Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman emperor, once wrote: “You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.” It’s unclear if Aurelius ever landed a perfect pitch on the downslope of the collar only to watch it rocket 40 feet past the pin, but in theory, his Stoic framework for life should apply to golf. Few today are more qualified to speak on Stoicism than Massimo Pigliucci. He is a professor of philosophy at the City College of New York and the best-selling author of several books, including How to Be a Stoic. He joins us on Mind Game to give a crash course in Stoicism and how it could help you play the best golf of your life.
About Massimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci is a professor of philosophy at the City College of New York. His academic work revolves around evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, the nature of pseudoscience, and practical philosophy. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, and The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders. You can watch his TED Talk on stoicism here.