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The Truth about Coffee and Cholesterol

The Truth about Coffee and Cholesterol

Recently I started using a french press to brew my morning coffee. The reason was simple: to get more cafestol and kahweol - two beneficial compounds that paper filters remove - into my system. My $80 drip maker has, unfortunately, been sidelined. Which...

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Why Do We Still Work So Much?

Why Do We Still Work So Much?

“Work,” wrote Lord Bertrand Russell in 1935, “is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the Earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so.”   The great philosopher's words remained more or less...

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Writing in the Age of the iPhone

Writing in the Age of the iPhone

My laptop is open on the coffee table; I am striking away at the keys. Within reach are a few journals, some books on philosophy, my iPhone, and an arsenal of spices. This is not all. Headphones come and go. Pens, placemats, keys, bottles, and dollars all...

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