Top five threats and opportunities over a life span


Top 5 Threats (ranked in order of importance): Crossing paths with others whom are malignant in their personalities — in life online and in society in any setting, if you are the target of a bully or con man/woman, manipulative narcissist, sociopath, or someone else who has a malignant personality — the users and abusers in society, the toll is immense; your health and well-being nosedives, and...

CVs are like tinder profiles


CV does not get jobs,just initial handshake Here are my short notes from a workshop by a McKinsey Kenya Recruiter. It should take 15sec to read 1 page Avoid any data that may create stereotypes: No pic No gender No nationality No date of birth(mirror effect) No religion (esp for SDAs) No marital status – married men preferred,single women preferred Biodata required should be the header...

Guestpost: A celebration of the struggle.


“Because they do not understand our struggle they will never understand our praise” I always pictured that on the day of my graduation, I will not show up.Or I will probably show up late,running into the Kenyatta University Graduation Square struggling to put my gown in place, my hair in a mess and trying to tie the laces of my sneakers. No!my mum will have me in heels without debate...

Book Notes: Steal like an artist


Notes from Steal Like an Artist “Nothing is original.” Chapters Steal like an artist. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. Write the book you want to read. Use your hands. Side projects and hobbies are important. The Secret: Do good work and share it with people. Geography is no longer our master. Be nice. (The world is a small town.) Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work...

Finding meaning


Meaning is an artificial carrot that people invent when their lives have become insufferably boring. Usually these people have desk jobs. Desk jobs lead to back problems and existential crises.
Do stuff that you can be proud of. It doesn’t have to have a greater purpose, but it can. It does mean doing something hard. But it’s easier than wandering the earth in search of meaning.

Should our cognitive biases have moral weight?


In a classic piece of psychology, Kahneman and Tversky ask people what to do about a fatal disease that 600 people have caught. One group is asked whether they would administer a treatment that would definitely save 200 people’s lives or one with a 33% chance of saving 600 people. The other group is asked whether they would administer a treatment under which 400 people would definitely die or one...

Specialization is for insects


Specialization‘ is required today not because there is ‘more information’ because our educational and political systems create fragmented, narrow-minded, one-sided individuals incapable of becoming a living synthesis of human experience Most, if not all the greatest thinkers in history (example: Da Vinci, Copernicus, Zhang Heng, Avicenna, Biruni, Khwarizmi, al-Kindi, al-Haytham, etc) were...

The five stages of personal enlightenment:


The 5 stages of personal enlightenment:
1. Spectator (watches & observes)
2. Information absorber (starts to understand)
3. Thinker (starts to think deeply)
4. Creator (capable of creating content based on thinking motifs)
5. Philosopher (capable of abstract thought articulation)



“A really good book can change your life in the most positive manner. This is not something I believe I can save money on. Even when I was broke I spent a lot on books. I see it as an investment, not an expense.” “It’s really about identifying what good books are to you. Different books speak to different people.” “Even if you don’t remember all the lines or passages...

How to find out if someone is smart


But if I had to write down what it is that makes someone seem smart, I’d emphasize three things. First, do they know stuff? Ask them what they’ve been thinking about and probe them about it. Do they seem to understand it in detail? Can they explain it clearly? (Clear explanations are a sign of genuine understanding.) Do they know stuff about the subject that you don’t? Second, are they curious...