Defending Selfishness and Questioning Altruism (on Ayn Rand’s philosophy)

Let us put aside “conventional wisdom” and look at an “unpopular opinion”: why selfishness has its virtues, and altruism has its flaws. On Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

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How Strangers Confused Spies and Diplomats (Reading “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell)

How come the best-trained spies & diplomats were unable to judge strangers correctly? Why do our interactions with strangers go wrong so often? Malcolm Gladwell shares insightful tips from real stories & research in his page-turner: “Talking to Strangers”.

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What does it mean to be “Educated”?

“Educated” is a memoir that brought me to tears so many times. What does it mean to be educated? Let’s set diplomas aside and ask ourselves what it means to have an education.

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BEST Article I’ve Read in 2019: Multidisciplinary Approach to Thinking by Peter Kaufman

Peter Kaufman’s take on a multidisciplinary approach is arguably the BEST thing I’ve read in 2019. Here are my key takeaways & action plan – welcome to join me!

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Life Is The Ultimate Imitation Game (René Girard reading notes 1)

“Man differs from the other animals in his greater aptitude for imitation.” Let’s look at this quote from Aristotle from the modern lens of evolutionary biology, identity politics, game theory, and AI.

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“Are you open to durian ice-cream” & an Open-Minded look at Open-Mindedness (I)

An innocent question about durian ice-cream turns into an existential crisis: what does it mean to be open-minded?

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