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“A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” -- Schopenhauer
“A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” -- Schopenhauer

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Buprenorphine decreases suicidal ideation?
It's amazing what clinicians will do just to avoid entering into a therapeutic relationship with their suicidal patients (especially the borderlines). I really wish they had a control condition in which the hospitalized suicidal patients had daily individua...

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Conditioning males to become sexually aroused by a penny jar (Plaud & Martini, 1999)
Behavioral scientists, using classical conditioning, can make this penny jar sexually arousing. Behav Modif. 1999 Feb;23(2):254-68. The respondent conditioning of male sexual arousal. Plaud JJ 1 , Martini JR . Author information 1 Behavioral Associates of M...

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Our Miserable 21st Century -- Nicholas N. Eberstadt
One out of eight adult American males is a felon.Super. Read the whole article. It's insanely depressing.  Commentary "Most well-informed readers know that the U.S. currently has a higher share of its populace in jail or prison than almost any other country...

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The Null Hypothesis in Education, Restated
In other words, there isn't a single piece of education "research" out there that is worth reading. None. Arnold Kling "Consider an education intervention and a set of tests that it must pass. The intervention could be “more spending” or “method X used in t...

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Studies in Pessimism -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1892)
Happy Monday! Studies in Pessimism "[W]e generally find pleasure to be not nearly so pleasant as we expected, and pain very much more painful. The pleasure in this world, it has been said, outweighs the pain; or, at any rate, there is an even balance betwee...

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Anger at Things that Happen -- unknown
Anger at things that happen shows small wit; For all our wrath concerns them not a bit. -- unknown ancient poet cited in Plutarch

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James River Blues -- Old Crow Medicine Show (2006)
James River blues I just heard the awful news I could steer around the rocks But they're bustin' down the docks James River blues That train came on through And the work's gotten slow Now wheres a boat man to go I think I'll float on down To Richmond town T...

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Love your cat? It's because you want a baby.
"The soul, once stirred and set in motion, is lost in itself unless we give it something to grasp; and we must always give it an object to aim at and act on. Plutarch says of those who grow fond of monkeys and little dogs that the loving part that is in us,...

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James River Blues -- Old Crow Medicine Show (2006)
James River blues I just heard the awful news I could steer around the rocks But they're bustin' down the docks James River blues That train came on through And the work's gotten slow Now wheres a boat man to go I think I'll float on down To Richmond town T...

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"We are never at home, we are always beyond." -- Montaigne
"Fear, desire, hope, project us toward the future and steal from us the feeling and consideration of what is, to busy us with what will be, even when we shall no longer be." "I am ready to conceive an implacable hatred against all popular domination [democr...
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