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Viewing entries posted in June 2010

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Jun

Boris The Turtle Turns One Hundred

Boris, the resident blue turtle at the London Aquarium, turned one hundred last week. To celebrate this momentous occasion,   ACMD productions  (creators of our deliciously inventive sermon treats) made a multi-coloured hundred layered birthday jelly filled with delicious vegetables and turtle treats. The ageing reptile...
Posted by The School of Life
29
Jun

Robert Rowland Smith on Being Found Out

Apparently, one of the commonest dreams is that of being naked, and not in an erotic way. You're at the office or in a supermarket and suddenly realise you've not wearing a stitch. The feeling is one of embarrassment or even shame, and the...
Posted by The School of Life
28
Jun

David Bodanis on \'Aleph\'

Aleph I love the idea that the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet , the 'aleph', is unvoiced. To use it you have to go beyond what you see. An entire language operates without this first letter's presence  being heard and there's...
Posted by The School of Life
21
Jun

Sue Hubbard on Creativity

Cloud3 Blue-sky thinking, finding the inner you; if you look up 'creativity' on the internet you'll be bombarded with sites to help you get in contact with your creative potential. I blame Joseph Beuys, that modern art guru of fat and felt, who...
Posted by The School of Life
19
Jun

Nick Southgate On Fairness

Cake Learning principles of fair division is a part of growing up.  When it comes to sharing cakes, chocolate bars and sticks of rock (an important part of childhood) there is a time honoured strategy that guarantees fairness between even the most warring...
Posted by The School of Life
18
Jun

Roman Krznaric on Why We Should Re-Invent The World Cup

As football fever envelops the planet, with all eyes turned towards South Africa, I want you to imagine a different World Cup. Each country sends their national team as usual, but then all the players are pooled together and divided into teams based on...
Posted by The School of Life
16
Jun

The Freud Museum on Psychoanalysis, Money and the Economy

  Money brain 2  Since the time of Adam Smith and David Hume, economic theory has been operating with a model of Homo oeconomicus as a rational, autonomous, self-interested calculator of costs and benefits. This presumed rationality of 'economic man' supposedly guarantees, in turn, the fundamental...
Posted by The School of Life
15
Jun

Tony Schwartz on The Way We\'re Working Isn\'t Working

Work eat exercise The way we're working isn't working. More than 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. We're in a new kind of energy crisis - and this one is personal A new book by author...
Posted by The School of Life
14
Jun

Richard Louv on Our Right to the Natural World

Walk-in-the-woods-010a1 Few today would question the notion that every person especially every young person has a right to access to the Internet, through a school district, a library, a city's public Wi-Fi program. We accept the idea that the digital divide between the...
Posted by The School of Life
11
Jun

Catherine Blyth on The Love in Food

2532926223_6b2745185b_m Only a spoilt fop like the Duke of Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night could imagine music is 'the food of love'.  Had he ever turned a spit, or sung for his supper, he would have realised that music may nourish romance, and...
Posted by The School of Life
07
Jun

Alain de Botton on The Benefits of Being Away From Home

4667661005_6024d96789 Though we tend to love our homes and think of them as anchors of identity, there are also disturbing ways in which they can fix us unhelpfully to a version of ourselves we no longer wish to side with. The familiar...
Posted by The School of Life

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