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Meditative thinking

On reflection I do this too on occasions. If it helps you then it's great, right?

Also there is a whole literature about the meditation posture. If you are prone to falling asleep while lying down you should consider sitting. But if you are a high energy individual then a reclining posture can actually help. Don't feel bad about what works well for you after experimentation.


This reminds me of Left Brain, Right Stuff. It also has content on how overconfidence helps athletes perform something like 4% better, which is a big deal in a relative competition where small differences can make you win or lose. He then continues to find business analogies.

Fusion and Equivocation in Korzybski's General Semantics

The internal narrator is only one form of thought.

One meditation technique is to quickly label each passing thought (it's called "noting" I believe). At some point you can begin to label the narrator process itself and see it separate from your other thinking processes ("voice" I call it, though it becomes wordless at that point).

[Edit: nevermind the Focusing link actually mentions the labeling. Though I recall Focusing was more about depth of analysis, not fast, high frequency labeling]

100 Tips for a Better Life

Always lovely such practical advice.

By the way, if you can live so close to work that you can cycle or walk to it, you can combine a lot of great things: more excercise, less commuting, more money. If you can then commute together with coworkers, even better.

It turns out that group meetings are mostly a terrible way to make decisions

As another commenter noted, there exists an alternative strategy. Which is to organize a lot of one-on-one meetings to build consensus. And then to use a single group meeting to demonstrate that consensus and polarizing the remaining minority. This may be a more efficient way to enforce cooperation.

Anyway, I wonder if there is a good method to find out the dominant forces at play here.

Map and Territory: Summary and Thoughts

Is it not useful to avoid the acceptance of false beliefs? To intercept these false beliefs before they can latch on to your mind or the mind of another. In this sense you should practice spotting false beliefs untill it becomes reflexive.

It turns out that group meetings are mostly a terrible way to make decisions

How about another angle.

Most meetings are not just power games. They are pure status games. Only in such group meetings can you show off. Power plays are one way to show off.

You will speak quickly and confidently, while avoiding to make any commitment to action. If you attend someone else's meeting, you quickly interrupt and share your arguments in order to look confident and competent.

The low status meeting participants are mainly there to watch. They will try to quickly join the highest status viewpoints to avoid loss of more status, thereby causing cascades. As high status person you can deflect actions and delegate actions to a low status participant, thereby further boosting your status.

Being seen as the one who made the decision is nice. Deliberately delaying a decision by arguing for more data is also fine. Visibly polarizing an audience to your viewpoint is an amazing status spectable!

Most meetings are status games. They are boring for the low status participants who have little chance to gain status. But these meetings are what keeps the high status participants going. And it's an opportunity for careerists to grow in status. All decision making and cooperation is irrelevant or a side-effect.

It turns out that group meetings are mostly a terrible way to make decisions

This is an approach I recognize. It works well, except if many one-on-ones are happening in parallel on the same topic. Then you are either in a consensus building race with adversaries and/or constantly re-aligning with allies.

It turns out that group meetings are mostly a terrible way to make decisions

Hah, the polarization effect explains why I always go into important meetings with sufficient number of allies. But unfortunately that's a way to manipulate the decision making, not to actually make better decisions.

Mental Blinders from Working Within Systems

Yes! It's all about manipulating existing systems. Startup founders are not free, they just operate in a larger system, namely human society.

It is orders of magnitude harder to cut yourself free from society. And more orders of magnitude harder to cut yourself free from earth's ecosystem.

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