Transcript for Routines, Fear, and Science – Three Articles with Tim Proctor

Article 1: The Daily Routines of Great Writers by Maria Popova

Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up, Maya Angelou showered to wash away bad ideas, and Haruki Marukami wakes up at 4 AM. Maria Popova digs into the routines of famous writers . Among all routines, there was only one similarity: consistency. All writers formed a daily writing habit. The stark differences in routines point to the fact that outside of consistency, there is no secret sauce/shared process for success. It’s always what works best for you

Article 2: Fearless by Delusion Damage

Fear is the primary motivator of human action. Of all the choices made and all the behaviors exhibited by all the people in the world, most come about because of fear. Most people live in some degree of fear all the time, and most of the rest live in fear some of the time. Fear becomes such a natural part of your existence that you don’t even reflect over it. You call it “stress” or “work pressure” or maybe you don’t call it anything at all. You just “feel tense” all the time. You might not even think about it consciously, but it is always there, putting a dampener on your experience of the world. If you’re lucky, you have a moment now and then when you’re lying on the beach or playing your favorite sport, and you forget about the fear for a few seconds and really feel alive. People might think fear is necessary to avoid death or serious harm, but the decrease in these events that happens from being fearful is small. The increase in enjoyment of life when not fearing is far greater than this factor.  Maybe one fearless day is worth more than a lifetime of being afraid.

Article 3: The Value of Science by Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman’s involvement in Project Manhattan made him reconsider the meaning of science. The destructive nature of the bomb brought him to an existential crisis. This article is an explanation of how he reconsidered science, and brought himself out of the depression. He insists that “scientific knowledge enables us to do all kinds of things and to make all kinds of things”. Only with human interaction is this knowledge bad, such as nuclear weapons or good such as medicine. Another value of science is the fun called intellectual enjoyment which some people get from reading and learning and thinking about it, and which others get from working in it. Science has led us to imagine all sorts of things infinitely more marvelous than the imaginings of poets and dreamers of the past. It shows that the nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man. Finally, science humbles us with the freedom to doubt. Experience with ignorance, doubt, and uncertainty is mandatory to scientific discovery