This blog is my extended exploration of how to live well, both as individuals and collectively as a continually evolving species, with an emphasis on systems. I write about lifestyle experiments, metaprogramming (my take on spirituality — how to program your own brain), creative work (writing and music), personal finance, health and nutrition, and other topics that interest me. I also let readers know about my latest fiction and music releases.

Material from this blog has been featured on CNN, Shareable, The Doctors (TV show), the front page of Reddit, Ignite SF, Why We Listen (podcast), and numerous other blogs.

While I hope to inspire and educate, I mainly blog as a form of personal growth. Blogging forces me to refine and develop my ideas, and to examine and better understand my own experiences.

Where To Start?
If you’re feeling ambitious you could read my entire blog, using my list of all posts as a guide. Or you could narrow in using the search box or the categories in the right sidebar. To give you an idea of what has interested other readers, here are some of my most-read posts since I started this blog in 2009:

11 Popular Health-Related Posts 11 Popular Posts on Other Topics
How I Cured My Asthma With One Simple Lifestyle Change Overstimulation and Desensitization — How Civilization Affects Your Brain
How I Thickened My Hair and Advanced My Hairline with a Simple Massage Technique (and no Drugs) The KonMari Method is Changing My Life
Four Simple Ways to Increase Growth Hormone (Burn Fat, Build Muscle) Why (as an Atheist) I Pray
Death Will Eat Itself (The Enormous Benefits of Autophagy, or Why You Should Stop Eating Once in Awhile) Why I’m Sending My Child to an Underperforming Public School
B-Vitamins, Mood, and Methylation — It’s Complicated How to Discover Your Life Purpose, Set a Primary Goal, and Stay On Track
To Bean Or Not To Bean, That Is The Question (Legumes, Lectins, and Human Health) Rock Bottom May Be Too Late — Do Something!
What It Feels Like to Regain Your Insulin Sensitivity How To Get Rich Slowly Without a High-Paying Job
5 Things You Can Eat to Improve Your Mood and Brain Function Three Levels of Using Your Brain to Improve Your Life, and World
40 Days Without Booze Working Abroad Experiment Wrap-Up Part II — Financial Results
Sleep Experiment – A Month With No Artificial Light One Weird Trick To Get Skinny, Rich, Tan, and Live Forever (No Car Experiment)
Can You Greatly Reduce Your Risk of Cancer with Lifestyle Changes? Let Me Mansplain Male Power To You

Donations (or lack thereof)
I don’t solicit direct donations or have any kind of paid subscription plan for this blog — the content of this blog is completely free! If you’d like to help me out financially, please purchase something from my Albums page (here’s my latest). Or purchase a book via my favorite science fiction novels page.

Or, consider donating to one of the non-profits I support (all important for our collective progress as human beings):

Food & Water Watch
The SETI Institute

Creative Commons License
Feel free to reblog posts from this site with attribution, for non-commercial use only (I don’t automatically grant repost permission if your site runs ads, but feel free to inquire). Excerpts, mash-ups, and cosmetic/formatting changes are fine, but please don’t modify the original text. Here’s the Creative Commons license for all blog posts on this site:

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I’m not a doctor or a medical professional. Nothing on this blog should be taken as professional medical advice. I’m just sharing information, opinions, and ideas. Maybe you’ll learn something here, but if you have a serious health issue, please see a qualified professional. Same goes for personal finance, career, relationship advice. Use at your own risk.

Comment Policy
My take on belief systems is that they should be malleable, and based on the available evidence. My own beliefs evolve as I learn new things and accumulate experiences. In that spirit, all viewpoints are welcome here, as long as they’re expressed reasonably (ideally with some supporting evidence). I have no interest in writing an echo-chamber blog, or having just one type of reader.

That said, please be respectful and reasonably polite, especially to other commenters (even if they are not as sophisticated or knowledgeable as you, or happen to be wrong).

Sometimes I turn on moderation, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I sometimes delete spam comments, personal attacks, or arguments I grow weary of.

Advertising (or lack thereof) Disclosure
Currently I don’t use any advertising platform on this blog. To date, none of the posts on this site are sponsored. I do sometimes use Amazon Affiliate links for books I recommend (but I encourage you to purchase books from your local bookstore, if you have one). I promote releases on my label Loöq Records in the right sidebar.

Banner photographs are from NASA. Thank you U.S. space program!

In posts I often use Creative Commons license photographs from Flickr, and link directly to the original picture. If I’ve used a Creative Commons photograph of yours/you and you’d prefer I didn’t, please let me know via my Contact page and I’ll take it down immediately.