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u/mrselkies · 2 pointsr/coolguides

Alright I wrote a bit about the first three. They took me a while so I'll post these now and I'll edit in any more that I do later.

"Meaning of Life" or, more accurately, how to live according to certain doctrines of philosophy

Platonism - This is a strange word to use in this context, as platonism either refers to Plato's philosophy as a whole, which talks about a lot more than just how one ought to live, or Plato's central idea that there exists two realms of existence: the visible world containing all with which we interact directly and the intelligible realm containing the true, most "good" versions of everything, which he calls the Forms. If one were to live life according to Plato's teachings, "learn more" wouldn't be entirely wrong, per se, but it'd be a disservice to Plato to stop there. To live the best life according to Plato is to strive to not only reach as close as possible to the true Forms of the intelligible realm, but also to spread that information to others. One must, according to Plato, overcome the ignorance that life seems to naturally guide us towards and instead push through towards the truth, and follow that up by returning to those who are guided into ignorance and show them the truth. This concept is represented in Plato's famous Allegory of the Cave - a good, short, easy to understand video explaining it is this one. If I were to put Plato's teachings back into a short blurb about how to live so it'd fit into a picture like OP, it'd be something like "be unrelentingly open-minded and zealous." Even that doesn't do Plato total justice and there's so much more to his philosophy than just this, like all of his works containing the teachings of Socrates. Further reading: The Republic, Apology, Euthyphro

Aristotelianism - Aristotle is famous for his work on many, many different things within philosophy, but within the context of how one ought to live one's life, his central idea was virtue ethics. For Aristotle's virtue ethics, there are a number of characteristics a person can possess and for each one, there is an excess in it and a deficiency in it which are equally detrimental to one's excellence and should be avoided. For example, let's take bravery as a characteristic. If someone isn't brave enough, they're a coward. If someone is too brave, they're rash. Aristotle says that someone who has mastered bravery, that is someone who has neither a deficiency nor an excess in this trait and is therefore achieving virtue, has successfully reached the golden mean. The golden mean is the middle, most excellent version of a trait between the deficiency and the excess. Any trait, no matter what it is, can be a vice instead of a virtue and in order for it to be a virtue one must be capable of exercising just the right amount of that trait. A deficiency in generousness makes someone selfish while an excess of it makes them frivolous. One who is striving towards the golden mean in all aspects of his character is living virtuously. As far as actually getting to the golden mean, Aristotle held that habit is the key; one who does brave things will become brave, one who does selfish things will become selfish, etc. So, to live life according to Aristotle's teachings is to habitualize actions which bring one closer to the golden mean in one's characteristics. In this sense, "be good," like Plato's blurb, isn't totally off but it doesn't do Aristotelian virtue ethics justice. Further reading: Nicomachean Ethics

Cynicism - Cynicism is something I've never studied or even heard of within the context of philosophy. A quick google search showed me that it was once a philosophy that was extremely different from what we consider to be cynicism today. All I'll say about cynicism is that the OP image is obviously giving it its modern definition, based on the blurb it gave it, which is hilarious, and the fact that the blurb itself is "be self-sufficient" is even more hilarious. Modern cynicism is about distrusting the authenticity or "genuineness" of others, instead assuming that people do things selfishly or, more simply, for the wrong reasons. It also encompasses a great deal of pessimism. It's literally just edginess. Cynicism doesn't belong anywhere near a discussion about how to live; the cynic is in the next room mocking the people in the discussion.

u/161803398874989 · 41 pointsr/coolguides

A lot of people are asking about pullups and whether they are optional, because "they don't have anywhere to do pullups".

Pullups are not optional. They are vital for correcting many shoulder imbalances people have. Sitting in front of the computer all day in a hunched over position weakens the muscles on the back of your torso and tightens the muscles in the front of the torso. Once you start training then, if you only train pushing exercises such as pushup, this imbalance is further exacerbated and will likely lead to injuries down the line.

As far as not having anywhere to do pullups, you'll just have to be creative. I've done pullups on trees, on playgrounds, on powerlifting equipment, on carports, on stairwells, and so on and so forth. Here are 100 ideas to get you started. Of course, you can also just buy a pullup bar. They're inexpensive (30 bucks), will last you a long time, and help you get strong and healthy. They're a fantastic investment. Don't worry about your doorframes: unless you have really abnormal rames, you can be reasonably certain this will not do them any harm.

