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Apr
On Love at First Sight

Philippa Perry on Love at First Sight

Do you believe in love at first sight? I do. Although I call it mutual positive transference and I don't necessarily regard it as a fortuitous circumstance. Transference is something we all do. It is when we make unconscious assumptions about the person before...
Posted by The School of Life
30
Apr

Robert Rowland Smith on Believing in Horoscopes

Horoscope-zodiac-signs I've been told of government research claiming you can predict at the age of 22 months what a person's salary will be at the age of 40 years. Class, nutrition, aspiration and life expectancy are already pretty much set. So does it...
Posted by The School of Life
27
Apr

Mark Vernon on John Kay\'s Obliquity

John Kay Speaking for Blog 2 'Tell all the truth, but tell it slant,' wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. 'Success in circuit lies.' It was the text from which our Sunday secular Sermon preacher, John Kay, spoke this week. Many a religious believer...
Posted by The School of Life
26
Apr

Mark Vernon on Carpe Diem

2544770766_00fe035309 'Carpe diem' means, of course, 'Seize the day', and comes from an ode by Horace. Though a friend of mine, who happens to be a former secretary of The Horatian Society, and speaks Latin as you and I do English, tells me...
Posted by The School of Life
23
Apr

Nick Southgate on Bodily Knowledge

060414150356s The 2008 Health Survey of England found that more than half of Londoners are overweight or obese. There are only two guaranteed ways to lose weight long-term: to eat less and to exercise more. Everyone knows this. We also know the advice...
Posted by The School of Life
20
Apr

Alain de Botton on The Volcano

Volcano Thanks to the volcano, we remember that we are the play-things of forces of destruction which can at best be kept at bay but never vanquished. We may enjoy local victories, a few years in which we are able to impose...
Posted by The School of Life
19
Apr

Richard Reynolds on Determination

Dandelion2 'It was this long, gestured my friend Tony recalling both his shock and satisfaction in having uprooted a foot long dandelion root from his garden and saved his newly-turfed lawn from infestation. Taraxacum officinalis - the posh name for dandelions even sounds unpleasant,...
Posted by The School of Life
16
Apr

Catherine Blyth on Bad Habits

0055444 So what's yours?  Pocket billiards?  Nail-biting like Gordon Brown, or the odd sly pick of the nose?  But perhaps you prefer to keep these matters private.  Perhaps you'd slap an ASBO on anyone you saw indulge in your pet vice.  Even if,...
Posted by The School of Life
12
Apr

John Kay on Obliquity

Windy-road-sign Obliquity is the notion that complex goals are often best achieved indirectly. Happiness is the product of fulfilment in work and private life, not the repetition of pleasurable actions, so happiness is not achieved by pursuing it.  The most profitable companies are...
Posted by The School of Life
09
Apr

Mark Vernon on the Power of Music

Soundofmusic460 From an early age I wanted to play Widor's famous Toccata the ecstatic organ piece that many people have at the end of their wedding. It's a challenge that every organist squares up to at some point, not just to bash through...
Posted by The School of Life
06
Apr

Tom Hodgkinson On Usury

Coins Both on an individual and a national scale, debt imprisons. By taking out a loan, I am committing myself to years of interest repayments, and therefore to years of wage slavery. And the UK has been borrowing like crazy since 1694, when...
Posted by The School of Life

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