The Visual Monkey

The Visual Monkey 🐒
Signal in a world full of noise
Created 04 Jan 2021
  • "The obstacle is the way" - @RyanHoliday
    08 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Modern life is comfortable. We no longer struggle for food, shelter or entertainment. The dopamine system is well nourished (or even overfed) in the western world. Although such achievements are great...
  • Parkinson's Law
    06 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    I’m back and have a lesson for myself. Yesterday I have discovered the principle of Parkinson’s Law - First meant to be a criticism of increased bureaucracy with no additional productivity, however ma...
  • The new idea syndrome @OzolinsJanis 1/2
    03 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    This essay is part one of my evolutionary perspective on the new idea syndrome, inspired by @OzolinsJanis visual. Janis got me - I am guilty of having a zillion ideas, exploring all, publishing only a...
  • "Constraints breed creativity" @theminimalists
    16 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    Why do “Constraint breed creativity”? At first, the sentence seems paradoxical. Isn’t freedom of the basis of creativity? At least, freedom is associated with the archetype of the artist. Hence, we be...
  • "Do less. But do it fully." @mkobach
    11 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    I must admit: In the past year, the number of manageable elements in my life inflated. The psychological fatigue, caused by the clutter, impacts my ability to focus on the essentials of life, namely m...
  • “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” - Alan Watts
    02 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    Often, when a problem arises, we believe that we ought to do something against them. We seek action, because we want to be in control. Rarely do we consider that the best thing to do is to do nothing....
  • Grow organically
    29 Jun 2021 • 1 min read
    All in nature grows depending on certain internal and external conditions. However, one thing is common for every organism: Continuity. Rather than to appear out of nothing, organism build on top of w...
  • The unfinished animal
    21 Jun 2021 • 1 min read
    Sacrifice As being new to the fatherhood tribe, I experience a new way of living. For the first time, I am less important to myself. This is quite nice, because self-consciousness overall is painful. ...
  • Everyone to Everyone
    12 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    The speaking animal Speech is uniquely human. Verbal communication helped us to exchange ideas, glue us into groups and frequently coordinate collective behavior. Speech thereby enabled us to transcen...
  • The internet game
    07 Jun 2021 • 1 min read
    I have fallen in love with the idea, that the internet is an extended marshmallow test. In this prominent psychological experiment, the ability of children to delay gratification was tested. The kids ...
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