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    The Joys of Being a Stoic

    Science and ancient Greeks agree—Stoicism increases well-being.

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    The Case for More Science and Philosophy Books for Children

    If we, as a society, were serious about our children, then children’s education—especially for those beginning “the age of reason”—would be our highest priority.Photograph by Sharon Mollerus / Flickr During my career as a scientist and a philosopher I have written and edited, thus far, 14 books. Of these, seven are for the general public. […]

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    Fame’s Troubling Ability to Turn Off the Brain

    Fame may be an unavoidable aspect of reality, an inherent part of the human condition, or just a quirk in the minds of some smart, social primates. In any case, it brings with it big problems. Here is the trouble with fame: It too often makes the recipient of it prone to hubris, and it even […]