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Farewell, E-Web Marketing

Working at a company is such a long and complicated story, it can be difficult to know where to begin – or which parts of the story to tell. Five years! – That’s as long as I was in high school for, half of my twenties (and half a decade). So much has happened, it’s ...

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 wondered what reflections would be...

Shawn Powrie
11 min read
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. When you’re asleep, are you...

Shawn Powrie
1 min read
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 fleeting presence on our tongues....

Shawn Powrie
4 min read
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 our criminal justice system” (United...

Shawn Powrie
15 min read
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 under which we may become...

Shawn Powrie
11 min read
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 that we experience depends on...

Shawn Powrie
4 min read
Goodbye Uni!

Four years, eight months, and twenty-five days — 10 high distinctions, 10 distinctions, and 6 credits — physics, electronics, mathematics, computing, information systems, astronomy and engineering — that’s what stands between me and the first day of my university education. Not as much or as long...

Shawn Powrie
17 min read