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27
Sep

Andrew Simms on Scale

Asda1 'Wherever something is wrong,' wrote the economist Leopold Kohr, 'something is too big.' At a small scale, he observed, things are 'flexible, healthy, manageable, and delightful, even a baby's ferocious bite.' Conversely, at a large scale, things become unstable and easily assume...
Posted by The School of Life
23
Sep
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Mark Vernon on Death

The death of another can provoke odd reactions, alongside precipitating the grief and agony of losing someone who was a part of you. For some, it's experienced as a relief, that their suffering is over. Others may secretly feel it's a liberation: with that...
Posted by Mark Vernon
22
Sep

Robert Rowling Smith on Being Naked

On Being Naked image - Adam and Eve, Cranach When I lived in Los Angeles ten years ago, the slogan of the gym I went to was 'Look good naked'. For LA, a culture obsessed with the superficial, the strapline was interestingly complex....
Posted by The School of Life
20
Sep

Ilse Crawford on Wellbeing

Wellbeing Image - Gillian Wearing   Wellbeing is a word that has lost its value since 1944, when Franklin D Roosevelt, then President of the United States, cited the 'new goals of human happiness and well-being' as core to his proposed Second...
Posted by The School of Life
17
Sep

David Edmonds on Philosophy Bites

Philosophy Bites If the Infinity Hotel is full, is it possible to still get a room?  What is friendship?  Does time travel make sense?  Should we allow designer babies?  Do destructive earthquakes and floods discredit the notion that there's an all-good and all-powerful...
Posted by The School of Life
10
Sep

Terry Eagleton on Virtue

2288409278_24d56e244c_m The devil, so they say, has all the best tunes, and this seems to be the case when it comes to literature as well. Nobody would take a guided tour of Dante's Paradiso if they could have one of the Inferno instead....
Posted by The School of Life
10
Sep

Mark Vernon on The Seriousness Of Laughing

93296381_9ab40c76f8[1] The ancient Greeks had various theories about why we find things funny. One is the superiority thesis, and it posits that we laugh out of malice, when someone or something is mocked. That makes us feel superior. Another is the mind-tease thesis....
Posted by The School of Life
06
Sep

Mark Williams on Mindfulness

Mindfulness Are you looking for the meaning of life?  How is it going? For many, the search easily deteriorates into endless preoccupation.  The very act of asking 'why?' can backfire.  The problem is, the mind is pretty bad at knowing when to stop...
Posted by The School of Life
01
Sep

We All Need Words on Unruly Writing

Wrong 'That's not what I was taught at school' are words we hear a lot. We're always using our unrules to undo the things people were taught to do (and not to do) in the classroom. It's strange, writing at primary school...
Posted by The School of Life

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