All posts by mostlygreen32

Film Recommendations from Louis CK

Film recommendation from Louis C.K.: Greetings my human friend. I am writing to let you know that there is A NEW EPISODE OF Long-Distance Relationship an audio series by me and Blanche Gardin. If you've already purchased the series and want to download the new episode just click here and log in (if you're not ...

Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook by Cal Newport

Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook March 1, 2020 In the most recent issue of the prestigious American Economic Review, a group of well-known economists published a paper titled “The Welfare Effects of Social Media.” It presents the results of one of the largest randomized trials ever conducted to directly measure ...

Reflections on the Disconnected Life by Cal Newport

Reflections on the Disconnected Life November 25, 2019 Not long ago, an Australian media professor named Robert Hassan boarded the CGM CMA Rossini, a container ship, at a dock in Melbourne. He had arranged to stay on the ship for its five week passage to Singapore. He brought a handful of books, but no phone, ...

​Senator Hawley on Social Media: “addiction is actually the point.” by Cal Newport

Senator Hawley on Social Media: “addiction is actually the point.” June 29, 2019 Photo by Natureofthought. Early last month, Josh Hawley, the newly-elected senator from Missouri, gave a speech about big tech at the Hoover Institute. He made a couple points that caught my attention, such as when he said this: “Social media only works ...

Naval Ravikant, Email, and the Future of Work by Cal Newport

Naval Ravikant, Email, and the Future of Work June 19, 2019 In a recent appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Naval Ravikant referenced economist Ronald Coase’s 1937 paper, “The Nature of the Firm,” which later helped Coase win a Nobel prize. The mathematical details of this paper are dense, but on Rogan’s show, Ravikant summarizes its ...

​On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens by Cal Newport

On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens June 1, 2019 Photo by Marketa. I recently received a message from a friend of mine, a young man named Mike. He told me that Digital Minimalism had changed his life. Naturally, I asked him to elaborate what he meant. In response, he listed the following ...

On Monks and Email by Cal Newport

On Monks and Email April 29, 2019 Medieval monks thought a lot about thinking. As University of Georgia history professor Jamie Kreiner elaborates in a recent Aeon article: “Their job, more than anything else, was to focus on divine communication. For these monks, the meditating mind wasn’t supposed to be at ease. It was supposed ...

​Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quits Facebook. The Media Bungled the Story. by Cal Newport

AOC Quit Facebook. The Media Bungled the Story. April 18, 2019 Photo by bruce mars from Pexels Over the weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on a podcast that she was quitting Facebook as part of her efforts to cut back on her social media use more generally. This was big news because the 29-year-old AOC is ...

Is Social Media Undermining Religion? by Cal Newport

Source: Digital Minimalism and God (Or, is Social Media Undermining Religion?) April 9, 2019 Photo by Oliver Sjöström from Pexels Those who know Martin Luther King Jr.’s story well, know that January 27, 1956, was a pivotal date for the young minister. Only one month earlier, still a newcomer in town, King, to his surprise, ...

Digital Minimalism and Ancestral Health (Or, Would Grok Tweet?)

Source: Digital Minimalism and Ancestral Health (Or, Would Grok Tweet?) March 17, 2019 The ancestral health movement argues that over long periods of time, evolution adapts species to their environments. It follows that when it comes to human well-being, we should pay attention to how we ate and behaved throughout the vast majority of our ...