“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.
  • The Stoics advocated prosoche & procheiron. Prosoche is ‘to pay attention.’ Meaning: pay attention to how you’re paying attention (your M-A-R). Learn to distinguish between your modal meaning and the event. (Vervaeke argues that this is the core of all of our modern cognitive psychotherapies. …

“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.
  • You’re experiencing domicide. (“the destruction of home”) There’s physical domicide (destruction of your house) but also cultural domicide. …

“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.]
  • Batchelor argues that we’re facing an interpretation crisis when it comes to understanding Buddhist in the West. Two approaches: 1. that you can only interpret Buddhism from within a tradition (which is problematic because it’s myopic and subjective), and 2. that you can only interpret Buddhism from outside a tradition. The former is about transformative relevance, while the latter is about getting at ‘the truth.’ …

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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 and finance as they do with books, writing, and creativity. Trading and investing have historically been dry topics to outsiders, conjuring images of selfish Wall Street types and craven executives who think money is everything. Financial matters have a long history of being at odds with artistic ones, and literary circles are a far cry from brokerage firms. …


“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 Solomon Effect: our deepest and most pervasive problems are always problems with other people. Why? Because, as mentioned before, your relationship to others is the most predictive thing in determining how meaningful your life is. And humans are endlessly complex. But if you get people to describe their problem from the third person perspective rather than first person (to “de-center”) they will usually break frame and realize how they had been systematically blocked. …


“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?
  • 1. The World: people report a tremendous sense of clarity — the world seems extremely clear to them and makes sense to them in a way that it hasn’t before; Described as “bright” or “shining” (which is the original meaning of “glory”); they talk about an expansion of vision but also finite details; deeply “beautiful” and “alive”; all of this comes together into a sense of “one-ness.” …


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.”
  • You do most things without consciousness. You have no awareness of what your brain is doing that allows you to generate speech, for example.
  • Global Workspace Theory — the idea that you consciousness functions much like the desktop of your computer. You can activate files by bringing them to your desktop, and then use (broadcast) back to existing files. Involves ideas of ‘working memory.’ (It’s a theory associated with Bernard J. …


“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?”
  • Michael Polanyi pointed out that attention has an important structure: an in-and-out “transparency-to-opacity shift” (e.g. if you’re wearing glasses you look through them, but if you take them off you can look at them — they have become opaque to you, the object of your seeing). …


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 — a renouncer of the ‘having’ mode essentially — who appeared completely at peace. …


“Who knows better what a chair is? Somebody who could describe a chair very well to you or somebody who could actually make a chair?”

(In case you missed it: Summary & Notes for Ep. 6: https://medium.com/@markmulvey/awakening-from-the-meaning-crisis-by-john-vervaeke-ep-6-summary-notes-ad73481beba0)

Ep. 7— Awakening from the Meaning Crisis — Aristotle’s World View and Erich Fromm [56.09] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy47YzvGniQ

  • “Who knows better what a chair is? Somebody who could describe a chair very well to you or somebody who could actually make a chair?” …

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