GMOs, complexity, and systemic risk

Sunset crops

There has been some good debate in a Finnish GMO-Awareness facebook group recently regarding both the pros and cons of GMOs. This has prompted me to participate as well, because I feelĀ I have something specificĀ to contribute to the discussion: the explanation of systemic risk. All living organisms are complex adaptive systems individually and also on an environmental and a species level. In … [Read more...]

Who controls your life?

Who controls your life?

This is a topic I have been wanting to write about for a long time, but it has been difficult to gather my thoughts and more importantly find the resolve required. Perhaps because this is something that makes me want to scream inside. Here goes. Do you feel unhappy about some aspect of your life? Not in the perfect relationship you dreamt about when you were young, but hey the guy/girl you've … [Read more...]

How to find your calling

Lost in Kyoto (w650)

One of my oldest friends turned 30 last weekend. As a happy coincidence, I met more than a few people in the birthday party who I have known for a long time, but haven't seen in person for years. We are all in our late 20s, and one thing kept coming up again and again as we talked: almost everyone had changed - or was thinking of changing - the direction of their life. A guy I hadn't met in … [Read more...]

Knowledge and Conviction

Strength

In the past couple years I've slowly come to the conclusion that the more you know about something, the more difficult it becomes to talk about it with people who are unfamiliar with the topic. Positive psychology is such a thing for me and so is nutrition. When talking about them I will easily go into the specifics - usually the ones I've studied most recently - and fail to communicate on the … [Read more...]

Simplifying life, one thing at a time

Simplifying life, one thing at a time

Today I am launching a new project called One Thing Less. The way it works is that every week I will be either selling one thing that I own, give it away for free, or if there are no takers I will find a way to donate it to charity or, as a last option, throw it away. These items are announced in the One Thing Less website, and anyone can indicate interest for an item by leaving a comment. I'm … [Read more...]

Act the way you want to be

Act the way you want to be

Here's a photo that I shot with my Nikon D90 and a wide-angle lens in January 2011. It was taken in a town called Sokcho, on the east coast of South Korea. Last night I spent a good 90 minutes or so working on it first in Lightroom, then in Photoshop. Why? I'm not making any money with it. It does not have a higher purpose. It's not going to make me famous. In fact, I'm fairly certain it will have … [Read more...]

How to make better buying decisions

buying_decisions_w250

I have been involved in a university project for a non-profit organization in Finland. One of our tasks was to figure out how to get people to consume less. Personally I don't believe that all consumption is bad and we should just suddenly jump away from a market society, but I do believe that many people have found themselves more than once buying useless shit they don't need. So instead of … [Read more...]

How to attract women like a married man

Julia x300

Every now and then you hear guys talk about how it seems so difficult to find an interesting, clever, and a beautiful woman when they are single, but as soon as they start dating they become chick magnets and suddenly that kind of quality women are around every corner. On top of that, many of them seem to be attracted to these guys - something that was completely unheard of before! One moment … [Read more...]

Thoughts, ideas, and freeing your mind

Photo by kronic.it

It has been a long time since my last article. I have found excuses to keep me from writing, afraid that I wouldn't have anything to say. But each journey begins with the first step, and for me the first step seems to be the most difficult one to take. After that my mind starts to work on its own and words flow through my fingertips. I hope you enjoy my incoherent ramblings!   Emancipate … [Read more...]

The stories no one tells you

Photo by ladybugbkt

Have you heard how sometimes a drowning man, or a survivor of a shipwreck, has been helped ashore by a dolphin? This kinds of things come up in the news every now and then. Are they proof that dolphins are intelligent and benevolent? Do dolphins know that by doing this they are saving a human life? Or are they just being playful? And what about the times when the dolphins ignore a struggling … [Read more...]