By Laura A. Roser On Consciousness and How Thought Structures Affect Our Reality Have you ever wondered if reality is subjective? Is what you’re experiencing similar to what other humans are experiencing? Do your senses interpret stimuli the same way as the majority of people around you? Is reality mostly molded by your thoughts, or is…

By Laura A. Roser Your Personal Legacy Statement Your Personal Legacy Statement is your declaration of how you’d like to live your life and impact others from an ethical standpoint. It’s different from goals, which are about achievements. The objective of a Personal Legacy Statement is to clearly state your principles, how you intend to treat…

By Laura A. Roser How Our Environment Shapes Our Thoughts In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), John Locke writes: “We are all a sort of chameleons, that still take a tincture from things near us: nor is it to be wondered at in children, who better understand what they see, than what they hear.” It is…

By Laura A. Roser Why Martin Luther King Jr. Didn’t Need Gimmicks A friend of mine called me all excited about a new video he posted on YouTube. It featured scenes of humans helping animals. “I’ve tried all kinds of videos,” he said, “but this one got the most views. It’s up over thirty-thousand! When…

Laura Roser’s Q&A with Emily Oster, Professor, Brown University LR: Tell us about your work and where your passion lies related to your research. EO: My work focuses on health economics and, in particular, on understanding when people make choices that do not seem in their best interest with respect to their health. Much of my earlier…

By Laura A. Roser Zen and the Art of Car Shopping My taste in cars drives my engineer father crazy. I rate a car’s attractiveness over its utility every time — which usually means that I end up with a cute, but temperamental foreign car that’s expensive to fix and costs significantly more than a “more…

By Laura A. Roser How the U.S. Compares to the Middle East, Latin American, and Asia Business succession expert Kelin E. Gersick has consulted with families from all over the world. “All families have much in common,” he says, “but they vary in important ways.” One way he mentions is the status and attention given…

Yoskay Yamamoto Finds His True Creative Way As a Fine Artist By Meg Oldman Yoskay Yamamoto is the creator of a world of whimsy and tenderness. The hues of blues play artfully with faces, which appear on clay pots, on houses, and even emerging from ocean waves. As Yamamoto describes, his work involves two significant aspects: “My goal as…

Laura Roser’s Q&A with Jan Ridgely, CEO of United Charitable Jan Ridgely, CEO of United Charitable, aligns mission and passion with sound financial and estate planning partners to create integrated, approachable plans for clients and donors who want to create their LegacyTODAY. I met Jan at a charity awards event in San Diego, California, last year….

By Laura A. Roser How to Preserve the Little Moments that Add up to the Novel of Your Life Growing up, I had a friend who became obsessed with scrapbooking. In high school, I remember going to her house, and she proudly showed me rows of family albums. What memories! She’d pull one from the…

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