Beautiful Lake


It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.   

Charles Darwin.

New readers of The Human Experience often feel overwhelmed by the breadth and volume of articles on the site. That can make it hard to tell at a glance what we’re all about, so over a period of several weeks we identified the core principles that drive what we do at The Human Experience.


We started by writing down values that we and our readers try to incorporate into our own lives and our own learning. In no time, we had several dozen listed in our notebook: “Live a meaningful life,” “make constant progress,” ”be open to change,” and “understand reality” were just a few.


Next, we grouped together values that had a similar thread. Some fit together nicely, others could belong to multiple groups, and some stood alone. After some lively debate and deliberation, we narrowed them all down to five succinct principles.

All that we write about, think about, and strive to achieve is inspired by one or more of the following principles. We hope they offer some clarity about what our community believes, and perhaps some direction as you carve your own path