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I recently posted about the trend of “productivity gurus and marketers” making inflated claims about how much people can …

We live in the age of the “productivity guru.” A productivity guru is someone who advertises his or her own productivity …

Here is a slimmed-down version of today’s excellent opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to remove the …

UPDATE: I devoted most of my nights and weekends this year to building the program described below with the help of Kostyantyn …

I wrote a complete version of this post a couple of days ago on a plane, but somehow lost the file. But then, I am writing this in part …

In two weeks, I am going to Las Vegas for my brother’s bachelor party. It is inevitable that I will gamble a bit and lose that …

Last summer and fall, I did a bit of research to try and identify books and study aids that might be helpful during my first year of …

Here is a list of the books and media I’ve read over the years that I have either (a) enjoyed the most or (b) learned the most …

My latest op-ed, “Lying about Libya,” appeared today in Mises Daily, a publication of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. …

My op-ed “Use of Predators Sets Dangerous Precedent” appeared today on Antiwar.com. In it, I criticize President …

The following is political philosopher Robert Nozick’s incredible allegory of the “Experience Machine,” from his book …

I appeared on Russia Today (RT) yesterday to discuss the U.S./NATO intervention in Libya as well as the situation in Syria - feel free …

My latest op-ed, “Rolling the dice in Libya,” appeared today on Antiwar.com. You can find the op-ed here as well as pasted …

(Note: The excerpts below are related to issues outside of education; I will post education-related excerpts from From Dawn to …

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I am spending it in Boulder, CO, one of the most beautiful cities in America. From “Static …

My latest op-ed, “Two cents about COIN,” appeared today on Antiwar.com. It discusses the the growing faith of U.S. …

It was after four then, and I lay in the dark, listening to the rain and to the morning trains coming through. They come from Buffalo …

Jonathan Glover’s Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century is one of the best and most important books I have ever …

I am currently reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl, a psychiatrist, was imprisoned in the Nazi …

I was sorting through some books in my closet yesterday, and I discovered a fantastic book which drew me away from my regular reading: …

One way to put the question I want to answer here is this: why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our …

Every departure from the principles of the law’s inner morality is an affront to man’s dignity as a responsible agent. To …

In an article published in Friday’s Washington Times, economist Tyler Cowen makes several interesting and provocative arguments …

At the very center of conservative thought lies this idea: that the present division of wealth and power corresponds to some deeper …

A few of my recent posts at Wide Awake Minds, in case you missed them: -A few of the things you can do in a great university, in which …

I finished “Moby-Dick” yesterday. It was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read - but also incredibly …

Even though Facebook currently has over 200 million active users, many people continue to doubt the value of social networking in …