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My Thoughts on WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

A month ago I didn’t know who Billie Eilish was. A friend of mine was constantly talking about her, so eventually I listened to some of her songs, and they were pretty good! At first, I couldn’t hear any of what she was saying since it seems like when she records her songs she’s 0cm away from the microphone and is mumbling, and yet still her singing has grown on me. I also learned from this friend and from Billie Eilish that a song’s lyrics can be relevant! I had honestly not cared about the lyrics of a song for my whole life, as long as it has good instruments, but now I find myself on genius lyrics for ages watching Billie explaining away her songs and reading how people interpreted her lyrics. It’s a whole new world for me. I’ve had her new album on repeat for a couple weeks now, and I’m not growing tired of it, and have a lot to say about it, so here are my thoughts on her new album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (You can listen to it on Spotify here, and listen to this brilliant piano cover which I’m listening to as I type this) By the way, the album titles are actually in all lower caps, I’m not just being lazy. Here we go!

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bad guy

I mean, I don’t see what she sees but maybe its cause I’m wearing your colone

Bad guy is Billie’s most listened song on Spotify now, which makes sense since it is super catchy. The whole song is Billie’s character talking about how she’s super bad and is actually in control of her boyfriend, I’m assuming. Next to when the party’s over, this song has the least annotations on Genius, meaning its either straight-forward or meaningless. You choose. But it does have an amazing beat. After the first part of the song, there’s a jarring change in beat and instruments, but now that I’ve come to expect it I think it’s quite a thrilling change.

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My Stance on Religion

For the majority of my life, I have been a Christian. I went to Church, read the Bible and prayed every night, certain a god was there who existed, who listened, and who I praised for every good thing that happened in my life. Before you read the next sentence, promise to read to the end of the post. I remember in my Christian days I would ignore any article or even person who tried to convince me God isn’t real, which isn’t really healthy. I’m no longer a Christian. It was late 2017 when I chose for the incredibly long struggle of what’s true in my head to end, staying with the side I was closest too. Then after a year-long fling with agnosticism, I walk into 2019 as an atheist, almost certain there is no god. Everything I write here is only my opinion from my point of view, and I welcome you to challenge me in a comment.

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The Hardest Thing to Avoid in an Argument (The False Consensus Bias)

Logical fallacies are mistakes in our logic, which we as humans generally don’t realise are mistakes, and there are plenty, many of which I’ll probably write about, but first the one that is the hardest to avoid. The false consensus bias.

The false consensus bias is a bias that states that we all overestimate how much other people agree with our beliefs. Also can be put as once you’ve learned something, everybody has learned it. Now, this is an argument killer because for whatever reason, a lot of the arguments and debates I’ve been in for the past while have ended in me and my opponent trying to figure out exactly what ‘most’ people do, which in my current circumstance is impossible to prove.

And the worst thing about the false consensus bias is that you can’t get out of it! Even though I’m aware my thoughts and beliefs are most likely not held by the majority of the population, I still truly believe it. As Youtuber Jaiden Animations put it, ‘Just because you know you’re colourblind doesn’t mean you can see the colours’. This is especially evident when your opponent makes a claim that shows they’re so obviously cloaked by the false consensus bias. For example, they say “I turn off my phone at night, so most people turn off their phone at night, it just makes sense”, and then you, the logical fallacy expert you are say something like, “Just because you do it doesn’t mean everyone else does. Why would they even do that? It’s obvious that most people leave their phone on at night.”.

If you disagree with someone else’s false consensus claim because you don’t believe the thing they say most people believe, you’re under the effect of the false consensus bias! It’s a trap!

And even if you do conduct a mini poll using the 7-8 people around you, you wouldn’t be able to deduct what ‘most people’ know, because your sample size is way too small.

To be honest, apart from conducting a countrywide survey each time you have a disagreement about what ‘most people’ do, I really don’t know how to get out of the false consensus trap. If you know, leave a comment and enlighten me! But for now maybe the best thing you can do is avoid getting into it like it’s the plague.

– Ginger Jumble

 

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How To Stop Your Youtube Addiction

I don’t like Youtube. Not the content or the creators, but the platform. Despite the fact that they do provide an excellent platform for finding and streaming videos, which for some reason they constantly tweak and alter, even though it’s fine as it is. But unfortunately, the viewer, the creator and the platform all have different intentions. Youtube uses state of the arch algorithms that have been tested and refined millions of times, to get you to stay on the website and consume ads for as long as possible. Meanwhile, you likely just want to have a way of watching videos online without getting sucked up by an all-knowing algorithm, and since Youtube’s almost totally monopolized the online video sharing market, you don’t have much choice. So in this post, I’ll tell you how you, the viewer, can fight back against the wills of the platform we are all forced to use, and teach you how to swim among the sea of Youtube distractions.

