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The Ways We Remain Immature Children, Even as Mature Adults

In discussions about growing up, you’ll sometimes hear people say something like, “When you’re young, you think adults really have it together. But when you become an adult yourself, you realize grown-ups actually don’t have any idea what they’re doing either!” This is shared as some kind of conspiratorial secret — a ubiquitous-yet-under-discussed truth. Yet […]

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Podcast #567: Understanding the Wonderful, Frustrating Dynamic of Friendship

Friendship is arguably the most unique type of relationship in our lives. Friendships aren’t driven by sexual attraction or by a sense of duty, as in romantic and familial relationships, but instead are entirely freely chosen. My guest today says that’s part of why friendship is both uniquely wonderful and uniquely challenging. His name is Bill […]

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Sunday Firesides: Ride the Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance happens you’re trying to hold two contradictory ideas. It can manifest in making a difficult decision — when you think you want to take one path, but also see good in another. You’ve decided to break up with your girlfriend, and one part of you feels you’ve made the right choice, while the […]

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A Primer on Brandy

Claret is the liquor for boys, port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. —Samuel Johnson  Of all the spirits, brandy has perhaps the stuffiest, most aristocratic image. What comes to my mind is old men in velvet jackets, gently swirling oversized goblets of a rich mahogany-colored liquid in […]

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How to Carry Fire

Fire is one of four essential survival components, along with shelter, water, and food. In some environments, fire can be the trickiest to acquire and the most precious to sustain. If you’re out of matches and other man-made fire-starters, starting a fire with friction and natural materials is quite difficult. Thus, once you do get […]