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by Dave
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: A simple thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Re: A simple thanks

Amen to that.

Thanks everyone!
by Dave
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Meditation and Metacognition
Replies: 49
Views: 5720

Re: Meditation and Metacognition

One of the main reasons people practice vipassana (insight) meditation is to achieve various stages of awakening, enlightenment, or whatever you want to call it. Fair disclosure, I have not achieved the following, I am simply relaying what I read about and discussed with others. One way to frame wha...
by Dave
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Ave!
Replies: 10
Views: 1633

Re: Ave!

Welcome, Astra!

Yes, I highly recommend reading the book.
by Dave
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Inspire me please? Feeling down.
Replies: 40
Views: 4010

Re: Inspire me please? Feeling down.

Hi THF, Sorry to hear you are feeling down. I recommend you read and seriously implement all the steps from the following book: https://www.amazon.com/Depression-Cure-6-Step-Program-without/dp/0738213888 Doing so helped pull me from a dark place, and when I slip back to that place I find the program...
by Dave
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best packable permanent alternative for a matress?
Replies: 66
Views: 8657

Re: Best packable permanent alternative for a matress?

You shouldn't need a pillow when sleeping on your back... After reading this and doing a little research, I decided to test your advice. I tend to have problems falling asleep anyways, and was unable to fall asleep the first night without a pillow, so I used a much flatter pillow than usual. After ...
by Dave
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 611
Views: 107644

Re: ffj's early retirement

Ah, in my excitement over the beauty of your fall pictures I missed the rhetorical nature of your question :) . I grew up in that region, too, and very much enjoy your pictures. I live in the big city now, and although fall here is nice in a different way, there is a special place in my heart for th...
by Dave
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 611
Views: 107644

Re: ffj's early retirement

Agreed with IDave - they look like hedge apples/osage oranges.
by Dave
Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best practices during low points? Share your lowest lows? :(
Replies: 26
Views: 3764

Re: Best practices during low points? Share your lowest lows? :(

I second what sky said. It is important to realize that the passage of time inevitably changes things, both for good and bad. Given the typical reversion to the mean that occurs with respect to mood, one could say that time heals wounds. To the extent you can "survive" and avoid sabotaging relations...
by Dave
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: akratic's ERE journal
Replies: 640
Views: 108379

Re: akratic's ERE journal

Meditation is much more about acceptance than control, as far as I've learned. Unless that's a semantic distinction. There are many types of meditation that involve varied techniques and with varied goals. What Augustus described (samahdi) is "concentration" meditation, the goal of which is to deve...
by Dave
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: cmonkey's journal
Replies: 782
Views: 128768

Re: cmonkey's journal

As always, the work on your home looks amazing cmonkey.
by Dave
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What is your FIRE number? Your expected FIRE expenses?
Replies: 260
Views: 52402

Re: What is your FIRE number? Your expected FIRE expenses?

2. Cumulative damage. People earning high wages are often forced to choose between work and health. They prioritize work to keep their jobs. Each additional year of emphasizing work over health causes damage that builds on itself. A negative spiral. One problem leads to the next and they collective...
by Dave
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Dave's Journal - documenting the path to FI
Replies: 61
Views: 12288

Re: Dave's Journal - documenting the path to FI

Fall 2016 Update Several months have passed since my last entry, but generally speaking not much has changed. Financially, DW and I continue to hack away at her school loans. Progress has been swift, and I expect them to be paid off in less than a year. Our expense structure is the same as before, ...
by Dave
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will
Replies: 89
Views: 10030

Re: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will

Hmm, I continue to agree with everything you say, and find it very interesting! Your point regarding feedback loops and the meditation example is one close to home for me. As a meditator for some time, I would confirm that "your environment includes you" is very consistent with my experience. This b...
by Dave
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will
Replies: 89
Views: 10030

Re: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will

@Dragline - I'm in agreement with you. I understand the theory of mind humans possess that other life doesn't. What I don't see is how it implies we have free will. I don't see having such awareness as evidence of free will. The human brain certainty has a lot more going on. But having more computin...
by Dave
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will
Replies: 89
Views: 10030

Re: The One where Riggerjack schools brute on Free Will

Do people who believe in free will think animals or other simpler organisms have free will? If not, why are humans different? It seems clear to me that ants follow programmed actions in response to environmental stimuli. I admit the human comparison is much more complex, but I see it different in de...
by Dave
Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.
Replies: 481
Views: 106722

Re: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.

Saying, "So long," to Mr. Spock I'm learning that participation in forums such as these often begins to have a detrimental side. They tend to feed the monster. That's not a criticism or judgement of the venue or the participants; rather, it's an acknowledgment of my own frailty during a time of tra...
by Dave
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What have you had to unlearn to grow?
Replies: 41
Views: 4999

Re: What have you had to unlearn to grow?

I had to unlearn to ask questions like this. Which is really hard to explain to people. I guess you could say that I shy away from the idea of universal truths, other than what science can offer, but even with all we've learned in the sciences it really doesn't seem like we understand who we are, w...
by Dave
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Wisdom from a Sage
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: Wisdom from a Sage

I enjoyed the podcast, thanks. I never really enjoy hearing Kahneman say that learning all this didn't really lead to him overcoming biases and tendencies in his own life. I wonder if it's due to a lack of application and practice. As there are others, like Buffett and Munger, who have fought again...
by Dave
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Work vs. Exercise
Replies: 123
Views: 13364

Re: Work vs. Exercise

it is possible to lose fat with diet only, without losing muscle (and even gain muscle). This has been my experience, too. My weight history has been interesting (to me). I'm 6'2.5". I was 195 up until I was around 21 or so. Skinny fat, as I did not have any meaningful amount of muscle. Then I deci...
by Dave
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Work vs. Exercise
Replies: 123
Views: 13364

Re: Work vs. Exercise

I hadn't heard of the Tabata method before. I did Tabata squats tonight...and now my legs are like jello ;). For some perspective, I have not done any squats in the last year or so. Prior to that, I did some low-rep bodyweight squat sets for several months. Several years prior to that, I did powerli...