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Fluidity: the Meaningness audiobook

Meaningness is now also an audiobook, narrated by Matt Arnold.

January 21st, 2021

Wonder

Wonder at the vastness, beauty, and intricacy of the phenomenal world: a texture of the complete stance.

May 11th, 2020

Peak experiences

Peak experiences and the complete stance are similar in texture, but differ in intensity, conceptual content, and causes.

May 9th, 2020

The appeal of complete stances

Resolving problems of meaning by recognizing inseparable pattern and nebulosity will improve your life.

May 8th, 2020

Textures of completion

Patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting in the complete stance, which resolves problems of meaning.

April 20th, 2020

Open-ended curiosity

Open-ended curiosity gives you the freedom to interact with the world without metaphysical presuppositions.

April 17th, 2020

Finding the complete stance

The fundamental method for resolving problems of meaning: by finding nebulosity, pattern, and their inseparable relationship.

April 5th, 2020

190-proof nihilism: intoxicating intellectual idiocy

Nihilism defends itself from the obviousness of meanings with spurious intellectual arguments. Here’s how to dispel them.

March 29th, 2020

Obstacles to the complete stance

Meaning and meaninglessness, pattern and nebulosity all obviously exist—yet we resist recognizing and admitting this. Why?

March 28th, 2020

The Cofounders

The path from professionalism to a deliberately-developmental relationship: a tale of startup cofounders.

March 12th, 2019

Appendix: Further reading

Explore the ideas of Meaningness in greater depth by reading the books that inspired it

November 22nd, 2017

Pattern and Nebulosity: Deconstructing Yourself podcast

Metarationality in science and everyday life; in meditation and Buddhism; in adult development and in society. Podcast!

August 9th, 2017

Rumcake and rainbows

Nihilism recognizes, accurately, that meaning cannot be either objective or subjective. But meaning does exist: as interaction.

May 10th, 2017

Desiderata for any future mode of meaningness

A positive and realistic vision for the future of society, culture, and self, drawing lessons from recent history.

April 7th, 2017

Not a good decade for thinking

Cultural atomization—the widespread loss of conceptual coherence—has made serious intellectual work much more difficult in the twenty-teens.

February 18th, 2017

MORE LUX: light bars for SAD

LED light bars: inexpensive, brighter, and more comfortable than a SAD light box as phototherapy for seasonal depression

November 22nd, 2016

The Court of Values and the Bureau of Boringness

Save democracy! Give voters what they want: exciting, colorful tribal-political conflicts, PLUS competent, boring government they don't have to think about.

November 4th, 2016

Tribal, systematic, and fluid political understanding

How to move beyond tribal and ideological politics, while avoiding meta-political nihilism, to develop a fluid, meta-systematic social view.

November 1st, 2016

Completing the countercultures

At root, the culture war is not about abortion, gay marriage, or marijuana. It is about shared misunderstandings of the nature of meaning.

October 29th, 2016

Meaningness: the complete stance

Meaning is nebulous, yet patterned; meaningfulness and meaninglessness intermingle. Recognizing this frees us from metaphysical delusions.

October 17th, 2016