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CONFRONTING THE TRUTH ABOUT CAPITALISM: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE MYTH OF CAPITALISM” BY JONATHAN TEPPER
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CONFRONTING THE TRUTH ABOUT CAPITALISM: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE MYTH OF CAPITALISM” BY JONATHAN TEPPER

Western capitalism evidently has become rotten, repulsive and deplorable. The system we now have is not capitalism, at least not the healthy form of capitalism which exists at the beginning of the economic system’s cycle. What we now have is the decaying carcass of the system that once existed in the West. Today, the top 1% of the population owns more than 50% of the total global wealth. This evidently is beginning of the end of the economic system’s cycle and end of capitalism as we know it. Jonathan Tepper, the author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition (Wiley, 2019) has rightly diagnosed the problem to be solely related to monopolies. The author exposes with evidence all that is wrong with the current system. He believes that monopolies are killin...
RHETORIC AND THE ART OF PERSUASION: BOOK REVIEW OF “THANK YOU FOR ARGUING” BY JAY HEINRICHS
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RHETORIC AND THE ART OF PERSUASION: BOOK REVIEW OF “THANK YOU FOR ARGUING” BY JAY HEINRICHS

“There are two things which distinguish us from the animal kingdom. One is our ability to express our ideas the way no other animal can, and second is our ability to create the necessary tools that help us to do our job.” (Restoring The Mind, 2008) Yes, the real power of the human mind lies in its ability to invent and create the necessary tools to enable man to live and succeed. Brainpower is not only about inventing but also successfully mastering the application of these tools. When it comes to language, one of the most powerful tools is rhetoric. Historians tell us that Greeks were known to have mastered the art of rhetoric. From where did the Greek learn this skill, is not known. Nowadays, rhetoric is mainly used by leaders in an attempt to persuade their audience, by speaking “th...
UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE
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UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE

Some 10 years ago, I made a prediction about the future of the human mind; I foretold that in the near future, the “power and wealth that is now defined by capital will then be defined by the power of the mind – fitness of the mind.” the article was titled; REDEFINING THE WORD `POVERTY`. Now 10 years later, early signs of what I talked about are beginning to appear. Although we are still in a transition phase, things are beginning to shape up or should I say shakeup. New technologies and new knowledge are creating a revolution by not only changing the world but also changing the rules of the game. The old way of doing things is becoming obsolete. In this new world, dogmatic mindset and inutile knowledge will be synonymous with poverty, but if you play by the new rules then you can expect ...
USING MICRO-RESILIENCE TO BOOST POTENTIAL
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USING MICRO-RESILIENCE TO BOOST POTENTIAL

I do not consider myself to be an avid football fan, however, I am able to name the world’s two greatest footballers; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. There is something special about being the world’s greatest player. Their greatness does not lie in their materialistic gains, their strengths or their abilities. Nor does it lie in the number of fans and followers they have or awards they have accumulated. Instead, I feel true greatness lies in one’s ability to bounce back swiftly from every setback. Resilience makes and creates better performance. Personally speaking, I always considered myself a resilient person, or at least I thought I understood the meaning of resilience, that is till I read Bonnie St John’s book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and En...
THE ESSENCE OF A GREAT LEADER: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE LEADERSHIP OF MUHAMMAD” BY JOHN ADAIR
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THE ESSENCE OF A GREAT LEADER: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE LEADERSHIP OF MUHAMMAD” BY JOHN ADAIR

It has always been a well-known secret that in order to achieve their legendary victories, great leaders like Salahuddin Ayyubi, also known as Saladin (1137 –1193), who conquered Jerusalem in 1187 and Mehmed the Fatih (1432 – 1481), the conqueror of Constantinople adopted the leadership etiquettes of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They both were courageous, brave, generous and humble; neither of them was a dictator nor a tyrant, and they both were charitable and showed humility. After victory, Saladin did not plunder or enslave the enemy soldiers; thus keeping the tradition of the Conquest of Makkah alive. There is a consensus among the Muslim intellectuals that whoever follows in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in leadership, will reap great rewards. Alas, too many contemporary Musl...
OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION: BOOK REVIEW OF “PROCRASTINATION: WHY YOU DO IT, WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT NOW” BY JANE B. BURKA AND LENORA M. YUEN
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OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION: BOOK REVIEW OF “PROCRASTINATION: WHY YOU DO IT, WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT NOW” BY JANE B. BURKA AND LENORA M. YUEN

