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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

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

How To Be Alone

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...
Posted by Sara Maitland

Five Ways to Grow Your Empathy

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 the Dalai...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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

The Philosophers' Mail

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...
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Radical Empathy

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,...
Posted by Cheryl Strayed
Politics by Toby Litt


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...
Posted by Toby Litt
How to have it all

How to have it all

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,...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
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Breaking the Ice: Neighbour Day 27 April 2013

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...
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Jaron Lanier on Who Owns the Future

Who Owns The Future?

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,...
Posted by Jaron Lanier

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