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Another View of History

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December 2013 Ivan Obolensky William the Conqueror was born in France in 1027. In 1066, he invaded England and defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings. William died at Rouen on September 9th, 1087. Life is often reduced to a series of facts. This is what passes for history in most schools. Is it any wonder that many children find …

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Self-sabotage

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November 2013 Ivan Obolensky Many people want to get rich. Starting out, the young man or woman who wants to be wealthy figures the money is in either being a lawyer, a doctor, or working for a financial powerhouse like Goldman Sachs. Starting a technology company might also be a good idea. CEOs earn huge sums, and Wall Street traders …

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In Light of New Evidence

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October 2013 Ivan Obolensky Kevin Stewart commutes between his home and his work by car. The daily trip takes forty minutes on a good traffic day and an hour and fifteen on a bad one. He has been making the commute for a year and a half. He rarely exceeds the speed limit. He considers himself a good driver but …

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Time Will Tell

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September 2013 Ivan Obolensky We live in a world that is far more networked and connected than ever before. As we confront and deal with this complexity, are we becoming more intelligent? Insects, plants, fish, and a myriad of other creatures from lobsters to tree frogs have inhabited Earth for millions of years. Have they gotten smarter with their longevity? …

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Connected

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August 2013 Ivan Obolensky   On March 11, 1854, Chief Seattle is said to have given a speech ceding native lands to settlers near the present city of Seattle which carries his name. He was of the Duwamish people and his name was not Seattle but closer to Si’ahl. What was said exactly in the speech is a matter of …

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The Spice Trade

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July 2013 Ivan Obolensky One of the most coveted and desired occupations for the budding entrepreneur of the 15th and 16th century was to be an explorer. This was not due to potential explorers wanting to fulfill an overly developed desire for adventure, but because they dreamed of riches. How was it possible to gain great wealth from exploration? Although …

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Memories

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June 2013 Ivan Obolensky When we look at the world, what do we see? We see what makes sense to us, and what we are comfortable with. Research into how the brain processes sight gives added emphasis to this concept because a large portion of what we perceive is manufactured by processes below our level of awareness. This is true …

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Ideas and the Scientific Method

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May 2013 Ivan Obolensky Joshua James is a scientist, a Doctor of Pathology (disease). In this hypothetical example, he has observed a particularly nasty illness and has constructed a hypothesis as to how he thinks it functions. He has based his hypothesis on several long-term sets of observations. He has been experimenting with a vaccination for several years and feels …

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Born under a Bad Sign

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April 2013 Ivan Obolensky   Bob stands in a subway car hanging onto one of the straps on his way to work downtown. He is in the insurance business. He likes planes. He wanted to be a pilot when he was growing up. But one thing led to another, and his career path moved from aeronautical engineering, to accounting, and …

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Stress and the Workplace

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March 2013 Ivan Obolensky Question: which of the two people below is most susceptible to heart disease? Person A: The CEO of a large corporation. He drinks in excess, smokes like a train, and loves red meat and bacon. He eats these every day. He is overweight and likes ice cream at night. Person B: Janitor of the same corporation. …

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