7 Reasons to Quit Social Media

We only become aware of the dangers of our technology when it’s too late. Today, the biggest dangers to us are not necessarily from outer space or even from our own government. Rather, it’s the technology we create ourselves that poses the greatest threat to our future. And much of this technology is seemingly harmless; […]

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: A Review

In his book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, author Kevin Dutton argues that psychopathic traits are not always negative and that, in fact, some of the most successful people in the world exhibit many of the same traits as psychopaths. Dutton defines a psychopath as […]

A Simulation of a Debate between Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Tate

OPRAH: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this historic debate. I am Oprah Winfrey, and I will be arguing that culture is an essential part of society. With me is Andrew Tate, who will be arguing that culture is nothing more than a luxury. TATE: Thank you, Oprah. It’s a pleasure to be here. OPRAH: Let’s […]

Why do People Engage in Self-Deception?

The capacity for self-deception has long puzzled philosophers, psychologists, and laypeople alike. How is it that we can hold two apparently contradictory beliefs at the same time? And why is it that, more often than not, we are unaware of the inconsistency in our own beliefs? The first thing to note about self-deception is that […]

Kierkegaard on Self-Deception

In Either/Or, Søren Kierkegaard offers a detailed critique of the aesthetic life. For Kierkegaard, the aesthetic life is one lived for pleasure and sense-enjoyment. This may sound like a good thing at first, but Kierkegaard argues that it is actually quite dangerous. Why? Because living for pleasure leads to a life of inaction and empty […]

Ernest Becker on Self-Deception

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Denial of Death,” Ernest Becker argues that the basic human motivation is the fear of death. This fear leads us to develop various mechanisms of self-deception, which allow us to deny our mortality and maintain a sense of control in an otherwise chaotic and unpredictable world. While Becker’s book […]

Nietzsche on Self-Deception

One of the most human things we do is deceive ourselves. Whether it’s convincing ourselves that we don’t have feelings for someone when we really do, or telling ourselves that we didn’t enjoy a book when everyone else loved it, self-deception is something we’re all guilty of. But what does it mean to self-deceive? And […]

How to Hustle Using Propaganda

In his book “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes”, Jacques Ellul posits that propaganda is one of the most powerful tools available to those who want to control the masses. He defines propaganda as “the effort to affect, manipulate, or control the thoughts, emotions, and behavior of a group in order to benefit the sponsor […]

Price Determines Perception

Here’s a shorter version of the story that Robert Cialdini tells us about in his book, Influence. A business owner who owns a consignment of slow moving turquoise jewelry, leaves a hand-written note for one of her sales staff to mark down the stock at “x ½” price before leaving for an out-of-town trip. On […]