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Daily snackable writings to spur changes in thinking.

A map for a better brain. The way we think is both our greatest tool - indeed our only tool - and very often it is also our biggest leash. We are only who we think we are. Our opportunities are also limited by who other people think we are. It stands to reason that if we’d like to change who we are, we must start with an effort to change our thinking.

NOTE: While it appears as though this blog has just started, there's over 100,000 words worth of entries that have been prewritten, edited, locked and loaded. In other words, you can count on helpful thoughts everyday.

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VICARIOUS ADVICE

December 12th, 2019
What would you say? And why would you say it?


HALO OF IGNORANCE

December 11th, 2019
Do you know how good you are? or... aren't?


THE ONLY PROBLEM

December 10th, 2019
What's your problem?


THE ILLUSION OF HINDSIGHT

December 9th, 2019
Do we really see so clearly how things could have been?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE STUFF OF DREAMS

December 8th, 2019
Lucilius puts sleep to good use.


TOY OR TOOL?

December 7th, 2019
What do you spend your time and money on?


SIMPLE ELABORATION

December 6th, 2019

This episode is dedicated to Brandon who you can connect with on Twitter at @brandonbydesign

Do we speak and write too much or too little?



EFFORTLESS PROBLEMS

December 5th, 2019
Do you have a particularly widespread assumption undermining your hopes?


WASTING TIME

December 4th, 2019
How do you waste time?


EMOTIONAL REGULATION PART II - THE TEST

December 3rd, 2019
This episode is dedicated to Saher Cherif who you can connect with on Twitter @Saher_Cherif


ON YOUR MARK

December 2nd, 2019
How can the imaginary world rev our performance in the real one?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: AS ABOVE SO BELOW

December 1st, 2019
Lucilius is a multiplicity that is just trying to figure things out.


WANDERING LIGHTNING ROD

November 30th, 2019
Do you have the ingredients for a wandering, struck-by-lightning idea?


THEORY OR EXAMPLE?

November 29th, 2019
If you have so many examples, do you need a theory?


TIME & THE QUESTION OF PRESSURE

November 28th, 2019
How much time do you have? And how much pressure can you apply?


EMOTIONAL REGULATION - PART I: BLUNT TOOLS

November 27th, 2019
Some blunt tools for getting the emotional machine to fall in line.


THE SUBTLE ART OF SECOND GUESSING YOURSELF

November 26th, 2019
How well do you second guess yourself?


LINES & NETS

November 25th, 2019
How do you catch the attention you need to do your work?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A NICE PLACE

November 24th, 2019
Lucilius and a friend have an adventurous staycation.


THE GULF

November 23rd, 2019
How much space exists between what you say and what you do?


SEEDING PLANS

November 22nd, 2019
How does curiosity plan?


TALL POPPIES

November 21st, 2019
How shall we reinterpret the poorly understood lessons of the past?


NEVER FINISHED

November 20th, 2019
Do you know when you are done?


COMFORT - PART II: FORTS & CAGES

November 19th, 2019
Are you comfortably entrapped by your strengths? This episode, along with the previous one, is dedicated to Dennis Michael Hynes, you can connect with him on Twitter at @HynesDm


COMFORT - PART I: THE ROOTS OF A WORD

November 18th, 2019
What does it mean to be comfortable? This episode, along with Part II, is dedicated to Dennis Michael Hynes. You can connect with him on Twitter at @HynesDm


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: GRAIN OF SALT

November 17th, 2019
Lucilius shares what he can.


RESOURCEFULNESS

November 16th, 2019
Are you blind to the resources right in front of you?


LIFE IS A GIFT HORSE

November 15th, 2019
What's really going on when you bemoan your circumstance in life? What has been given to you, and what hasn't been gifted to you.


CHASING SILENCE

November 14th, 2019
Do you know how to catch it?


A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: A DAY'S WORTH

November 13th, 2019
How much do you think your day is worth?


METAQUESTIONS

November 12th, 2019
Do you know how to challenge your questions?


INDICATION OF A BAD QUESTION

November 11th, 2019
Do you find yourself asking the same question over and over?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE MOVING MIND

November 10th, 2019
Lucilius overhears a debate.


GENERATING RANDOMNESS

November 9th, 2019
What is the first step of creativity?


THE SISYPHEAN PLATEAU

November 8th, 2019
Is your idea of progress infinitely wrong?


BROKEN RECORD

November 7th, 2019
Which song are you playing?


PRODUCTIVE SKEPTICISM

November 6th, 2019
Are you skeptical of the productive possibilities of skepticism?


THE VISIBILITY OF PROBLEMS

November 5th, 2019
You can see the problem, but can you see the solution?


THE DEFAULT STATE OF LEARNING

November 4th, 2019
What does it mean to learn?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE MOMENT'S MOOD

November 3rd, 2019
Lucilius finds something to watch.


COMEDY'S POINT

November 2nd, 2019
Why do we need to laugh?


DOUBLE TIME

November 1st, 2019
A little behind-the-scenes house keeping.


THE REDUNDANCY OF THINKING WITHOUT TINKERING

October 31st, 2019
Do you just think the same things over and over?


THE END OF MONEY

October 30th, 2019
Can you imagine a world without money? If not, check out this episode.


AMENDS

October 29th, 2019
What does it mean to make amends?


PROMISE?

October 28th, 2019
Do your promises honor the nature of the future?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LETTERS' END

October 27th, 2019
Lucilius feels like reading.


SETBACK TRAINING

October 26th, 2019
How often do you get annoyed during the day?


RIVALNYMS: A CASE STUDY

October 25th, 2019
The list of Rivalnyms expands by two.


THE FLEXIBILITY MACHINE

October 24th, 2019
How limber is your machine?


THE DAILY GRIND

October 23rd, 2019
What are we grinding in the daily grind?


THE SMITH & THE DEVIL

October 22nd, 2019
Tinkered Thinking shows how humanity's oldest story is more relevant than ever today.


A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: CUTTING QUESTIONS

October 21st, 2019
How do questions interact with your project? or your ability to learn?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A CARVING LESSON

October 20th, 2019
Lucilius gives a gift that gives back.


10 MINUTES

October 19th, 2019
Seems like short time, but what fits into it?


FALSE ENCOURAGEMENT

October 18th, 2019
Are you lying with good intentions?


TINKER'S RAZOR

October 17th, 2019
Tinkered Thinking presents a Razor.


INFINITY CUBE: A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT

October 16th, 2019
What do you see when you look at the world?


SHIFTING SYMMETRIES

October 15th, 2019
"People do things for only two reason: it's pleasurable and/or it conveys sexiness." This observation sparked some disagreement on Twitter. This episode seeks to explore the issue in some detail.


BUFFER

October 14th, 2019
Tinkered Thinking gets back up to speed and addresses a new experiement to protect against such delays.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: DEAD CALM

October 13th, 2019
Lucilius gets help from a little friend.


FOR THE SAKE OF HABIT

October 12th, 2019
Are habits worth while even when they aren't really possible?


TWO-WAY HABIT

October 11th, 2019
How does a habit look like when it's taken apart as opposed to when it's put together?


THE NAME OF GOD

October 10th, 2019
Everyone follows something. What do you follow?


HICCUP

October 9th, 2019
A lyrical episode


WORKING QUESTIONS

October 8th, 2019
Have you worked on questions about work?


STATE THE QUESTION

October 7th, 2019
Is there a more powerful form of your question?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE END OF CONTENTMENT

October 6th, 2019
Lucilius has a girlfriend. Sort of.


