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If Curiosity Were A Hammer, Questions Would Be The Chisel: Stonemasonry And Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the product of two interdependent elements. First is the ability to criticise ideas, opinions, actions, trends, and so on. Underdeveloped critical...

Beware The Head-Turning Smooth Talker

The secret weapon of the charlatan is the one they display the most: head-turning, hypnotising, inspiring, attention-grabbing, confidence covers up conniving motive. Hence, we...

The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch on the Potential of Human Knowledge, Planetary Colonisation,...

I try to read only books that either stretch or confuse me, or that fiercely challenge both my intellectual capacity and sentiments. What this...

Nassim Taleb On What It Means To Be A Philosopher, The Importance Of Antimodels,...

Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells you not to read anything from the past hundred years. The degree to which one should follow this advice, however,...

The Practical Wisdom Of Jordan Peterson: 11 Ways To Get Your Shit Together (and...

Sort yourself out, says Peterson. But how does one do that, exactly? What does sorting yourself out look like in practice? What can you...

You Are Either Improving Or Declining: On The Illusion Of Stasis

The Idea of a State of Stasis Is Silly. The Nature of Life is Chaos. Everything is Falling Apart. Stasis, equilibrium, balance, symmetry, equality, equipoise...

If You’re Trying To Achieve The Blissful State, Stop: Nirvana Is The Death Of...

The blissful, tranquil, enlightened, higher-conscious, nirvana-like state is incompatible with your goals, with the pursuit of virtue, with reason, with science, with society, with...

Should You Try To ‘Outdo’ Yourself? Is There A Place For Comparison To Your...

There are positive and negative effects from trying to ‘outdo yourself’. On the one hand, it is a good thing to be trying to...

Is ‘Faking’ Confidence Worth It?

Can you fake confidence, and if so is it worth it? Is faking confidence essential in the beginning? Is the very idea of fake...

Is Courage More Important Than Education (Or Intelligence)?

Education and/or Intelligence, and Psychological Bravery, are in large part interchangeable traits; and when it comes to understanding what causes success, in the abstract...

On The Consequences Of Success, And An Alternative Way Of Measuring It

Defining—and therefore, measuring—success is a controversial, foggy and confusing matter. How about by the amount of freedom, options, skill, and sense of meaning your...

If Free Will Is An Illusion, Are We Doomed?

Free Will is an illusion. Does that now mean we are helpless when it comes to self-improvement, the pursuit of virtue, wisdom, long-term thinking,...

If You’re In A Low Place, It’s A Low Door That’s Gonna’ Open

When you’re in a low place it’s a low door that’s going to open. Your instinct will be that you’re ‘too high/too superior' to...

On ‘Being Yourself’ and ‘Following Your Passion’ (hint: don’t)

'Be yourself' and 'find your passion' are perhaps the most substandard, shabby, useless pieces of advice around. The first is anti-self-improvement—and we all have...

The Important Things In Life Get None Of The Attention

The work of the scientists, nurses, educators and philosophers will always be beaten to the spotlight by the latest phone, piece of news, fashion...

The Quality Of Your Life Hinges Upon Where You Direct Attention

Living a good—and/or successful, blissful, healthy, contented, happy—life depends on something very simple, but also as rare as it is delicate: your attention. That which...

Facilitating Mindful Living In An Unmindful World

In an increasingly distracting, overwhelming and maddening world, the role and value of mindfulness is now unquestionable. The problem is, can mindful living be...

Why Working For Free May Be Exactly What You Need, And Why The Concept...

Letting go of your feelings of entitlement in order to stoop down and squeeze your ego through the 'low' door that is volunteer or...