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The Great Conversation: On Pillars and Puppets

  When Pausanias, the traveler and geographer, visited the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in the second century A.D., the inscriptions in the forecourt were nearly a thousand years old. They read ΜΗΔΕΝ ΑΓΑΝ and ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ: “Seek the mean in ...

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The Great Conversation: Around The World We Go

I’ve always liked old things, so when I embarked on my Curriculum during my fourth year of medical school (screw studying Medicine), I was right at home.  I had always felt that I couldn’t fully appreciate anything without first understanding ...

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Site News: New Columnist – The Great Conversation

  I’m pleased to announce a new semi-regular column is going to be appearing on Associate’s Mind. I have, since nearly the site’s founding, provided occasional commentary on the Great Conversation. I love the Classics and the insights they provide. ...

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The Power(lessness) of Attorney

  This past week I drafted my first power of attorney. For those unaware, a “power of attorney” is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing ...

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Running In Philadelphia

  Quick aside: I’ll be in Philadelphia, PA September 15-18th to run the Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon and to visit my wife’s sister and her husband. Not sure what my schedule is going to be like while I’m there but ...

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Cicero on Conversation and Friendship

I had enrolled in The School of Life, an academy of “self-help” on Bloomsbury’s Marchmont Street, co-founded by philosopher Alain de Botton. For about £30 per session, students can take classes with resident “fellows” of the school on subjects such ...

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