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The Academy of Ideas podcast explores the ideas of the greatest philosophers and psychologists of history. Become a Supporting Member and access extra content: www.academyofideas.com/members

    How Depression Facilitates Self-Transformation

    How Depression Facilitates Self-Transformation

    “You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.” Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Amiel’s Journal Depression is the darkest of human experiences. It saps our energy, weakens our will to work, destroys our desire to socialize, decreases our motivation to exercise, and sometimes even jeopardizes our […]

    Pursue Pain, Not Pleasure – Why Comfort is Crippling You

    Pursue Pain, Not Pleasure – Why Comfort is Crippling You

    In the 1st century AD, the Greek orator and philosopher Dio Chrysostom wrote:  “Luxury makes pains seem even harder, and dulls and weakens one’s pleasures. For the person who is always luxuriating and never touches pain will end up unable to endure any pain at all, and also not able to feel any pleasure, not […]

    • 19 min
    Are We Enslaved to One Side of the Brain? – The Sickness of Modern Man

    Are We Enslaved to One Side of the Brain? – The Sickness of Modern Man

    “It seems to me that we face very grave crises indeed and that, if we are to survive, we need not just a few new measures, but a complete change of heart and mind.” Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World There seems to be […]

    • 22 min
    Why Democracy Leads to Tyranny

    Why Democracy Leads to Tyranny

    “Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and [destroys] itself. . .It is in vain to Say that Democracy is … less proud, less selfish, less ambitious or less avaricious than Aristocracy or Monarchy. It is not true in Fact and no where appears in history. Those Passions are the same in all […]

    • 17 min
    Why Solitude Promotes Greatness – The Benefits of Being Alone

    Why Solitude Promotes Greatness – The Benefits of Being Alone

    “To live alone one must be either a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both…” Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols According to a 2010 study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, the health risks of chronic loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. To mitigate […]

    • 15 min
    1984 vs Brave New World – How Freedom Dies

    1984 vs Brave New World – How Freedom Dies

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”   George Orwell, 1984 George Orwell’s writings have experienced a spike in popularity over the past several decades and for a good reason – modern societies are becoming ever more like the dystopia Orwell depicted in his […]

    • 12 min

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