How to think like a Renaissance man (or woman)

The ability to master multiple subjects and broaden our intellectual horizons is something anyone can learn to do.

Personal Growth
  • Some of the greatest scientists and artists were polymaths.
  • Renaissance men or polymaths are people who have mastered multiple disciplines and pursuits. The path towards becoming one doesn't always require some divine genius.
  • Interest in varied subjects and disciplines is the first path towards thinking like a polymath.
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How non-industrial cultures view mental illness

Culture determines how mental illness or aberrant mental behavior is viewed and dealt with.

Mongolian Shamans performing a fire ritual.
Culture & Religion
  • Many abnormal behaviors that are considered by western psychologists to be mental illnesses that require treatment are seen in a much different and even positive light in non-industrial or "primitive" societies.
  • Things like hearing voices, hallucinations, and other unconventional behaviors are seen as the start of a spiritual awakening. Many of these individuals go on to become spiritual leaders and shamans of their communities.
  • Alan Watts and Terrence McKenna both commented on and were concerned about industrial definitions and treatment of mental illness.
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Psychopaths are attracted to other psychopaths

New psychological research suggests that psychopaths are attracted to others with their same disposition.

Sex & Relationships
  • A study found that people with psychopathic traits are more likely to be attracted to others on the same psychopathic spectrum.
  • Psychopathic qualities include lack of empathy, lack of remorse, and other antisocial traits.
  • Psychopathic traits aren't that attractive to non-psychopathic individuals.
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Halloween history: The ancient origins of these dark traditions

Why do we celebrate Halloween, and what have pumpkins got to do with it?

Culture & Religion
  • Halloween was influenced heavily by Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions.
  • The holiday has always celebrated the strange and scary, but festivities as we know them have changed over the years.
  • Current Halloween traditions were brought by immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century.
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