I'd like to finish with a plug for /r/bodyweightfitness, which is a subreddit dedicated to all kinds of bodyweight training. We have a large community with super helpful veteran users, weekly threads with tons of advice and helpful info, weekly threads where users can post about their routines and their experiences with them (showreel compiled from the showoff threads), and much much more. If you do decide to visit us, please refer to the FAQ before posting, and make sure you follow the rules. Hope to see you there!

u/SolusOpes · 141 pointsr/coolguides

There a job called Ravenmaster, and there's only one position.

He's the head Warden whip oversees the Ravens at the Tower of London.

If you want a really funny read, that's also a great reverent take about the Ravens at the Tower of London I highly recommend:

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

It's an easy read, and really fascinating. It'll blow your mind how much personality they have and how individual and smart each one can be.

Also, having stood next to one of the Towers ravens....... They're HUGE! So SO much bigger then you think.

u/jvalordv · 19 pointsr/coolguides

Is your dorm room a tiny single? If you have a spare doorway somewhere, pull up bars are pretty cheap. My roommate has one of these that can be put on and off. He tends to not use it very much though and leaves it buried in his room, so I bought this for myself. Unfortunately I had to put it on my room's entryway door (would have preferred a place inside out of view like the closet, but was worried about the walls) but it sits high enough to not be very noticeable. Supports use three screws into either side, the bar itself is easy to remove, and I haven't had any issues. Great for just running through a few pull ups, chin ups, and leg raises whenever going in and out.

u/mikew_reddit · 11 pointsr/coolguides

Vermeer and this guide is using a fairly famous equation for motivation:

Motivation = ENERGY x (Value x Expectancy / Impulsivity x Delay)

It's called the temporal motivation theory.

The founder of this formula (Piers Steel) wrote a book called the
The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.

When I first read about Temporal Motivation Theory I thought this was the answer.

It's not for me.

The biggest factor is how simple the task is.

It's important to break it down so that it's easy to do; taking baby steps gives better odds that things will get done.

Once I start a task, the next most important part is to avoid distractions (it's hard for me to stay on task).

u/doedskalle · 3 pointsr/coolguides

For anyone who is interested in learning more about this, I recommend the book Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman, who won the Swedish national banks prize in economics in memory of Alfred Nobel.

u/Weirdsauce · 30 pointsr/coolguides

This is one of many books that was done by B. Kliban, aka: "Hap". While best known for his book, Cat (i think this drawing is from this book), Kliban was a prolific cartoonist for Playboy and had several books published as well. These are all cataloged in the wiki article, linked.

Much of my humor is derived from Kliban. He had this wonderful, hilarious and sometimes profound way of seeing the world. I miss him.

u/Akronica · 1 pointr/coolguides

My friend has one of these as her keychain. Its cheap and seems to be very effective if you can keep your wits about you. Watch the product video at the bottom of the picture column on the left.

u/shadowgathering · 1 pointr/coolguides

Side note: This reminds me of the book I'm currently reading called The Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander, a man who worked in a top New York marketing agency all of his life. The book was published in 1978, but wow is it applicable to social media use.

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

u/theshadowgathering · 1 pointr/coolguides

Side note: This reminds me of the book I'm currently reading called The Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander, a man who worked in a top New York marketing agency all of his life. The book was published in 1978, but wow is it applicable to social media use.

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

u/Berlchicken · 10 pointsr/coolguides

I read a translation of it (not sure if the same could be said for other translations), but after each chapter was an analysis of notable lines that provided explanation, context and elaborations on what was meant, or what was entailed by the wording. It was a seriously heavy book, and took me a while to chew through, but I feel like it was worth it.

Found the translation I read

u/SaladFreeway · 2 pointsr/coolguides

Book recommendation: An Exaltation of Larks, by James Lipton. Yes, THE James Lipton.

It is the book version of this reddit post with a history of terms.

u/Moonpenny · 1 pointr/coolguides

Despite the date on the Amazon page, I recall my mom having a copy of it in 1980 or so.

u/cool_hand_luke · -16 pointsr/coolguides

Olive oil that can handle that high of heat is lampante - lamp oil. It's most likely been stored for months in huge vats, adulterated with other oils, and purfumed to mask it's musty aroma. It's useless in any culinary sense, and has no business being in any respectable kitchen.

Do some reading.

u/Ramacher · 1 pointr/coolguides

Get a resqme and put it on your key chain.

u/nekowolf · 1 pointr/coolguides

I had this book as a kid. This was at the height of the Rubik's Cube craze. Other kids brought their cubes into school so I could solve it for them. I was a king for that one day in first grade.