Lead with the Destination, Not the Engine

Raj Balkaran, a scholar of Religion and Mythology, and personal coach, uncovers the power of myth as an engine for individual growth.

In Two Worlds

In Two Worlds: A New Podcast

A podcast on how we, as creative creatures, make meaningful lives and how we can best tackle the challenges of existence. Join the discussion as Jeffrey Howard interviews a wide gamut of guests, drawing from their expertise in psychology, education, religion, and history, to explore how we thrive as individuals and in our communities.

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First Impressions of an Unschooling School

Envision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment, whose primary aim is to develop emotionally intelligent children who can live meaningful lives.

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery Erraticus Image by Edwin Andrade

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery

Throughout most contemporary discourse about God and practiced religion, God is conceptualized as a literal being, leading believers to harm, vilify, and limit the potential of other people. While atheists ridicule the religious for believing in such a temperamental God, they have also limited their own potentials.

Beautiful Speech

Your body flies on a carriage of wind / To land aloft upon the ears of humanity / The question is always does it fit the trend? / Alas, tyranny of the majority is the calamity.

Unconditional Cash Transfers Can Fix Foreign Aid and Promote Freedom

Unconditional Cash Transfers Can Fix Foreign Aid

Foreign aid in the form of conditional cash transfers between governments tends to be abused by corrupt regimes, and rarely makes it into the hands of those in need. UCTs are a way to bypass that, and reinforce personal freedom.

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Why We Should Still Listen to Award Speeches, Even If ‘They’re Just Celebrities’

Perceived as self-congratulatory or smug acts of virtue-signaling, awards ceremony speeches play key roles in raising awareness for important issues. Celebrities are not political experts. Still, that shouldn't distract the public from reflecting on hot-button issues like minority representation in film, and sexual misconduct.

Spilled Blood

There's no use crying over spilled blood / she hums, scrubbing

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Is Jordan Peterson an Antidote Against the Pitfalls of Postmodernism?

Synthesizing neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, literature, and mythology, Peterson distills a message of individual responsibility, and how we can find meaning in the balance between chaos and order.

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Workers Can’t Stop Industry Change, But They Can Prepare For It

New technology may erode some industries, but as a whole, it improves lives and productivity; Still, we all have to adapt if we want to withstand the initial shocks resulting from this creative destruction.

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We Can Never Know Whether Something is Good or Bad, and That’s Okay

This Taoist parable highlights how our obsession with evaluating outcomes can be a deceiving diversion that distracts us from action and inner peace.

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a deservedly maligned Hollywood trope. But, she hearkens to an ancient archetype which can unlock a deeper understanding of love.

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A Divided World Needs to Make God a Useful Idea, Again

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.

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Building a Faith Community Without Belief in God

Tranquil chaos surrounded me, but I fervently believed that the humanities could offer answers to the big questions. Could a commonwealth of non-believers offer the same benefits of a faith community?

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Why Do We Think The Working Class is Less Intelligent?

Traditional methods of measuring IQ suggest that a correlation exists between intelligence and social class. This outdated view of intelligence, among other social and environmental factors, perpetuates a stigma and enlarges a widening intelligence gap.

How the Toothbrush Mirrors Societal Progress: An Oral History

How the Toothbrush Mirrors Societal Progress: An Oral History

Just as simple technologies have been abandoned for more beneficial advancements, so should we jettison institutions, laws, philosophies, and cultures which no longer incubate human flourishing.

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Medicine Alone Can’t Beat Diseases. We Need Stories Too.

In joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, one graduate student discovers the psychological power of proper stories, and how their equally impressive ability to challenge practices, were essential to improving medical outcomes.

Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Other Heroic Lessons from The Dark Knight

Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Other Heroic Lessons from The Dark Knight

Not only is the Dark Knight Trilogy a cinematic masterpiece, but it’s also a plat du jour of insight into the consequences of empathy and emotional resiliency.

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Lost Communication in a Completely Connected World

Like never before has technology been able to bring people together, from all over the world; yet, we struggle to resists its use as a way to alienate ourselves from one another.

Geek Culture is Mainstream, But Geek Girls Remain Left Behind

Geek Culture is Mainstream, But Geek Girls Remain Left Behind

Geek girls are vying for top-billing in a culture that used to ignore them and now frequently makes self-deprecating jokes about male geeks’ inability to coherently talk to women. Female representation is diversifying as women continue to grow as a consumer block, but women and girls deserve more.

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The 3 Faces of Political Incorrectness

There are three distinct types of anti-PC rebels. Two of them serve a valuable social function. The third is a menace and should be treated as such.

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

For all its silliness and sentimentality, Peter Pan serves as a precautionary tale for those who fear the responsibilities of living, and the uncertainties of dying.

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How Sports Bridge Our Cultural Divisions

The collective joys and sorrows of sports offer a healthy outlet for our tribal natures, and give us a safer space in which we can bridge gaps pertaining to more divisive societal arenas.

Reboots, Remakes, Revivals: Nostalgia in the Streaming Era

Reboots, Remakes, Revivals: Nostalgia in the Streaming Era

Contemporary popular media seems to be powered by the fumes of nostalgia, and doesn't appear to be changing course anytime soon. When should we let the past go, and when should we re-purpose television series and films to address our current challenges?

What the Covered Bridge Reveals About Our Struggle Against Nature

What the Covered Bridge Reveals About Our Struggle Against Nature

All important technologies must be granted the option of becoming passé. In fact, the goal behind any technology should be for it to serve well and to die young.

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Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

Whether parents admit it or not, most have a favorite child, though they should heavily consider whether admitting it would be in any child’s best interest.

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Elvish Has Been Spoken for Centuries In This Small Swedish Community

Experts estimate that one language goes extinct every 14 days. When a language dies, we lose history, culture, and a unique way of viewing the world.

How to Keep Jews Jewish by Being More Like the Amish

How to Keep Jews Jewish by Being More Like the Amish

A Jewish version of Rumspringa offers a proactive and holistic approach for developing religious identity in youth, while respecting individual autonomy.

Why So Serious, Part One: Child Abuse

‘Why So Serious?’ Child Abuse in the Dark Knight

 The actions, nonetheless, of our parents and the mentors of our youth bear heavily on our psychological, social, and neurological development.

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