What do you want to want? A short primer on the power of philosophical self-development.

In ethical philosophy, the study of what people should do, there’s this notion of first- and second-order desires. A first-order desire happens when a person wants something, whether explicitly (out loud) or implicitly (by their action): a person wants the pleasure and nutrition from eating a blueberry muffin. A person wants a paycheck. Needs that new first […]

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The protein mist(e)ak(e).

I’m here to talk about one question: Why is the governmental Recommended Daily Allowance for protein so freaking low if you want to build muscle? And why are the following answers so different?   http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/maki1.htm   https://www.verywell.com/protein-how-much-do-you-need-2242226   http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/protein   https://www.bing.com/search?q=How+Much+Protein+to+Build+Muscle&FORM=QSRE1   Background: I fix the diet, then I go to the gym. Every time. […]

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Get some power.

Whatever else might be said about this TED talk, the speaker is DEFINITELY voiced by Parks and Recreation’s Rob Lowe. It is freaking uncanny. Here he (Rob Lowe, not the TED talker) is, calling Amy Poehler a prick in a video pleasantly laden with statements less-attractive hosts would be forced to resign over: http://deadline.com/2013/10/amy-poehlers-a-prick-jokes-rob-lowe-with-letterman-on-parks-recreation-exit-video-623085/   […]

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My therapist doesn’t shrink the way others do.

Trigger warning: talk of grief. Most people I know respond to the idea of therapy in a pretty blase way. I can see why; telling your innermost desires and secrets to someone who could not possibly give a damn, ugh. And most therapists cannot imagine what might be going on in my head, obviously. For […]

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