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The scholastic enterprise is a bit funny. The pursuit of truth, but only for those who can read the articles. Terminology that isolates us from expression. Facts for the sake of facts, without understanding. A thousand proliferating disciplines, showering us with knowledge split into a million isolated fragments until "we know more and more about less and less". So let's do less of that, and just read and think a bit. Maybe then, we can turn that scholarship into wisdom we can use.
“the good life... is a direction, not a destination... the direction we choose when there is complete psychological freedom”.

- Carl Rogers, On becoming a person.

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Why being sad isn't always a bad thing

April 7, 2020 by Dorian Minors

A great deal is made about depression these days. Depression is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. Anxiety is on the rise. It's alarming, and it often dominates the headlines. Most egregious is the claim that 'perhaps young people these days are too fragile'. It's not just a deflection of responsibility. What this new media narrative misses is that it's OK to be sad sometimes. In fact, some would say that being sad can actually be a good thing.

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Honey-bees are smarter than they should be.

March 29, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Every now and then, the tiniest creatures show glimpses of the highest-orders of cognitive ability. What I mean by that is—there are plenty of animals that do very clever stuff they really shouldn't be able to do, given the way we currently conceptualise cognition. This doesn't just raise questions about how they do it, but also what really makes humans different.

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On attraction and love

March 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Much is written on the subject of attractiveness. It has become synonymous with beauty. Attractive celebrities, attractive influencers, attractive art. And through this myopic lens, attraction becomes something ugly. Something that people have or do not have. Something to be jealous of. Something to be torn down. But it doesn't have to be. It can actually be something very beautiful indeed.

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Is modern life really the problem? A return to nature probably won’t solve it.

February 22, 2020 by Dorian Minors

The movie Captain Fantastic portrays a sort of scenario I think many of us have entertained at one time or another. Pack a knife, some food, and a bag full of books and gap it into the wilderness. Live off the land, and indulge our atavistic tendencies – a simpler, more fulfilling life. Probably too simple…

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