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The Top 10 Articles At Fortress Of The Mind For 2017
Article originated hereBelow is a list of the top 10 viewed articles at Fortress of the Mind for the year 2017.  Now might be a good time to re-read the essays from last year that spoke to you: Edgar Allan Poe’s Sinister Inspiration For “The Cask Of Amontillado” Machiavelli’s Three Key Concepts Dirk Benedict’s “Lost…

Dominance & Submission
Article originated here “For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” – Corinthians 11:8-9 Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Dancing Metaphor 3.) O Equality, Wherefore Art Thou Equality? 4.) Love & Lust Are Intrinsically Unequal 5.) He Is To Mould, She Is To Be Moulded…

The Boar And The Wolf Of Sant’ Antonio
Article originated hereI will turn again to Biondo Flavio’s geographical compendium of Italy called Italia Illustrata, which was published in 1453.  Flavio traveled all over the Italian peninsula and recorded historical information, anecdota, and local customs of the Italian countryside in the late medieval period.  During his tour of Tuscany, he found himself in the…

Ibn Zafar’s Principles Of Power And Success In Leadership
Article originated hereWe have previously mentioned the political philosopher Ibn Zafar Al-Siqilli (“The Sicilian”), who lived from 1104 to about 1171.  Very little is known of his early life; his entry in Ibn Khallikan’s Biographical Dictionary reveals little more than a few sad anecdotes.  We do know that he was born under the Norman rule…

What Were A Medieval Serf’s Feudal Obligations?
Article originated hereSometimes I think historians have exaggerated the misery of the medieval serf in Europe.  I would not want to exchange my lot for his, of course, but it is a useful exercise to examine in detail just what his feudal obligations were.  There is no strict definition of “feudalism,” as it varied in…

Dark Triad Archetypes: The Jester
Article originated here “The court jester had the right to say the most outrageous things to the king. Everything was permitted during carnival, even the songs that the Roman legionnaires would sing, calling Julius Caesar ‘queen,’ alluding, in a very transparent way, to his real, or presumed, homosexual escapades.” – Umberto Eco Contents:1.) Introduction 2.) Leadership…

The Travels Of Constantin De Volney
Article originated hereEvery traveler has a different tale, but the travel itself has the same purpose:  to push through boundaries, overcome obstacles, and to seek out what is not known.  This impulse in man will never change.  And it is right that this is so, for without it the progress of the human race might…
Review of the Wim Hof Method: does it work?
Article originated hereBreathing. We all do it. But we never talk about how to breathe. And that’s a shame. You see, learning how to breathe properly is of great importance. There are times when you need to say something smooth and witty. Maybe you’re talking to a girl you’re interested in. Or maybe you’re the…

How to turn your life around
Article originated hereFive years ago, I was a sad human being. I was an alcoholic working at T-Mobile with zero prospects and nothing promising going on in my life. My days consisted of training (which I would schedule around my drinking), making $10/hr selling phones and drinking the nights (and a lot of days) away.…

Michael Crichton On The Masculine Virtues Of Sean Connery
Article originated hereIn his 1988 memoir Travels, author Michael Crichton recalls the time he spent with actor Sean Connery during the shooting of the film The Great Train Robbery in Ireland in 1978.  Crichton, the famed author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, Congo, Disclosure, and a number of other popular novels, was also once a film…

The Right Man In The Right Place Can Make All The Difference
Article originated hereThere are times in history where the right man in the right place can make all the difference.  Accidents of fate, the changing circumstances of fortune, and the randomness of events all conspire to turn predictability into uncertainty; yet a man of learning, vision, and character may, at times, interpose himself in the…

How To Stop Feeling Tired
Article originated here “Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.” – William Shatner Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) Energy & Social Skills 3.) Identifying The Cause 4.) Methods for Improving Energy Levels 5.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction: In this piece I will depart from my usual lofty prose to bring…