Why Playfulness Is More Important Than Ever

After the death of Isaac Newton — a mythic figure even in his own lifetime — the poet Alexander Pope wrote the following epitaph for him: “Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night; God…

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The Purpose of Life Is Right In Front of You

Once upon a time, some 13.799 billion years ago, a state which we call the singularity sparked the void. It’s a state in which the laws of physics as we know them don’t work; a…

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Isadora Duncan: Expressing Yourself

When she was ten years old, Isadora Duncan dropped out of school to teach people dance. Now, had she been anyone other than herself, that stint would likely have turned out like most of our…

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Why We Are Feeling Lonelier Than Ever

Why is Fyodor Dostoevsky considered one of the greatest novelist to live? In his memoir, Ernest Hemingway claimed that he couldn’t get through any of his books because of how poorly written they were. And there is truth to…

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The Process of Meaning-Making

After studying Isaac Newton, the 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes once claimed: “Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians.” This reference has to do with…

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Love, Vulnerability, and a Brighter World

I’ve realized something recently: Fiction changes my mind on important topics more often than non-fiction does. While this wasn’t always the case, I now gain more from a scene than I do from deduction. I find that it…

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Developing a Healthy Relationship to Technology

In the 1960s, an eccentric and controversial professor predicted the rise of the internet. Marshall McLuhan spent most of his working life at the University of Toronto, where he was primarily focused on understanding culture…

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All Goals Are Problematic — Except One

The late physicist Richard Feynman famously won a Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. But here’s something most people don’t know about him: He was also a world-class safecracker. In the 1940s, in the New Mexico…

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Zeno of Citium: Being Stoic

As influential as Zeno of Citium has been, nothing that he wrote has survived to modern day. Around 300 BC in Athens, he was one of the most revered teachers. His claim to fame is…

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The Truth Isn’t What You Think It Is

I have a sacred relationship with sound. When certain types of music find their groove, I fall into a trance: My right foot taps into the rhythm, a smile carves across my face, my head begins to nod, and…

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