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C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled <b>“Divine Omnipotence”</b> from his altogether fascinating 1940 book <b>The Problem of Pain</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a scintillating …

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21 Day No Complaint!<p><b>“This $@#&ing Mac will be the death of me. Intuitive, my ass.”</b><p>It just slipped out, and I don’t think I can be blamed. I was ready …

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success

<b>Richard Branson left school at the age of 16 and set up Student Magazine with one of his friends. He went on to start Virgin Records in the 1970s and is the founder of the Virgin Group. In the 1980s he formed Virgin Atlantic airline and the 1990s saw the arrival of Virgin Mobile and Virgin …

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One Taste Quotes by Ken Wilber

“And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral …

The “I” of the Beholder: What Is the Self?

<i>“I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Leo Lerman in history’s most gracious turn-down of a major magazine profile, <i>“I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles.”</i> And yet despite how much science may …

John Steinbeck on the Creative Spirit and the Meaning of Life

A decade before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) wrote <b>East of Eden</b> (<i>public library</i>), which was eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same title starring James Dean and which Steinbeck originally addressed to his two young sons. (The …

The Miraculous in the Mundane: Richard Feynman Explains How Rubber Bands Work

When you see an ordinary rubber band stretched around and holding together a stack of stuff over a long period of time, you’re actually witnessing a miraculous force of physics at work — a perpetual pounding of the atoms as they struggle to hold these chains together against the outward push of the …

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility

In 1988, Bill Moyers produced a series of intelligent, inspiring, provocative conversations with a diverse set of cultural icons, ranging from Isaac Asimov to Noam Chomsky to Chinua Achebe. It was unlike any public discourse to have ever graced the national television airwaves before. The following …