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Beings At The Whim Of Our Circumstances, Or Exclusively Thought-Evolved? How About Neither

Feathers in the ferocious hurricane Nature or creators of our own destiny? Are humans no more than typical scum on a...

Transparent Flies In The Ointment: Our Unhealthy Obsession With Tidiness

Does better organisation increase creativity? Should your messy desk stay messy? Why do friendly teams perform worse than unfriendly teams? Are all appearances of...

Is There Such Thing As ‘Originality’?

When does something — a piece of art, song, an idea, a joke — become original? Where exactly is the line between originality and...
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Votes For Most Interesting People

Who's lived the most interesting life? Following on from Tyler Cowen's recent post I thought I'd share a few names of my own. These are...

The Disgraceful Discrimination In Our Favourite Movies

The political correctness octopus is tightening is grip on hollywood: on discriminatory movies, schmocial justice warriors, and the end of the 100m final.
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What’s One Thing You Believe That Others Don’t?

And what makes you believe we should we believe you? Because of its apparent prevalence, my answer will seem strange. Surely the truth is important,...

Incompetent, Undisciplined, And Seeking Attention? Call The Equality Police

Ignoramus intelligentsia and the consequences of enforced equality My brother, one of the most athletic students in his year group, hasn't been selected to represent...

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...

Life-Changing Nudges In The Right Direction: Hacks For Health, Productivity, Reading And More

Whilst I'm generally not a fan of shortcuts, hacks and other seemingly innocent time-saving ways of getting from a to b, there are some...

Improving Your Conversational Skills

When you think about it, there's only two methods through which we can move the needle forwards; through which we can build a better...

3 Standout Books From The Past Year

Never one to do things in conventional style, I didn't 2017 with an article about the books that stood out to me over the...

There Is No Friend As Friendly As A Book

Munger on making friends with dead people, Roosevelt's rules for reading, and witty words of wisdom from a less known Marx 'Make friends with the...

Why Books Written In Gibberish Are The Most Important Books

Kafka called books "the axe for the frozen sea within us"; Maria Popova, in a piece about Margaret Mead and James Baldwin, refers to...

Can You Hypnotise Yourself Into Achieving Your Goals? — On Goal-Setting Vs Affirmations

If you set goals but always struggle to hit them, affirmations could be exactly what your mind needs. A bit of digging into the subject...

The Things In Life That Matter

What are the things that are most important to me? Defining what is important to you, is, quite counterintuitively, freeing; because, in narrowing down...

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...

What Archery Can Teach You About Goal Setting

Goal setting is about focus, aim, skill, consistency, discipline, order. Archery is also about these things. Archery is a primal sport; one that demands concentration,...