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"When you have an established emergent scientific truth, it is true whether or not you believe in it. And the sooner you understand that, the sooner we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us." – Neil Degrasse Tyson, Science in America Please enjoy this beautiful and inspiring [...]

As public fervor for equality climbs, new equality research demonstrates that an "egalitarian society" may not be what we want after all. "There is no empirical evidence so far that people have any aversion to inequality itself." – Christina Starmans et. al., "Why people prefer unequal societies" ☆ New research in Nature, conducted by a research [...]

Group leadership is fragile, but so is group membership

I like groups when they exist to bolster individual development and growth. I don't like them when membership requires enduring steadily increasing pressure to subvert individual expression The light and dark sides of group leadership and membership, how to maintain individuality within a group, and why individual expression is key for group evolution.. The expression [...]

"Is that a lie?" I asked the question as I realized the answer. The conversation with my girlfriend this morning was around the "right" way to respond when someone shares a favorite food or drink—and, by abstraction, idea, story or position—that we don't like. In these situations, we can eke by on half truths such as, "it's interesting" or [...]

Consider above all else whether you've advanced in philosophy or just in actual years. Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, XVI:3 Years mean nothing if we haven't gained wisdom. And wisdom is worthless if it can't be applied. A useful definition of philosophy is that it is the practice of gaining wisdom by studying and consciously exposing oneself to the natural processes of [...]