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Essays on how to think better.
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Reflections on life events.
Thoughts on travel experiences.
Favorite Books Lists
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Reflections on Home and Belonging
Individuality, Creativity, and What Makes You, You
Individuality: What Makes You, You. 10 brief points on what makes you who you are.
Individuality and Creativity: A Christian Perspective. A Judeo-Christian view on identity.
Hamilton: How Genius Work Happens. An amazing example of individuality and creativity.
Curiosity: The Key to Maximal Learning. What makes learning the most effective.
Why Self-Learners Rule the 21st Century. How to get ahead in the Internet Age.
Excellence and Continual Learning
Excellence: Why It Matters. Excellence as a service to humanity.
Anatomy of Excellence. The ingredients that make up excellent people.
Before Learning: The Role of Awe in Life and Learning. On learning from minds that are superior than yours.
After Learning: The Role of Reflection in Gaining Wisdom. The need to reflect on what we’ve learned.
How To Be An Excellent Student. Learn as a wisdom seeker.
Between Jerusalem and Athens
An essay series on culture and worldview.
Between Jerusalem and Athens. Series overview.
When A Single Narrative Is Not Enough. On avoiding single-mindedness and telling a one-sided story.
From the Equad to the World. On the silos of knowledge that prevent communication and collaborations across artificial barriers that are much needed to solve complex real world problems.
Engineering With Soul: A Spiritual Dimension to Work. On the separation between the mind, body, and soul—the components that make up our humanity—that causes an unfulfilling life.
Wonder and Fear: Thinking Two Thoughts at Once. On the reality that two seemingly contradicting experiences can coexist at once.
Asian and Western Minds, Part 1: Why They Differ. Asian and Western cultures are descendants of two different ancient philosophies, namely the ancient Chinese and Greek cultures, respectively. This essay is on the core principles of each culture and how they affect today’s societies.
Asian and Western Minds, Part 2: How They Differ. This post highlights the key findings of Richard Nisbett’s social psychology experiments, observations on how specifically Asian and Western minds differ.
A Child of East and West, Part 1. The chronicle of an Indonesian in America. This is the story of my upbringing in the East and my cultural experiences after moving to the West.
A Child of East and West, Part 2. Continuing the story with my life in the West and the re-discovery of the East.
Theoretical Dichotomies: When Either-Or Thinking Gets You Nowhere. When a paradigm categorizes things too much and has difficulties reconciling paradoxes. Real life is messier than theoretical analyses.
Child of All Nations