Yesterday was a special day—we had the very first Maker Mind meetup in London at my place, which was incidentally a bit of a housewarming party since I just moved in. Someone flew from Seattle just to be there—thanks, Alex!
We talked about metacognition, memories, making the most of books and why they sometime do a bad job when it comes to learning, and more. I predict several of my future articles will be based on these conversations. If you missed this one, stay tuned for the next ones, which won't all be in London.
This week, I attended two special lectures. One about the evolution of consciousness by Dr Derek Tracy, and one (which felt like a Hollywood production) titled Mind, Matter & Meaning by physicist Brian Green. I took notes for both but only had time to clean up the ones from Dr Tracy, which you will find below—it's fascinating stuff.
A topic which was particularly interesting in these lectures is the concept of "degrees of consciousness"—how do we measure how much more aware we are compared to other animals? Is there any reason to believe we are the smartest beings in the universe?
Finally, I just launched a new series of interviews where I ask highly creative people how they manage to do great things while taking care of their mental health. The first guest is Buster Benson, creator of the Cognitive Biases Codex, founder of 750 Words (don't miss the offer below!), and author of Why are we yelling? I had so much fun conducting this interview, I hope you'll enjoy the read.
P.S. Another topic that came up is how many of us don't enjoy book clubs—too restrictive/prescriptive. Instead of a virtual book club, I'm thinking of creating a virtual mental gym, similar to a regular gym but for your mind. Imagine a monthly theme, a collection of articles we can read and discuss, and reporting back on our IRL experiments. Please reply back if that's something you'd be interested in joining!