The Samurai of Ancient Japan

By Jonathan Davis / 05.16.2016 Cultivating the ethics of honour, discipline and mastery For nearly 700 years in feudal Japan approximately ten percent of the population lived as samurai ‘retainers’, a warrior class that lived in service to their respective provincial lords. The Samurai lived their lives by a code known as Bushido, which was[…]

What the Trial of Socrates Teaches About the Difference Between Winning and Excellence

What would he say about cheating? Statue of Socrates via www.shutterstock.com “What would Socrates do?” By Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine Indiana University Surveying news headlines in recent years, it seems that cheating is rampant. In the athletic arena, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for[…]

Why Support for Fighting Poverty is Already Higher Than You Think

CommonDreams.org By Jeremy Slevin / 05.05.2016 Public support for fighting poverty is growing. A much–publicized poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics last week finds that millennials increasingly favor government action to reduce poverty and expand opportunity. In fact, 47 percent of those between the ages of 18-29 agree that “basic necessities, such as food and[…]

Nietzsche on God and Power: Timely Meditations

Nietzsche – “Desconstruindo gigantes” by Emerson Pingarilho http://tinyurl.com/c4lontc By Dr. Timothy Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy University of Sydney Writer/Author Philosophy for Change Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a thinker at war with his times. To understand Nietzsche’s vision of the death of God and the will to power, we need to understand the world that[…]

Last Chance Saloon – One Man’s Unique Quest to Understand His Own Mental Health

Last Chance Saloon (11-part miniseries) is the story of Neil ‘Twink’ Tinning, a troubled, magnificent man living with bipolar disorder, and his unique attempt to understand the science behind his, and many other, mental health conditions – all while getting ready to play the biggest gig of his life. PART 1 Twink explains why he’s[…]

When Original Intent Isn’t So Original: The Senate “Thurmond Rule”

Senator Strom Thurmond / Creative Commons By Sean Pevsner, J.D. Brewminate Legal Analyst The preamble to the United States Constitution states: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of[…]

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community’s Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

Artist Unknown. Medellin, Colombia. (photo © Yoav Litvin) By Dylan Lebecki Translated by Ruth Grant Following decades of efforts towards reconciliation and reinvention, the Colombian city of Medellín gives the impression of having left behind its dark history to focus on the future, redefining itself as a place of inclusion and enterprise. Ambitious projects for[…]