All Posts: Aryeh Schonbrun

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The Futility of Atheistic Belief: How Freud Proves that God Must Exist

January 3, 2017 12:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s society presents a challenge for us Modern Orthodox Jews. When encountering the world today, the religious Jew faces the inevitable challenge of standing firm in his belief, loyal to his ancestral tradition, while not unnecessarily ensconcing himself in comfortable ignorance. It was the midst of this conflict that I found myself as an adolescent, and, in many ways, the quest for reliable truths and theological certainty has partly defined my young adult life. However, I am certainly not alone... Read more

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? How Identity Politics Fuels Division in a Time of Great Compromise

January 3, 2017 12:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you haven’t been paying much attention lately, America is in crisis. This past election goes to show you that our dual-party system suffers from unprecedented instability (at least since Lincoln’s time). While President-elect Trump won the election, he did not win over the hearts and minds of America’s public. In fact, he trails his runner-up opponent Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes! I do not mean to question the merits of Donald Trump’s victory—he won fair and square—and... Read more

‘This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill... and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.’ (The Matrix)

Dude, Get a Real Job!: The Illusion of Value in Today’s Economy

December 18, 2016 7:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As young college students, we are constantly reminded that our only true purpose in spending three or four years of our young, productive lives studying various fields of knowledge is simply to get a job. Though there still prevails among us a small coterie of brave souls who invest themselves in unpromising (at least financially) careers in the arts and sciences, most of us do not get the opportunity to devote ourselves to such interests. Instead, following the directives of... Read more

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The Emotional Toll of Global Chaos or Why Modern Psychology is a Fraud

December 18, 2016 1:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Before I begin with an analysis of the faults that I have found with the assumptions of modern-day psychology, I would like to briefly explain my title. For starters, I hold psychologists in deep regard for their selfless drive to better the lives of their compatriots. It takes unquestionable strength of character and lots of courage to pursue an occupation that daily pits the practitioner against the trials and turbulence of the human condition. Effective therapists know from the start... Read more

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The Zeroth Commandment

November 27, 2016 11:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Tiqun Olam: The World’s Stake in Israel’s Future Over the course of Jewish nationhood, the powers that be have tried time and again to distance the Jewish people from their rightful inheritance. Through the great tides of history and the mightiest of empires, we survived and continue to gaze in earnest anticipation toward the holy city and the site of the holy of holies. The remarkable tenacity with which we hold onto the idea of the ‘return to Zion’ distinguishes... Read more

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Every Man’s Burden: A Call For a New Era of Benevolent Globalism

November 27, 2016 9:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I write to you in the wake of one of the most stunning elections America has ever seen, and I write in suspense and fear. I hope to God that the changes we now experience not manifest themselves as the harbinger of more difficult times to come, but I reserve the right to profess my profound skepticism as to the direction of the U.S. and similarly for the world at large. The election itself presents no novelty in itself (we’ve... Read more

The computer Watson wins at Jeopardy. Computers like him threaten many jobs with obsolescence.

The Disappearing Invisible Hand or The Shortcomings of Free-Market Capitalism

November 6, 2016 9:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I approach this topic in fear and with trepidation. I am fearful of provoking those with whom I disagree and of the chance that I may unconsciously transmit misconceptions and faulty presumptions that may lead some astray. I fear my ignorance and naïveté, my idealism and my stubbornness, but I also feel it necessary to communicate to you my thoughts regarding the state of the world, specifically as it relates to economics. I hold no academic positions, have no degrees... Read more