THE WORD ME

October 5th, 2019
What exactly are you talking about when you say it?


YEA YEA YEA

October 4th, 2019
We've all said it. What was the last thing you said it in response to?


THE INFINITE MONEY QUESTION

October 3rd, 2019
What would you do?


CONDUCIVE

October 2nd, 2019
How conducive is your situation?


RESOLUTION PREREQUISITE

October 1st, 2019
Can you see where you are going?


THE LAST DOMINO

September 30th, 2019
Tinkered Thinking concludes an experiment.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE MATRYOSHKA DOLL OF MODERNITY

September 29th, 2019
Lucilius experiences the way people think of one another.


THE REASON BEHIND A LIE

September 28th, 2019
Is it ever reasonable to lie?


MEDITATIVE

September 27th, 2019
Do you claim to meditate while doing something that is not meditation?


RESULTS PART II: A GAME OF TENNIS

September 26th, 2019
Do you realize that reality is trying to play a game with you? Or, are you just being a sore loser?


RESULTS PART I: EXPECTATION

September 25th, 2019
Do you always expect a certain result?


LITTLE THEORIES

September 24th, 2019
What is a hypothesis?


PATTERN MANIPULATION

September 23rd, 2019
You can sense the pattern, but can you create a new one?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE MOMENT'S TASK

September 22nd, 2019
Lucilius finds peace in the mundane.


EXCELLENT ADDICTIONS

September 21st, 2019
Do good and bad behaviors use the same tools?


FRACTAL ANXIETY

September 20th, 2019
Do we deal with anxiety by piling on more anxiety?


SOURCE OF ATTENTION

September 19th, 2019
Is attention yours? Or does the source have you fooled?


THOUGHT SURFING

September 18th, 2019
Do you know how to Thought Surf?


THE MEANING OF TINKER

September 17th, 2019

This episode was inspired by @DeeperThrill on Twitter



LIGHTEN UP

September 16th, 2019
Is it rude to make fun of heavy topics?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ETERNITY OF ENTERTAINMENT

September 15th, 2019
Lucilius attempts to cure a small case of boredom.


THE GOLDEN GUARANTEE

September 14th, 2019
There is a gift to what's guaranteed.


THE END OF NOWHERE

September 13th, 2019
You're not lost if you can take the next step.


THE VIRTUE OF NEGATIVITY

September 12th, 2019
Is there anything Positive about Negativity?


FALSIFY

September 11th, 2019
How many tools do you have to update your model of the world?


THE SELF-ASSEMBLING NATURE OF SUCCESS

September 10th, 2019
Do you have the faith that you'll figure it out?


FAITH

September 9th, 2019
Do you have faith in your understanding of the word faith?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE PUPPETMASTER'S PAIN

September 8th, 2019
Lucilius tries to care for his Godchildren.


SENSIBLE NOISE

September 7th, 2019
Do you ignore the noise? Does it make you uncomfortable? Or do you understand the noise?


SO WHAT?

September 6th, 2019
You listen to Tinkered Thinking? So What?


THE NOVELTY OF NUANCE

September 5th, 2019
Do you always look for novelty? What exactly is nuance in relation to novelty?


IN QUESTION

September 4th, 2019
Are we afraid of questions?


TURN A BLIND EYE

September 3rd, 2019
Are you turning blind eyes for the right reasons?


THE ENDLESS ARBITRAGE OF LANGUAGE

September 2nd, 2019
Can something be created out of nothing?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: TRASH

September 1st, 2019
Lucilius takes out the trash.


INFINITE GAMES

August 31st, 2019
What Infinite Games are you playing?


PROBLEMS OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

August 30th, 2019
Have you identified the problem?


COEFFICIENTS OF FRICTION

August 29th, 2019
When it's so hard to start, how to you make things easier?


THE STRATEGY OF TINKERED THINKING

August 28th, 2019
Five Hundred Episodes.


BUT WHY?

August 27th, 2019
Why are we doing all of this life thing?


ARTIFICIAL HARDSHIP

August 26th, 2019
Can you manufacture hardship for yourself in a way that is good?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PERFUME

August 25th, 2019
Lucilius reminisces over better times when he missed out.


ORGANIZED SYSTEMS

August 24th, 2019
Recurring problems require a system that solves them automatically. You are a system. That system is comprised of habits.


LET GO

August 23rd, 2019
What parts of ourselves should we let go of? How to we maintain a grip on reality while we do it?


GRIP

August 22nd, 2019
What should you hold on to?


LETTING (YOURSELF) GO

August 21st, 2019
Which parts of ourselves constantly want to run wild? should they be set free?


PAUSE OF THE PAINTER

August 20th, 2019
What action defines the artist more than any other?


PASS THE TIME

August 19th, 2019
How do you pass the time?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: FULL STOP

August 18th, 2019
Lucilius finds reason to laugh at his efforts.


PEAK EDUCATION

August 17th, 2019
Is there a peak?


TOUCH THE SKY

August 16th, 2019
Can you see the paradox?


DISTANT LANDS

August 15th, 2019
How do you get to a place that feels good?


GASLIT LIAR

August 14th, 2019
Who is less likely to be the subject of gaslighting?


STUBBORN WINNER

August 13th, 2019
Not all winners are winners.


DETERMINED LOSER

August 12th, 2019
What's the best kind of loser?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LOST IN TRANSLATION

August 11th, 2019
Lucilius comes across an old misunderstood friend.


COGNITIVE FABRIC

August 10th, 2019
What makes up your cognitive fabric?


CAN OF WORMS

August 9th, 2019
Are we simply solving problems that we thought were solutions? What solutions are we working on now?


CAUTION

August 8th, 2019
Are you cautious? Too cautious? Or are you even worrying about the right things?


OPEN DOOR POLICY

August 7th, 2019
Being open minded means you're not afraid to welcome in ideas that will destroy any cherished beliefs you migh have hiding in a panic room.


OUT OF THE QUESTION

August 6th, 2019
How can something be in or out of a question?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: NO WAIT

August 5th, 2019
Lucilius doesn't wait for ridiculous things.


RELEASE VALVE

August 4th, 2019
Does your head have a release valve?


AUDIO DANCE PARTNER

August 3rd, 2019
Monkey hear, monkey say, same.


COZY MIND

August 2nd, 2019
Is your mind inhospitable to good ideas?


BUCKET OF MUD

August 1st, 2019
What are you carrying around?


WHAT MEDITATION DOES

July 31st, 2019
Is it all just froo-froo?


SICK OF BEING SICK OF

July 30th, 2019
Ideas, beliefs, mental models, stories; all of these are parasitic. They cannot exit, nor flourish without their main host: the human mind. Are your beliefs working for you? Or are they hurting you? What would an immune system for the mind look like?


TO HURT A BELIEF

July 29th, 2019
Do beliefs have feelings? Can they be injured? Destroyed? What about you?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: TAILED BY GHOSTS

July 28th, 2019
Lucilius comes across a couple of haunted people.


CATCHING IDEAS

July 27th, 2019
What's your strategy? Which strategies have worked the best over the centuries?


NETWORK WEB

July 26th, 2019
What kind of net works to catch an idea?


PESSIMISTIC TIME KEEPER

July 25th, 2019
How long is it really going to take?


BORING WORKS BUT ANXIETY IS EXCITING

July 24th, 2019
Are you swapping excitements only to have them slide back?


