A Book Review of We Can Do Better by David Goldbloom

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Humane…Accessible…Brilliant! Mental illness is such a yawning, abysmal public issue. Whether it’s as pedestrian as trying to help suffering friends and family, to acting in the capacity of legislator, advocate, innovator, or full-fledged psychiatric professional, the battle seems hopelessly Sisyphean. I believed (until recently) it’s so intractable that to think our way out is analogous to jumping in the hole pulling the hole in after you.

“[I]f dignity and compassion are not persuasive enough, then let the money speak. A psychologically more sound citizenry measurably relieves our already overburdened…

It’s always ‘the other side’ who is guilty of spin.

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The following is a review of a book called Republic Of Spin — An Inside History of the American Presidency. It was written by Professor David Greenberg.

The work details the long toruous past of executive posturing and management of press coverage. The more I worked on this summary (for various reviewing platforms), I felt it would make for an excellent blog here on Medium.

If you’re engaged with politics, you will hear no shortage of postmodernism-bashing. When I was speaking recently with Professor Stanley Fish, on my YouTube channel…

Why Concerns Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Are Completely Justified

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If you follow my content, you know that I frequently comment on and even interview guests regarding their views on Artificial Intelligence. It’s deeply fascinating to me on many levels.

I think it is most interesting philosophically as it inclines one in the direction of those most basic value-driven queries: Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my purpose? Am I a product of mindless, unguided evolutionary processes or is there something transcendent about me? What is consciousness?

It doesn’t take immensely powerful skills of observation to notice certain…

A Book Review of 2084 by John Lennox

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Finally! A voice that can drown out the almost gleeful pitch of techno-utopians who know nothing more sacred than themselves and the productions of their own hand. No…I’m not a Christian. I’m not even religious. I’m an Atheist. But when the emeritus Prof. Lennox speaks, I listen…carefully!

I do not share his worldview. Having abandoned my upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, I’m also somewhat impatient should conversations turn speculative and eschatological. When it comes to challenging the evangelical so-called ‘rationalists’ however (ie. Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, et…

Causes, Signs & Remedies For Passive Aggressive SOB’s (…Like Me)

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Okay…the subtitle was a little over-dramatic. I generally can’t stand passive-aggressive behaviour. It wasn’t until I did a little digging, however, that I realized I had to make some adjustments to my own personality in this regard. I think all of us would recoil to think of ourselves as being passive-aggressive. Yet we all know they exist; don’t we?

It’s sort of like how cult followers never believe they're in a cult, right? But, even people in cults know what a cult is. Similarly, a deep dive into the matter…

A new field in medicine that affects everyone

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Recently, I read a book that has completely changed my life. It is easily within my top five reads. Per the title of this article, I’m speaking about Cured, The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing by Jeffrey Rediger, M.D.

It is immensely informative, as it is inspiring.

Similar to the author, I grew up with a Christian fundamentalist background. Much like him, I rebelled against the biblical literalism, the isolationist lifestyle, the dogmatism, the evident empirical falsehood peddled as absolute truth. And again, much like Dr. …

The “axis of comfortable-misery”

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I am not going to overcomplicate this. There is a direct connection between comfort (the known, the familiar), and misery (aborted dreams, regret). If you feel like you are failing at the game of life, this is probably the reason.

Much like the guilty comforts we indulge in at our local pubs, the thoughts and habits we daily entertain — because they're cozy and satisfying — are the very ones that make us apathetic, lethargic, indolent. And so we drink from the bottles that empty us.

Worded differently, it’s difficult to give up the beliefs, routines, and vices that make…

Not just a puff piece

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So here’s the deal: while I’m an experienced writer, I’m fairly new to Medium. And like all authors here I want to get published. Is this a shameless, transparent, self-serving, attempt at doing so? Of course, it is!

Am I capable of rendering an unbiased opinion? Probably not. Having said that, I was a consumer long prior to pursuing Mind Cafe (MC) as a contributor. So, this is not entirely disingenuous.

Finally, will this be a patronizing audit? Well…yes, but only slightly. I am still an opinionated blogger who will get syndicated, sooner or later…

The point of maximal freedom

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“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Our journey to the top is not ‘a climb’. It’s a free-fall; and then it’s a campaign through the bowels of hell. This is not meant to contradict the tested and true advice from proponents of personal development, because these are speaking in practical terms. True, success is not generally an overnight affair. It’s gradual.

The above is rather meant in a qualitative…

Why you should always start from a place of creativity

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Throughout this piece, I wish to persuade you that we have been deceived. We have been fed a steady diet of what has been called Social Darwinism. This philosophy asserts that your value, especially economic, is decided by your ability to compete.

Now, in a vocabulary common to the perennial self-starter — that’s you and me, by the way — Social Darwinism is that man in a gilded Bentley, who says, “Try harder, you’re too expensive!” This delusion seems, at least to me, to addle high-level economic theory. It has also throttled the entrepreneurial, and even the personal development world.

Derek London

Editor for Diogenes Lounge. Writer for ILLUMINATION and a YouTube personality. Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHBpAoID8i6tqz6ksLSY8ow

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