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Do you have the D factor - image for article by Greg Alder

Do you have the D factor?

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Before you answer the question, you’ll likely want to know what it is. First up, I can tell you that the D factor isn’t as sexy as the X factor (although sex is sometimes involved). Second, the D factor can…

WHERE THE SOUL RESIDES

Where the soul resides

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“Alright, children, I’d like you to point to your brain.” The kids point to their heads. “Very good. Now point to your knee.” The kids point to their knees. “OK. Now point to your heart.” The children point to their…

Women, fire and dangerous things - image for article by Greg Alder

Women, fire & dangerous things

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Are women dangerous? Is fire feminine? The Dyirbal tribe in the north of Australia has a category of seemingly random things. This category is called balan in their language. It includes women, fire and dangerous things. The tribe’s balan category…

long time to become young - image for article by Greg Alder

A long time to become young

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At 5, you told people you were 5 and a quarter. You couldn’t wait to be 6. At 9, you couldn’t wait to get into double figures. As a boy, you couldn’t wait to start wearing long pants to school….

The tree not there - image for article by Greg Alder

The tree not there

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The next time you stub your toe on a chair leg or crack your shin on a coffee table, I want you to consider something. Could you have avoided the pain if you’d closed your eyes? Think I’m being ridiculous?…

Finding your path - image for article by Greg Alder

Finding your path

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How many jobs have you had so far? Whilst you count them, let me tell you about my maternal grandfather and my father. I have a gold watch that was my grandfather’s. It was given to him when he retired…

Is this the year? - image for article by Greg Alder

Is this the year?

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So, here’s the problem with new year resolutions. They lack resolve. Or rather, we do. Each January 1, we make a vague promise to ourselves. We know we’ve never kept any of these promises from new years past. In fact,…

Why stop at why - image for article by Greg Alder

Why stop at why?

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Why? is a great question. Kids ask why all the time. They ask because they don’t know why. Why is that lady fat? They don’t know if she’s fat because she’s pregnant. They don’t know what pregnancy is. They’ll learn…

A mind of its own

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Ever woken from a great dream and wished you could return to it, but couldn’t? Ever woken from a bad dream and hoped you’d seen the last of it, but you hadn’t? The way your mind refuses to think what…

Bend me, shape me - image for article by Greg Alder

Bend me, shape me

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I want to take you back to 1951. I want you to imagine you’re a student at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. You have been invited to participate in a study about perception. You and 7 other students are shown 2 cards….