EXHAUSTED BATTERY

July 23rd, 2019
Are you tired?


CONQUERTIZE

July 22nd, 2019
What priority dictates the way we conquer our to-do list?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SHUFFLING PRIORITIES

July 21st, 2019
Lucilius drops a priority.


COMEDY CANCELLED

July 20th, 2019
Where is the executioner in the modern age?


FOLLOWER VS JOINER

July 19th, 2019
Are you blindly following? Or are you putting the pieces togther from a variety of perspectives?


THE NET

July 18th, 2019
How is a fisherman's net like a question?


POKE THE MONSTER

July 17th, 2019
Are you sure you know what you're asking for?


NEGATIVE GRATITUDE

July 16th, 2019
How many paths lead to gratitude?


THE INEFFABLE PLAN

July 15th, 2019
What does Scientific Determinism have in common with Divine plans?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ROOM TO GROW

July 14th, 2019
Lucilius gives pause to the environment in which we all can learn.


WHY APOLOGIES DO NOT WORK

July 13th, 2019
The problem with apologies is also the key to rising above our own mistakes.


AFTER DOES NOT EXIST

July 12th, 2019
What's going on 'after'?


DOORS

July 11th, 2019
Are the doors you seek already open?


CRAFTING RIDDLES

July 10th, 2019
Are you practiced in the art of forming questions? How good are your questions?


A FRIEND FOREVER

July 9th, 2019
How well do you treat the one person who is always with you?


MONEY MOUTH

July 8th, 2019
What is the real price of our words?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: CONSISTENCY

July 7th, 2019
Lucilius is on a quiet adventure.


THE MIND'S PANIC ROOM

July 6th, 2019
Have you built one?


THE AVOIDANCE DECEPTION

July 5th, 2019
Even the phrasing of what we avoid can in itself be another form of avoidance. That is, avoiding the real issue.


BRAIN BUG

July 4th, 2019
Even worse than a horrow movie about people with bugs crawling around in their brains.


ONE SIZE FITS ALL

July 3rd, 2019
Do you fit?


MAKER OR USER?

July 2nd, 2019
Are you more likely to make something or just use things?


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

July 1st, 2019
Ok, Tinkered Thinking was deplorably late this week.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: MANY ENDS

June 30th, 2019
Lucilius ponders how things arise and how things end.


DEADLINES VS TIME-LIMITS

June 29th, 2019
Do your deadlines have the necessary side-kick?


WHAT IS A REVIEW?

June 28th, 2019
What does it mean to honestly reflect an experience for someone who wasn't there?


BRAIN CHANGE

June 27th, 2019
Is your brain changing?


TINKERED THINKING REVIEW: TINKERED THINKING

June 26th, 2019
Tinkered Thinking reviews itself.


BROKEN KEY

June 25th, 2019
Right problem, wrong solution?


FLEXIBILITY

June 24th, 2019
Are you bent out of shape?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE STRAGGLER

June 23rd, 2019
Lucilius queries the possibilities.


SECOND WISE, YEAR FOOLISH

June 22nd, 2019
Do you know where I can purchase some more time. Perhaps last tuesday? How much does last tuesday cost?


THE PROS & CONS OF PROS & CONS

June 21st, 2019
Do the pros outweigh the cons of using a pros and cons list?


DON'T MOVE ON

June 20th, 2019
Are you repressing some helpful influences?


TASK EN PLACE

June 19th, 2019
Is putting things off making everything we do in the meantime less effective?


FIRST PRINCIPLES - PART II: LANGUAGE

June 18th, 2019
Can we divide the language we use to irreducible units? Do these units remain static through time? And if not, what do we do. This is part ii. Check out Episode 428 for part i.


FIRST PRINCIPLES - PART I: AB INITIO

June 17th, 2019
What should be our 'first principle' when we think, use and consume language? This is part I that hopes to serve as a quick introduction to first principles thinking.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: REFLECT EFFECT

June 16th, 2019
Lucilius helps someone see what they say.


THE SPECTRUM OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

June 15th, 2019
Where do we stand on the spectrum of cognitive dissonance? What is at the other spectrum?


VIRTUOUS DIFFERENCE

June 14th, 2019
What good might exist between our differences?


CONSCIOUS DIRECTIONS

June 13th, 2019
Does consciousness reach in different directions?


UPHILL PLANTING

June 12th, 2019
Is life just one big pain-in-the-ass uphill battle? Yea, maybe.


BLOAT & BUST

June 11th, 2019
Words grow, sometimes in unhealthy directions. And sometimes, they collapse. How do we protect our understanding of reality from the risks of this process?


TINKER TALK

June 10th, 2019
Another Lyrical Episode


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE

June 9th, 2019
Lucilius is struck by a strange encounter.


DYNAMISM - PART II: VICIOUS SUBTRACTION

June 8th, 2019
Continuing from Part I, Part II examines Carl Jung's quote in a larger context.


DYNAMISM - PART I: ADDING AND SUBTRACTING

June 7th, 2019
How do we fall, and keep falling? How do we keep ourselves from slipping? This is part one of two episodes that explore a quote from Carl Jung. Inspired in response to https://twitter.com/SE_Cauldron


PERFECTION PARALYSIS

June 6th, 2019
How do we imagine our dreams? Are they perfect? Or will they be perfect?


EMBRACE WEAKNESS

June 5th, 2019
We are told to do something everyday that scares us. Does this mean riding a roller coaster, or some other thrilling activity? Or do we misunderstand what scary means in this sense? Scary can mean quite a lot. We willingly go to scary movies because it's thrilling, but does this mean that we've done something that scares us? What scares people the most?


THE OPPOSITE OF FREE WILL

June 4th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] This episode was inspired by reading Annaka Harris' book 'Conscious' which was released today. Visit http://tinkeredthinking.com/index.php?id=428 for a link to order your copy today. Are we aware of our drives, our influences and our will? Or lack thereof?


NOT SUCCESSFUL

June 3rd, 2019
Can we use language more successfully? Even when we aren't successful?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: CONCRETE BUTTERFLY

June 2nd, 2019
Lucilius makes up a story for someone who needs a new one. This episode is dedicated to Charles


COGNITIVE SLUMBER

June 1st, 2019
Is your mind asleep?


QUALITY OF QUANTITY

May 31st, 2019
Are you missing out on the beneifts and creating too little?


SHAVE THE DOG

May 30th, 2019
Are you reinitiating a path to misery?


VERY REAL

May 29th, 2019
Does the legitimacy of reality exist on a spectrum?


DESIRABLE FAITH

May 28th, 2019
What desires shall we desire?


NEW PEOPLE OLD WORK

May 27th, 2019
What is our avenue to better work?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: IMMORTAL COLORS

May 26th, 2019
Lucilius comforts a stranger with a story of unpoisoned memories.


PRESSURE COOKER PATIENCE

May 25th, 2019
Does your emotional enemy win simply by getting you to fight?


SUBTLE REWARD

May 24th, 2019
Are you missing out on the rewards of success that perpetuate through time?


BIG QUESTION BAD QUESTION

May 23rd, 2019
How big are the questions you ask yourself?


FIENDS FOR FEELING

May 22nd, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are you feeding a hunger for feeling?


TINKERED DRINKING

May 21st, 2019
Have you tinkered with you drinking and found yourself quite lacking with thinking?


