Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Club! This intro answers FAQs, especially for new readers: what to find here, where to start, who I am & more. (Updated: 2019 Sept)

Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed.

— Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”

Why is this place called the “Fully Booked Club”?

Because it is fully booked on all matters about books – we gather to discuss books, readings, and any format of interesting ideas.

Can I walk in even though the Club is fully booked?

I love this question – you get the fun vibe 🙂
Since the only reason-of-existence (raison d’être for those who think français means fancy) for any rule is to be broken, we happily welcome all who look for a place where curiosity & imagination have no bounds.

Quoting Naval Ravikant: “Don’t read to finish books. Read to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.” This is why (I hope) we are here.

What can I find at the Club?

Special answer for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

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P.S. For those confused folks who immediately type in Google search bar to get the joke, I like you a lot already – because that’s exactly what I would be doing.

General answer for everyone: I suffer from “curiosity ADHD“, i.e., I cannot resist the urge to dip my toes in a little-bit-of-everything. I (try to) write about anything that I find interesting – which is pretty much everything, all walks of life, all over the place.

Where should I start as a new Club member?

If you are interested in specific subject areas (e.g., philosophy), check out Articles – Sorted by Subject, with breakdown by area in the right-hand navigation bar.

If you like to be surprised by chocolates in a box, I’ve also sorted articles by length – Short Bites if you have <5 min, or Long Reads if you feel like deep diving.

If you are on commute and looking for audio content, check out the WTH & LOL Podcast with the slogan: “Nerdy is the New Trendy. Funny is the New Sexy.” I chat with people from all walks of life on stuff that is nerdy or fun (or both).

Who are you? How can I get in touch?

Check out the About Me page.

What are Club rules expected of members?

I hope we can all work together towards:

  1. Assume nothing, question everything.” – Richard Feynman 
  2. The very idea of freedom of expression is to allow someone to tell others things they do not like to hear.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  3. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated.” – The Zen of Python

How do you measure success of the Club?

Let me guess – is this question asked by another fellow student of business or management consultant? Just joking 🙂

While I would welcome visits of course, guest count is not what I am chasing after. I wish to spark great conversations – either with others (or me), or simply with yourself:

…when had you last a great conversation in which you overheard yourself saying things that you never knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that absolutely found places within you that you thought you had lost?

John O’Donohue, The On Being Podcast: “The Inner Landscape of Beauty”

So folks – sit back, relax, have lots of fun and a great conversation!

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