Why I’m Spoiling for a Philosophical Fight

“To every thing there is a season . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak . . . a time of war and a time of peace.” – Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 Three of the most important things I’ve learned in my life are as follows: – My opinion is almost […]

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Learning for Life in a Changing World: How to Make Your Education Antifragile

“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.” -Nassim Nicolas Taleb, Antifragile In Antifragile, statistician and scholar Nassim Nicolas Taleb argues that there are three types of responses people and things can have to stress, disorder, and change over time: 1) Robust […]

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Hank Williams

The Ethos of Country Songs

Confession: I am an avid fan of country music. No, not the country music you may have heard in a truck commercial (though this is actually a great one). I’m talking about Western swing, alt-country, string band music, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass (*raises pinky finger*), Bakersfield, honky-tonk, Americana – the rich sonic brews that have resulted from the […]

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The Useful Sayings of Epictetus

The Stoic philosophers are an interesting bunch. While I don’t accept their fatalistic approach to the events of life or their obsession with duty, I see value in what they have to say about dealing with challenges with grace and even gratitude. They’ve become increasingly popular in recent years (as far as popular attention to […]

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An Interview With Andreas Antonopoulos

Less than a year ago I was working in landscaping and listening to podcasts. Lots of podcasts. One of those podcasts was Let’s Talk Bitcoin. It was one of the first technology podcasts I started listening to. Most of my digital education up to this point had (depressingly) consisted of learning how to use Microsoft […]

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James Walpole

How I Achieved My Four-Year Goals In Ten Months

This post was originally published on the Praxis blog. I’ve always had fairly large goals. When it came to actually accomplishing them, I wasn’t much different from many people my age. That is to say, I was getting nothing important done. I was keeping my head down and working hard to do well in school and have a […]

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How To Be Fascinating: The (Apparent) Contradictions of Interesting People

“He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.”  – Kris Kristofferson An aristocrat who joins a peasant revolution. An atheist who enjoys liturgical music. A janitor who makes a breakthrough scientific discovery. If these sound like they would be excellent characters for a novel, that’s because they would. We are fascinated by people who defy […]

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