Journal

My new piece on optimism

I got published today at Be Yourself (a Medium publication). Topic is optimism—why it’s good for us, why it’s good for those around us. That is, why our optimism is good for those around us. And not just good, but necessary if we want the best for those we love. I’m an optimist. I have to be—I […]

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Some scattered thoughts on materialism

Materialism is a belief in material possessions as the primary—even only—key to happiness, and even to spiritual growth. Materialism is typically not explicit or conscious (thanks to barely-enduring stigmas), but it most often manifests in our deep psyches as we think about how to pursue this kind of spiritual progress. Or you might simply say […]

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What I learned from my brother

I shared this note on Facebook yesterday. It seems to have encouraged lots of people, so thought I’d share it here. I hesitated to publish this anywhere, at first. I wrote it for myself—to get my thoughts on paper. I hadn’t been able to do that in regards to my brother until last week. But […]

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How many people have seen a ghost?

That headline is one of the questions covered in the newest installment in my Survey Says series on Medium. I also cover time-travel, the spirit-world, visions, and belief in aliens. Suffice it to say, this was a pretty fun survey. I’m surprised by some of the findings (25% of people have seen a ghost?), but not by […]

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Focus on YOU, not the UNKNOWN

We worry so much about the unknown. About things that have never happened before, and aren’t likely to happen at all. It’s why we spend so much on insurance. Home insurance, health insurance, car insurance, renters insurance. Disability insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance. Even oven, microwave & fridge insurance. Bottom line: We spend […]

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Our Revealing Perceptions on Gender & Vice

Which gender is more likely to cheat on their spouse? To overreact? To watch pornography? To tell a lie? These are age-old debates, of course. And we can’t answer these questions for  sure without some pretty massive empirical studies. But ultimately, I don’t think it’s just the truth that we’re interested in. I think we’re equally […]

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Facts don’t matter (in a way)

Facts don’t speak for themselves. Whenever anyone says they are “fact-checking” something, don’t believe it’s automatically an impartial truth test. It’s typically just another way of advancing a particular perspective, or a way of avoiding the complicated nuances behind the topic at hand. I think our modern, technical age encourages us to be too precise–too […]

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Some quotes I live by

I’ve had these quotes posted on my Facebook profile for a long time. Some of them for more than 10 years. The state of wisdom is when man has no longer any concern about understanding truths and goods, but about willing and living them; for this is to be wise.Emanuel Swedenborg Every voluntary mortification of […]

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Facebook’s problem

The problem with Facebook these days is you don’t know what to expect anymore when you open your newsfeed. Silly memes, serious essays about life events, cute photos of your friends kids, links to random articles, etc. Then people don’t know what to post anymore, so they post less often. That is, people who think […]

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My new course: How to Run a Market Research Survey

You have a product idea, but will it sell? Is it something people want? How much would they pay? Rather than trust your gut, get hard answers to these questions (and others) from real people in your target market. My new course at Highbrow will teach you exactly how to run an online market research […]

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