 

1. Download Distraction Free for Youtube

First, we need to acknowledge that Youtube is very well armed. Their algorithms have literally been tested millions of times, so its a pretty pointless attempt to try and simply ignore the infinite list of videos on the side of every video, and at the end of every video, and on the homepage, when each video is tailored to be there by an algorithm that knows what you like watching better than you. Distraction Free is an extension that clears that all away. Youtube instead ends up looking like a super clean video streaming site, rather than being cluttered with possibilities for entertainment you didn’t ask for. You can change the settings to allow you to see the comments or the recommended videos, though I don’t recommend it. We all know that Youtube comments are simply disastrous.

 

2. Make a video list

Distraction Free is a Chrome extension. And the aim of it isn’t to make it difficult to access and tweak what you can see. So if you get bored it’ll take you about 30 seconds to turn it off and dive back into the sea of unhealthy distraction if you’re low on willpower so another hurdle can be put in place. This hurdle is a time buffer. How it works is that for every video you decide you want to watch, you have to wait until the next calendar day until you can watch it. I keep my Evernote tab pinned, and I have a shortcutted note called ‘Youtube Videos To Watch’ where I copy and paste the link of any youtube video I want to watch. If I haven’t got the video on that note, then I can’t watch it. Even if I’ve written down that video on my todos or told myself in my head I have the intention to watch it. For me, strict rules help maintain the system for longer.

But what about music videos?  I personally have no hint of addiction to music videos, so I am free to access Youtube Music all I like. If a music video isn’t on Youtube Music though, it goes on the list. Exceptions go to videos for homework, and videos embedded in articles. That’s it.

I find adding a time buffer dramatically decreases the number of videos you watch, or even want to watch, seeing as you are no longer leaving the decision of what to watch by split-second decisions made by your gut. I almost never watch the videos on my list the next day, so I end up having maybe up to 10 videos on my video list that I’m free to watch, with maybe adding 3 or 4 a day.

 

3. Be sensible

Now, this isn’t a concrete system. You COULD just disable Distraction Free all the time until you forget you even downloaded the extension. And you COULD just add a hundred video links into your list so by the next day you can watch anything you please, but this isn’t a strict system. This system promotes moderation (inspired by the nosdiet). If you do go against the first two tips, then you’ll only be enabling your Youtube addiction, rather than squashing it. So be sensible. I also have a calendar on my wall where each day is coloured green or red. Not following this system gives me a read, which is plenty of motivation for me. It may be hard at first, but don’t worry. Eventually, you’ll find other ways to spend your time. May that be writing, reading, committing violent crimes, watching Netflix, arson, or even arts and crafts. As long as you aren’t another victim to the single site that has billions of humans wrapped around its little finger, you’re good. Leave a comment telling me what you think of the system!

– Ginger Jumble

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How to take back control of your homework

What do you value in your life? Take the three seconds necessary to really consider the aspirations you have, or simply what you enjoy doing. For most people, it’s video games, watching Netflix, or something else nice and relaxing. And you know what I want for you? Whether it’s good for you or bad I want you to be able to spend more time doing the thing you love, and less time on the things you are forced to do. Specifically, less time on homework.

 

First, we must make one thing very, very clear. Homework is not a measure of your success in school. Your measure of success shouldn’t be how well you can act for forces you are forced to act for anyway, it’s how you can pull forward on YOUR goals. Any validation you receive from the teacher from overdoing homework is minuscule towards what you can get from yourself for pursuing the things you want to. Which is why in this post I’m going to outline 4 tips to take back control of your homework while spending as little time on it as possible.

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How To Organise Your Life With The Getting Things Done System

Getting Things Done is a productivity system made by David Allen in the book by the same name in 2001. Is that enough introduction? No? Ok, if you would like to read the book, you can find it here, if you want to read a summary of it, click here, but if you want to read my summary of it, click nowhere! (As in, keep reading). It’s perhaps one of the most successful organisation systems in the world, and in this post you’ll learn how to easily incorporate it into your life. 

 

Getting Things Done has two main points:

  • Your mind is for coming up with ideas, not storing them 

To quote from the book:

 “Everything you’ve told yourself you ought to do, your mind thinks you should do right now. Frankly, as soon add you have two things to do stored in your RAM, you’ve generated personal failure, because you can’t do two things at the same time. This produces an all-pervasive stress factor whose source can’t be pin-pointed.”

  • You can never do a project, you can only do the next action related to that project, so you should think of your to-do lists as next actions lists.

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10 Great Podcasts to start your podcast journey

Last week I hopefully convinced you (if you weren’t already) why podcasts are so great, and I am 42% certain that the next thought in your head was: “Ok, now what podcasts should I listen to?” Which is why I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favourite podcasts as of right now, which can be your escorts into finding more podcasts yourself.

Two Dudes Talking

I may have passingly mentioned the Two Dudes Talking genre, which is just two people gathering over their mic’s, and talking like they’re best friends (which they usually are) and like they’re sitting on opposite sides of the table (which they usually aren’t). My favourite in this genre is the well-known podcast called:

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