The Mind Club
Apr19

The Mind Club

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. — B.R. Ambedkar Would you like to be a member of The Mind Club? Without even knowing what this club’s about, you might already think, Yea, that sounds cool. Minds are good. And indeed having a mind is a good thing–in fact, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Because having a mind automatically admits you to The Mind Club, where...

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Becoming More Moral
May06

Becoming More Moral

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. – Thomas Huxley I have been going around citing a quotation recently (no, not that one above), that may in fact be made-up. Although devising things to impress others is not new to me (in the form of short stories, mind you, not outright deception), I really want this quote to be real. Or maybe I don’t so that I can copyright it and put it on t-shirts and bed sheets. So...

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Straight Psychophilosophy
Mar11

Straight Psychophilosophy

We are our choices. – Jean-Paul Sartre I once had a professor in undergrad begin a new class by saying, “So you know, I’m rather opinionated. But I make up for it by always being right.” Although my dad has never explicitly said such a thing, I’m sure he would find it rather agreeable. In general, though, we all believe that we’re right in how we think. And in a way, we have to. If we didn’t believe we were right in doing what we were...

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Hello Again, Homesickness
Jan07

Hello Again, Homesickness

Home is where one starts from. — T.S. Eliot It sure was nice to be home. The hearty meals. The head scratches. The general lack of any and all responsibility as I played video games till 2am. But now I’m back in Columbus. In the snow. And moody. Really, though, I’m just homesick. The notion of homesickness goes as far back as Homer’s Odyssey where some of the sailors were forced to stop singing their country’s song because it...

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You’re Just an Extra
Aug20

You’re Just an Extra

Love is the difficult realization that something other than yourself is real. — Iris Murdoch I want you to take a moment and relive a vibrant memory. Maybe it’s a particular Christmas. Maybe it’s that time you learned you got the job. Whatever the memory, though, I want you to focus on it—recall the sounds, the smells, the emotions. Relive it. Then I want you to realize: every other person reading this blog had their own...

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