NC Weekly 8: Against the mental model circle jerk – How to really learn mental shortcuts you can use

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) “Benefits > Features” becomes your mental model. What’s a mental model? A mental model is an explanation of someone’s thought process about how something works in the real world. It can be a shortcut to help us process and simplify information, because reality is too … Continue reading NC Weekly 8: Against the mental model circle jerk – How to really learn mental shortcuts you can use

NC Weekly 7: The spoiled brat cycle – Why communicating the old fashioned way will keep us sane

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Hey, hope you’re having a great weekend. As an update after last week’s decision to cut some fat out of my reading habits, I can say it’s been a success so far. After my one week information fast, my Instapaper reading list went from the … Continue reading NC Weekly 7: The spoiled brat cycle – Why communicating the old fashioned way will keep us sane

NC Weekly 4: When the cat’s away… – On doing things when no one is watching

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) A couple of weeks ago the Bundesliga, Germany’s soccer league took off. This time with obvious COVID-19 measures – the absence of an audience for one. Researchers jumped on the opportunity to revisit some studies on how these conditions affect players’ psychology. Turns … Continue reading NC Weekly 4: When the cat’s away… – On doing things when no one is watching

NC Weekly 3: Stumbling on the right path – How randomness, algorithms and climbing can help you find your way in a complex world.

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Hi, hope you’re having a great Sunday! Today we’re getting a bit geeky. How do you choose the right path? How do you know which skill is the right one to learn at any given moment? What should you dedicate time to over … Continue reading NC Weekly 3: Stumbling on the right path – How randomness, algorithms and climbing can help you find your way in a complex world.

NCy Weekly 2: Betting on your own success – How to think about the potential of an idea

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Hi, hope you had a great Sunday. I just finished getting through the slump of a nice bbq and honestly. I was about to postpone writing this. Today got here faster than I anticipated and apart from having a vague idea of what … Continue reading NCy Weekly 2: Betting on your own success – How to think about the potential of an idea

NC Weekly 1: Pilot – Welcome to Negative Capability Weekly

(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Welcome to the first issue of my newsletter, Negative Capability Weekly. The first one is always special. It’s like a TV pilot, mixed in with a manifesto. A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. Why I’m writing … Continue reading NC Weekly 1: Pilot – Welcome to Negative Capability Weekly

What defines you?

There’s a great scene in Batman begins where the dark knight, just before plunging into the hell that awaits him as the burning slums of Gotham, turns to Rachel, his long time friend and secret love and says: It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me. That’s exactly what Rachel … Continue reading What defines you?

Make your choice

We’re all facing crazy uncertain times lately. Whenever something like this happens, our tendency is to default to fight or flight. The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a physiological reaction that occurs in the presence of something that is terrifying, either mentally or physically. The term ‘fight-or-flight’ represents the … Continue reading Make your choice