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5 Reasons Self-Help Books May Not Work for You

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, August 5 2020

After researching philosophy, psychology, behavioral economics, religion, and related fields for over 20 years, I began to notice patterns in the recommendations.  The universal concepts that determined meaning became The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life's purpose, but there were also common assumptions made that anyone delving into se...

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5 Examples of How Reciprocity Affects Our Ethics and Behavior

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 24 2020

Reciprocity is one of the three near-universal societal ethics (the others being fairness and minimal harm; they are near-universal since they sometimes conflict with each other).  Reciprocity has evolved in social animals over millions of years—cooperative behavior increases survivability, while anti-social behavior hinders it.  Therefore, groups...

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The Meaning of Life

5 Incorrect Conclusions About the Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 3 2020

Because the meaning of life has been asked by billions of people, dozens and dozens of conclusions have been drawn about what it is for them and for society.  While meaning is personal and unique to each individual, many people have come to conclusions about what the meaning of life is for all humans or all life on Earth. The Meaning of Life: A gui...

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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 27 2020

You know the situation: you do everything you're supposed to do, you do everything the right way...and then bad things happen to you.  How is that fair?  Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a tough one to answer since it requires giving what might seem to be bad news (does that make me the bad thing happening to a good person reading t...

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