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#13 How Curious! October 2018 - The Minimalists, Elon Musk & Stoicism

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Happy October and welcome to the 13th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️ This past month I've dialled the tou
 

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Happy October and welcome to the 13th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️
This past month I’ve dialled the tourist agenda up a notch. Highlights include Maltby Street market and micro-breweries, Greenwich comedy festival, Comedy Store improv and a cruise down the Thames. The Tate Modern went waaay over my head! 🛥️🎨
Being based in a WeWork co-working office often throws up a selection of random activities. My most eclectic day so far featured a lunch time memory enhancement sampler, an evening screening of the Apple launch, followed by a positive-mindset book signing to finish off the day. Unfortunately my flight clashed with ‘Puppy Parade Happy Hour’. 🧠📚🐶

Quotes I'm pondering
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. – Frank Zappa
The information we consume matters just as much as the food we put in our body. It affects our thinking, our behaviour, how we understand our place in the world. And how we understand others. — Evan Williams
A fine beer can be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure. - (Czech proverb on the walls of Southwark brewery)
Cool Tech
WeCroak - Mobile app to remind us of our mortality
Podcasts
Foundation - #26 - The Minimalists
The Joe Rogan Experience - #1169 - Elon Musk
Book Recommendation
21 lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari (8/10)
The latest book from the author of the hugely popular Sapiens (10/10) explores current affairs and the immediate future of human societies. The author focuses on the biggest challenges facing the world now, including; Technological disruption, climate change and nuclear war.
I rarely read the news due to the negativity and shock eliciting tactics of the media, so it was refreshing to get thoughtful insights on topical global concerns such as Brexit & Trump.
The below extract shows why you should be far less afraid of terrorists than cars!
Each year, traffic accidents kill 80,000 Europeans. Terrorists kill 50 Europeans.
View my public highlights and notes for Sapiens, Homo Deus and 21 lessons for the 21st century here!
I’m currently reading Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. Kudos to Robbie for the recommendation. Having read 65% I can confirm this thriller is phenomenal!
Interesting funny links
How I Handle Long Email Delays - Wait But Why
Casually Explained: Evolution III - Life as a Video Game - YouTube (4mins)
Stoicism - A practical guide for living
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius
October 1st marks the beginning of “Stoicism Week”, a celebration of the timeless practical philosophy, founded in Athens circa 300 BC. Many of history’s great minds such as George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, along with household names such as JK Rowling, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady read and admire the Stoics.
Stoicism is a practical guide for living, providing a framework for behavior and mindset in an inherently unpredictable world. It teaches us how to respond well to a world outside of our control.
Two key principles of the philosophy are:
1) Differentiate between the things you can and can’t control. Focus your energy and attention on those things over which you have control, whilst forgetting about the rest.
2) We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.
For additional reading check out:
Best of Twitter
Don't look for Pokemon during weather warnings...
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- Peter Duffy
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