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Research Proves We Can't Walk Straight Line

In 2009, a German scientist named Jan Souman took a group of subjects out to empty parking lots and open fields, blindfolded them, and instructed them ...


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The Tennis Star Who Hated Tennis

When Andre Agassi's memoir came out, the key revelation of the book was this: Andre Agassi—a former number one ranked player in the world, winner ...


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Research Shows the Limits of Mere Willpower

Do you think you can handle temptation on just the strength of your own will-power? If so, you're probably setting yourself up for a crash. That's not ...


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Michelangelo's Final Work Didn't Achieve Greatness

Michelangelo's final work was called Rondanini Pietà, on which he worked for ten years. Giorgio Vasari, a contemporary of Michelangelo, wrote ...


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Key Thinkers Define Freedom Apart from God

Os Guinness traces our contemporary idea of human freedom that "began in the Renaissance … blossomed in the Enlightenment and rose to its climax ...


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Some History Behind "I Am the Captain of My Soul"

In 1875 a British poet named William Ernest Henley published a short poem that expressed one way to cope with life's circumstances. The poem, called "Invictus," ...


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Information Alone Doesn't Change Behavior

In his book The Social Animal, David Brooks summarizes vast amounts of social science research by stating that "information programs alone are not very ...


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Why One Man Left Christianity to Join the Wiccans

In his book Generation Ex-Christian, about younger Christians leaving Christianity, author Drew Dyck relates one interview with a young man who left Christianity ...


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Former Congressman Reflects on Transgressions

In May of 2010, Indiana congressman Mark Souder resigned his position after confessing to an affair with a part-time staffer. In more than a dozen emails ...


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Suffering from Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome

On August 23, 1973, Jan Erik Olsson, out on parole from prison, attempted to hold up a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. When the police showed up, Olsson took ...


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