Microdosing. Another Curiosity Quest.

Microdosing. Another Curiosity Quest.

Before this particular Curiosity Quest, I was aware that microdosing refers to taking small quantities of psychedelic drugs for treating health issues and enhancing human performance. Ideally, these doses are so small as to be sub-perceptual–you don’t perceive any differences in the outside world. I also knew that in the last few years microdosing has been touted

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How to Survive the Post Reality Era

How to Survive the Post Reality Era

I’m not personally in a position to know whether the CIA is right about Russia hacking our election. This does not mean that I’m dismissing this as something to ignore, nor does it mean that I’m accepting this as something unexpected and unheard of.

Donald Trump was right when he said, “Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting.” From technical and other standpoints, he was wrong when he said, “Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act you’re not going to catch them.” He was wrong when he said that the CIA’s assessment was, “just another excuse” because without investigating, he can’t know this. He was right when he said, “It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.”

I don’t know the details of this alleged hacking.

Here’s what I do know:

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Are You Ready for Curiosity?

Have you been living curiously? At all? Enough? What does that mean? Why does it matter?

Living curiously transforms every part of your life. Does this sound like hyperbole and a bit woo woo? As a curious skeptic, this statement would seem that way to me if I didn’t know it to be undeniably true. Intellectually it will provide you with insights and ideas. It will make you smarter. Work-wise it will help you see things and make connections that others may miss. You’ll need this to be a remarkable leader. It will fill your daily life with adventure because it will help you find the mystique in the mundane. It doesn’t require huge resources. However, it will turn travel adventures into transformative experiences.

It’s a simple concept that provides immediate benefits. It will get you unstuck. Your life will be become one of fulfillment, adventure, and opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

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How to Pique Peak Curiosity

How to Pique Peak Curiosity

How can we be more curious? I mean, specifically how. Do we read more books? Do we look up more stuff on our devices? Do we travel the world? Do we take greater risks or more classes? Do we taste different foods, date more people, or try new things? Sure, doing these things can make us more curious, but what if the real way to effect curiosity is different than this? What if it’s actually easier than doing these things?

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20 Lessons Learned From A Year of Living Curiously

20 Lessons Learned From A Year of Living Curiously

Another official Year of Living Curiously is coming to an end. Living curiously has been an adventure that has taken me down the street and around the world—from gun stores to strip clubs, from inside crematoriums to inside volcanoes, from board rooms to pot shops, from Wiccan rituals to Voodoo readings, from exotic animal clinics to remote bat caves, from typhoon damaged to volcanic damaged islands, and from alligator-filled backyard bayous to oxen-plowed front yard rice paddies. I have loved being inspired by remarkable people hidden behind seemingly ordinary lives.

Living curiously has created inspiring adventures and allowed me to find mystique in the mundane of daily life. It has taught me beneficial new angles of understanding gained by judging compassionately. It has revealed powerful insights that give the word reward its multitude of meanings in life and in work. It will do the same for you.

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How to Raise Curious Kids

How to Raise Curious Kids

Do we really want curious kids? They can get on our nerves—always asking questions, testing boundaries, challenging our own assumptions and beliefs, scaring the hell out of us. Do we really want to do what it takes to raise curious kids? It can be exhausting.

If you would answer, “yes” to these questions, especially if it was less annoying and exhausting, stick with me here.

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How to Use Curiosity to Predict the Future

How to Use Curiosity to Predict the Future

When do you have to predict the future? I’m not talking about the kind of tiny and important predictions we make every day like predicting whether we will get hit by a car if we cross a highway during rush hour, or whether our amorous proposals will be accepted or rejected. I’m talking about seemingly more complicated predictions. Perhaps you’re planning for an adventurous life change or launching a new venture or product. How do you personally consider what might happen?

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Curious Questions at TEDxPortland

Curious Questions at TEDxPortland

TEDxPortland, with its great and good speakers, crisp orchestration, and fun musical performances, was a crushing success.

TED conferences create convergence and cross-pollination of people and ideas from the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Few talk, many listen. Most come away with her or his own beautiful lessons, takeaways and answers. Some act on them. The trail between those who are inspired and those who act on that inspiration is often paved by a few curious questions.

The key to making things understandable is to understand what it’s like not to understand. Richard Saul Wurman, Founder of TED

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