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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
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
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
28
Feb
MindReading2

How Reading Books Might Help You To Read Minds

Your ability to interpret a flash of smiling teeth, a fleeting grimace, or a gape of incredulity and to understand that your companion might be feeling something different to you is fundamental to your ability to maintain meaningful relationships. New research seems to support...
Posted by Ben Martynoga
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
01
Nov
Byron by Thomas Phillipscourtesy Gov Art Collection2

Life Lessons from Byron

Oh Pleasure! you’re indeed a pleasant thing,    Although one must be damned for you, no doubt; I make a resolution every spring    Of reformation, ere the year run out, But, somehow, this my vestal vow takes wing,    Yet still, I trust, it...
Posted by Matthew Bevis
19
Sep
Leo Hollis Bus Tour

All Aboard For the Metropolis Tour with Leo Hollis

I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places beyond my neighbourhood, I came to  realise that the metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
Posted by Leo Hollis

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