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Fifteen | London, United Kingdom | Questioning Reality

Ask any 10 people to define what it means to be “successful” and you will have 10 different answers. Success is a truly subjective experience and accomplishment, but one thing is definite: it is those who are exremely hard-working are the ones that rise to the top. But, what if told you that ‘hard-work’ only makes up for less than 60% of someone’s success? Our notion that it is the best and the brightest who effortlessly rise to the top is much too simplistic, and oftentimes wrong.

I was first introduced to the idea that success is an amalmagtion of…


For my 15th birthday, I decided to come up with a list of 15 things that I’ve learned in my 15 years on Planet Earth.

Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication.

Respect others. Respect their opinions and their choices.

Be an Amateur.

Embrace Your Imperfections.

Change requires discomfort.

Live in the present, forget the past, and give up hopes for the future.

ADAPT.

Dream long term, plan short-term.

Everyone is different.

Learn from others and their mistakes.

The future is uncertain.

It’s okay to fail as long as you learn from it.

Experience is the greatest teacher on this planet.

Friction is the greatest force in the Universe.

Never stop learning.

The greatest fear people you could possibly live in is the fear of what other people think about you.

There you go, there you have it! Those are the 15 things I’ve learned in 15 years. Excited for what the future holds.

02 August 2020


To The Moon

With u/TSLAInsider’s claim in January that Tesla bought $800mn worth of Bitcoin and Elon Musk’s recent tweets, let’s be honest, we saw this coming.

Tesla’s filing on Monday stated that the company has bought $1.5bn of Bitcoin.

Let’s (try to) analyze this rationally. Before purchasing $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin, Tesla had $20bn cash-on-hand — Elon Musk’s brainchild went from being on the verge of bankruptcy in 2018 to being the most valuable car company ($800bn market cap) in the world after its wild stock run.

With the purchasing of USD expected to decline in the next few years, splashing 7.5%…


Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators to poetry to Pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: Intelligence. We think of intelligence as a trait like height or strength, but when we try to define it, things get fuzzy. In a nutshell, intelligence is a mechanism to solve problems; Especially the problem of staying alive, which involves finding food and shelter, fighting sexual competitors, or fleeing from predators.

Intelligence is not a single thing; it includes the ability to gather knowledge, to learn, be creative, form strategies, or engage in…


Physicist Erwin Schrodinger defined life this way:

“ Living things avoid decay into disorder and equilibrium”

But, what does this actually mean?

Let’s pretend that your download folder is the universe; It started orderly and got more chaotic over time. By investing energy, you can clean it up — this is what living things do.

Abstraction

But what is life?

Virtually everything on this planet is made up of cells. A cell has the properties that we just assigned to life: It has a wall that separates it from the surroundings, creating order (cell wall); it regulates itself and maintains a…


So, there used to be this thing called a party. The concept was simple — gather a bunch of living, breathing bodies in the same place at the same time and just see what happens. Some parties were promises — and those were called “weddings,” and other parties were goodbyes — and those were called “funerals.” There were parties to mark the day you were born and parties to signal the arrival of a new year.

Once someone was describing their color blindness to me and it reminded me a lot of how I feel about time; How I know…


Don't worry, it’s not just you.

Today, my friend and I briefly touched on what it means to be weird. For my whole school life, dozens of people have called me “weird.” To them, it’s a kind, polite way of saying that they think I’m eccentric.

Eccentric means “ unconventional and slightly strange” — just a hop, skip, and a jump from weird: “ very strange; bizarre”.

I’ve always felt oddly empowered by the word ‘weird’, and I’ve embraced it.

But I’m coming to realize that we’re all weird.

As Bernice Lewis says, “Normal’s just a setting on a washing…


Wealth inequality is a hot-button issue that is only going to get more divisive as the world gets richer, but is wealth inequality a problem?

Photo by Matteo Catanese on Unsplash

The wealthiest people among us today live a life unparalleled by any other human throughout history. The greatest kings and emperors could only dream of the life afforded by today’s billionaires. It doesn’t end there, even multi-millionaires are living through a time where they have access to information, unhindered mobility, and limitless personal comforts but this is all taking place in a time where a swirling population of people is struggling to make ends meet — The issue of wealth inequality is a hugely controversial one.

Wealth inequality is a hot-button issue that is only going to get more divisive…


“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”

It’s common to hear that space is the final frontier. To go where no man has gone before, but in actuality, it’s the beginning of the future.

Exploring space is a ‘painful’ journey. Picture: Challenger Disaster, 1986.

The knowledge we gain about the universe increases day-to-day but our means of accessing it is a slow and sometimes painful journey.

Since the 1970s, the American spaceflight industry has been moving in the wrong direction — from being able to send humans to the moon atop a Saturn V rocket to then only being…


Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. — Warren Buffett.

Recession! Just that one word is enough to summon up images of graphs depicting downward trends, alarming news headlines, fear, unemployment, bankruptcy and it’s all absolutely true. During the times of a recession the stock market comes tumbling down, house prices fall, businesses go bankrupt, people lose their jobs, life savings are lost, pensions that people have been putting money in since the start of their working careers vanish. Everything is going downhill, and NOBODY IS WINNING…OR ARE THEY?

Graph depicting a downward trend in stock price.

Some might see recessions as a…

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