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Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag

 

A thinking trek in Sils Maria, Switzerland that reminds the philosophy professor and author to heed Nietzsche's advice, "Become who you are." The book also offers up lots more to contemplate about earning life's wisdom, learning, love and philosophy.

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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain

 

"But have you asked yourself these questions in the deepest terms? Have you asked what is the thing you long for most, your unique imprint, singular mission, wordless calling? Have you asked where on earth is your closes approximation of home? Literally, if you sat down and wrote "Home" at the top of a piece of paper and waited a while, what would you write next?"

 

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The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World

Ethics involves our human choices in each moment of our lives to do the right thing for humanity.

Liautaud puts it like this:

“Above all, #ethics are about creating the story we want for our lives and all the lives we are privileged to touch, by applying principled #decision-making, no matter how close we are to the edge. Ethics require an unflinching commitment to #truth and humanity. Ethics are recording the story that we will be proud for others to uncover as our view of a life well lived--however the facts may unravel, however we may succeed or fail, whatever luck we may or may not experience, while learning from, but leaving unedited, the inevitable human moments when we don’t live up to this definition.”


And this.

“We can look in the mirror with #humility, knowing that we are all capable of the worst mistakes that others may make…”  and then to use Maya Angelou’s advice to “‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’” --Susan Liataud

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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

 

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.” --Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are by Flynn Coleman

 

"Although the world is replete with brilliant specialists, the form of genius best suited and most applicable to our Intelligent Machine Age may be combinatorial creativity. Combinatory creativity, or as Einstein called it, "combinatory play," is connecting the dots of different ideas to create something new and revolutionary[]. Combinatorial creativity can build bridges within minds, as well as between people, fields, generations, and societies. It's not simply about raw intellectual ability, but about combining ideas in interesting and surprising ways and reformulating them into new concepts." 

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Keeping Time Into The Great Beyond by BY VINCENT IALENTI for Noema Magazine

"The 10,000-year clock is neither a ‘frightening’ ‘distraction,’ as its critics scorn, nor the ‘admirable objective’ its fans claim. It’s something else — a monument to long-term thinking that can unlock a deeper and more thoughtful spirit of interpretive patience."

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