FEEDING HUNGER

May 20th, 2019
Are you feeding the right hungers?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: RECURSIVE FRIGHT

May 19th, 2019
Lucilius witnesses how easily we can overwhelm ourselves.


GIVING UP THE MINE

May 18th, 2019
Are you digging a hole for the sake of digging?


INTERVERSE

May 17th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we keep the space between each other healthy?


SIGN & SIGNAL

May 16th, 2019
How do signs and signals relate?


TWO KINDS OF HURT

May 15th, 2019
Are you whining?


BLINDERS

May 14th, 2019
Are you walking around in the dark?


FRIEGHT TRAIN

May 13th, 2019
How much of your past do you have pushing you in unwanted directions?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A DAY'S WORK - PART II

May 12th, 2019
Lucilius cuts a day's work short.


LIMITS OF EMPATHY

May 11th, 2019
How empathetic are you?


QUESTION ABOUT THE QUESTION

May 10th, 2019
Can a question perform introspection?


BASKETS OF FIRE

May 9th, 2019
Irons or Eggs?


CRACKING THE MAELSTROM

May 8th, 2019
Are you stuck in a terrible cycle? Do you know the first step to cracking it?


PLANS & PROGRESS

May 7th, 2019
Do we plan progress? Or do we discover it? Do plans get in the way of our discovery?


WHITE DIAMOND

May 6th, 2019
Which end of the diamond do you find yourself in?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A DAY'S WORK - PART I

May 5th, 2019
Lucilius starts a day of work.


THE SHAPE OF LANGUAGE

May 4th, 2019
What kind of shapes are you building, by speaking, by thinking?


PAIN & PASSION

May 3rd, 2019
Is the passion you seek already causing you obvious pain?


ONE DAY. . .

May 2nd, 2019
Are you putting off your dreams?


SCALING EFFORTS

May 1st, 2019
Are your efforts scaling?


LIKE A CHILD

April 30th, 2019
Can you learn from the unlearned?


MENTAL SKILLS

April 29th, 2019
What is a mental skill? Can they be leveraged to benefit one another?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ACTIVATION SEQUENCE - PART II

April 28th, 2019
Lucilius reflects on getting ready. Part I is episode 371


DOMAIN SKEW

April 27th, 2019
What kind of skew do you see the world through?


SUCCESSION STAGES

April 26th, 2019
Are there stages to a better mind?


TWO-DO

April 25th, 2019
Are you working on the right to-do list?


INFINITE DEAD-END

April 24th, 2019
Are you stuck on a mental treadmill?


FRESH EYES

April 23rd, 2019
How can you swap your eyeballs out for a fresh perspective?


THE EXPANSION OF WORK

April 22nd, 2019
Are you letting a tumor of work grow beyond something you can swallow?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ACTIVATION SEQUENCE - PART I

April 21st, 2019
Lucilius gets ready.


ZEN AND THE GOLDILOCKS FALLACY

April 20th, 2019
What do you think of your conditions? Does the way you look at your circumstances impact your ability to change those circumstances?


SUMMONING THE SPELL

April 19th, 2019
Do you have access to the core of the imagination's code?


INVISIBLE VISION

April 18th, 2019
Can you see the next evolution of your perspective?


ITCH

April 17th, 2019
Do you have one?


CURIOSITY'S TRIBUTE

April 16th, 2019
Are you paying the proper tribute? Or are you missing out on the goods?


NO DAYS OFF

April 15th, 2019
What don't you ever get a day off from?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: FOUNDATION

April 14th, 2019
Lucilius guides a friend to the beginning.


THE POWER HACK

April 13th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are you hindering your own power?


JUST START

April 12th, 2019
Are you hung up imagining exactly what it will look like?


MONKEYS & TYPEWRITERS

April 11th, 2019
Do you have your monkey-mind trained on the right distractions?


HOURGLASS

April 10th, 2019
Do you see the grains falling?


BOTTLENECK

April 9th, 2019
Where is your life getting choked, where should you choke it?


PROCESS

April 8th, 2019
What's the Process? This episode is dedicated to @thewarrenwelsh


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: STEP ONE

April 7th, 2019
Lucilius takes a step


PERSONAL PROTOCOL

April 6th, 2019
Did you choose your protocols? Or were they snidely handed to you?


NOTHING IS FUNNY

April 5th, 2019
Do you need a good laugh? Does it really need a great joke?


PLANS & ROADMAPS

April 4th, 2019
Are your plans flexible? Or are they kept rigid by your emotional attachment?


VIRTUOUS MISTAKE

April 3rd, 2019
Are you afraid of making a mistake?


ORDER OF OPERATIONS

April 2nd, 2019
Are you doing things in the right order? Did you miss a step?


TRIGGERED

April 1st, 2019
Are you easily triggered? Should you avoid the battle or bathe in it?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ENTROPY SHARPENING

March 31st, 2019
Lucilius improves a tool by taking away from it.


IN OTHER WORDS

March 30th, 2019
Do the other words help?


HARD BOUNCE

March 29th, 2019
Can you do more than bounce back? Would it be any benefit to put the pedal to the metal righ before the crash?


PREDICTING THOUGHTS

March 28th, 2019
Do you know what your third thought tomorrow will be?


WHERE'S WALDO?

March 27th, 2019
Are you focusing on the right thing? Do you have the power to redirect your attention?


SOLEMN OPTIMIST

March 26th, 2019
Is your perspective balanced or just impotent?


CHERISH THE CHALLENGE

March 25th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Everyday, when you wake up, life is taunting you. How do you meet it? Life is a challenge. Do you cherish it?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: ARBITRARY DOMAIN PREFERENCE

March 24th, 2019
Lucilius uses the same strategy in different places.


PHONING THE VOID

March 23rd, 2019
How do you communicate with the source of inspiration?


THOUGHTFUL CHANCES

March 22nd, 2019
Is the next chance as random as the last?


DISCOVERING DETAILS

March 21st, 2019
What details are you missing?


OMNISPECTIVE

March 20th, 2019
Is there a better way to get a look at who you are? How many kinds of mirrors do you have to look in? Are you relying too much on the ubiqutous default?


DELIGHT IN DIFFICULTIES

March 19th, 2019
Are you actively trying to acquire realisitic superpowers?


DETRIMENT BENEFIT

March 18th, 2019
Is it always clear what is real harm and what just hurts?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: HYDRATION

March 17th, 2019
Lucilius appreciates a small posession that only gets better with age and battle.


CLEVER LOVE

March 16th, 2019
Is general advice phrased well for specific situations?


BIPEDAL PERSPECTIVE

March 15th, 2019
Is your perspective as agile as your movements?


FRUSTRATION FOCUS

March 14th, 2019
Do you find that over the years you've become more and more frustrated by smaller and smaller issues?


POWER & ENTITLEMENT

March 13th, 2019
Is that sense of entitlement helping? Do we recognize what real power we actually have?


PRESSURE PLAY

March 12th, 2019
Is it time to import that superpower from childhood?


TOOTHBRUSH

March 11th, 2019
Are you as consistent with working on your goals as you are with burshing your teeth?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: UNUSED LUGGAGE

March 10th, 2019
Lucilius sees all the signs pointing to the promised land, but finds it somewhere else.


DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE PRESENT

March 9th, 2019
Are you busy not enjoying the most enjoyable experience?


ENDURE INURE LIFE

March 8th, 2019
Is your ability to endure inured?


OBVIOUS NOVELTY

March 7th, 2019
Is the answer staring you in the face?


