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Reason Is Too Important to Be Left to Chance - A Call for the Teaching of Good Thinking as a Priority for Worksite Wellness

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Why is the nature of critical thinking or effective decision making not emphasized in worksite wellness programming? Don offers a theory.

                   The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence

                   of that thing.

                   Voltaire, in reference to Blaise Pascal’s infamous wager.

Worksite Wellness - An introduction to a Webinar About a Transition to REAL Wellness

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The American Journal of Health Promotion held a webinar to introduce and assess REAL wellness as a worksite focus. This is the intro to that session.

A recent essay at describes a webinar sponsored by the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP). In case you missed it, here is a copy of my opening remarks.


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An upcoming webinar will feature a discussion about a shift in worksite wellness. It will be archived so, if you miss it, don't despair.

Visitors to are cordially invited to sign up for and participate in a webinar on November 18 at 1:00 pm (Eastern) sponsored by the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP).

Good Thinking is the Key to REAL Wellness: Guy Harrison's New Book Will Inspire and Guide Good Thinking

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This is Don's review of "Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier and Wiser" by Guy Harrison

admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by
stumblers carried in the starless night-blown and flared by passion's
storm-and yet it is the only light. Extinguish that, and naught remains.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

An Existential Take on REAL Wellness

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What lessons can be learned about REAL wellness from an existential firefighter? Read this essay and find out.

 A few years ago, America’s most reliable news source, The Onion, published an interview with a courageous firefighter named James Farber. The story focused not so much on his heroic deed, remarkable though it was, but rather on his iconoclastic, not-so-much Christian views about meaning in life, human existence and virtue.


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Are you a carnivore? A vegetarian? A vegan? Whichever, changes are coming and you might want to start getting used to what's coming.


Our $3 Trillion Dysfunctional Medical System - and What You Can Do About It to Protect Your Wallet and Health

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The medical system is obscenely expensive; the technology and knowledge on offer amazing. Alas, it can't keep you well.


U.S. medical spending, already at $3 trillion, grew 5.5% last year, according to a study cited in The Wall Street Journal (Louise Radnofsky, U.S. Health-Spending Growth Jumped to 5.5% in 2014, WSJ, July 28, 2015). Soon, one of every five dollars spent in the U.S. will be on medical care. One likely consequence: employers will continue investing in wellness programs while offering only high-deductible insurance plans with steep out-of-pocket copays. If you’re going to get sick, and who isn’t, you better be well off.

Cowspiracy: A Documentary Worthy of Upton's Sinclair's "The Jungel" Only Much Bigger

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Don looks at a new documentary that might change the way you think about environmental organizations the food you eat, if it includes meat.


I have a few questions for your consideration. After posing these questions, I’ll outline what the evidence suggests about each question. I’ll follow that with a discussion of what it all means for those who want to enjoy quality lifestyles guided by reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.

Here are the questions:

Ingersoll the Magnificent: Why I Admire His Life and Work So Very Much

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Why do I enjoy Robert Green Ingersoll so? I recently was asked this question. This is my response.


One of my favorite Ingersoll passages—and I have so many (e.g., nearly everything he wrote or expressed in an oration!) occurs in his moving tribute to his brother Ebon Ingersoll (May 31, 1879):

… Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks oftwo eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights.

Who Best to Forecast the Future of Religion in America: Nostradamus, James Randi, Sam Harris or Robert Green Ingersoll?

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Don assesses "The Great Agnostic" Robert Green Ingersoll's 1898 prophesy on the future of religion, reason and liberty.

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