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Me in brief:

  • I run Self-Improvement for Nerds (active on Facebook and events also announced on Meetup)
  • I'm a life coach, and my areas of focus include
    • Anti-procrastination, ADHD and gaining focus. This comes out of my own struggles, being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and (at that point) not having developed good strategies for getting things done. One of the main approaches I use is based on MEVID (the Procrastination Fquation).
    • Clearing anger, bitterness & other negative emotions. I focus less on this for now because it's easier for people to acknowledge that they have a problem with procrastination. Also, I'm keen to be evidence-based about this and intend to study further.
  • I've worked in sustainability knowledge-sharing.
  • I know about wikis, and help run Appropedia, the sustainability wiki.

Sequences: Achieving awesomeness

Work in progress. Suggestions appreciated. Boldly edit the page, or leave a message on my talk page.


(Under development)

By author (incomplete)


Nate Soares (So8res):

(+ Look up more of Eliezer's posts on productivity, effectiveness and akrasia.)

By topic

Science and self-help:


Habits and training:

Goals and strategies:

Practical thinking skills (these posts are likely to be covered in other sequences, but have applications in "winning at life":

Thinking skills relevant to communication:


Posts linked from the Akrasia (to be sorted):

Evolutionary psychology:




Other (unordered):

Achieving awesomeness by learning better

(To be developed)

Other resources:


Building community

A communication sequence

Social aspects of communication (or is that a tautology?):

Emotion, making sense, and anticipating reactions:

  • Politics is the Mind-Killer – Avoiding emotional & tribal identity triggers. "Politics is an important domain to which we should individually apply our rationality—but it's a terrible domain in which to learn rationality, or discuss rationality, unless all the discussants are already rational." & "it doesn't matter whether (you think) the [specific political party] really is at fault. It's just better for the spiritual growth of the community to discuss the issue without invoking color politics."
  • Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided – "there is no reason for complex actions with many consequences to exhibit this onesidedness property." "Two primary drivers of policy-one-sidedness are the affect heuristic and the just-world fallacy." Avoid using arguments as soldiers.
  • Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided (discusses arguments as soldiers)
  • Philosophical Landmines – "If something you say makes people go off on a spiral of bad philosophy, don't get annoyed with them, just fix what you say. This is just being a communications consequentialist."
    • Responding to a landmine explosion: It may be best to "abort the conversation." Alternatively, a commenter suggests, "stop taking sides and talk about the plus and minuses of each side."
  • (Something more about emotional triggers?)

Understanding and being understood:

Biases, heuristics and fallacies that affect communication:


Online communication (for further exploration):

  • Text-based communication
  • Dealing with trolls

Meetups: "Winning at Life"

These are the collections of articles used for LW/EA meetups in Melbournew 2015.

Session 1:

Possible lists for future meetups: