The Point of Travel

What’s the point of travel? It’s to help make us into better people. It’s a sort of therapy. Without anything…

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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Capitalism

Today, pretty much every economy in the world is organized along capitalist lines but at the same time, capitalism is…

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HISTORY OF IDEAS – The Renaissance

The phenomenon known as the Renaissance is one of the standard stops on any tour through the history of Western…

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What are Universities for?

What are universities really for? Well, the main thing is to teach people how to make a living. Educating the…

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Why Design Matters

Design is the posh word for thinking a lot about how stuff looks A designed object is one whose makers…

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Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

We’re desperate to avoid it of course, but we won’t, for a lot of very good reasons: We don’t understand…

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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha

The story of the Buddha’s life, like all of Buddhism, is a story about confronting suffering. He was born between…

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Ellen Surprises a Deserving First Grade Teacher

– I know a lot of you try to get tickets to the show for a long, long time. People…

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PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous. He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died…

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PHILOSOPHY – Ludwig Wittgenstein

A lot of unhappiness comes about in this world because we can’t let other people know what we mean clearly…

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