Having a complete self-awareness is a rare phenomenon. We are not fully conscious of things nor do we always have the clarity of reasons behind self-behaviour. We subscribe to an idea or a way of thinking and then cling on to it as if our life depended on it. Dogma enters our life as a habit or a belief. But we are usually unaware that we are being dogmatic. We become dogmatic to avoid change. Our insouciant behaviour keeps us safe in our comfort zones so that we never feel the need for introspection. Unbeknown to us, we fear introspection. We live in denial with a natural inclination toward dogma. Eventually, our denial and fear begin to change our behaviours slowly. Ultimately, fear leads us towards procrastination. For some of us, these fears were instilled during childhood. We never l...
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY

Our biggest drawback is our ignorance of selves; we often lack real understandings about ourself and our potentials. We certainly are capable of being creative. Yet, many of us confidently feel satisfied with mediocre attainments. The tragedy is as we age we stop believing in ourselves and stop being creative, which in time makes the brain prone to degenerative diseases. As I have argued in my previous articles, creativity is the best form of therapy available to us, because it is a positive force, a force of life. It can even slow down the symptoms of degenerative diseases. This gift of creativity, when truly embraced, not only heals us, but allows us to reach the peaks of excellence. We just need to unleash our creative powers. Yes, we are creative beings by nature. Creativity is our ...
AN EXAMINATION OF THE DECEPTION INDUSTRY
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AN EXAMINATION OF THE DECEPTION INDUSTRY

The human mind is – potentially – the most powerful force in the world. It is, at the same time, the most suppressed and misunderstood and unexploited force in the world. What drives the mind and the brain is its potential, its ability to adapt and change. This potential is there before us, waiting for us. We do not exploit it, however, and this is largely because we do not understand much at all about the brain. And we have no clue what the mind is. Our greatest strength is this potential, the potential to achieve anything and everything. Our failure to look to this potential can also be traced to something else – we are nasty and cunning and indeed dangerous predators. We seek to conquer and dominate everything, even the mind. Once we dominate, we suppress competition, and in so doing we...
PREVENTING THE IMMOLATION OF SCIENCE: BOOK REVIEW OF “SEX, SCIENCE AND PROFITS” BY TERENCE KEALEY
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PREVENTING THE IMMOLATION OF SCIENCE: BOOK REVIEW OF “SEX, SCIENCE AND PROFITS” BY TERENCE KEALEY

The internet is catalysing a revolution in the world of knowledge and information. As a result, the book printing industry is undergoing an extraordinary decline. The biggest reason for the decline is that the book publishing industry has failed to innovate with the technology. As for the internet and the changes it is bringing, most experts think that the internet is still very much in its infancy, and much bigger changes are yet to come. We are going through a transition period right now which will be considered a dividing line. We will begin to see and discuss the world in terms of pre-internet and post-internet. The internet has already transformed the way we do business. The global economy is increasingly moving online now. Global trade has increased as a direct result of the interne...
INSTRUMENTS AND TOOLS OF BRAIN EXPRESSION
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INSTRUMENTS AND TOOLS OF BRAIN EXPRESSION

There are two things which distinguish us from the animal kingdom. One is our ability to express our ideas the way no other animal can, and second is our ability to create the necessary tools that help us to do our job. These two traits define the core of human brainpower – these are our power. We use these two traits to measure, differentiate and create hierarchy; not only between us and other animals, but also amongst ourselves. In other words those at the bottom of the hierarchy have lesser ability to express their ideas and to work complicated tools. The rules are pretty simple, either you have the brainpower and clout to express yourself and your ideas, or you do not. I would imagine that we can sum-up the very notion of “human-being” by these two traits. Our essence and our well-bei...