Betterment

"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our rafts are checked… the human individual lives usually far within his limits."
- William James, The Energies of Men

This collection is about being more than than the halt, the lame, half-made creatures that we are. The greeks called it 'arete', others call it 'dharma'. We'll call it 'betterment'.

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It's not 'just' a placebo


The trap of scientific evidence


The Value of the Sacred


Project Petrichor


A narrative of 'grit'


The nuance in Maslow's Hierarchy


States of Mind


Female zealots


The true meaning of family ties


The predictability of humans


Accidental talent


Teenage brains aren't undeveloped, they're just doing something else


On Emotion


Honey-bees are smarter than they should be


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Neurotransmitters are a confidence game


It's not 'just' a placebo


The trap of scientific evidence


The beauty of stress


The amygdala is a distraction


Meaning and its patterns in the brain


Animals First


Amusing Ourselves to Death


Voluntary Censorship


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The Value of the Sacred


In praise of the sage


Project Petrichor


Solving the Paradox of Tolerance


Existential Therapy


A narrative of 'grit'


The nuance in Maslow's Hierarchy


States of Mind


Your personality doesn't belong to you


Elemental Personalities


Advice on brain science from a farming manual


Female zealots


How we choose our psychic predators


The sophists: natural justice or social justice?


The true meaning of family ties


The predictability of humans


Accidental talent


Teenage brains aren't undeveloped, they're just doing something else


Four stages of competence


On Emotion


We're setting goals wrong, we're missing the point, and it's troubling


Who was Plato and Why Should We Care


Common sense isn't as helpful as you'd like, and neither is the truth


Honey-bees are smarter than they should be


The false promise of a return to nature


Avoiding the scientific ego problem


Why catharsis is a (dangerous) lie


Alert - IQ scores are meaningless


Happiness is a direction


How reading (good) non-fiction books builds your empathy


The three aspects of the unique human experience


What kind of (armchair) psychologist are you?


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