FAILURES OF COOPERATION

March 6th, 2019
What exactly is money? And what does it really mean to demand it back from someone, as in: Give me my money!


NUDGE

March 5th, 2019
Are drastic results only achieved through drastic changes and drastic efforts?


CONTROL

March 4th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] What is control? How exactly do we implement it?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: GOT THIS

March 3rd, 2019
Lucilius experiences a friendship unencumbered.


SLEEP ON SEND

March 2nd, 2019
Are you sure you should send that message?


SHARPENING STONE

March 1st, 2019
How do you use the uncomfortable obstacle of a counter-argument?


SEARCH AND DESTROY

February 28th, 2019
Can you run this program on simple chores?


BLURRY MIRROR

February 27th, 2019
Do you need some Windex?


TRICKSTER MISSILES

February 26th, 2019
Who is the real enemy in your life?


IT'LL BE FINE

February 25th, 2019
Are you numbing yourself from important information?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: BLINDED BY SIGHT

February 24th, 2019
Can you see beyond your own eyes?


SHOULD WE DRIVE

February 23rd, 2019
If you are driven, should you think about where you are going?


TREADING WATER

February 22nd, 2019
Do you feel like you are treading water?


EARLY DAYS

February 21st, 2019
Can you barter a new system with your own brain?


FAKE FORTUNE

February 20th, 2019
Is it possible to buy a hamburger from a cow?


HANGING THREAD

February 19th, 2019
Do you end the day with a trap laid for the person you'll be tomorrow?


EVEN KEEL

February 18th, 2019
How effective is your keel? Do you even have one?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: TRUCKING ALONG

February 17th, 2019
Lucilius thinks about how things come and go, and how we might change what comes by giving to what goes.


DERAILED

February 16th, 2019
Do you long after that good track you were on?


UNIQUE

February 15th, 2019
What is unique in today's day and age?


THE TRACTION OF WATER

February 14th, 2019
Are you slipping and sliding on potential?


DANCE LESSONS

February 13th, 2019
Can you do what they taught you?


ALLEGORY

February 12th, 2019
What does any given thing mean?


THE HUNT

February 11th, 2019
Are you capable of enjoying the time spent waiting in line?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: WISDOM OF THE MASSES

February 10th, 2019
Lucilius plays Yo-Yo with his life, building bi-directional feedback loops and figuring out how to turn one into the other by cutting them.


NON-ZERO DEED

February 9th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Do you feel punished by your deeds?


THE OBVIOUS CHOICE

February 8th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Is the obvious choice actually the best choice?


GET THIS AWAY

February 7th, 2019
How do you curate your life?


NATURE IS UNNATURAL

February 6th, 2019
What is unnatural?


BATHING ON A ROLL

February 5th, 2019
Are you on a roll?


DESTINATION: NOWHERE

February 4th, 2019
Do you have a destination in mind? Should you?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: TIME-OUT GAMER

February 3rd, 2019
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RIVALNYM

February 2nd, 2019
Synonym. Antonym. Rivalnym?


DON'T BE EVIL

February 1st, 2019
Are you doing the good thing?


HORMESIS

January 31st, 2019
Are you biting off more than you can chew?


THE TRICK

January 30th, 2019
Is it as hard as you think or is there a trick to it?


RUBBER DUCK

January 29th, 2019
Do you need someone or something to talk to?


SETTLING

January 28th, 2019
Are you settling?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: KEY OF COURAGE

January 27th, 2019
Courage finds Lucilius, or does Lucilius find courage?


ILLUSIVE VISION

January 26th, 2019
Are you seeing clearly?


PLAN ON NO PLANS

January 25th, 2019
Are your plans getting in your way?


STICKY FINGERS

January 24th, 2019
Is there such a thing as a mental utensil?


LOSE YOURSELF

January 23rd, 2019
Is your identity ever all that necessary for the task at hand?


BATTLE ROYALE

January 22nd, 2019
Are you unknowingly coddling your own inability? This episode was inspired by Andrew Ruiz, follow him on Twitter @then_there_was


(RE)SEARCH

January 21st, 2019
Are you searching for what's already been found?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: BLACK WOLF

January 20th, 2019
Lucilius meets one person and a different one leaves.


EVERYBODY IS RIGHT

January 19th, 2019
Is it productive to try and convince other people that they are wrong?


AXIOMATIC MISTAKE

January 18th, 2019
Are you running in the right direction? Is it time to look around?


CAUTIOUS TRAITOR

January 17th, 2019
Which master does caution serve?


SLINGSHOT

January 16th, 2019
If you feel like you're moving backwards, perhaps you should turn around and run with it?


LIGHTFOOT

January 15th, 2019
How heavy are your shoes?


CONCEPTUAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

January 14th, 2019
How do we keep our ideas healthy?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: IT HAPPENS

January 13th, 2019
Lucilius points out a double-standard.


SHUCKING EMOTIONS

January 12th, 2019
Do emotions have different parts that we can pick apart?


DROPPING THE BALL

January 11th, 2019
Did someone drop the ball?


FOCUSING THE SPIN

January 10th, 2019
What's spinning in your life?


BLAZING TRACKS

January 9th, 2019
[POPULAR EPISODE] Which track are you on? Should you jump, tuck and roll and strike out on your own?


IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

January 8th, 2019
Are you an impostor? If not... should you be?


STARVE FASTER

January 7th, 2019
How hungry are you? P.S. This episode was written on the 4th day of a fast.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PERFECT PLAN

January 6th, 2019
Lucilius has a plan.


ZEROING IN ON ZENO

January 5th, 2019
Are you overshooting your destination?


IF YOU WILL

January 4th, 2019
How generous is your ear?


YOU HAVE A POINT

January 3rd, 2019
But do you need a sharper one?


TAKE A HIKE

January 2nd, 2019
Does your treadmill have you on a leash?


RE-SOLVE

January 1st, 2019
Are you applying the same incorrect solution to the same problem over and over and over?


DISTANCE FROM NEUTRAL

December 31st, 2018
How far away are you from a sense of calm and a sense of peace? How peaceful is the present moment?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: BETWEEN QUESTIONS

December 30th, 2018
Lucilius questions the answers to his questions.


FLOWERS & FRUIT

December 29th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are you nurturing your efforts towards a larger expression?


CHECK YOUR MIRRORS

December 28th, 2018
Are you so eager to change direction that you forget to look around?


MENTAL TEETH

December 27th, 2018
Are you limited in the sorts problems you can chew on?


ARRIVAL SYNDROME

December 26th, 2018
Are you looking to arrive somewhere?


EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY

December 25th, 2018
Do you remember what has happened through the years on every uncelebrated day?


R&R

December 24th, 2018
Are you getting enough R&R?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: GAME OF AWARENESS

December 23rd, 2018
Lucilius wakes up from a dream


SPOTLIGHT REFLECTION

December 22nd, 2018
Can you pay attention to the root of your attention?


LANGUAGE

December 21st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What exactly is this thing that you speak and think?


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

December 20th, 2018
Are you biting off more than you can think about?


MENISCUS

December 19th, 2018
Are you blasting through helpful boundaries?


ATTENTION: IT'S A STRETCH

December 18th, 2018
How flexible is your mind?


YEARNING FOR THE GIFTS OF NOW

December 17th, 2018
What would you have done with the gifts of today?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: BELIEVE TO SEE

December 16th, 2018
Lucilius teaches someone to believe in order to see


BESIEGING IGNORANCE

December 15th, 2018
Do you lean into ignorance, or do you need to be pushed into it?


