Building Up Your Intellectual Immune System

Ideas are like viruses. They can hijack your mind and cause you to do dangerous things. Consider Ted Kaczynski. Despite being a brilliant math prodigy, he became convinced that the world was heading towards self-annihilation. The only solution was to return to a pre-technological, agrarian society. When his own exile from society failed, he started […]

Does It Matter Whether Advice is Authentic?

For the last few years, I’ve been having an interest in Buddhist philosophy. The unique perspective on life often feels like it balances out some of the excesses of our achievement-driven self-improvement culture. Does that feeling change, however, if instead of being an ancient, Indian religion discovered by an ascetic named Gotama, it was instead […]