Pawel Sysiak

Pawel Sysiak

On the quest to distill the most impactful knowledge.

I design products, wrote AI Revolution 101 and have a background in contemporary arts. Trying to figure out how to improve collective decision making. Tap for email updates

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Distilling ideas from my fav articles, books, podcasts


Fav links

List is chronological and I sprinkled some medals around


Ted Lasso
Cesar Hidalgo on Mindscape
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
Can Progressives Be Convinced That Genetics Matters?
The body keeps the score
How To Write Quickly While Maintaining Epistemic Rigor
Story Thought and System Thought
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority
Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?
Russ Roberts on 80000 Hours Show. On whether itโ€™s more effective to help strangers, or people you know
Live a life you feel excited about
Stephen Dubner on Tim Ferriss Show #7
Boys State
Tyler Cowen on 80000 Hours Show
How to think for yourself
The Way to Love
Predictably Irrational
Yuval Noah Harari on Tim Ferriss Show #477
This is Marketing
Naval Ravikant on Tim Ferriss Show #473
Lisa Feldman Barrett: Balancing the Brain Budget on Shane Parish Show #92
Steven Hayes on Big Think
Artists become famous through friends, not quality of their work
How Innovation Works
How to perform under pressure?
The Unraveling of America
Dyslexic Advantage
Robert Wright on Sam Harris Show #102
Heuristics and Biases lecture
Life's greatest inventions
The Domestication of Fire, Animals, Grains and Us
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
The End is Coming
The moral roots of liberals and conservatives
Philip Tetlock on Tyler Cowen Show
The Burden of Skepticism
The Origins of Virtue
James Clear on Sam Harris Show #200
Jim Collins on Tim Ferriss Show #361
Tony Robbins on Tim Ferriss Show #37 #38 #178
What you think about landfill and recycling is probably totally wrong
Predicting the future by Philip Tetlock
Will MacAskill on Sam Harris Show
Philip Tetlock on 80000 Hours Show
Write Your Hypothetical Apostasy
Happiness Lab
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team?
Tyler Cowen on Tim Ferriss Show
1492 Before and After
Learning How to Learn
Why facts don't change our minds
Elephant in the Brain
Kelly McGonigal on Kevin Rose Show
Graham Hancock on Joe Rogan Show #1284
Adam Grant on Tim Ferriss show
Balaji Srinivasan on Shane Parrish Show #78
Fun to Imagine by Faynman
End Games โ€“ Naval Ravikant on Rob Reid Show
Why we sleep
Sean Carroll on Joe Rogan Show #1352
Lifespan โ€“ Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To"
Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save The World
David Deautsh on Sam Harris Show #22 and #52
Keith Rabois on What Got You There with Sean DeLaney
Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The Will Power Instinct
Marc Andressen on Koppleman Podcast
Daniel Kahneman on Shane Parish Show #68
Evolution of Beauty
Mental Brakes to Avoid Mental Breaks
Trip treatment
Street protests are an effective mean of political change
Stumbling on Happiness
Nick Bostrom on Sam Harris's show #15
Don Hoffman on Rob Reid's podcast #2
Alex Rosenberg on Sean Carroll's podcast #21

Summaries of creators

A summaries of ppl are find interesting


Fav creators

Peeps that influenced me the most. This is just for a reference. Use Google to proceed.


Witold Gombrowicz
Richard Feynman
Tim Urban
Nick Bostrom
Sam Harris
Naval Ravikant
Kevin Rose
Tim Ferriss
Matt Ridley
Rob Wiblin
Robin Hanson
Sean Carroll
Kelly McGonigal
Michael Pollan
Will MacAskill
Paul Graham
Steven Hayes

๐Ÿข Turtle Jerzy Interview

This website might be hard to navigate so I invented Turtle Jerzy (turtle โ€“ a famous long-termer) (Jerzy โ€“ my 2nd name) to chat with myself.

Why are you developing this website?

My grandpa knew a lot about the evolution of religions, history of Slavs, law system of Poland. But this knowledge mostly died with him. Learning can be really entertaining, for some it is addictive. I feel the need for the input (learning) and the output (communicating findings) to be connected. Each of us is a peculiar filter of this complex world. What are your foundational motivations? Which are the most valuable resources you have? What are links, ideas, personalities that influenced you to choose the path you are on? I will be transmitting my findings through this website.

What topics are the most important to you?

Cognitive Biases
(How to burry a gap between my illusions of the world and the world?), Health, Technology, Evolution, Psychology (What is the most helpful, scientifically-backed therapies?),
(How to find acceptance when the mind asks for more and wants to seek further?), Effective Altruism, Design

Why to meditate?

It lowers anxiety; brings higher emotional control; enhances navigating through complex decisions or problems (i.e. it's making me a better designer). Read more in a guide to

What is the most interesting and forward-thinking group of people that you are aware of?

People gathered around


What is the most important and neglected idea about the way people communicate?

The density of information. The shorter the more valuable the message is (while the creator simultaneously preserves its depth and quality). On this website, I try to use as little words as possible. ๐Ÿ’กA quick tip: By default books are long. I often "read books" by watching authors summarizing them in a 1.5h podcast or YouTube lecture. Often it's even a better content because authors simplify idea and communicate them in the most direct way. For example, listen to Sam Harris systematically sourcing Nick Bostrom's top ideas from four of his most influential papers.

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is just covering blind spots in one's mental model map of knowledge | Charlie Munger read more


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