[This is another chapter from the book I am writing, on the therapeutic techniques one finds in ancient philosophy, and how one can use them in modern life. I'd appreciate any feedback or criticism as usual. Thanks, Julian.] James Stockdale was a young fighter pilot flying bombing missions over North Vietnam, when his F-8 airplane Read more…

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Check out Barbara Ehrenreich discussing her new book, Bright Sided: How The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, in the lecture [click here]. I’m not really convinced by her argument that positive thinking has become a massive thing because of neo-liberal downsizing – the cult of positive thinking has been big in the Read more…

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