Things you will find here

Topics I am interested in & questions I am asking:

  • Metacognition (thinking about thinking)
  • Process of learning (transformation of data -> information -> knowledge -> skill / wisdom)
    • Thought tech. Aka Human-Computer Interaction and how technology can aid learning
  • Information architecture and knowledge management
  • How to think well
    • Articulation. Always on the lookout for phrases that describes and expresses reality
    • Writing
    • Decision making
    • Problem solving
    • The power of constraints
  • Physical and mental health / fitness / wellbeing
    • What living a good life mean. The process of self discovery, finding purpose and meaning.
    • The idea of
    • Existential crises
  • What happened, what is happening, and what will happen to / in the world
    • External
      • What makes everything in the world tick? What are the variables that move the needle. Where are the leverage points and choke points?
        • Social infrastructure (physical and digital entities that shape the way we interact. These include tangible places e.g. libraries, parks, schools, and intangible such as organisations, media, to online platforms)
        • Social capital, social currency,
      • How to be a good citizen of the world
        • How to be more comfortable in social interactions
      • How human civilisation came to be (anthropology)
    • Internal
      • Human nature and behaviour
        • What do we share as human and what makes us unique.
      • Narrative and perception
  • Quantifying and codifying the world
  • Meta everything

And these are the contexts I have been exposed to, where those things can be applied:

  • How to start and run successful businesses
  • Data acquisition and engineering
  • Remote working
  • Web scraping and Business Process Automation (more known as Robotic Process Automation)
  • Transitioning from a maker to manager (Individual Contributor to People’s Manager)
  • Living with limited mobility
  • Intermittent fasting

These are obviously not structured in a technically accurate manner in the taxonomy of human knowledge. I just arranged these in a way that make sense to me, not based on any established hierarchy, if any.

This is a live list for me to revisit and distill further.

And here are list of categories of posts on this blog for easy navigation

Slight rant

I discovered these names by following my curiosity, slowly building up a collection of things I find interesting, connecting with people with similar interests, looking for references of books, before I discovered the taxonomy.

And then having a name for them allows me to discover more related information (bless the internet).

Then I started discovering that things and truths I thought I was so brilliant for observing and deriving were oh so esoteric and original were apparently well established fields and disciplines.

That is how broken the entry point of our education is. We go top down instead of bottom up.

Imagine how easy teaching can be if we just let kids follow their curiosity instead of shoving 20 vague disciplines down their throats without introducing how and why they are relevant and interesting? And most importantly, how they are all connected in the grand scheme of things.

The 15 year old me would straight out say “no thanks” to the thought of “sociology”. I would cringe at the thought of expressing interest in “postmodernism”. But now I stumbled upon these fields while following interesting problems, going hours researching on my own, down some rabbit hole.

One thing I learned from this is when you want to investigate big questions in life most of them require multidisciplinary thinking and knowledge.

Once you caught a glimpse of something interesting, you catch it by its tails, follow its trail, and likely you’ll uncover an interwoven web of the whole world’s knowledge at your feet.