Steve McEllistrem

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Why Words Matter

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Words matter. We all know that. We even learn a nursery rhyme to try to convince ourselves that they don’t: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But of course that’s a lie. Words … Continue reading

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Goldilocks Exercise

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I’ve been thinking about exercise a lot lately. How valuable is it? How much is too much? What’s the minimum I should be doing? Can I get it in a pill? Well, the last question is easy to answer. No. … Continue reading

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The End of War?

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The two main drivers of war are philosophy and land. Under the broader category of philosophy, we can identify two subsets – religion and nationality – while battles over land often boil down to economic security. Why does this matter? … Continue reading

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Fighting the Flu

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I’ve been thinking about illness for the past few days while fighting the flu, noting that it acts upon us in two ways. First, of course, it drains us physically, dispersing pain in many forms. The flu, for example, makes … Continue reading

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Cultivate Your Anger

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We all get angry. It grows in all our gardens – a base human emotion, hard wired into us by millions of years of evolution, rooted to the depths of our emotional structure. We can no more eliminate anger than … Continue reading

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What if Humanity has Reached its Apex?

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We began around 3 million years ago (give or take a couple hundred thousand years). We evolved over time, becoming smarter in some ways, less intelligent in others as we have focused our efforts on increasingly narrow fields of study. … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After – This is how most children’s books end – and they lived happily ever after. What a cruel punishment! To live happily ever after is to live in ignorance of the state of the world, to be unaware … Continue reading

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Examining the Soul

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What is the soul? This is a question science can’t answer – at least, not satisfactorily. Merriam-Webster offers this definition: “the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life.” And various religions offer various definitions – some … Continue reading

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Do We Have Souls? Free Will?

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Do humans have souls? This is a question that has plagued philosophers for centuries. Aristotle, for example, believed that plants have vegetative souls, animals have slightly more advanced souls and humans sit at the top because they have intellect and … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Truth

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We all claim to be interested in truth and yet our actions often tell a different story. Why is that? Partly it’s because truth is often difficult to ascertain. Some folks, for example, believe that vaccines cause autism despite the … Continue reading

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