Medley 75: Limitless Motivation, Political Correctness, AI Inspiration Failures…

This is a copy of this week’s email that I sent to my newsletter, which you can join here.

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend.

New Article: “The Motivation Machine: How to Get & Stay Motivated for Any Goal” This is one of the most in-depth, widely researched article I’ve published. I dug into everything I’ve read related to motivation to figure out how any of us can build a limitless perpetual motivation machine so that we make progress on and complete our various goals. Enjoy it! And let me know if it’s useful to you. (Save to pocket).

New Casts: This week I published an in-depth conversation with Aaron Watson (pocket) about when to quit your job to pursue your passion, and Neil and I published our episode on everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency (pocket). The latter has been really popular this week now that Bitcoin has blown through the $5,000 mark.

New Book Notes: And this week I published my notes from Emergency by Neil Strauss (8/10), The Dip by Seth Godin (8/10), and The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter (7/10).

William Deresiewicz wrote a fantastic piece about Political Correctness for The American Scholar. It’s long, but well worth the read.

Olive oil may be a potent anti-inflammatory supplement, which could explain some of the observed correlations between high consumption of olive oil and longer life spans (e.g. Mediterranean diet).

An artificial intelligence tried to design inspirational posters, and the results are pretty hilarious.

One problem with Universal Basic Income is that it could lead to a new form of tyranny. We think we’re democratic because it’s the “right” thing to do, but political structures are heavily influenced by economic structures.

Are Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and other elite schools any good? Or is it just selection bias? This article would argue the latter, and I find it compelling after talking about many of the problems with elite colleges with Ben Nelson from Minvera.

Have a great week!

P.S. It’s now been over a year since I stopped using shampoo. Results have stayed great, I doubt I’m ever going back.