Stop Renting. Start Living: Rejecting the Second-Hander

What is the most expensive rent you could pay? It is the rent on your Self. Rejecting the second-hander is the prerequisite to be truly living.

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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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Does meritocracy lack merit? A critique from “The Meritocracy Trap”

For Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovitz, the word “meritocracy” is ironically named – he argues the meritocratic ideal both lacks “merit” and creates a new form of aristocracy that hurts social mobility. This article looks at takeaways from his book, “The Meritocracy Trap”.

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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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[Big Ideas – Special] Understanding Markets via “Narrative Economics”

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller looks at “how stories go viral and drive major economic events” via “narrative economics”.

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The Best Relationship Advice: “When People Tell You Who They Are, Believe Them”

Believe them – and believe them the first time. This is the best relationship advice that will set you free and save you from pain.

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The Tastiest Pizza is often the Messiest One

Guess what, your favorite pizza could be your best teacher on critical thinking. Check out what pizzas teach us about chaos & complexity.

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“All models are wrong, but some are useful”: Man’s Journey to Make Sense of the World

The world always makes sense. If you say something “does not make sense”, what really doesn’t make sense is your model of the world.

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【寻找黄金屋】R.Girard《自世界建立之日起便隐藏的事物》卷1章节1——替罪羊制度是宗教的基础

本期为大家总结和点评的是法国哲学家勒内·吉拉尔(Rene Girard)1978年的作品:《自世界建立之日起便隐藏的事物》(Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World)。这是一本受到Paypal联合创始人彼得 · 蒂尔(Peter Thiel)大力推荐的书。

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