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  1. What Goes Into Free Thought? An Interview with Marta Lenartowicz of the School of Thinking

    Think you know how to think? The brand new School of Thinking at Vrije Universiteit Brussel is designed to teach students precisely this. Dr. Marta Lenartowicz sat down with Third Factor Magazine to tell us just what the School does—and offers you a few ideas to of areas to focus your own thinking, even if you can’t make it to Belgium for class.

  2. Practicing Parrhesia: Fearless Speech for Agreeable Overthinkers

    Socrates and the Buddha have some suggestions for you highly agreeable types who can’t quite bring yourself to speak up about something important.

  3. Cancel Culture and the Intellectually Intense

    It’s always been hard to be a questioner, but today’s political atmosphere—combined with digital mobbing tools—have made it harder than ever. What’s a good-faith questioner to do?

  4. Transformative Life Experiences Through the Decision-Making Process

    Emotion fuels our decisions; our decisions, in turn, mark the points in our lives that put us on the higher path. So argues Krystyna Laycraft as she reflects on her own inner psychic transformation while deciding to return to Poland after the fall of Communism.

  5. There and Half-Way Back Again: How Openness Guided My Journey through Politics

    How does openness to experience affect a person’s political stance? For Andrea, it’s caused her views to continuously evolve—as has her view on disagreement itself.

  6. Where Intensity and Gender Dysphoria Meet

    Why has gender dysphoria become so common among the gifted and intense? In this article, four detransitioned women and two transgender men share their experiences of overexcitability and the roles their intensities played in their individual experiences of gender non-conformity and dysphoria.

  7. Political Iridescence: Courage and Complexity in a Tribal World

    We’ve divided the political world into a red team and a blue team. Where does a person belong when she sees not only shimmers of red in the blue and the blue in the red, but oranges, yellows, greens, and purples besides? One thing’s for sure: it will take courage for such a person to find—or keep—a political home.

  8. From Contrarianism to Authenticity Why Our Inner Selves Rebel

    It’s easy to tell if you don’t fit in; it’s harder to know what to do about it. In this piece, Leon Garber explores contrarianism, the rejecting of norms just for the sake of rejecting them, and how to move from such rebellion to a truer sort of authentic personality.

  9. Third Factor Reads: This Star Shall Abide by Sylvia Engdahl

    For our issue on non/conformity, we have the perfect book to feature: the story of a heretic.

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