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Aug
William James

Nick Southgate on William James

Last Thursday was the 100th anniversary of the death of the American philosopher, William James. William was born in New York in 1842. In 1843 he was joined by a brother, Henry, now remembered as one of America's finest novelists. Henry James' reputation may...
Posted by The School of Life
26
Aug

Charles Fernyhough On Memory

387148921_eecf49b05a_m You are what you remember. It's hard to imagine being you, being anybody, without some access to your remembered life story. But the new science of memory tells us that remembering is just that: a story. Memories are not stashed away, fully...
Posted by The School of Life
24
Aug

Robert Rowland Smith on Getting Away From It All

Cancelled 7 I know people who spend fifty weeks of the year thinking about their holidays, and two weeks on them. Surely they'd be better off making their daily life more tolerable, so there's less pressure on that precious fortnight. What if it...
Posted by The School of Life
16
Aug

Mark Brickman on Limits

Off Limits Our culture likes to invites us to dream about our unbounded potential.  We might do better to periodically consider our limits. Not because life is not also about dreaming our rough imaginings but because our limits can yield us equally fruitful...
Posted by The School of Life
13
Aug

Nick Southgate on Having Talent

Talent Show We live in an age obsessed with talent. Every aspect of life has been turned into a talent contest. Musicians and dancers have been joined by executives sparring for the boardroom, chefs dicing and splicing for success and entrepreneurs looking for...
Posted by The School of Life
11
Aug

Joe Moran on Kindness

Kindness Does modern society suffer from a deficit of kindness? In a recent book on the subject, Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor argue that kindness is an unfashionable, endangered virtue. They attribute this to the ascendancy of free market individualism and the lack...
Posted by The School of Life
06
Aug

Catherine Blyth on A Good Row

Row As summer sinks into silly season, I miss the World Cup. So the soccer stank. There were still delicious spectacles. Yes, Ronaldo's torso. Better yet was watching spoilt youths rage at referees (presumably 'No' is rarely heard if you're on 100,000 a...
Posted by The School of Life
04
Aug

David Whyte on Regret

Record Regret is a short, evocative and achingly beautiful word; an elegy to lost possibilities even in its brief annunciation. It is also a rarity and almost never heard except where the speaker insists that they have none, that they are brave and...
Posted by The School of Life
02
Aug

Carolyn Steel on Sitopia

Apple-globe Have you ever thought about food? Not in terms of what to eat for breakfast, but about what food really means? Ours is the first society in history to take food for granted: to treat it as something to be made...
Posted by The School of Life

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