The Town Square
Jaime Izurieta, an urban designer and town planner, explains how local solutions and placemaking fit into a globalizing world.
The key to fixing our cities, to creating Strong Towns, is to treat them like complex, emergent systems capable of iterative change.
Tribes and Tribulations
Daniel Wortel-London presents what a political worldview that centers uncertainty as a guiding principle might look like.
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To address rising atomization and alienation, we must account for radical inadequacy and experiment with more totalizing communities.
With the understanding that fear is the fundamental problem in being human, we have our starting point. To pursue this quest, we must fully deconstruct anxiety, reveal its origins and mechanism, and find its resolution.
‘The School of Life’ is on a crusade to avail us of our emotional ignorance. Philosopher Alain De Botton seeks to remedy the shortcomings of contemporary education systems and the institutions that have failed to instruct us in how to approach the big questions in life.
Our cultural institutions have the story backwards. Focus on well-being instead of achievement, and success will follow.
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Sages and Stoics
Neuroscience increasingly validates Buddhist practices, like meditation, which unlock the ability of the mind to change the brain.
Tradition and Progress
The answer to whether complex civilizations or moralizing gods came first has significant ramifications for how we address social ills today.
Once resembling the relationship between a devoted father and an admiring son, Freud and Jung split over the question of culture’s origins.
Nell Irvin Painter’s book identifies some of the roots of the inequality we see today, which are based on the antiquated “science” of race theory. We can use the social construct of race to address social injustices, but what do we do with the mixed legacies of race theorists?
In his newest book, God: A Human History, Reza Aslan seeks to provide an explanation for this rise of what he refers to as “the humanized God.” He proposes a more pragmatic idea of god, instead.