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Oh, cool, thanks. That’s easy enough for me to get :)

I looked at every single brand in the grocery store, and they all had gums, so I had just given up on corn tortillas.

Incidentally, ConsumerLab.com did some tests of flax seeds, and found a lot of them had high levels of cadmium. One of the brands with low cadmium was Whole Foods 365 brand. I don’t know if you’ve tried it, but you can make keto or low carb flatbreads out of ground flax seed & water.

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A while back, I did a survey of tortillas without oils I didn’t want and found like 2-3. That was when I noticed the corn tortillas and their simple ingredients.

I tried to find almond flour tortilla recipes btw, but people kept saying to use xanthan gum.

I have not tried that but I may! Thanks.

Lots of schools leaving US News rankings. This part jumped out

At a January presentation to law schools, Robert Morse, U.S. News’s chief data strategist, disclosed that he didn’t commit to a particular mathematical model until after receiving schools’ data, according to Ian Ayres, an economist and Yale Law School professor who attended the event. Once that information was in hand, Dr. Ayres said, the team ran simulations giving various factors different weights to see the potential outcomes before deciding on a final method.

Dr. Ayres said that approach violates fundamental social-science research standards in which the methodology is specified ahead of time to prevent anyone from reverse-engineering a preferred result.

EDIT: I should have said something more substantive initially, so, correcting that: I think the method described is really egregious. It also very vividly illustrates a point I recall Elliot making about how weighted systems are actually using some other criteria for judgment. In this case, the people are using existing intuitions about what the results should look like (based on prestige etc) to figure out … what the results should look like, lol.

I added the prompt “- Did you internalize your goals regarding anything in which the outcome is only partially up to you?” to my list of things to think about daily.

I’ve found the prompt “Did you distinguish between those things over which we have complete, some, or no control?” particularly helpful.

This is a checklist I made for breaking negative thought patterns using some ideas from Stoic thinkers (and adding some of my own points). I find the cancer one near the end pretty powerful for putting things in perspective.

  • Stoic and stoic-derived tricks to break negative thoughts patterns
    • Reframe hardships as tests from the (fictional) stoic gods to test your skill at remaining even-tempered.
    • Ask if the current thing you’re upset about will seem so important when looking back at the end of your life.
    • Ask if you are upset at something over which you have no control.
      • Did it already happen in the past?
      • Is the resolution of the issue, or some aspect of it, out of your hands for now?
    • Ask what the worst that could happen is. Project worst case in (written) detail and analyze whether or not it’s actually so bad.
    • JM: Ask if you are fighting with/resisting some aspect of reality. If yes, what?
    • JM: Ask if your reaction to a terminal cancer diagnosis would be more or less severe (in terms of upsettedness, preoccupation etc) than your reaction to the current thing upsetting you. If you think you are reacting more seriously to the current issue than you would to a cancer diagnosis, ask if that is appropriate/makes sense.
    • JM: Ask the extent to which your desire for a particular self-image is causing issues here.

In this sort of situation I often find it useful to think of it in terms of a new opportunity to learn and be better prepared for next time something goes wrong. I’ve sometimes found actual pleasure in reframing a hardship this way.

I find this works both with very serious/traumatic life issue stuff and with non-harmful stuff like getting rekt by an unfamiliar gaming challenge. I don’t know if that means anything; I thought it seemed odd.

Another way I look at past things that go wrong is thinking about what I would do different if I were in that situation again. I don’t think it’s helpful to think about what I should have done which I think is a fairly common way of looking at it - that’s going into the territory of something I don’t have any control over.

When I do this I also find it helpful to think about what I would do in the worst case scenario, e.g. if a career attempt or investment goes bad, what would my next best option be?

Is this meant to set “desire for a particular self-image” apart from other goals? Or to emphasise doing introspection specifically about this sort of goal?

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I rewrote it as “JM: Ask the extent to which not wanting to accept some personal limitation or lack of ability is contributing to your state of being upset.” and grouped it under the point about fighting with reality, if that helps clarify

I think that means it’s a powerful technique with application to a wide range of situations. And it makes sense to me that if it’s effective on the harder/more serious issues, it’d work for easier/less serious things too.

It raises more questions. You didn’t edit the post I originally replied to so I don’t know what you rewrote. It seems like maybe you rewrote some private version of this you have for you own use?

I could guess that your answers to my questions are “no” based on the rewrite.