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Will Wilkinson

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You're Smarter Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:31 PM

"I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing." -- Socrates

History tells us that Socrates won his debates by challenging rivals to prove what they believed they knew. They couldn't. This "proves" that knowing is not just about acquiring and defending knowledge, it is about...

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Anything Is Possible

(21) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:57 AM

The mysterious world of quantum physics is overturning centuries of scientific conviction. The primary revelation: Anything is possible.

The "observer effect" is a term that refers to what happens when something is observed... it changes. For instance, to check the air pressure in a tire you must use an instrument...

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Why I'm Not Watching the Super Bowl This Year

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:54 PM

OK, as a Canadian living the U.S. for the last 21 years, I admit that NFL football, and the Super Bowl party every year, have nudged steadily closer to the top of my list for why I prefer living here. Make Obamacare cheaper and I'll get my dual citizenship.


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Pay It Forward Fitness

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 6:37 PM

A Fitness Center in Portland called Beast Nation is being billed as the world's first free gym. Anyone can work out for no charge whatsoever, as long as they agree to commit three random acts of kindness after they leave.

Patrons are enthusiastic about the program and report activities like...

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Land of the Free? Not for Everybody

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 2:53 PM

America prides itself on being number one. Apparently America now jails 2.2 million people. So, with just 5 percent of the world's population, we boast 25 percent of its prisoners. America is the number one jailer in the world.

In 2011 almost half of all prisoners were incarcerated...

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If It Ain't Broke, Fix it

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Official spokespersons for the NRA are defending their reversal on supporting background checks for gun purchases because it "is not working."

Let's see, what would this be like in other areas? "Team, it's half time and we're losing; let's quit." Or, "Honey, we seem to be having communication...

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Lance Armstrong: Doped Because He Was Duped

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Lance Armstrong's recent Oprah confession that he used drugs to win was greeted with shock, condemnation, and the expected crusade for crucifixion in the news. As usual, the most important point has been completely missed. Yes, this is about Lance. But it's also about ourselves. As he has so embarrassingly...

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Life Is a Highway: 5 Questions to Guide Your Way

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Here on the West Coast, we drive the I-5 in our own state and occasionally into or across other states. Three things make our trips successfu: having a starting point and a destination and navigating between the two.

Life is a journey from birth to death, but most of...

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Today Is the Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:50 PM

The debate on gun control vs. more guns is heating up. Some blame the removal of God from classrooms; others bemoan easy access to automatic weapons. Calls for "immediate action" resound and, as usual, the most important lessons are being overlooked.

Life is sacred. Until we address how our society...

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Everything Is Going to Be OK

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:45 PM

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Finally, some good news.

Whether we celebrate the outcome of the election or mourn it, there's good news that's hard to ignore. Some comedian suggested that a win for Obama would be...

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Make Sure Your I.G.S. Is Steering Your GPS

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 7:47 AM

Being able to get to your geographical destination easily and quickly depends on navigation skills and traffic. Attaining life goals is more complicated. Outcomes are often vague, like being rich and happily married, which is hardly as precise as getting to Marv's Deli in Brooklyn by 7 p.m. on Thursday...

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