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Tolstoy’s Gospel In Brief: The Truth About Jesus Christ

The Grave Misunderstandings Of The Teachings Of Jesus Christ That Have Made Christianity A Laughing Stock Look, and you won't see it. Listen, and you won't hear it. Use it, and you will never use it up -- Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC. Religion is one of those things that does beautiful things as much as it does horrible....

The Child-Mind VS The Adult-Mind: Managing Perpetual Curiosity

Dealing with conflicting (or too many) interests, iron-prescriptions and the importance of prioritisation If you’re interested in all things, and have a perpetual curiosity about the universe, life and the world, it’s essential that you discriminate between your interests, and that you prioritise your time, and that you have discipline. You are a rare breed; you have the curiosity of a child,...

Learning To Read Literature Properly: How To Read Literature Like A Professor, By Thomas Foster

Thomas Foster's insightful guide on reading between the lines Before reading this book I was of the opinion that the only books you should read front-to-back, all the way through, without thinking too much, were stories and novels, and most works of fiction; all other books -- poetry, philosophy, science, history, instructional, etc -- are written in such a way that...

Dan Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow: The Cognitive Science Bible

How and why do we think, act, judge, make decisions and learn? In the last few decades, the progress we've made in understanding the human mind -- both the biology of the brain and how we think -- is beyond belief.  It is Dan Kahneman we have to thank in large part for how far we’ve come with the latter. A lifetime...

Walter Isaacson’s Franklin: An American Life

Walter Isaacson gives the world an incredible, deep and profound insight into the world and life of Ben Franklin. A polymath of his day; a printer, postmaster, writer, poet, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, entrepreneur, businessman, political theorist, politician, freemason and founding father of Modern America, Franklin is one of the most interesting people to ever walk the earth. This...

Epicurus, And His Philosophy

Learning The Truth About Epicurus: The Greatest Insight Into Epicurus? You may of heard of Epicurus, and depending on where you heard of him, his philosophy and how he lived, the impression you have could be one of awe, reverence or high esteem, or it could be one of contempt, disregard or disdain. Whatever you think you know about him, if you...

Conquer Your Fear

We are living our lives in fear. Fear of the internal and the external. We think that by working to remove the fear of the external, we can somehow beat the internal. But this behaviour is the equivalent to wallpapering over a live electric wire: it will always sting when we touch it even slightly. When you commit to removing...

Ancient Wisdom From The Tao Te Ching: The Penultimate Poem And The Perfect World

The following poem is from the ancient book known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching”), written by the mysterious figure Lao Tzu, over 2500 years ago. It is one of two foundational Daoist texts — the Zhuangzi being the other — and is widely regarded as one of the greatest, most wisdom-rich works ever written. It’s easy to assume the...

21 Things You Learn When You Study Hundreds Of Successful People

Gems of Wisdom, Deep Insights, Home Truths and Life Lessons from the world's most successful Why can we not follow our own advice? remember all the lessons we invariably learn on our journey through life? always do what is right and good? achieve anything and everything we desire? all just get along? -- Ahh, the big, mysterious, ambivalent and unanswered questions about human...

How Not To Fool Yourself When Reading

Reading Well, Memory Vs Understanding, and Building Rafts Reading books as a way of learning, gaining insight or simply just satisfying a niggling curiosity about unexplored fields, is perhaps the most effective, most underrated and most profound practice you can undertake. If you ask most people if they read, the answer returned is typically a "Yes" but the truth, is somewhat the opposite: outside of...

Ancient Wisdom From The Tao Te Ching: True Knowing Is Not-knowing

The following poem is from the ancient book known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching”), written by the mysterious figure Lao Tzu, over 2500 years ago. It is one of two foundational Daoist texts — the Zhuangzi being the other — and is widely regarded as one of the greatest, most wisdom-rich works ever written. It’s easy to assume the...

How To Get More Done With Less Effort — The 1 Thing You’re Probably Not Doing Right

Use It Or Lose It Tendency, The Power Of Habit, And Creating More Time For The Things You Love We are creatures of habit. We are habit machines. Almost everything we do from the moment we wake up to the moment we hit the sack, is a function of habit. Without the habit-forming ability we have as a species, we'd probably still...

The 1 Game Warren Buffett Says Will Change Your Life

A Wake-up Call From The World's Second Richest Human Recently I was watching a speech from Warren Buffett and in it he shared a fascinating little exercise, that, when done correctly, brings to light some very interesting -- perhaps controversial -- beliefs that you hold; including many you're unaware of. Before you run away thinking this is all about investing, stop -- because this question concerns not investing, but your...

Ancient Wisdom From The Tao Te Ching: How to be a follower of Tao

The following poem is from the ancient book known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching”), written by the mysterious figure Lao Tzu, over 2500 years ago. It is one of two foundational Daoist texts -- the Zhuangzi being the other -- and is widely regarded as one of the greatest, most wisdom-rich works ever written. It's easy to assume it's...

Change Your Life With These 7 Must Watch Podcasts From Tim Ferriss

Podcasts are an incredibly undervalued learning resource. Many people simply don't realise the gems of wisdom, incredible knowledge and deep insight to be gained from the vast multitude of podcasts out there. One of the most popular is the Tim Ferriss Show, with yep, you guessed it, Tim Ferriss. Tim became known for his book the '4 hour Work Week' in 2007,...

Ancient Wisdom From The Tao Te Ching: the meaning of enough

The following poem is from the ancient text known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching.”)  A very short, often puzzling read that is widely regarded as one of the greatest works ever written. Because it is a book of poetry, the verses can be difficult to understand and comprehend; some are more obvious than others, but if you stick with the tough ones long enough,...

Ancient Wisdom From The Tao Te Ching: The greatest obstacle is self

The following poem is from the ancient text known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching.”)  A very short, often puzzling read that is widely regarded as one of the greatest works ever written. Because it is a book of poetry, the verses can be difficult to understand and comprehend; some are more obvious than others, but if you stick with the tough ones long enough,...

Beautiful Lines From The Tao Te Ching: Let go of control

The following poem is from the ancient text known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Day Ching.”)  A very short, often puzzling read that is widely regarded as one of the greatest works ever written. Because it is a book of poetry, the verses can be difficult to understand and comprehend; some are more obvious than others, but if you stick with the tough ones long enough,...

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