ROOTS

December 14th, 2018
Do minds grow as uniformily as our bodies?


MINIMUM VIABLE SUCCESS

December 13th, 2018
Are you biting off more than you can pleasurably chew?


RESOLUTION NOW

December 12th, 2018
Are you waiting to change?


SCHEDULING FAILURE

December 11th, 2018
How comfortable are you with failure?


SLIPPERY MENTAL TERRITORY

December 10th, 2018
Have you mapped out the sinkholes in your mind?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE BOUNCE

December 9th, 2018
Lucilius gets a powerful reminder from an innocent place.


FRACTAL MISTAKE

December 8th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are you making the same mistake on every level of existence?


BUILDING BEGINNER'S LUCK

December 7th, 2018
Do you throw your hands up in defeat after your first attempt?


GAME OF ONE

December 6th, 2018
Which game are you playing?


CHIPPING THE COMPOSITE

December 5th, 2018
Do you have your hammer and chisel handy?


LAST LAUGH

December 4th, 2018
Are you going to laugh no matter what?


BULLET BUBBLEGUM

December 3rd, 2018
Do you have a bullet you need to bite?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LAME GAME

December 2nd, 2018
Lucilius plays a non-zero sum game with a friend


5TH THOUGHT

December 1st, 2018
Is it possible to know the last sentence of this episode before reading it or listening to it?


WHAT IS A WORD?

November 30th, 2018
Can you understand a word without a definition?


ENERGY LEVELS

November 29th, 2018
How much energy do you have?


RACING, SCULPTING

November 28th, 2018
Is sculpting a race?


SECOND SHOT

November 27th, 2018
Would you like to know what you're going to say?


THE MISTAKE OF NO REGRETS

November 26th, 2018
Do you deny your regrets?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: REITERATION SIMULATION

November 25th, 2018
Lucilius gets a glimpse of the game


THE OPPOSITE OF A CONCLUSION

November 24th, 2018
Are you trapped in your head with bad ideas?


MONKEY WORK

November 23rd, 2018
Is the work boring?


COFFEE AND GENIES

November 22nd, 2018
Wish or work?


WILL IT

November 21st, 2018
When was the last time you 'willed' something into existence? Do you just wish for stuff in the mean time?


NEVER LOST

November 20th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are you lost?


STAR GAZING

November 19th, 2018
Can you point out that star for me again?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: OBSTACLE HUNTER

November 18th, 2018
Lucilius decides to relcaim what is lost.


TAKE IT TO THE MIN

November 17th, 2018
How low can you go?


FAUX AUTEUR PHANTOM

November 16th, 2018
Do you author your next thought before thinking it?


UNUSED GIFT

November 15th, 2018
Are you just looking to feel good right now, or are you genuinely seeking a solution?


RELAY RACING AND THE THUMBTACK

November 14th, 2018
Is the monster chasing you trying to help?


SLIDING ECHO CHAMBERS

November 13th, 2018
Can you see outside of your own echo chamber?


THE NEGATIVE SPACE OF RIDDLES

November 12th, 2018
What is a better question?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SECOND GUESSING

November 11th, 2018
Lucilius is gifted with a fresh perspective on a second guess.


STATE CHANGE

November 10th, 2018
Does your (mental) state need to change? Can our mental state change because of our phsyical state?


INTO THE VOID

November 9th, 2018
Are you afraid to push your idea out into the world?


BAD DAY

November 8th, 2018
Are you having a bad day?


MARK OF A MISTAKE

November 7th, 2018
Are you making a mistake?


MISTAKES: QUANTITY VS. DURATION

November 6th, 2018
How many mistakes are you seeking to make? Would you rather make one big mistake or a bunch of small ones? Which is more likely to get you closer to your goals?


THE TINKER TWEAKING THIEF

November 5th, 2018
Are you trying to get rid of something that doesn't exist?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LUCILIUS.EXE HAS STOPPED WORKING, SYSTEM FAILURE

November 4th, 2018
Lucilius goes on an infinite adventure.


HEAVE-TO

November 3rd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What's your strategy for surviving the storms of the mind?


VISIBILITY

November 2nd, 2018
How far can you see right now?


THINK AGAIN

November 1st, 2018
Did you think in the first place?


STRESSFUL SITUATION

October 31st, 2018
Will the real shady stress please stand up?


THE DOOR AND THE DARK STAIRCASE

October 30th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What is the similarity between opportunities in life and horror movies? When one door closes, and another opens.... what exactly is behind that door?


THAT'S STRANGE

October 29th, 2018
Should we only expect the expected? Is the unexpected even imaginable?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PEEK-A-BOO MAGIC

October 28th, 2018
Lucilius muses on how things arise in consciousness


PEBBLE OR SEED?

October 27th, 2018
Is that idea a pebble or a seed?


HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

October 26th, 2018
Where is your head?


TRANSACTION

October 25th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How generous is your definition of 'transaction'?


ENDLESS LOOM

October 24th, 2018
Are you letting the work dictate when it's done?


GONE FISHING

October 23rd, 2018
Do you wait for fish to flop into your hands?


THAT PROMISING DUD

October 22nd, 2018
Should we always expect the spectacle?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE PRECIOUS WEAK LINK

October 21st, 2018
Lucilius discovers the power of intentional weakness.


CUSTOMIZING AUTOPILOT

October 20th, 2018
What is your Autopilot set to? This episode piggybacks off of Episode 44: Autopilot.


ALL OR NOTHING, OR NOTHING TO ALL?

October 19th, 2018
How should the all-or-nothing mindset be applied?


STUPIDITY WISDOM

October 18th, 2018
Is wisdom about being smart? or is wisdom about not being stupid?


IATROGENIC GASLIGHTING: ARE YOU OK?

October 17th, 2018
How many times should we ask?


WILL POWER

October 16th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How much power is available for your will to use?


NO CHOICE

October 15th, 2018
Do you have a choice about what you did yesterday?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A DATE WITH BELIEF

October 14th, 2018
Lucilius demonstrates the power of belief for a friend.


STABILITY

October 13th, 2018
How stable are you?


SHORT GAME LONG GAME

October 12th, 2018
How does your short game effect your long game?


WEATHER REPORT

October 11th, 2018
What are your chances of feeling good today?


PILOT HOLE

October 10th, 2018
What is the path of least resistance for new hopes, desires and habits?


MANIFEST EXAMPLE

October 9th, 2018
In your own life, who is the best example of what it means to be human?


KEEPING TALLY

October 8th, 2018
Do you keep tally on your friends?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: NIBBLE

October 7th, 2018
Lucilius slowly notices the slow process of big, slow work.


SANDCASTLES IN THE SURF

October 6th, 2018
How many times can you have your work washed away?


WISECRACK CANARY

October 5th, 2018
Can you still hear the joke?


ALWAYS WITH YOU

October 4th, 2018
Where does happiness exist?


INSPIRATION

October 3rd, 2018
What's your creative diet look like?


THE COMFORT SIGNAL

October 2nd, 2018
Are you getting soft?


PRACTICING INSANITY

October 1st, 2018
Is it insane to practice?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SELF-REINFORCING DELUSION

September 30th, 2018
Lucilius comes across a cosmically sized example of something we all do.


SEEING THE BOOTSTRAP

September 29th, 2018
Do poor emotional associations keep you from seeing escape routes?


THE MESS

September 28th, 2018
Why do kids make a mess of everything?


