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From the Archives: “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.” — Socrates

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New Post: The story we all know is that Icarus, being too passionate and ambitious, ignores his father's warning and flies too close to the sun—burning his wings and drowning in what is now the Icarian Sea. Yet there's another version of this story where Icarus flies too close to the sea and drowns. What do these stories teach us?

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From the Archives: How to use notecards to improve your memory and thinking.

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Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and the chase for enlightenment

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New Post: "What nobody tells people who are beginners is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years that you’re making stuff, it’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste—the thing that got you into the game—your taste is still killer." – Ira Glass

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From the Archives: Someone told me I must really love martial arts. Love isn't the right word. I don't do it because I love it, I do it because it's meaningful. There's a lot of things we love that we stop doing. We don't stop doing meaningful things. It's just a part of who we are.

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New Post: A parable about seeing beyond the immediate and into the unknown.

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From the Archives: The advanced focus on process; beginners plan for the end. In the example of submission grappling, an advanced player may leave an arm dangling (the dangling carrot). A beginner sees the arm unprotected and attacks, not realizing he is out of position. Beginners lose because of greed. Advanced players have discipline. The difference is in their ability to resist greed.

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New Post: The beauty of Star Wars was how it transmitted Zen, Taoist, and Stoic philosophy to the general public. And like any good philosophical contagion, the public wanted more. But much more to learn, there is.

"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." – Yoda

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New Post: A breakdown of the careers of Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo and what MMA can teach us about human behavior.
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