I highly recommending reading two books at a time. Usually something fiction and something none-fiction. Not only will it satisfy a bit of your appetite for novelty, it will also really stimulate your ability to synthesize big ideas.
This week I just started reading Head Strong by Dave Asprey and I just finished reading the third novel in a historical fiction series about the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
If you’re receiving this email newsletter you probably already know all about Head Strong, it’s Dave’s manifesto on hacking Mitochondria for a limitless mind.
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The historical novel in really beautiful language and seductive storytelling captures probably one of the very most violent episodes in human history; when one of the most ambitious men in the world, Hernán Cortés, with a technologically superior force of several hundred conquistadors took on an empire of possibly as many as 30 million Aztecs and ultimately prevailed.
Visualizing the Spanish Conquest of Mexico
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In the beginning of Head Strong Dave provides this much needed reframing that our personal failings are often misconstrued as moral failings when they are really the fault of our misfiring neurobiology.
We fail to complete a project on deadline and are fired.
We cheat on our partner.
We relapse on a vice that we trying to quit.
We regard these as moral failings yet they are often the result of cognitive dysfunction. When we fix our brains using smart drugs, diet or meditation our decision making improves drastically and our capacity for discipline with what we know we should be doing multiplies. Without going to church or studying a bunch of philosophy we automatically become more moral as a result of Biohacking.
Whenever, I failed badly at something my reaction has almost categorically been to chastise myself and really beat myself up. You’re probably the same.
When I was 20 years old, like a lot of 20 year olds, I intended that by the time I was 30 I would be a millionaire, which I failed to accomplish. I condemned myself harshly for this…
I did not work hard enough.
I wasn’t disciplined enough.
I bet on the wrong business partnerships.
I wasted too much time chasing girls.
But perhaps my real failure was that I aimed for such a challenging goal without first fixing my mind.
Cortes and Montezuma, the two most powerful men in the Northern hemisphere, who were simultaneously friends and geopolitical rivals presided over and in some cases carried out with their own hands utterly psychopathic violence and destruction.
One of the themes of the fiction series is that there is a murderous demon stalking humanity behind the scenes of history demanding ever greater and bloodier human sacrifices. Priests, philosophers and conspiracy theorists disagree as to whether there is actually just such a demon or whether it’s merely an archetype for a dark recess of our evolutionary biology but we can’t deny it’s influence on the world.
History is a factory operated by and producing traumatized human beings. There’s a book that I DO NOT recommend reading called The Origins of War in Child Abuse, which is quiet self explanatory and (hopefully) to you, self evident. The idea is that history has just been this nasty cycle of children being badly abused and then growing up participate in and start wars. You don’t have to look far back in your own lineage and familial history to find events where your own ancestors were subjected to genocide, warfare or large scale violence. It’s not so hyperbolic to say that the demon, the war god to whom Montezuma sacrificed so many virgins, still lurks in your own genes, waiting like Golem in that cave.
We’ve had religion and systems of morality for quiet a while and they do seem to be doing us some good. The Better Angels of Our Nature talks about how for the past half century large scale wars and industrial human slaughter has declined to historically minimum, we are quiet lucky to have been born into an extraordinarily safe time.
But I’ll argue that it’s too little too slowly, the world still plenty chaotic and with the weapons we have now we are really, as a species, just a few bad decisions away from annihilation.
Really Biohacking is the only way to exorcise the demon from the future.
If you’re studying Biohacking and personal development. You’re probably in the top 5% or top 10% of most moral, empathetic people in society. If you read the biographies of the villains of history, very few of them were people that did any personal development. As Dr. Jordan Peterson said
“The well developed man is the antidote to tyranny in society”
I’m not real worried about you becoming the next Montezuma, Cortes or Caligula but what about your offspring? What about your children’s children?
Perhaps, in a chaotic and dystopian future world, after you’re long gone and food for worms, from amongst your own offspring will arise someone really terrible. You actually have quiet a bit of power to prevent that…
a) If you’re a woman don’t procreate with someone who has violent tendencies.
b) Biohack your gene expression for stress response.
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+1000 Words per Minute Warp-Speed Reading
A perpetual obsession of lifehackers is acquiring knowledge and skills as quickly as possible.
Reading, while ancient in invention, dating back back as far as 19000 BC, is still one of the most effective ways of doing this is. An audacious startup, Spritz, plans to revolutionize the way you read through Rapid Serial Visual Presentation; apparently reading normally you spend about 80% of your time moving your eyes from word to word. By keep your eyes still and looking at a flashing sequence of words on a screen you can read much faster than you ever imagined.