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Is Jordan Peterson Still Relevant?

Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life recently came out and while I haven’t yet read it, I thought it would be nice to return to his first 12 Rules book. Jordan Peterson is someone who has had a rough patch the last couple of years. After being in the spotlight […]

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The Concept of Freedom

I just finished reading Freedom: An Unruly History by Annelien De Dijn. In this book De Dijn gives the history of the concept of freedom. What does freedom mean? What is freedom exactly? What is our concept of freedom? These are some of the questions she tackles in this book, with great expertise. The first […]

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

Habits are the things that create our lives. It’s the little things we do every day. Brush our teeth, eat breakfast, watch television. Our lives are basically just the amalgam of our habits. Atomic Habits is a book about the small changes we can make in our lives that will compound and influence our lives […]

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I Read 101 Books in 2020

So yeah, 2020 was a sucky year. But at least I was able to read a lot. Not that there was much else to do being inside all the time. I wanted to read 50 books this year. Last year I read 38 books and I was like: hmmm, maybe this year I’ll be able […]

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Phaedo by Plato

Socrates is seen as the paradigm of the philosopher. If anyone thinks of the philosopher, then you think of Socrates. The man with the white beard, asking questions to everyone and annoying the shit out of them. That’s what a philosopher is. Someone who doesn’t take for granted the things we think we know. Socrates […]

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The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray

We’re in a time of radical change. Subjects previously never put to question are now heavily debated. Is gender something you’re born with or is it something that is socially constructed, or you ‘perform’ as Judith Butler would say. Can you choose to be gay or are you determined to be so? Are women and […]

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The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

“Do you not see that we’re not there yet?!” the madman shouts out through the streets. People are looking at him with an awkward eye. They laugh because of his weird doing. “He was right! I came back because I was too soon previously but maybe now, I am too late?!” The madman comes to […]

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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand emotions. We have all been in situations where it’s hard to read the emotions of other people. Are they crying or are they laughing? Maybe someone is irritated, and we don’t see it. Other times we get emotions spot on without even thinking about it. Understanding emotional intelligence is important […]

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The Essays by Michel de Montaigne

“Hey Michel, what are writing about?” says a friend who is visiting castle Montaigne on a Sunday afternoon, while looking down at his friend writing. A lot of pages are scrambled around in the room, looking all messy. Every page has been written on a couple times, showing notes to things written on them. “Trying […]

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Symposium by Plato

What is love? For most literary writers it’s one of the most interesting questions we are able to ask ourselves. The question has sparked a lot of debate. No wonder. It’s one of the most fundamental aspects in human life. And it should not bewilder us that the first philosopher to have created a coherent […]