Newsletter No. 26
Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective
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A diver has found a 900-year-old crusader sword on seabed near Israel 🔗 Link
World’s largest triceratops skeleton fetches nearly $8 million in an auction in Paris 🔗 Link
At Alaska’s most popular national park, climate change is threatening the only road in and out 🔗 Link
A gargantuan, first-of-its-kind solar farm will be built (and financed in part by BP) to power a Colorado steel mill. Steelmaking is one of the most polluting industries, so making it more green is key to emissions targets 🔗 Link
Have you ever seen a dragon moray eel 🐉
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I see a lot of young people who for example spend most of their waking hours playing video games and they come to me and they say:
“I’m anxious and depressed. I’m majoring in computer science. I hate it. I thought I would like it if I could only find that thing that I was really meant to do, my life would be better.”
And my first intervention for the many, many people like that that I see in clinical care is:
“You have it backwards. You were waiting for that thing to pull you out of the video game world and you’re never going to find it as long as you’re playing video games, because video games are so powerfully dopamine-ergic, that you have this distorted sense of really pleasure and pain and you will not be able to find that thing that you enjoy.”
And so of course the intervention is abstinence from video games, reset your reward pathways, start with a level balance and see what invariably happens. I’ve seen it over 20 years, so many times, I’ve become really a believer in this. All of a sudden it’s like, oh wow, my computer science classes are interesting this quarter. You have a receptivity then to experiencing pleasure and reward in a way you just don’t have when you’re bombarding your reward pathways with these high dopamine drugs.
Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside
– Kamal Ravikant
@GoLimitless on Twitter, Tweets From GoLimitless
I started reaching out and met with for several years, the CEOs of major oil companies because I wanted to understand what do these CEOs see when they read the science, how can they justify expanding oil and gas at this moment in our history, and also because I believe that there are good people everywhere. There are good people stuck in some bad systems.
What I learned is that they know they know that we’re going to have to wind down fossil fuel production, but they are all holding out hope that they will be the last barrel sold or that unproven technologies like carbon capture and storage will allow them to continue to increase production. The problem is the math just doesn’t add up.
TED Talks Daily, The Global Treaty to Phase Out Fossil Fuels | Tzeporah Berman
A lot of times when you come into a community as a researcher, there’s a lot of trepidation because they have maybe had previous negative experiences with people who say that they do conservation. One thing that can make these kinds of things really challenging is sort of the scale. So climate change is sort of a big scale longer term effort. Whereas trying to find space to build a house for your family is quite immediate…
What I have learned the most is less about what it means to do the science, and more about what it means to be a person communicating with other people and trying to find where you have overlapping values and overlapping interests in the ways that you can help each other.
Short Wave, The Mighty Mangrove