Why Virtue?

Over two thousand years ago, Aristotle said, We are not studying in order to know what virtue is, but to become good, for otherwise there would be no profit in it. (1) The acquisition of virtues is not an antiquated mode of being, it’s a vital framework for human life.…

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Firing On All Cylinders?

For more than three hundred years Western thought has been dominated by the images of industrialism and scientific method.  It’s time to change metaphors.  We need to move beyond linear, mechanistic metaphors to more organic metaphors of human growth and development. (1)  Because we have learned to understand the world…

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What Everybody Needs to Know About Our Actions

In 1851, American physician, Samuel A. Cartwright presented a medical paper on a disease called drapetomania. This ‘illness’ was, according to Cartwright, the reason slaves tried to escape captivity. He believed drapetomania was mainly a result of masters who, …made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals.(1) Cartwright…

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What Everybody Needs to Know About Emergence

What are emergent systems?  In his book, Emergence – the Collected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software, Steven Johnson describes them as systems that – …solve problems by drawing on masses of relatively stupid elements, rather than a single, intelligent “executive branch.” They are bottom-up systems, not top down…  In a more…

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