Isaiah Gooley

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Know Yourself

Jonathan Haidt talks about the power of ancient wisdom in The Happiness Hypothesis. Well, The Art of War was compiled around 600 BCE, though nobody knows who wrote it (likely,...

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Hundred Schools of Thought: The Dojo of the East (With Kung Fu Grip!)

I keep telling Hunter that all of these Mixed Mental Arts ideas are stuck in books, just waiting to be let out! Well, that’s always been the case, all over the world. The...

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Learn from Everyone

I like to talk to homeless people. They always have good stories. Full of sorrow, full of regret, or full of joy, these people are closer to something we all have in us than those...

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Cave Paintings and Sunshine

I have a little friend named Lee. He’s five years old. He doesn’t go to school right now, but he’s a smart kid. He sees the world as a puzzle to be explored,...

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Chris Ryan-ism: Question the Premise

Whenever I have a conversation with someone, I always try to understand their point of view. Sometimes, the point of view of others is built on a house of cards, sometimes...

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Bryan Callen and Uncle Lu

班門弄斧/bān mén nòng fǔ: Swing an axe in front of Lu Ban and pretend to be a master. 魯班/Lu Ban is the god of carpenters. Records show that he was born in the Kingdom...

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Wu-Wei: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a beautiful, poetic, fucking rad piece of literature. The Cliff-notes version? Not giving a fuck is way more difficult than it seems. This...

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Drink Up, Bitches

今朝有酒今朝醉/jīnzhāo yǒu jiǔ jīnzhāo zuì- Today we have liquor. Today, we get drunk. Mound after mound of psychological research trends indicate that the way to...

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Jordan Peterson: Thoughts from Tralfamadore and Bertram Copeland Rumfoord

I recently listened to the Audible recording of Slaughterhouse-Five (narrated by James Franco) while riding on a KC-10 into Ramstein Air Base, Germany. I was on terminal leave....

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Practice One Kick Ten Thousand Times

My father has been a master carpenter for 40 years. I never spend much time with him or his father, my grandfather, but I remember granddad saying “This is my son Mike, he...