at the graphs on the website it is difficult to dismiss this as not a big deal. If […]

the problem with “the others” and climate change

This post is going to be rather political and the way I will talk about the upcoming issue will not be of good taste to most people. Through my work email I received an email to support an initiative called “Scientists For Future” that concerns itself with climate change. The reason why I post my […]

expensive rut

We are all made in a way that we get used to the status-quo. In our life we always get used to things. It can be our living situation, our partners, or mundane things as the construction site next to our house. I believe that, while being an important ability of our psyche, it is […]