“All agapic love is fore-giving love, because it is giving before the person that is receiving the love can in any way be said to have earned it.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 15: https://markmulvey.medium.com/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-3dd53ea3703e)

Ep. 16 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Christianity and Agape [54:38] https://youtu.be/Jbwm03djuJc

  • Jesus, and people around him, seem to have understood him as a kairos (turning point), in part as a result of some sort of participatory relationship with God


“If the meaning and the event are fused, then you are con-fused.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 14: https://markmulvey.medium.com/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-d146326935df)

Ep. 15 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Marcus Aurelius and Jesus [58:39] https://youtu.be/FvLe4BuU-NM

  • Mindlessly, Automatically, & Reactively. We M-A-R the process of finding existential meaning thus distorting it, and the Stoics were trying to draw our attention to that process so that we can better understand how our self, our identity, and our agency are being forged.

“Stoicism is a direct and explicit ancestor to some of our current forms of psychotherapy.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 13: https://markmulvey.medium.com/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-13-eae91388ab0a)

Ep. 14 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Epicureans, Cynics, and Stoics [55:45] https://youtu.be/rpndwf45nao

  • In the Hellenistic era (post-Alexander the Great) people are being moved around and newly belonging to far flung empires and distanced from your government. People around you are worshipping different gods, etc. The deep connections you had to your polis (city-state), environment, culture, and history are being lost.

“The very things that make you so intelligently adaptive simultaneously make you vulnerable to self-deceptive, self-destructive behavior.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 12: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-ef8d198c78e6)

Ep. 13 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis —Buddhism and Parasitic Processing [55:01] https://youtu.be/vGB8k7jk1AQ

  • [Highly recommends all of Stephen Batchelor’s books. “The Awakening of the West” specifically deals with how the West misunderstood Buddhist teachings when they were first introduced and interpreted.]


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The above quote from Anthony Pompliano is a good description of a big part of my own investing philosophy, and what I believe to be an important edge (or at least advantage) when it comes to investing and business.

Many of my friends and colleagues were caught off guard when I started Surf Report, since they associate me less with business…


“Science isn’t believed in because it gives us certainty or facts, science is believed in because it gives us self-correcting plausibility.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 11: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-11-consciousness-summary-notes-bb731dfb10e6)

Ep. 12 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Higher States of Consciousness, Part 2 [54:26] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39NpjQDtqNw

  • “De-centering” is central to flow, mystical experiences, and ultimately higher states of consciousness, and relevant for bringing about wisdom.


“The act of making sense actually makes people experience their lives as more meaningful.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 10: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-10-consciousness-summary-notes-87823508b9ab)

Ep. 11 — Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Higher States of Consciousness, Part 1 [58:12] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39NpjQDtqNw

  • In these higher states of consciousness let’s ask 3 questions: 1. How is the world being experienced? 2. How is the self being experienced? 3. How is the relationship between the world and the self being experienced?


Most people know that consciousness is a mystery, but most people don’t realize that what consciousness does is also a mystery.

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 9: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-9-insight-summary-notes-4799043870bc)

Ep. 10— Awakening from the Meaning Crisis —Consciousness [56:31] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRzm_wSR1RU

  • “Most people know that consciousness is a mystery, but most people don’t realize that what consciousness does is also a mystery.”


“Mindfulness is basically teaching us how to appropriate and train a flexibility of attentional scaling so that we can intervene effectively in how we are framing our problems and increasing our chance of insight when insight is needed.”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 8: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-fb550e498671)

Ep. 9— Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Insight [55:39] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkWNBdBDyoE

  • “How can mindfulness train attention so as to cause more insight? To make one more dispositionally capable of insight?”


When it comes to mindfulness, we need to be aware of the distinction between the language of training and the language of explaining.

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 7: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-7-summary-notes-d6767cdd61dd)

Ep. 8— Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — The Buddha and “Mindfulness” [54:30] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWumJSBqXa8

  • When Siddhartha left the palace and encountered a sick person, and then an old person, and finally a funeral procession, he felt completely distressed and troubled. Why? His entire ‘having’ mode had been completely undermined. And when he returned to the palace to rejoin that world, he met a mendicant —…

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