SET SAIL

September 27th, 2018
Are you just drifting?


MOVING THE WHIRLPOOL

September 26th, 2018
How do you grab a whirlpool?


WHAT THE FOOL BELIEVES

September 25th, 2018
Who's the fool? What do you believe?


ON THE PLATE

September 24th, 2018
How much is on your plate? Did you get enough?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: INFINITE GAME

September 23rd, 2018
Lucilius visits an ailing friend.


CROOKED CROSSHAIRS

September 22nd, 2018
Is your aim calibrated?


HAMMER AND SCREW

September 21st, 2018
Are you using the wrong tool?


SHARPENING THE SENTINEL

September 20th, 2018
How will you guard yourself from entities that know you better and faster, and don't necessarily care about your well-being?


CONQUER OR CONCUR?

September 19th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Can you say the title of this episode 5 times really fast?


BEYOND VICTORY

September 18th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we keep enemies closer?


ESTEEM

September 17th, 2018
What does it mean to have good self-esteem?


PROGRESS OR PERFECTION?

September 16th, 2018
Can we have an unhealthy relationship with a word?


QUOTES LIKE JOKES

September 15th, 2018
Jokes are mostly regurgitated, but what about quotes? Do we just regurgitate them, or do we hope they'll change who we are?


YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW

September 14th, 2018
How many different times exist?


SWEEP IT UNDER THE FEED

September 13th, 2018
What's under your social media feed?


PIVOT HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER

September 12th, 2018
How fast do you bounce back? A special shoutout to username Schmazo who brought up the cheetah connection on the Tinkered Thinking subreddit.


COCONUT

September 11th, 2018
Do you have your hand in a Coconut?


MILLION DOLLAR IDEA: DIAMOND OR SEED?

September 10th, 2018
Are ideas diamonds in the rough? Or seeds in a garden?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PRODUCTIVE DELUSION

September 9th, 2018
Lucilius plays a trick on himself.


GET INTERESTING

September 8th, 2018
Are you interesting?


WHY ARE GAMES FUN?

September 7th, 2018
Can rules be a gift?


PURPOSEFUL IMBALANCE

September 6th, 2018
Is it bad to seek balance all the time?


FACES OF FAILURE

September 5th, 2018
How shall we greet failure?


JUST SHIP IT

September 4th, 2018
When should we set an idea free into the world?


THE SUBTLE ART OF THE BREAK

September 3rd, 2018
When should we take a break?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: WEIGHT OF QUESTIONS

September 2nd, 2018
Someone seeks out Lucilius for guidance.


REGRETTING CATEGORICAL MISTAKES

September 1st, 2018
Can we forget words?


CATEGORICAL AGENCY

August 31st, 2018
What happens when we create a word?


PEDANT

August 30th, 2018
Are you furthering the conversation productively? Or are you just being a pedantic brat?


CEO OF SELF

August 29th, 2018
Who runs the show? And who makes the show work?


THE CONDUCTOR'S ORCHESTRA

August 28th, 2018
Where do emotions come from?


VERSION

August 27th, 2018
How close is the world to our version of it?


THE RIGHT TRACK

August 26th, 2018
Could it be a mistake to think we are on the right track?


MENTAL-OPTICS

August 25th, 2018
Through how many lenses do we look at the world?


I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER

August 24th, 2018
Why do we wane nostalgic about foregone potential?


ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

August 23rd, 2018
Is it best to focus on direction or location?


POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE IS JUST FIRST GEAR

August 22nd, 2018
Is positive mental attitude all that's needed?


QUESTION

August 21st, 2018
What is a Question? . . . what a question. . .


ENDLESS WAYS

August 20th, 2018
Why don't we pick another way of thinking about it?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: UNINTENTIONALLY EARNED

August 19th, 2018
Lucilius pokes fun at a friend


RUT

August 18th, 2018
How do you get out of a rut?


REALIZATION

August 17th, 2018
Is there more than one kind of Realization?


MENTAL MAP

August 16th, 2018
Have you updated your map lately?


ENDURE

August 15th, 2018
How can we solve hate?


ITERATE

August 14th, 2018
How can we make the days Compound?


NEXT LEVEL

August 13th, 2018
How much 'next-level' stuff is there?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: NORMAL IS THE NEW CRAZY

August 12th, 2018
Lucilius treats the different as ordinary


GROW GILLS

August 11th, 2018
What tools can the brain acquire as it evolves?


THE CLEAVER

August 10th, 2018
How do we cut out a narrow perspective?


BREAKTHROUGH THE CLOUD COVER

August 9th, 2018
What exactly 'breaks' when we have a breakthrough?


BROKEN MOLD

August 8th, 2018
Did they break the mold, or did you?


HAWK AND THE HOUND

August 7th, 2018
What sense should we use to achieve our goals?


THE TUBE

August 6th, 2018
How do we look at the world, the people around us, and ourself?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: STUBBORNNESS

August 5th, 2018
Lucilius responds to a question about stubbornness.


THE LITTLE RED BUTTON

August 4th, 2018
Do you let people and circumstances push your buttons? Or do you push your own button?


BAD PATTERN

August 3rd, 2018
Do we find a pattern too fast?


COMMUNAL DREAM

August 2nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Where is the Past?


CHEAP THRILLS

August 1st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What are we wasting time on?


THE DISTRACTING TEST

July 31st, 2018
How shall we distract ourselves?


PANDORA'S SATELLITE

July 30th, 2018
How shall we look at any given subject?


OCCASION

July 29th, 2018
Where is the Occasion we need to rise up to?


PULL-STRING

July 28th, 2018
Do you have a pull-string with canned responses?


OPINION OR POV

July 27th, 2018
Do you have an Opinion or a Point of View?


FROM ZEUS' HEAD

July 26th, 2018
What's the process of translating ideas into real things?


RESPONSIBILITY

July 25th, 2018
What exactly is responsibility?


YET: A WAY OUT OF THE BOX

July 24th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Do we put ourselves in our own prisons without a way out?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LET GO

July 23rd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius learns how to have influence without control.


SAFE ASSUMPTION

July 22nd, 2018
Are there any safe assumptions?


HEADWAY

July 21st, 2018
How do we move forward?


THE GREATEST TEACHER

July 20th, 2018
Which teacher never fails to give us something to work with?


WHAT IS SACRED?

July 19th, 2018
What does sacred mean?


BAD NARRATIVE

July 18th, 2018
What bad stories do we live by?


THE GENERATOR

July 17th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] When are you generous?


FOCUS

July 16th, 2018
Is focus a state or an action?


FUEL UP?

July 15th, 2018
Do our bodies need more than mere fuel?


STIRRING YOUR ICED TEA

July 14th, 2018
Does Depression have something in common with stirring iced tea?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: WHIMS OF FATE

July 13th, 2018
Lucilius loses something dear to him.


TIGHTROPE

July 12th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What forces are we balancing during every single moment?


WHEN TO REMEMBER

July 11th, 2018
When should we remember which thoughts?


FIGHTING FIRE

July 10th, 2018
When our thoughts are on fire, what does a fire extinguisher look like?


REACH OUT

July 9th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Who have you been meaning to reach out to?


PERPETUAL NEWBIE

July 8th, 2018
What is the best perspective to have in order to continually move forward?


MEMORY MUTABLE

July 7th, 2018
What exactly are we remembering?


THE COMPLAINT

July 6th, 2018
Why is it so easy to complain?


