Jon Pehleman

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Is it possible to have morality in a free market?

<i>This speech was delivered today at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY.</i><p>Are the markets moral? Should we expect them to be? Moral according to whom? And if they’re not moral, are they immoral? Amoral? Or value-neutral?<p>The bigger the questions, the more likely we are to be heading into some …

LeBron’s Quest for Immortality

With a title in hand, the next step for King James is to secure his legacy<p>At the relatively tender age of 28, he stands alone on the mountaintop, …

Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds?

A linguist finds a correlation between "ejective consonants" and high altitude.<p><b>Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study.</b><p>The study, published online June 12 in the journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>, is the first to …

How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity

Honoré de Balzac is said to have consumed the equivalent of fifty cups of coffee a day at his peak. He did not drink coffee, though—he pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. He described the approach as “horrible, rather brutal,” to be tried only …

Study: People Can Be Trained in Compassion

Equipped with a meditation room for scientific research and a brain-imaging lab, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison examined, for the …

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” …

The 'New' Benefits Of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores

Paying attention may be one of the most fundamental and important cognitive abilities we have. It’s too bad, then, that many of us are so bad at it. It’s not only our outer distractions that get the better of us – email, texts, Twitter – but even worse can be the internal ones: Mind-wandering is a …

Why paying attention is anything but elementary

It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?<p>“The true art of memory is the art of attention,” wrote Samuel Johnson. Wise words, indeed, but what exactly is this art? Do we really know …

George Berkeley: Philosophy In An Hour

Born 12 March 1685, George Berkeley is the sort of philosopher who gives philosophy a bad name. When you first read his work you think it’s …

Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy In An Hour

Thomas Aquinas died on 7 March 1274, and ascended to heaven. Forty-nine years later he became a saint; and in 1879 Pope Leo XIII pronounced that …

What We Mean When We Say 'Race Is a Social Construct'

In a world where Kevin Garnett, Harold Ford, and Halle Berry all check "black" on the census, even the argument that racial labels refer to natural differences in physical traits doesn't hold up.<p>Andrew Sullivan and Freddie Deboer have two pieces up worth checking out. I disagree with Andrew's …

Descartes - Philosophy In An Hour

By the end of the sixteenth century, philosophy had stopped. It was Descartes who started it up again.<p>Philosophy had begun for the first time in the …

We need to talk about masculinity

We need to talk about masculinity. Across a country torn by recession and struggling to adapt to social change, men and boys are feeling lost and …

Bertrand Russel - Philosophy In An Hour

Bertrand Russell lived for almost ninety-eight years. It was a long and remarkably eventful life for a philosopher, and it covered the greatest …

Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world that it's hard to imagine what it would be like not to …

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