Community

Written on October 21, 2008. Written by .

Beach People The significance of community. Photo courtesy of Shenghung Lin I never used to think much about communities because I thought that having a girlfriend and a bunch of good friends was all that mattered. But recently I have realized that communities provide the foundation for good relationships and fill a special role in […]

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Demystifying Meditation

Written on October 13, 2008. Written by .

Meditation A rational approach to meditation. Photo courtesy of Gurumustuk Singh I have heard a lot of good things about meditation, but the information always seems muddled. I once scoured the bookstore looking for the most scientific book on meditation I could find and I ended up with one called “How to Meditate” by Lawrence […]

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Mindfulness and Transcendence

Written on October 5, 2008. Written by .

Zen An analysis of Zen concepts. Photo courtesy of Rickydavid A large part of our subjective experience is based on the way we perceive things to be. A rainy day can be a downer if all you think about is how it cancelled your soccer match, but it can also be a pleasure if you […]

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Being Too Logical

Written on September 29, 2008. Written by .

Romance Romance and logic don’t mix well. Photo courtesy of shutupyourface I love being logical and analyzing everything. I have an intense passion for understanding everything and that is something that is never going to change. Unfortunately this passion sometimes has the tendency to leak into places where it wasn’t meant to be. I want […]

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Result Detachment

Written on September 22, 2008. Written by .

Sweet Release “They don’t grow unless you let them go…” Photo courtesy of darkmatter Trying really hard to accomplish your goals has one unfortunate side effect – it naturally makes you concerned with the outcome. It makes sense. If you invest a lot of effort in something, you now have something to lose if you […]

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Practicality vs. Idealism

Written on September 15, 2008. Written by .

Castle Sunset The roots of pragmatism. Photo courtesy of wabberjocky Have you ever thought of what it would be like if you could travel back in time and expose ancient people to our modern technology? Consider what would happen if you found yourself in medieval Europe with your graphing calculator in your pocket. You are […]

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Becoming a Bootstrapper

Written on September 8, 2008. Written by .

Suspension Strategy for your first business. Photo courtesy of bardamu_13 You know how people always say “Do what you are passionate about”? Well I think this might be good advice or bad advice depending on your interpretation. I’ve thought a lot about this and I’ve gone back and forth many times, but I think I’ve […]

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Prescriptive Philosophy

Written on August 30, 2008. Written by .

Abandoned Religion The prescriptive-descriptive question. Photo courtesy of Brandon Brubaker The spicy lifestyle morality states that one should maximize expected subjective life quality, subject to no additional constraints. Initially this seems like crazy advice. Almost every well-known moral philosophy has some explicit provision to prevent people from engaging in crime and violence. Even Objectivism, which […]

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What is the Stock Market?

Written on August 25, 2008. Written by .

Wall Street The aspects that nobody talks about. Photo courtesy of Helico Stocks are an extremely popular form of investment nowadays because they are easy to get into and they provide better average returns than safer investments like savings accounts and CDs. But where did stocks come from in the first place? Imagine you are […]

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The Irrational Work Ethic

Written on August 18, 2008. Written by .

Taking it Easy Do you know how to be unproductive? Photo courtesy of ®oberto’s How many hours a day do you think a typical man worked for most of human history? According to modern estimates the answer is 3-5 hours. That is the total amount of work it required for a hunter-gatherer to hunt, gather, […]

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