August 26, 2015

Parker Palmer’s Spectacular Commencement Address on the Six Pillars of the Wholehearted Life, by Maria Popova

“Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself… When you are able to say, ‘I am … my shadow as well as my light,’ the shadow’s power is put in service of the good.” -Parker Palmer

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August 25, 2015

The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

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August 24, 2015

In Elite Schools’ Vast Endowments, Malcolm Gladwell Sees ‘Obscene’ Inequity in Hoarding Money Intended for Students

“I was going to donate money to Yale. But maybe it makes more sense to mail a check directly to the hedge fund of my choice.” – Malcolm Gladwell (Twitter)

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August 17, 2015

Why the Academy Needs a Resurrection of the Soul, by Mark Edmundson

Courage, contemplation, compassion: These are the great ideals of the ancient world. And though their lights are dimming, there is still time to revive them, to examine them, and, if one is so moved, to bring them into one’s own life.

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August 4, 2015

Can Religion and Higher Education Coexist? by Q Ideas

Is newer always better? Most people don’t know that current educational practice is less than a century old. Paradoxically, the harder we try to produce great thinkers similar to those of the past, the further we move from the style of education that produced them.

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August 2, 2015

The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease, by Maria Popova

How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.

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August 2, 2015

Honey, I Broke the Website: Two Handed Warriors back online 10 days after crash

Here’s the good news, July 23-24 witnessed the largest THW 24 hour site use of all time. Here’s the bad news, the website went down around 7pm (EDT) on the 24th. After a week of frustration and a lot of help, we are finally back online.

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July 23, 2015

VARIETY: Larry Poland Builds Bridges Between Hollywood and Evangelicals, by Brian Lowry

Hollywood and evangelical Christians don’t exactly have a harmonious history. So it’s always something of a jolt to be reminded that a group of the latter schedules regular prayers for specific showbiz leaders and media influencers.

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July 21, 2015

On Social Media Culture and the Hellscape of Writing in the Era of New Media, by Kaleb Horton

Engaging in this, of course, is how Screwtape advises Wormwood to send his patient to hell, but what else is wrong with it? At least you feel relevant and modern.

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July 20, 2015

The Strange Dilemma of Being Nearly Famous: The Psychology of Personal Identity and Baywatch Celebrity Culture, by Maria Popova

“And so it was preordained: Alexandra had the makings of an actress, and I was already comfortable with the fleeting attention due a fake celebrity.” -Caroline Paul

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