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11
Apr
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The most valuable piece of art in your world

For almost all of human history, it has been unthinkable that someone could lay claim to maturity, sanity and reliability by pinning a picture by a six-year-old to the walls of their office, or throne room. At least until the 20th century, the art...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
08
Apr
teen reading

Dear Bibliotherapist: Holiday Reading for Teenagers

Dear Bibliotherapist, My teens never seem to read at the moment – they are always on their i-pads, or phones, but it’s hard to sit them down with a good book. Do you have any good recommendations that might hook them in? Yours, Frustrated Mother. Dear...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
03
Apr
wiseman sleep

Can dreams act as therapy?

Regardless of what’s happening in your waking life, around 80 per cent of your dreams involve some type of negative emotion. In fact, the murder rate in your dreams is higher than in any city in the world, and the most common dreams nearly...
Posted by Richard Wiseman
02
Apr
Harmen Steenwijck fl. circa 16281656 Public domain via Wikimedia Commons2

Seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day will kill you

While most of its energy is devoted to briefing us about the gruesome ways in which various people have recently blown up or bled to death in a brutal stabbing, in the area known as ‘health news’, the media takes on a very...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
26
Mar
Caspar

Wondering About Wonder

Early in the morning one day in spring I had one of those small but extraordinary experiences that is hard to forget. I came downstairs with my young daughter to find a brilliant pool of light on our kitchen ceiling. At first we just couldn't...
Posted by Caspar Henderson
21
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 3

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 2

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Mar
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The Philosophers' Guide to Calm, Part 1

Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
18
Mar
Philoin Garden

The Philosopher's Garden

Aristotle had a reputation as a dandy. According to ancient biographer Diogenes Laërtius, the father of scientific philosophy lisped fashionably, and was known for his schmick wardrobe and bling. The impression, bolstered by his ties to the Macedonian royals, is of a metropolitan bon vivant...
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17
Mar
Nature

How to Connect with Nature

‘The obvious is usually profoundly significant.’ (Edward O. Wilson) What does it mean to feel a connection with nature? It means gaining an insight into the most important network there ever has been and ever will be. It means becoming aware of our relationship with...
Posted by Tristan Gooley
11
Mar
PMCelebrities

Why We Need Better Celebrities

Serious people are used to thinking badly of 'celebrity culture' and serious news outlets are even more badly disposed towards stars like Justin and Miley, Tamara and Paris. They either ignore them completely or sneer at them because these stars are, as everyone knows,...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

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