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Is Curiosity Fleeting, or Worse? 

An interesting combination. From an evolutionary perspective, there is a clear reason why animals would seek out information: it can be vital to their survival and reproduction... Another possibility is that evolutionary pressures have made information intrinsically rewarding. - From HuffPost For educators with an interest in enhancing the truthiness of society, the present is a good …

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Evil Genius: What Satan Tells Us About Leadership 

A menacing portrayal of Satan. Satan is one example of a personification of evil found in many cultures. He's a devil, and in the case of Abrahamic religions, a fallen angel. Once good, Satan became a particularly crafty and ingenious devil working against God, and luring humans to sin. As a being who seduces us, he's an example of an evil genius. Humans …

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Using Words Against Us 

A powerful word. On Monday, POTUS followed a familiar pattern. Upon his apparent exoneration of accusations of treason, he accused his accusers of "treasonous" actions. President Trump went on the offensive on Monday a day after the special counsel investigation reported no conspiracy with Russia, suggesting that critics who pursued such suspicions were “treasonous,” guilty …

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Living Versus Imagining 

What if one of the make-or-break achievements in life is learning how to grapple with the following challenge: Live in the present, but imagine in the future. What if that is much easier said than done? What does it take to really imagine in the future? How does one really assess the "present"? What if the desire …

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Progress and Imagination 

Talk of racism in the U.S. has grown tremendously this year. I feel a key underlying issue of racism itself is a lack of imagination, or effort to use one's imagination in such a context. "Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) Take a Knee"   Why are some people racist? Do they feel superior to others? …

Posted 19 months ago by

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On Moral Leadership 

NYTCREDIT: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times On this day, hundreds of thousands of people are marching together throughout the world to protest Donald Trump's inauguration yesterday. I write in sympathy with these marchers, with the hope of creating more understanding between the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump, and the 66 million who did not. (Yeah, it's …

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What’s Not to Like about Innovation? 

Like creativity, innovation is a diffuse concept that requires a significant amount of rehabilitation to be used in an effective, precise way. The two concepts are indeed often intertwined. But I would want to argue that "innovation" is analogous to corporate personhood—and deserving of the same liberal ire. OK, let me unpack this a …

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Waiting on moral excellence 

It's been a while since I've worked on my essay on retirement and moral achievement. Originally, I set out with two goals. Firstly, I wanted to be pragmatic about the purpose of the essay ("It's for the Baby Boomers"), and write with an appropriate sense of urgency. Secondly, I wanted to settle some philosophical scores …

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Gauguin’s artistic quest to achieve moral excellence 

The following excerpt is from an unpublished essay on Gauguin (the artist) and Genius (the concept). First explored in a chapter in my doctoral dissertation, my argument is that Gauguin was a highly moral person – in spite of his sometimes reckless and irresponsible actions. I think this is an important counterintuitive case, for it …

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