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Would simply thinking better of someone make them so?

Having just finished a few works of Jonathan Haidt and Stephen Pinker, I am left with recurring question: “what parts of our culture and society might operate as self-fulfilling prophesies?” Even more directly, might otherwise “bad” people operate differently if we assumed what Haidt and Louikianoff call the “principle of charitability?” Under the principle of… Continue reading Would simply thinking better of someone make them so?

Seneca at the photocopier: Practicing stoicism as an graduate intern

Jack Worthy punches the elevator call button as a steaming cup of Folgers sloshes onto his naked wrist. His punishment for lateness is compounded by his perception of today’s upcoming duties. As he sidles to the back corner of the elevator pod, he turns to scan the announcement board. He remains turned with each floor… Continue reading Seneca at the photocopier: Practicing stoicism as an graduate intern


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