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Unorthodox Strategies for Winning

From Sebastian: I was really honored and thrilled when Jason Shen offered to write a guest post here at SebastianMarshall.com - he's an incredibly bright guy with broad knowledge and skillset, writes well and clearly, and is an all-around good guy. So I'm really excited to be able to bring you a guest post by him - I imagine you'll want to read more by him afterwards, and you can reach him at his website - www.jasonshen.com.

Here's Jason -

I read Sebastian's blog because I'm interested in winning and he writes honest, insightful and sometimes provocative stuff about victory. Recently, I've been thinking about ways to win that are less commonly employed - one, because it's interesting and two, because I think there is a lot we can learn from unorthodox methods that work.

That's what this blog post is about: strategies that are nontraditional, that are beyond "do your best and learn from your mistakes" type advice, yet are undeniably ways that help you win.You might find them strange, but that's ok because winning isn't normal.

Some people find the pursuit of winning distasteful or even silly. Others get juiced by the idea of winning, of kicking ass and taking names, of being the best. I have a feeling that many of you SebatianMarshall.com readers fall into the second category. This post is for you.

Atheism as a Raft for Crossing

On XXploring the humanist shore

Good afternoon, gentle readers. I'm an atheist. I've been an atheist off and on (more about that later) for most of my life. For 45 years at least. And yet lately I find myself asking, what does it mean to be an atheist? That is what the XXploring blog sets out to consider.

This blog got its start last Sunday, though it took me a few days to figure out that a blog was the thing I needed to do. Sundays, you see, I sit in on a Philosophy for Atheists class run by Dan Fincke. I highly recommend his philosophy classes by the way, and you don't need to be an atheist to attend one!

The topic of last Sunday's class was "the problem of evil". I'm not sure what I was expecting -- maybe something rather like Terry Eagleton's book On Evil.

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