‘Two hands are a lot’ — we’re hiring data scientists, project managers, policy experts, assorted weirdos… (by Dominic Cummings)

‘This is possibly the single largest design flaw contributing to the bad Nash equilibrium in which … many governments are stuck. Every individual high-functioning competent person knows they can’t make much difference by being one more face in that crowd.’ Eliezer Yudkowsky, AI expert, LessWrong etc. ‘[M]uch of our intellectual elite who think they have “the solutions” have actually cut themselves off from understanding the basis for much of the most important human progress.’ Michael Nielsen, physicist and one of the handful of most interesting people I’ve ever talked to. ‘People, ideas, machines — in that order.’ Colonel Boyd. ‘There … Continue reading ‘Two hands are a lot’ — we’re hiring data scientists, project managers, policy experts, assorted weirdos… (by Dominic Cummings)

Sun Tzu & Defending Your Self (& Loved Ones)

“The Art of War teaches us not to rely on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming , but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” – Sun Tzu The aim of Krav Maga is to counteract a threat as quickly as possible. The goal is to dominate and immobilise an attacker quickly. The reason many learn self defence is simply to preserve their own life but they don’t learn actual techniques to defend themselves. Krav Maga along with Target … Continue reading Sun Tzu & Defending Your Self (& Loved Ones)

Can wars no longer be won?

Author Cian O’Driscoll Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow Disclosure statement Cian O’Driscoll received funding from the Independent Social Research Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council for this work. He is the author of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Just War. ………………………………………………… Kurdish forces seized control of the Syrian town of Kobani in January 2015 after a four-month battle with Islamic State fighters. Footage of their triumph was relayed around the world. A global audience witnessed Kurdish troops indulge in raucous celebrations as they raised their flag on the hill that once flew the IS black banner. And so it … Continue reading Can wars no longer be won?

86 Year Old Woman Uses Yoga To Treat Her Scoliosis And Completely Transform Her Body

By Jess Murray Truth Theory In recent years, yoga has been at the forefront of mindfulness and a hugely beneficial workout for our mental as well as physical health. But in some cases, it has proven to be the only permanent healer for some health concerns. Grandmother Anna Pesce had suffered from the back condition called scoliosis for a long time, and at 86 years old it got so bad that she was confined to a wheelchair. Scoliosis is a common condition, and means that sufferers have a prominent curve in their spine. The condition affects over 4 million people in … Continue reading 86 Year Old Woman Uses Yoga To Treat Her Scoliosis And Completely Transform Her Body

SUN TZU – SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS

CHAPTER 1. LAYING PLANS 3. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. 4. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline. 11. These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail. 12. Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 13. (1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued … Continue reading SUN TZU – SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS

Sith, Sufis & The Salaf

The Sith is the True Salaf, the true way Sufis, the real Jedi – neutral and balanced. The Sith use honest passion and emotion to channel the Force. Unlike the Jedi who like Sufis, use inner peace as a get out clause that limits their creativity. Through true passion and emotion the Sith recognise that faith in The Force (The Way of Allah) is not enough. The Jedi weakness like Sufis is their unwillingness to ‘know’ The Force. They do not access this side of themselves. Jedi call this the Dark Side. Jedi hate and have hunted Sith to near … Continue reading Sith, Sufis & The Salaf

Extremism & The Ego

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love. – Washington Irving The purpose and purity we were born with we have lost. Tears we shed as babies unable to speak we have betrayed. Those tears cried in pain that we continue to carry through life with no purpose. The grief is that we were born alone and will die alone and forget that this life is not one of grief – but joy. We seek power … Continue reading Extremism & The Ego

Amit Shah, Modi, Chanakya & Kashmir

The great scholar Chanakya learned and memorised the Vedas in his youth. As he grew up, he studied politics and became a master political strategist. Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. Chanakya is credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both emperors Chandragupta and his son Bindusara. Today Amit Shah is considered the Chanakya – the power behind Indian Prime Minister Modi. Amit Shah is said to follow the words of Chanakya who emphasised victory by any means. Chanakya preached that ends justify the means. So, … Continue reading Amit Shah, Modi, Chanakya & Kashmir

Beyond Good & Evil – In Five Sentences.

In Beyond Good and Evil Allama Friedrich Nietzsche discusses the theory of the “will to truth.” The Allama argues that to learn the truth, a human being must question everything. And that is ‘Everything’ we have ever heard, learned, observed must be questioned within. And nothing must be free from this ruthless self-interrogation, including self-perception, societal teachings, and religion. Allama Nietzsche proposes that we all have the capability to do this, but most do not because we lack the ambition to dig and question and fear being seen as different from society and its herd – mentality. The following five … Continue reading Beyond Good & Evil – In Five Sentences.