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


Summaries of creators

A summaries of ppl are find interesting


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



If I consume something should it go into a person or a link? If this can be a holistic summary of the persons thought let's make it a primary to go to creator. If it feels like something more separate, more stand alone,

Notes from creators, authors, friends. Recently updated on the top. See ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ย for favorite links.


Joe Roggan
Steven PInker
Cass Sunstein
Marta Klyszejko
Staล› Welbel
Natka Luniak
Frans de Wall
Charlie Munger
Paweล‚ Althamer
Jaล› Domicz
Jacques Herzog
Tymek Borowski
Anthony Doerr
Peter Thiel
Brian Lovin
Jeff Hawkins
Lex Fridman Show
Richard Wrangham
Ryan Holiday
Witold Gombrowicz
Mills Baker
Neel Nanda
Russ Roberts
Anthony de Mello
Yuval Noah Harari
Wade Davis
Robert Wright
James C Scott
Tyler Cowen Show
Tony Robbins
80000 Hours Show
Kevin Rose Show
Joe Rogan Show
David Sinclair
Shane Parish Show
Rob Reid Show
Sean Carrolls Show
Sam Harris Show
Tim Ferriss Show
Stephen Dubner
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Ottessa Moshfegh
Eri Silva
Kevin Rose
David Buss
Saturday Night Live
Eliezer Yudkowsky
James Forman
Matt Mullenweg
Ray Dalio
Robert Cialdini
Marc Andreessen
Anaka Harris
James Clear
Tim Ferriss
Carl Sagan
Matt Ridley
Jim Collins
Michael Bierut
Kevin Kelly
Rob Wiblin
Philip Tetlock
Laurie Santos
Charles Duhigg
Tyler Cowen
Charles C Mann
Robin Hanson
Kevin Simler
Adam Grant
Balaji Srinivasan
Jonathan Haidt
Richard Prum
Keith Rabois
Daniel Kahneman
Sean Carroll
Jonathan Ledgard
David Deautsch
Don Hoffman
Kelly McGonigal
Daniel Gilbert
Alex Rosenberg
Paweล‚ ลšliwiล„ski
Graham Hancock
Ido Portal
Richard Feynman
Bill Walsh
Tim Urban
A. J. Jacobs
Michael Pollan
Will MacAskill
Paul Graham
Steven Hayes
Nick Bostrom
Sam Harris
Naval Ravikant

All links. Most recently updated on the top. I sprinkled some medals around to point to my favorites


Olga Tokarczukโ€™s Novels Against Nationalism
America is living James Madisonโ€™s nightmare
Michael Schur on
Language as a window into human nature
How change happens
Richard Wrangham on Lex Fridman Podcast
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


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