WALK AND TALKING

July 5th, 2018
Is there a benefit to walking other talks?


COMPOUND

July 4th, 2018
Can small successes fit together like Legos?


ROTTEN CHERRIES

July 3rd, 2018
Are we careless with the context?


INFERNAL PARKING METER

July 2nd, 2018
Do we always know how long it takes before we see results?


THE PROPER WAY TO FAIL

July 1st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Can one fail poorly? Can one fail well? What exactly is failure?


UNLIKELY MENTORS

June 30th, 2018
Who should we admire? And why?


PLAN VS. HOPE

June 29th, 2018
Is it better to plan or hope?


NO RECIPE

June 28th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What is the recipe for the undiscovered?


PLOW AHEAD

June 27th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What happens to an obstacle when we 'plow' through it?


PERSEVERE VS. PIVOT

June 26th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Should we persevere or pivot?


WEAKEST LINK

June 25th, 2018
Are we best represented by a single chain link?


IBRAIN

June 24th, 2018
Which apps do you have installed in your brain?


TWO EYES

June 23rd, 2018
Why do we have two eyes?


TO UNDERSCORE OR ERASE?

June 22nd, 2018
What's our process look like for editing our mental map of the world?


SLIDING UP

June 21st, 2018
Do we give up when we find ourselves halfway up a slippery endeavour?


RATE OF CHANGE: NOT IN MY LIFETIME!

June 20th, 2018
Shall we expect the unexpected?


THE BRAIN GARDEN

June 19th, 2018
How can we visualize the growth of changes in the brain?


ROOTS OR ANCHORS

June 18th, 2018
Are those nostalgic roots more like shackles?


THE ETYMOLOGY OF FEAR

June 17th, 2018
What does the word 'fear' actually mean?


BEHAVIORAL STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

June 16th, 2018
Do we fall in love with our flaws?


THE SQUEEZE

June 15th, 2018
What are the two competing forces as we search for a solution?


ARCHITECT

June 14th, 2018
Who is the architect of our situation and our experience of that situation?


FREQUENCY

June 13th, 2018
How often?


THE TURTLE AND THE CAT

June 12th, 2018
What kind of animal lives in our head?


COMPASS

June 11th, 2018
What should we look to for direcition?


BORROWED DIRECTIONS

June 10th, 2018
What must we do first, before lending help?


WATER DROPS

June 9th, 2018
What can we learn from the consistency of water?


THE WELL-OILED ZOOM

June 8th, 2018
Should our perspective expand or narrow in?


THERE IS NO TRY

June 7th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] To try or to do?


RETROSPECT OBSTACLE

June 6th, 2018
Can we anticipate the narrative of our lives?


6 HOURS

June 5th, 2018
Where is our lost time?


NOT TOO BAD

June 4th, 2018
Does 'acceptable' exist on a spectrum?


CONFUSION OR CURIOSITY

June 3rd, 2018
What is Confusion?


COOK AND CRITIC

June 2nd, 2018
What can a Critic cook up?


CHILDISH RECURSION: THE WHY-SHOVEL

June 1st, 2018
What super power do children have that we could use more of?


BUSYNESS

May 31st, 2018
What is most important before getting busy with it?


TRAVEL

May 30th, 2018
How good is it for us to Travel?


AUTOPILOT

May 29th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are we mindlessly reacting to everything?


SUNK-COST

May 28th, 2018
How can the Sunk-Cost phenomenon be used to our advantage?


LEVEL-UP

May 27th, 2018
Are we trained to expect that a better self will just happen?


COCKY

May 26th, 2018
Is confidence cocky?


A PRISON CELL NAMED COMFORT

May 25th, 2018
Are we undermined by the very comfort we seek?


THE RESOURCES

May 24th, 2018
What do we have to work with?


CONFIDENCE 2.0

May 23rd, 2018
What is confidence?


THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ALWAYS WRITTEN AFTERWARDS

May 22nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we discover the instructions to something that has none?


BREAKING IT DOWN

May 21st, 2018
How exactly do we convince ourselves?


YOU ARE NOT ALL OF YOU

May 20th, 2018
Is there an aspect about our brains that requires us to try and hack ourselves?


WIGGLE

May 19th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do small easy moves add up?


ROSE-COLORED CUFFS

May 18th, 2018
Do loved ones unintentionally hold us back from becoming better?


REAR-VIEW

May 17th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How often do you think about the past?


PILLS, THERAPISTS AND THE IKEA EFFECT

May 16th, 2018
Who is our most powerful mental health doctor?


THE ONLY TOOL

May 15th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] All of us wield the most powerful tool in the world.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: CHANGE OF SCENERY

May 14th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius is thrust into a new situation.


THE SELFISH PARADOX

May 13th, 2018
How should we prioritize the needs of others against the needs of ourself?


TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT, MANY DO

May 12th, 2018
How many times must we be wrong before we give up on being right?


ME-TIME

May 11th, 2018
When exactly does Me-Time occur?


PREACHER VS. TEACHER VS. PARTY-MAKER

May 10th, 2018
What posture is best when we wish to attract change in others?


HOPE GROWS FOOLISH WITH NO DOING

May 9th, 2018
How do hopes and dreams sour?


PAUSE

May 8th, 2018
What's the first step to thinking?


DID YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?

May 7th, 2018
Why do we ask for feedback when there's no feedback to give?


THE MONTAGE IS FALSE

May 6th, 2018
Social Media certainly affects us in ways we don't fully control, but what about movies?


REVERSE ENGINEERING

May 5th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we figure out ourselves and how do we figure out how to change what we find?


THE RIGHT QUESTION

May 4th, 2018
Do we stick to a line of questioning because it's the best or because we simply like it?


FLUID IDENTITY

May 3rd, 2018
Do we typecast ourselves?


THE IDENTITY DANGER

May 2nd, 2018
Are the things we identify with a danger to us?


SELECTING THE SOLUTION

May 1st, 2018
Of all the solutions, which to choose?


FIREBOMB YOUR LIFE

April 30th, 2018
What should we do when things are bad?


SAMPLE ALL THE KOOL-AIDES

April 29th, 2018
What is eclectic learning?


LIGHTNING AND TREES

April 28th, 2018
Can we learn the same thing from something as mundane as a tree and something as spectacular as lightning?


NATURAL SPRING

April 27th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we see our good habits and how do we see our bad habits?


THE FAILED DANCE OF THE KNOW-IT-ALL AND THE PERIWINKLE

April 26th, 2018
Is there anything else we can learn from the Know-It-All?


PRIORITIES

April 25th, 2018
How are priorities best defined?


ALAZIA

April 24th, 2018
How can we change our fear?


TINY STEPS AND LEAPS

April 23rd, 2018
What steps do we take to make progress?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SOARING DREAMS

April 22nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius comes across someone who is determined to make their dreams come true.


WHAT'S YOUR PASSION?

April 21st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Is the hunt for one's own passion even a good idea?


INCUBATION

April 20th, 2018
Where is a realization right before it happens?


CLENCHED FISTS CLIMB NO WALLS

April 19th, 2018
How should we get a grip of ourselves when confronted with an obstacle?


DETERMINED VS. STUBBORN

April 18th, 2018
Are we determined or stubborn?


BUILT-IN LIFERAFT: THE A.N.S.

April 17th, 2018
What is the one gift we all carry around?


INTRODUCTION

April 16th, 2018
Introduction to Tinkered Thinking