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Sartre on Love, Sexual Desire and Relationships

(2) Comments | Posted 27 March 2013 | (07:20)

It may seem an obvious question, by why are human beings obsessed with relationships?

Jean-Paul Sartre's masterpiece Being and Nothingness (1943) made him one of the great modern philosophers of freedom. Though long and very difficult to read, his purpose was to drill down to find the heart of our...

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Life Isn't Short: What it Means For Your Success

(1) Comments | Posted 19 March 2012 | (14:00)

Just over a century ago, a boy born in America could have expected to live, on average, to 46. A girl born in the same year, 1900, might have reached the grand old age of 48. Yet by 1950, a dramatic rise in life expectancy, due mainly to better nutrition...

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The Power of Thinking Long

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (23:00)

For a decade and a half, my job has been to identify and write about the classic books in the self-improvement and self-growth field. It's been a great experience that has enriched me in many ways, but about half-way through the project I started to get a sense of something...

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Before They Were Famous

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2011 | (00:00)

Stephen Fry, the English author and wit, was once having coffee with some young, emerging comedians in Chicago. He said to them:

"From the vantage point of my 'elderly' position of a 50 year old... if I could offer any advice it is that it is that it is...

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Does Motivation Really Work?

(3) Comments | Posted 4 July 2011 | (14:32)

The personal growth industry is built on the idea that we can get fired up by a walk-on-coals weekend seminar or a new book and then radically change our life. Most of us have been 'motivated' in this way, and I'm not saying it's bad. But what tends to happen?...

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