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Research

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Most research is meaningless and should be neither published nor celebrated. It’s conducted to learn how to do research and to practice doing “science,” but mostly to pad CVs. The process is a bit like students writing papers for their high school or college English classes  – it has to be done in order to…


Observations

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The moment you make any observation, you do not see the thing for what it is, you see the thing for what you need it to be. We all transfer some of ourselves onto the observation and our perception of it is formed in such a way to makes our brains feel comfortable. We are…


Goals

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Most people make life too complicated. Let’s say you have a goal. Good. But that’s not enough. Most goals are so onerous and grand that they are never accomplished. A goal is good, but subgoals are better. A goal is a problem, like any other problem. How do you get there? How do you solve…


Progress

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The problem with progress is it assumes that the current state is inadequate or incorrect. Worse, it assumes that the state being advanced toward is better. Progress or change for the sake of progress or change should never be a goal. Evolution is an example of progressive process but it tends towards a functional homeostasis….


Debate

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Can you make your opponent’s argument for him? If you can’t see your opponents’ viewpoint, understand it, and repeat it, then you cannot be firm in your own conviction (or at least you have no right to be firm in your own conviction). Get out of the echo chamber. Echo chambers breed bigotry. Try this:…


Happiness

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Life is defined by struggle. Overcoming obstacles and conquering challenges makes us feel fulfilled and “happy,” not because we have conquered, but because we are conquering. Happiness isn’t a destination or a state of being, it’s a journey, it’s kinetic. Nor is it something we choose, it’s something we strive after and work toward. Our…


Deconstruction

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It’s amazing how many ideas/beliefs/books/theories/dogmas/opinions are based upon facts that are out-of-date or that have been replaced or disproven. There is far too much permanence of ideas. Most ideas are so firmly established that even when an important building block is removed, the idea still stands. This happens in every aspect of life. As a…


Presidential

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Imagine a president like this: He is the richest man ever to serve as US President. He didn’t earn this wealth; he was born into privilege and inherited his wealth from his father, who earned his wealth by breaking the law. After a last minute nomination in his own party’s convention, he was elected president…


Darkness

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What’s the difference between light and darkness? You cannot shine darkness. Darkness cannot penetrate, it cannot drown out, it cannot overwhelm. You can only shine light. Light displaces darkness. Darkness doesn’t exist unless the light is covered. Light does not fear darkness because darkness doesn’t exist in its presence. Light doesn’t know darkness as long…


Consequentialism

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The end never justifies the means. This idea is intellectually lazy, cowardly, self-justifying, and immoral. If the end you have in mind requires an unethical or immoral means to achieve it, then that end is unethical and immoral.


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