There Is No Need To Understand

I have been saving this piece from the Brisbane Times – my lack of alacrity in looking at it and commenting on comes down to simply not know what to say since it operates from a point of view that is totally foreign to my own. In the past week, bitcoin took a dramatic tumble after…

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How To Grow The Fuck Up

When I was like four years old, despite my mother warning me not to, I put my finger on a hot stove. The stove was red and bright and shiny and I knew yummy food came from it, so the allure was irresistible. That day I learned an important lesson: really hot things suck. They…

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My Beautiful Delusion

In my readings I came across the following chart and it got me thinking about the nature of delusion – It is no secret that we lie to ourselves, we have a strangely filtered view of all of our qualities and flaws. My guess is that most of the time these delusions serve to protect…

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The Myth of The Successful Dropout.

Interesting little chart from The Conversation. The data is US derived but it would seem broadly applicable to anywhere. This also tallies with the surplus of data that links everything from life expectancy, general health and life satisfaction to education. The simple rule seems to be, the more you get the better you do at…

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How Athletes Train Their Minds for the Olympics

During the women’s downhill race on Wednesday, Bode Miller, who has been an NBC color commentator for the alpine ski events at this Olympics, offered some insight on the mental toll of his former profession. “Everyone says that the pitcher’s mound is the loneliest place in sports. I would say the Olympic start gate is…

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