The Lost Art of Aphoristic Reading: A Review of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes

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If there’s one thing the chattering classes can’t stand about Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one thing they’ll never forgive him for, it’s this: he’s written a book of aphorisms in the 21st century with an Athenian shopkeeper in mind.

Every Garden Has Its Serpent

Searching for a problem-free paradise may be the single most effective way to guarantee yourself a miserable life. ––– “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.”—Genesis 3:1 (King James Version) You’ve all heard the old adage: the grass is always greener on the other […]

Dogma and the Intellectual: How my College Buddy was Blinded by Bias

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If you think you can separate the wheat from the chaff with IQ tests and snazzy credentials, prepare to be sorely disappointed: because smart people with MAs and PhDs are often blinded by bias. ––– “The intellectual life has a certain spontaneous character and inner determination. It has also a peculiar poise of its own, […]

The Spicy Pleasures of Stoic Practice

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The spicy pleasures of Stoicism are a lot like the pleasures people derive from skydiving and bungee-jumping. We’re dealing, here, with the thrill of the near-death experience. ––– We’re very good at being philosophical about other people’s losses. For instance, we find it easy to calmly remark “Well, you know, these things happen” when we learn that our […]

Why the Open Society Needs Difficult People

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The search for truth needs ideological diversity. Yes, that includes the trolls.

How to Intellectually Turn Gold into S**T

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John Faithful Hamer reflects on being disappointed with today’s “intellectuals”.

“The Ladykillers” Will Bring You Back to God

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With Tom Hanks in the lead, Rich Monetti says the Coen Brothers’ film kills the presumption that we control our destinies.

The #1 Way to Have a Low Maintenance Relationship

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Is a low-maintenance relationship possible? According to Steven Lake, it is not only possible, but preferable.

You Can Always Have Another Beer

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Charlie Scaturro finds the beauty of life is in beer… um, no, that’s not it. The beauty of life is in choices made… or not, or another beer…

What If You Had No Tomorrow?

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Ty Phillips confronts the ultimate question.

From Atheism to a Kind of Faith

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Ty Phillips shares a short tale of finding grace.

Why Time Is Not Money

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Editor’s Note: Recently, Good Men Project Executive Editor Thomas Fiffer posted the following quote on Facebook: We can’t really save time, the way we save money or a natural resource by not using it. There is no time bank or strategic reserve. We can only decide to stop squandering time and use what we have […]

Why Comedy is Better than Philosophy

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Philosophy is good for you, but it tastes bad.

Can a Kind of Heartbreak Heal You—and the World?

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Raoul Wieland explores what happens when our hearts are broken open instead of apart.

Could Failure Be the Answer?

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Raoul Wieland explores our quest for self-knowledge and transformation and wonders whether failure is the secret to self- and world improvement.

Why Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved But a Mystery to Be Lived

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Over dinner at Esalen, Ira Israel reflects on the importance of collaborative community in an age of isolation.