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,...
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...
There is a problem, a serious cultural problem, about
solitude. Being alone in our present society raises an
important question about identity and well-being. In the
first place, and rather urgently, the question needs to be
asked. And then – possibly, tentatively, over a...
Empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into the shoes
of another person and looking at the world from their
perspective – is a more popular concept today than at any
point in human history. It’s on the lips of everyone from
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...
The School of Life is proud to announce its latest venture,
a new media outlet we've called The Philosophers' Mail:
www.thephilosophersmail.com. This daily online news source
is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as
interpreted by a team of our in-house philosophers...
You can mark your progress breath by breath.
Literally. And it's there that I recommend you begin. Every
time you think I hate that f****** b****, I want you to
neutralize that thought with a breath. Calm your mind.
Breathe in deeply with intention,...
I find Politics dangerously embarrassing.
Dangerously, because my embarrassment about it makes me
quietly leave the debate (any debate) to others.
Dangerously, because everyone should involve themselves in
politics (because politics has always already involved
itself in them, not least in the formation of them...
The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to
believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to
combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others,
such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Our definition of community is changing. It’s crazy how
few of us know our neighbours: their names, their phone
numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online
"social" networking has only made it easier to avoid
face-to-face contact in the real world. What might...
We’re used to treating information as ‘free’,* but the
price we pay for the illusion of ‘free’ is only workable
so long as most of the overall economy isn’t about
information. Today, we can still think of information as the
intangible enabler of communications,...