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Going Mental

Unlocking the secrets of your brain

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Going Mental

Can Physics Save Economics?

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about 1 year ago

When the theoretical physicist Lee Smolin was asked to join a research group to work on economics his first response was "I don't know anything about economics." That's okay, said Mike Brown, the former CFO of Microsoft, "because nobody does and the whole system is about to collapse."  That was ...

Going Mental

Why We Need Whitespace in Our Lives

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about 1 year ago

We live in a culture that really valorizes overworking.  In so many workplaces the hero is the one that is putting in the long hours.  Why isn’t the hero the person that actually can get amazing work done and leave at a reasonable time?   I think it’s incredibly important that we all have ...

Going Mental

Why We Resist Our Inner Calling

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about 1 year ago

The archetypal hero’s journey, which shows up in myth and core stories from cultures around the world, begins with a first phase where a hero hears a particular call, a call to go on a journey, a call to make a particular achievement.  Step two is resisting that call. Resistance is actually a part ...

Going Mental

The Value of Learning a Second Language

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about 1 year ago

Learning a second language has fantastic benefits for kids.  If you put aside the most obvious reason for learning a second language that allows you to communicate with a lot of people that you couldn’t communicate with before, it also really helps brain development.   Starting as early as ...

Going Mental

Why Math Can't Bail Us Out

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about 1 year ago

I don’t think mathematical models can do much to get us out of the mess that we’re in.  There’s a limit.  The mess that we’re in currently in the United States and maybe in the world in general, I don’t think it’s really a mess brought about by mathematics or curable by mathematics.   You ...

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Why I Live By Humanism

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about 1 year ago

The narrative I live by is the humanist narrative. If we are looking for morality, if we’re looking for vices and virtues, we can find them both in humanity—in human creations, human culture, humanity’s endeavor to develop our reason and our emotions and developing not only relationships between ...