The Life Hack of Lifehacks

What do Information and Food have in common?

Victor Rotariu

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Underestimating chart showing how overwhelmed we are by the information available now.

The short version

Written information is the lifehack that has made civilization possible. But now information overwhelms us at an individual level. The lifehack of lifehacks is to deliberately select the information that you process. You do this be creating filters for information and a process to select it.

Information from others allows you learn as if you lived a million lives. But be careful from whom you learn. You can learn stupidity easier than wisdom.

The in-depth version

We are obsessed with life hacks

Lifehacker.com has 12 Million monthly visits. The lifehacks subreddit has 5.4 Million members. Searching for ‘lifehacks’ on Google returns 70 Million results.

Most lifehacks youn find online are garbage. Things like ‘Eat More Vegetables by Mixing Them Into Cream Cheese’ , ’13 Ways to Spring Clean When You’re Lazy’ or ‘How to Find (Good) Sex Advice on TikTok’. If you are curious, the last one boils down to ‘look at content from good sources’.

Most of these lifehacks are either not insightful, or they are useful only in specific situations.

Despite what you find online, lifehacking is not just tips and generic advice. It’s not doing some tiny things a little bit better. Lifehacking is improving at an unnaturally high rate. It’s about making some aspect of your life exponentially better than it could be if you were to follow the conventional approach.

The difference from general advice is important. Every organism on the planet improves. It adapts to its environment as much as it can to maximize its chances to survive and reproduce. This is natural selection.

But only humans create lifehacks. To understand how you can lifehack lifehacking itself, we need to look at how humans became rulers of the planet.

How did our ancestors conquer the Earth?

Homo Sapiens were not an impressive animal. They had no weapons to attack or to defend. They could run for long periods, but slowly compared to predators. A lone human had little chance…

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Victor Rotariu

Polymath. Curious. Writing a book on how to create an ideal life for our Paleolithic mind and body