Becoming Superhuman

+ Happiness formula

“Biopsychosocial model” By MrAnnoying — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Biopsychosocial model” By MrAnnoying — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
  1. happiness formula:
  • H=S+C+V
  • H=happiness
  • S=biological set point
  • C=life conditions (e.g. age, noise (unwanted acoustic phenomenon), commuting, relationships, control)
  • V=voluntary activities

2. is happiness the evolutionary norm?

  • no e.g. “caring more about prestige than happiness (see also: gene-centered view of evolution)”[The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, p. 113]


Less deactivated neurons → higher semantic distances → more creativity?

This image shows main regions of the default mode network (yellow) and connectivity between the regions color-coded by structural traversing direction (xyz → rgb). By Andreashorn — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Everything written in the following is speculative.

When staring at an object e.g. an extinguisher, all kinds of neurons activate while, simultaneously, some of these neurons gets deactivated (e.g. via top-down regulation or lateral inhibition).

The neurons that are deactivated are the ones not representing the object, in this case…


And how to prioritize to speed up your learning

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  1. Analogy: Canonical nucleobases
  2. Construal level theory and prioritization
  3. Organizing construals from high to low + top-down and bottom-up approach
  4. Striving to be in a local/global maximum
  5. How I personally organize the construals
  6. Tree analogy
  7. Measuring the level of construals: 5 primary dimensions
  8. Summary

Analogy: Canonical nucleobases

There are 5 primary (or canonical) nucleobases:


Less is more

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There are 4 “primary nucleobases” in the genetic code of humans:

  1. Adenine (A)
  2. Cytosine (C)
  3. Guanine (G)
  4. Thymine (T)

Yet out of just 4 basic elements, complex things like human beings are created.

So what can this teach us on how to learn faster?

That you should start learning the…

Becoming Superhuman

…Including shame.

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  1. “Shoulds” and perfectionism
  2. Perfectionism and agoraphobia
  3. Shame and perfectionism
  4. Shame + guilt and amygdala
  5. Perfectionism and scarcity
  6. Social media and perfectionism
  7. Perfectionism and pseudo-antipathy
  8. Perfectionism and sense of belonging
  9. Perfectionism and lack/reduction of self-acceptance
  10. Miscellaneous

I have currently finished the book:

And am currently reading:

And both seem to tell…

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Why you should prioritize from higher- to lower-level construals


  1. Interference
  2. Boolean algebra to counteract interference
  3. Construal level theory and Levels of Processing model
  4. Construal level theory and prioritization
  5. Construal level theory, prioritization, and combinatorial thinking
  6. How higher-level construals create a bigger impact than lower-level ones

Construal level theory: the more abstract something is, the higher the level of the…

Reductionism as a Thinking Strategy


Ontological, methodological, and theory reductionism

I am currently reading a book:

And the first chapter made me think of how I can apply the 3 main types of reductionism to improve my thinking:

Ontological reductionism: a belief that the whole of reality consists of a minimal number of parts.

Methodological reductionism: the scientific attempt to…

By AR — eigene Darstellung in Anlehnung an M. Schulte-Zurhausen: Organisation, 3. Auflage, Verlag Franz Vahlen GmbH, München 2002, Seite 185, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Elements = e.g. questions

I have been trying to improve my combinatorial thinking skills the last 2 weeks or so and one idea I had was to bring up elements that lead to the highest quantity of activation of concepts.

I call things that activate concepts within our mind elements even though elements, themselves…

John von Neumann II, Polymath

If you want to think like a genius, you first have to LEARN like a genius. I am born in the year 2000 and have been an autodidact my whole life. Lorenz Duremdes

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