The Weekly Upgrade #8

Introducing Innings, fragmentation, and the stars.

Happy Monday!

The past week has been a strange one for me.

I was diagnosed with COVID-19 after I suffered through a couple of nights of high fever. I’m happy to share that I already feel a lot better and I’m well on my way to a full recovery.

I also launched my new newsletter called Innings this week. I will be writing longer form pieces on Self-Improvement through the lens of Philosophy and Psychology. I’m grateful for those of you who have already signed up. If you haven’t, please click here to subscribe. The first article will be out this week.

Something I learned

Fragmentation is good for innovation.

I learned this counterintuitive fact in Jared Diamond's essay on How to Get Rich.

Diamond writes about how innovation proceeds most rapidly in a society with some intermediate degree of fragmentation. Too much fragmentation is bad since it reduces communication between fragments. Too little fragmentation is bad because it is easy to stifle innovation.

I found the essay while exploring the Farnam Street Learning Community If you’re looking for a community on the internet filled with curious people, I’d recommend taking a look at it.

A Weekly Challenge

Stare at the stars.

Yup, it’s a weird one this week.

Give it a shot though. You might like the perspective it will bring to your problems. I know I did.

A Book Recommendation

The Psychology of Money, by Morgan Housel

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I’m currently reading this one. I’m about halfway through it, and I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying it.

A Thought to Ponder

If you were to pick one of your friends to switch lives with, which would it be? Why?

I wish you a wonderful week ahead. Don’t forget to subscribe to Innings, if you haven’t already.


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