Category: Personal

Personal Thoughts and Experiences

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5 life reflections as I turn 30

On the 22nd of December 1987 a stream of conscious flow later to be labelled “Shawn” entered the world in a hospital near Pretoria, South Africa. Now, as I turn 30 years old, I’ve...

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What is the “self”?

What is “self”? What is this thing that you call “me”? Every night, almost everyone in the human race surrenders a state of consciousness for a state of unconsciousness — we go to sleep....

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Embracing the paradox of Goodness and Greatness

“Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their...

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Offworld trading company: Managing expectations walkthrough

As a new player to Stardock’s Offworld Trading Company, I found Managing Expectations and Proof of Employment missions particularly difficult, because for the first time you are given a normal competitive environment and so...

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Some Thoughts on Free Will

“The U.S. Supreme Court has called free will a “universal and persistent” foundation for our system of law, distinct from “a deterministic view of human conduct that is inconsistent with the underlying precepts of...

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Blame, Fault, and Personal Attribution

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes The English phrase “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” has an interesting implication; it means to tell us that there are certain conditions...

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Is life a rough ride?

We all endure trials and challenges. We all endure difficulties, setbacks, frustrations, and non-ideal circumstances. Life can be a rough ride. But as this article will explain; the roughness of the ride of life...

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Why we don’t do things

With the new year upon us, many people are setting their “new year’s resolutions” — usually an inordinately long set of goals that are cute and ornate, but unrealistic. Nevertheless, when you crack down...

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The Rock-Paper-Scissors Effect

I was recently watching the DOTA 2 2014 international championships. In these epic games, the best of the best teams play off against each other to find a world champion, this is not unlike...

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TED — top 10 ideas worth speading

Approximately two years ago I first came across TED.com, it was on my smartphone and it was a highly recommended app. I don’t know why, but I decided to install it and watch the...