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15
Sep
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Why Quests are good for you

The sun rose over central Africa as my plane touched down on a dusty runway. I jolted awake with a start, but then smiled as I looked out the window: I’d made it! I was in Rwanda … or was it Burundi? And...
Posted by Chris Guillebeau
14
Sep
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Philosophers Launch YouTube Channel

Traditionally, philosophy has been nervous around the idea of communication. Reaching out has not been high on the agenda. Academic philosophers have frequently erected barriers to wider participation: abstruse vocabulary and hypercomplex arguments have seemed to guarantee intelligence – all of which is a great...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
05
Sep
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A Short Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

All subjects have their specialised vocabularies; a set of words that initially sound unusual, even a touch frightening, but that can also prove oddly beautiful and beguiling. To their enemies, key words are mere jargon, but jargon has its advantages: it allows us swiftly to...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
04
Sep
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The Great Artists: Caspar David Friedrich

One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer. It can do so by evoking scenes that are dark, melancholy or painful, and that normalise and lend dignity to the suffering we may ourselves...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
26
Aug
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How Can Mindfulness Help Us at Work?

When mindfulness is taught in the workplace, it’s often emphasized how meditation cultivates attention, helping us cope with demands in a busy job. Or we hear about mindfulness as stress reduction - if we can learn to manage our thoughts and emotions, we will...
Posted by Ed Halliwell
26
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Pefkos beach, Rhodes – for Anxiety

You haven’t come to Rhodes to explore the medieval old town or the ancient temple of Apollo. You’ve not been drawn by a longing to try the local delicacy of chickpea fritters and unsalted ewe’s milk cheese. Your more sophisticated acquaintances would think it...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
21
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Corner shop, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama – for Shyness

On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura couldn’t understand...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
20
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Monument Valley, USA - for Calm

You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and, unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot. How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look younger...  There...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Aug
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Travel as Therapy - An Introduction

Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. It can -...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
06
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 10: Martin Heidegger

The field is not without other distinguished contestants, but in the competitive history of incomprehensible German philosophers, Martin Heidegger must by any reckoning emerge as the overall victor. Nothing quite rivals the prose of his masterpiece Being and Time (1927) in terms of contortions and...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
04
Aug
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Good Job! A Week About Work

This autumn we're harnessing that ‘back to school’ feeling, with GOOD JOB!, a week of work-related special events. From managing work stress with yoga to learning how to talk like a leader, the week is designed to help you be happier, healthier and more...
Posted by The School of Life

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