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August 9, 2017

The Delphic maxims are a set of 147 aphorisms (sayings) inscribed at Delphi, one of the most important religious sanctuaries of the ancient world. Some attribute them to the God Apollo’s Oracle, some to Apollo himself. Later research attributes them to the seven sage sisters of Greece. Recent scholars believe that they are merely the collection of traditional proverbs collected over the centuries. The most recognizable of thos...

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." - Albert Camus

Have you ever sat down and thought, “What is my purpose in life? What is my passion? Where do I go from here?” These are some of the most common questions we have all struggled with at one point or another in our lives. I do not claim that I am in a qualified pos...

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” - Seneca

My quest for world philosophies on Life and happiness lead me to an encounter with a profoundly insightful book whose ideas are still as universal and applicable today as they were back when it was written more than two thousand years ago. The book is “On the shortness of life” by Seneca. He was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist...

A box of lenses

“I became a skeptic of one way of seeing the world. And I think it is what started me in my awareness that any worldview is superstitious.” - Ben Okri

It is one of those days where nothing seems to be going right for you; the job is too stressful, long hours and lowered energy, feelings of anxiety kick in to make things even more confusing. You look for clarity, and it is nowhere to be found. You rub your eyes in...

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell

Doubt and Fear, you rarely find one without the other. One of the biggest problems they create is they seem to paralyze their victims from head to toe. Once they set their hooks in you, it becomes seemingly impossible to get anything done. Fear creates doubt and doubt creates new...

“It is a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It is s about the mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.” - Adam Savage

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, to understand and connect ideas logically in an independent and reflective thinking. It requires the active ability of reasoning rather than being a passive recipient of information.

As a critic...

February 3, 2017

“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.” - Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle (attributed to William of Occam) which states that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary. 

The principle can be interpreted as when...

Have you been stuck in a situation where there were no obvious solutions and after fretting about it for some time, all of a sudden, you come up with a brilliant, innovative idea that works like a charm? Chances are you have, and what you have experienced then is your creative faculty at work.

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