Creativity is not about efficiency or typing speed but instead making plenty of space for play and exploration in between bursts of action

The year is 2021. Productivity hackers have reached a fevered pitch in the West. Like timed number-crunching performance chefs, we demonstrate our prowess in skillfully chopping up our days. People hack their calendars apart like crazed ax murderers searching for the juiciest momentary morsels to fit a five-minute meditation or the latest Nootropic keto shake after hot yoga. Listless masses gawk at phone screens in bewildered awe at neatly manicured task management systems of the most organized online influencers to grace the internet.


Sleepless reflections on Americanism and the experience of connecting with oneself in the natural world

There is a prominent concept in Japanese culture -Kachou Fuugetsu- that, when transliterated to English, means “Flower, bird, wind, moon.” It seems there is no true equivalent in the English language, so it fails to capture the deeper meaning. In so many words, it implies the experience of learning about oneself while spending time in nature.

It implies the experience of learning about oneself by spending time in nature.

Like so many words in other languages, we seem to be missing many of these more complex concepts in English. Many will have experienced the beauty of spending time reflecting in…


The Near Horizon of Autonomous Robots, Drone Counter-measures, and Continuing Explorations on Sleep

Originally published on https://mindwhoosh.substack.com.

Welcome to Mind Whoosh! A newsletter bread-crumb trail of thoughts, learnings, and speculations following my spelunking journey through minds, metaverse, and this messy human meat-space we call ‘reality.’

In this Issue:

  • Fully Autonomous Drones are On the Horizon
  • Exyn’s LiDAR drones achieve Level 4 aerial autonomy, aka humans not needed
  • Counter-Drone Technologies to Detect and Stop Drones Today
  • Problems with Counter-Drone Technology
  • Shedding Light on the Problem of a Good Nights Rest
  • Andrew Huberman: Master Your Sleep & Be More Alert When Awake
  • Realtime 3D Cognitive Network Visualization

Fully Autonomous Drones are on the Horizon


Ideas for improving quality of rest and mental recovery through changing lighting, ambiance, activity, mindset, and daily rituals

I’ve been a habitual night-owl my entire life. Paradoxically, waking up early is incredibly satisfying whenever there’s good reason for it, like a sunrise hike or early flight. Lots of you probably roll your eyes at that, but there is undeniable magic abound in the early hours before the rest of the world awake from dreams. That same delightful calm persists after midnight as well, when peace and quiet returns after a frantic day.

You can see the clear problem here. Appreciating…


A trail of thoughts on consciousness, embodied perspectives, and seeking purpose in the wee hours of the night

What do you want to do with your coffee break between Birth and Death?

There are so many choices! That’s the heart of the problem!

Life for one human self is a massive overwhelming experience of existential agency. Everything feels like a choice. We can even choose to ignore it all, blur out our clarity, and temporarily relinquish our agency. Many do.

We seek chemicals, escapism, ignoring ourselves in the infinite scroll, vacationing from daily reality, the myriad vices that one can…


This week: AI helping UN Peacekeeping Efforts, Life Lessons and Creativity from the COVID Era, and the Future of Energy with Fossil Fuel Alternatives

This post was originally published in Mind Whoosh! on Substack.

Welcome to Mind Whoosh! A newsletter bread-crumb trail of thoughts, learnings, and speculations following my spelunking journey through minds, metaverse, and this messy human meat-space we call ‘reality.’

In this Issue:

  • Author’s Note
  • The UN Turns to AI for Help Facilitating International Peacekeeping Efforts
  • Life Lessons from a Heart Attack in the Pandemic Era
  • Little COVID Era Home Innovations
  • How Can We Outgrow Fossil Fuels?
  • Closing Thoughts from a Lawful Good Kitten

Author’s Note

I started a new #100DaysOfX challenge yesterday! The goal is to write and publish content daily for 100…


Reflecting on the ways we unconsciously consume, create, and congest ourselves with sweet and buttery morsels of information from an endless buffet

“Learning without thinking means labor lost; thinking without learning is perilous.” — Analects of Confucius

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about how we consume and create information. You can imagine every interaction with the world outside as inhalation. Everything that you do, say, write or create as a result is an exhalation. In this way, our information appetite is akin to breathing or eating. Everything that we do involves an exchange and transformation of energy, and information is similar here.

Imagine for a moment you are starting your day. The echoes of your memories reverberate in your fading…


Moravec’s Paradox, a DeepMind podcast, AI curating AI news, and the quiet recession of American local news outlets

Welcome to Mind Whoosh! A newsletter bread-crumb trail of thoughts, learnings, and speculations following my spelunking journey through minds, metaverse, and this messy human meat-space we call ‘reality.’

In this Issue:

  • Moravec’s Paradox
  • The DeepMind Podcast
  • Alpha Signal — An algorithmically curated AI newsletter
  • The Quiet Recession of Local News
  • Upcoming Virtual Events

Moravec’s Paradox

Our intelligence is a peculiar mechanism. I might struggle to remember a string of numbers from an old credit card (even after committing them to memory). Still, an old friend’s face from kindergarten is somehow embedded in my brain without even trying. On the other hand, humans…


Chaos and emergence, a crash course on human behavioral biology, ways of tackling physical anxiety, Meta-Reinforcement Learning, and a Macaque Playing Pong

Welcome to Mind Whoosh! A newsletter bread-crumb trail of thoughts, learnings, and speculations following my spelunking journey through minds, metaverse, and this messy human meat-space we call ‘reality.’

In this Issue:

  • Chaos, Emergence, and Human Behavior
  • Anxiety is in Your Body, Not Your Mind
  • Open Source Library for Meta-Learning Research
  • Neuralink Shows Monkey Playing Pong via Brain Interface
  • Upcoming Virtual Events

Chaos, Emergence, and Human Behavior

Here’s a mental exercise for you: Try listing out the five MOST AMAZING things you can imagine. We’re talking stuff that blows your mind again each time you take another moment to think about it. …


Medicare for All, Real “Time” Conversations, More Insights from Your Brain on Sleep, a bit on BCIs, and Virtual Events

Welcome to Mind Whoosh! An inter-dimensional trail of noodling thoughts, learnings, and speculations following my spelunking journey through minds, metaverse, and this messy human meat-space we call ‘reality.’

In This Issue:

  • The Case For Medicare for All
  • Illusions of Time | VSauce
  • Discord Joins the List of Apps to Offer a Clubhouse-like Experience
  • What You Can Learn From Hunter-Gathers’s Sleep Patterns
  • Master Your Sleep And Be More Alert When You Are Awake
  • Pushing Toward Mindful Technology
  • Upcoming Virtual Events

The Case for Medicare for All

w/ Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, episode #96 of Factually! w/ Adam Conover on Earwolf

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Jay Silvas

Veteran | Creator | Mind Alchemist ~Scattered thoughts, a sprinkle of optimism, and whatever thicc slice of existential dread was in the fridge last night

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