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Treadmill Euphemism

Treadmill Euphemism This is a treadmill We are all on it. Some of us move too fast And jump off the front. Some of us move too slow And fall off the back. But we are all on the treadmill (Whether we like it or not – Don’t believe me? Try to stop moving. Try

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eightstep me

Thank you so much for reading this! Your attention is valuable and I appreciate you spending your time with my thoughts. Perhaps you are a long-time reader or you’re just popping in to see what this section is all about. In either case, I’m here to explain a transition that the ‘my thoughts‘ section is currently

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Rationality vs… Magic?

We often think of intuition as being diametrically and functionally opposed to rationality. While rationalization is a logical, organized way of knowing, intuition is an evidence-free, irrational means of acquiring knowledge. But it turns out that rationality and intuition are arguably the same concept. Let’s explore. Humans are designed to rationalize. We want to find

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Synchronicity

The term “Synchronicity” was developed by the psychologist Carl Jung. It refers to ‘meaningful coincidences’ — events that seem causally disconnected, but have a clear relationship in your mind. For example, have you ever been thinking or talking about someone when they magically appear or contact you? Speak of the devil. Have you ever overheard a

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Our Stories

Our lives and our selves are our personal stories. Each perspective  is a reality, composed of a narrator, a setting, characters, and a plot. As one of my favorite philosophers of consciousness, Daniel Dennett, describes it:  “Professional novelists, like con artists, create narratives with cunning and deliberate attention to the details. The rest of us are

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Letting Go With Both Hands

A lot has happened in the 5 months since I wrote “To Let Go” — a post in which I used my experience at a Trump rally to explain my feelings about leaving graduate school.  Here’s a quick recap of some notable events in my life since then: Trump became the president I moved out of my

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Trauma

Trauma is a touchy subject. It’s like genitalia: we all have some, but we do our best to hide it. Everything we experience has an impact on us: the people and things in our lives; our thoughts and feelings; our past, our present, and even our perceived future. Because that’s what existence is: motion, collision,

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Whatever

“Whatever” is often thought of as an expression of not caring. But really, the phrase ‘whatever’ indicates a conceptual sore spot. It’s like a bright neon sign that the topic, idea, or thought at hand is something you’d rather avoid. Much like discomfort  and vulnerability, this innate desire to avoid the feeling makes us quite bad at

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Ups and Downs: Progress and Stagnation

I’ve always wanted a PhD, but I’ve never had a concept of what that means. Well, I know it stands for “Doctor of Philosophy,” but you don’t become a doctor or a philosopher when you get it… Instead “the completion of a Ph.D. is a requirement for employment as a university professor.” I thought I

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Ups and Downs: Strength and Weakness

In this series of posts about Up and Down I’ve been exploring how diametrically opposed concepts (light and darkness; hierarchy and heterarchy; comfort and discomfort) are mapped onto the spatial orientations of Up and Down, just like emotion and logic are represented by left and right. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson refer to this spatial mapping of

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