Yet another Friday WrapUp — a quick and easy way for you to keep up with some of the things I’ve read, watched, played or experienced this week.
This has been a short week in terms of the timing between the emails. I sent the last on on Sunday and writing this one on Friday morning (Thailand time).
So I will keep it short and sweet.
Podcast – Joe Rogan Experience #681 – Gad Saad. Very interesting podcast, where Joe and Gad discuss evolutionary sexuallity, Lebanon antisemitism (and overally Middle East antisemitism), and much much more. I do love JRE even though they run for close to 3 hours every time. There is something about the format where you can just talk without any agenda, talking points, prepared questions and shit to sell to the listeners.
Movie – Restrepo. This was recommended by John “Jocko” Willink on Tim Ferriss’ podcast (The Scariest Navy SEAL Imaginable) along with the Band of Brothers (which I re-watched). I can’t say it was a great movie, but this documentary shows the real (and often very low cinematographic quality) look into the life of one platoon, for one year, in one outpost in one valley in Afghanistan during 2008, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. The website for the movie describes it: “The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.” If you are into this type of documentaries, watch it and draw your own conclusions.
Articles and Blog Posts
– Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain. I actually don’t recommend reading this article as I don’t agree with 90% of nonsense in it, but I included it as it is a good reminder for the need to have “fit” body and care for posture. Having been a life-long sufferer from back pain, and especially the last 9 years, I am strong believer (100% confirmed by my own experience and very significant research) that most back pains are caused by mindbody issues, which the article skips completely. Actually the more I research the mindbody field, the more I realize that most if not all bodily processes are mindbody influenced to a large degree.
Let me know if you want more information on mindbody, psychosomatic processes, backpain, etc. I will be more than happy to recommend good sources.
– Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself and the True Value of Education. Everything that Maria Popova writes is a pure gold. She also writes faster that I could ever read. Frustrating. I would suggest you subscriber to her blog and try to catch up on things that catch your attention. Nietzsche (and Freud) is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented philosopher and thinker, in my opinion. Too often simplified, misquoted and easily dismissed by the masses. Yet, I am amazed at the depth (and breadth) of his writing, especially in the relatively young age. Strongly recommend this article.
– Quote that caught my attention. “There is no drearier, sorrier creature in nature than the man who has evaded his own genius and who squints now towards the right, now towards the left, now backwards, now in any direction whatever.” – Nietzsche