Everything Is Amazing

Everything Is Amazing is a newsletter exploring curiosity, creativity, and the joy of discovery in various contexts. It encourages asking better questions to enhance learning and experience. Topics range from personal development tips, social media strategies, and the importance of in-person interactions to the reliability of Wikipedia, space exploration, and the impact of natural phenomena.

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The hottest Substack posts of Everything Is Amazing

And their main takeaways
1386 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. Writing something down helps you remember it better, so it's not just about typing but also about physically writing.
  2. Observing nature can lead to interesting discoveries, like how birds charm worms using vibrations to catch them.
  3. Unexpected collaborations and interactions can lead to exciting outcomes, like gaining exposure to a wider audience through social media.
2392 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. Luck plays a significant role in going viral on social media, often more than any deliberate strategy.
  2. Enthusiasm is infectious and can be a key factor in attracting and retaining audience attention.
  3. Focus on creating content that is fun for you to make, as longevity in meaningful work often stems from enjoying the process.
1412 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. Space exploration faces challenges like the vastness of space and technological limitations.
  2. JPL has a track record of extending mission goals for spacecraft, showcasing innovation and efficiency.
  3. Theoretical concepts like FTL drives and warp drives may be intriguing, but the feasibility remains uncertain due to scientific principles and practical challenges.
1242 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. National Compliment Day celebrates saying pleasantly approving things to others.
  2. Praising performance can lead to higher rates of offline improvement and memory consolidation.
  3. Collaboration in science, like in the newsletter, can lead to more interesting and accurate results.
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1242 implied HN points β€’ 20 Dec 23
  1. Embrace the liminal period of Witching Week between Christmas and New Year to explore novel and whimsical activities.
  2. Challenge yourself by trying new things like walking home instead of using public transport, or taking daily rituals outside for a change of perspective.
  3. Declutter your space and teach something you love to someone else to broaden your horizons and deepen understanding.
863 implied HN points β€’ 16 Dec 23
  1. The London black cab drivers must pass a tough memory test called The Knowledge to navigate the city effectively.
  2. Engage in epistemic curiosity to dive deeper into understanding by exploring various facets of a topic.
  3. Try the 'What?' game to practice paying attention and noticing details, creating a network of information for better learning and memory.
836 implied HN points β€’ 04 Dec 23
  1. Memories and the science behind them are fascinating and much stranger than we think.
  2. Some sea creatures, like the leaf sheep, perform photosynthesis just like plants.
  3. Learning about memory can involve tricks to store and retrieve information in our brains.
1346 implied HN points β€’ 01 Nov 23
  1. Zealandia is a potential new continent, mapped in 2023, with its status still debated.
  2. Continents are typically identified by convention rather than strict criteria, leading to inconsistencies in definitions.
  3. There are millions of islands around the world, with many being uninhabited despite significant populations on some continents.
1425 implied HN points β€’ 24 Oct 23
  1. Wikipedia is admired despite occasional inaccuracies because it provides constructive and inspiring information on the internet.
  2. Some Wikipedia articles have turned out to be elaborate hoaxes that fooled editors for years.
  3. While Wikipedia may have flaws and prank edits, its communal and updatable nature highlights a more dynamic and diverse approach to knowledge sharing compared to traditional encyclopedias.
1150 implied HN points β€’ 17 Oct 23
  1. Reading can be a way to find solace in difficult times and rediscover empathy and kindness.
  2. Struggling with reading can happen due to life circumstances, but it is possible to regain the ability over time.
  3. Consider investing time and effort into re-learning activities that are important to you, even if it feels self-indulgent at first.
1176 implied HN points β€’ 12 Sep 23
  1. The post discusses the recommendation of a book by Katherine May called 'Enchantment' that focuses on wonder and mystery in everyday life.
  2. The author mentions a live conversation with Katherine May, encouraging readers to join by becoming paid subscribers of 'The Clearing'.
  3. The post emphasizes finding beauty and fascination in the mundane, protecting against cynicism and hopelessness.
2039 implied HN points β€’ 08 May 23
  1. Find joy in embarking on quests that may initially seem 'pointless.'
  2. Embrace hobbies and activities for the fun of it, without worrying about productivity or practicality.
  3. Allow curiosity and exploration to lead you to new experiences and emotional benefits, even if they may not have a clear purpose.
1255 implied HN points β€’ 25 May 23
  1. The smell of fresh air can impact our mood and health, like boosting immune cells when exposed to aromatic forest scents.
  2. Weather changes can create distinct smells, like the pre-storm smell of ozone or the earthy petrichor after rain.
  3. Our sense of smell may have deeper cultural and biological connections that we are still exploring.
339 implied HN points β€’ 25 Sep 23
  1. The post is about an update labeled '20,000: Complete Idiot Update'.
  2. The author mentions about a paywall issue preventing free subscribers from commenting.
  3. The call-to-action at the end prompts readers to subscribe or sign in as a paid member.
849 implied HN points β€’ 16 Apr 23
  1. Substack has launched a new feature called Notes, resembling Twitter but with a more positive tone.
  2. Legal language is often unnecessarily complex and difficult to read due to factors like jargon and convoluted sentence structures.
  3. The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate quirky and humorous scientific research, shedding light on interesting discoveries with a touch of lightheartedness.
1150 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 23
  1. Ancient people weren't stupid, they were just as smart as we are but lived with different tech and ideas.
  2. Archaeology shows that there is still much of ancient history undiscovered, creating a vibrant field for exploration.
  3. Rather than judging historical differences, assume people were equally interesting and respect those differences.
706 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 23
  1. By focusing your eyes in a certain way, you can see impossible colors like red-green or blue-yellow.
  2. Seeing colors like Stygian Blue or Hyperbolic Orange challenges our understanding, as they seem darker or brighter than physically possible.
  3. Experimenting with how you view colors can lead to unique perceptual experiences, expanding the boundaries of human vision.
470 implied HN points β€’ 24 Mar 23
  1. The way chameleons change color can inspire future color-changing technology for surfaces and fabrics.
  2. Current advancements in color-changing materials like Fabrican and PhotoChromeleon show promise for future fashion and architectural applications.
  3. The deep meanings and social implications of colors in fashion and pigmentation mean that changing color technology may have complex impacts on society.
313 implied HN points β€’ 05 Dec 22
  1. Consider starting your own newsletter by stealing ideas from others.
  2. Being proactive with donations can make a positive impact in your community.
  3. Even subtle scientific questions like how a mountain makes you feel can be explored and understood.