Viewing entries posted in September 2010
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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
93296381_9ab40c76f8 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....
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...
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...