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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
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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
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
30
Jan
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How to Age

It’s the morning of Gina’s thirtieth birthday, as her follicles helpfully remind her: she finds her second grey hair. At work, two birthday cards are propped up on her desk. The first says ‘There’s no need to torture yourself just because you’re turning 30...
Posted by Anne Karpf
30
Jan
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Can Reading Make You Smarter?

When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book. She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said,...
Posted by Dan Hurley
13
Jan
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How to Think More About Exercise

Meet Chad. Chad is a personal trainer, from the Coen brothers’ film Burn After Reading. He is a fictional character, but we recognize him immediately: muscular, handsome, full of energy and positive thinking – and as dumb as a sack of small stones. In fact,...
Posted by Damon Young
09
Jan
EmoHealth

Are you Emotionally Healthy?

Emotional health is the sense that what is happening, is happening now. It is experiencing the world as first-hand, immediate, rather than only knowing what was experienced when you reflect upon it later. You are, as the sports commentators put it, ‘in the zone’. You...
Posted by Oliver James
29
Nov
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Simply seeing

We are fooled by a scientific education if we believe that the accumulation knowledge brings us ever closer to the world around us. It is not knowledge that counts, when we are talking about direct and immediate human experience, it is method. “There is a...
Posted by Dr Hugo Whately
08
Nov
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Quick Guide to Sensory Experiments at Home

Picture yourself enjoying a meal outside an auberge in the Provençal countryside. The fields of lavender roll off into the distance. French voices murmur around you. You’re served a beautiful chilled Rosé in a rustic earthenware carafe. You ask what it is. The owner...
Posted by Russell Jones

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