Against Seriousness: On Avoiding Closed-Mindedness

One of Harvard’s most famous professors to ever live was William James. Having studied medicine and biology, he was first appointed as an instructor in physiology. From there, he went on to teach anatomy, before…

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Everything You Do Can Be Explained by Two Things

In 600 BC, King Ayattes of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia — or what we today know as modern-day Turkey — minted the first official currency. This coin, an imperfectly molded circle, featured a roaring lion. Before that, it…

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The Danger and the Delusion of Empathy

The word empathy comes from the Greek word empatheia. In ancient Greek, the core connotation associated with the word was passion, not unlike the English definition. In modern Greek, however, the translation is closer to…

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Is Technology Harming Us or Liberating Us?

One of the possible definitions for the word Prometheus is forethought — to look ahead, to imagine. And if we are liberal with this definition, then, perhaps, it’s also about taking what’s in that imagination and bringing…

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Beyond Insecurity: The Right Kind of Ambition

Humans are driven to act by two primary sources of motivation: fear and desire. We avoid what is harmful, what is painful, what has the capacity to damage us. We strive for what is beneficial,…

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