Chains of Hbit

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ The Paradox of Control

How much do you value being in control? It seems sensible that we want to retain as much control as possible. From an evolutionary standpoint, being in control of our … Continue Reading →


Humanity

The Accumulation of Humanity

Two centuries ago, Sam Smiles made the observation that we would have “remained uncivilized but for the savings and accumulations made by our forefathers – the savings of skill, or … Continue Reading →


Who Are You

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ Who are You?

When you look at your arms and legs, clearly they are yours, or at least part of what makes up “you”. But you are more than just a body. You … Continue Reading →


Brains

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ Simulating Consciousness

A look through history at the metaphors we’ve used to describe the brain prove to be embarrassingly shortsighted. Descartes thought the brain operated like a hydraulic pump. Freud explained it … Continue Reading →


Mind Games

10 Reasons Everyone Should Read Thought Experiments

thought experiment / NOUN / 1 –  A test in which one imagines the practical outcome of a hypothesis 2 – An idea or scenario that explores the consequences of … Continue Reading →


Forest

A Brief Thought Experiment – The Illusion of Subjective Experience

Every enthusiast of philosophy has likely contemplated the question of whether there exists more to life than pure matter. The “Tree Falling in the Forest” thought experiment is perhaps the … Continue Reading →


Matrix

A Thought Experiment – The Folly of Absolute Certainty

Axioms Mathematics is based on axioms – which by nature are not provable. They are merely a starting premise that we can build on to reach mathematical conclusions. As Richard … Continue Reading →


Don't do this

The Value of Focusing on the Negative

In a world where optimism is the rage and focusing on the bright side of things is the backbone of self help, negativity is often viewed as a character flaw. … Continue Reading →


Numbers

A Thought Provoking Paradox about Numbers

Paraphrased from the work of Douglas Hofstadler (“I am a Strange Loop”) There are people who focus on finding ways to express numbers using the least amount of syllables possible. … Continue Reading →


Success

The Science Behind Reading Inspirational Material

The biggest criticism of inspirational material is that its mostly a collection of hollow buzzwords serving to boost the ego of wishful thinkers. But what if there was scientific evidence … Continue Reading →


Positive Ideas

How To Improve Your Life in 60 Seconds

You just had great idea! It’s beautiful. It’s sensible, Why hadn’t you thought of it before? Ideas The above is an experience everyone has had. However it happens, that new … Continue Reading →


Paradise-island

A Thought Experiment ~ The Vacation

Entirely Paraphrased from the work of Daniel Kahneman (“Thinking Fast and Slow”) You have been given the option to take a vacation. For the price of only two weeks of … Continue Reading →


Crown

Why You’re Richer than a King

There exists a trend in the Western World to focus on the negative. The more we have, it seems, the more we have to take for granted. Yet much of … Continue Reading →


Seeing

Here’s Why Your Reality May not be What you Think…

By 1833, a German physiologist named Johannes Peter Muller (1801-1858) had noticed something puzzling. If he shone a light in the eye, put pressure on the eye, or electrically stimulated … Continue Reading →


Mind Blowing

A Positivley Mind Blowing Thought Experiment

Entirely Paraphrased from the works of Daniel Dennett You wake up one morning and find yourself in a closed room without windows. You have a bathroom, and a food supply, … Continue Reading →