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David Shields on Astrology

The astrologer and I met for two hours and nearly all of it was, to me, utter mumbo jumbo, but one thing she said rang incontrovertibly true. She said that my Sun is very late Cancer less than a degree away from Leo;...
Posted by David Shields
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We All Need Words on Reading & TV

'I want my kids to read books, not watch TV.' So said one of my friends, adding 'I don't want them to be thick' I pointed out that she was inadvertently branding me a thickie. When I was a kid I didn't read...
Posted by We All Need Words
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On the tyranny of thanks

Recall the last time a child perhaps your niece or nephew, your son or daughter said thank you to you. How delighted were you by their gratitude? How warm was the glow inside? And now think again. What kind of pressure was on that...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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Jules Evans on why Aristotle is the patron saint of the Digital Age

Why do we spend so much time on the Internet, blogging, Facebooking, building things together, playing games together, giving billions of hours of our time and labour for no obvious financial reward? It's a question I, as a compulsive blogger, have often asked myself....
Posted by Jules Evans
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John Lidwell-Durnin on Mindfulness

Dazu Huike suffered from anxiety. When Bodhidharma refused to teach Dazu Huike mindfulness, Dazu Huike cut off his arm, gave it to Bodhidharma, and asked again. Bodhidharma received the arm and accepted Huike as a pupil. Few of us, I suspect, feel that the...
Posted by John Lidwell-Durnin
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Ken Robinson on Finding Your Passion

It was Jeremy Bentham, I believe, who said there are two types of people in this world: those who divide the world into two types and those who do not. Well, these days I do. On the one hand, I'm constantly surprised by how...
Posted by Ken Robinson
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Roman Krznaric on Helen Keller

After being out of print for nearly a century, Helen Keller's sensational collection of essays, The World I Live In, has recently reappeared in a variety of editions. Although her life is often remembered as an uplifting tale of personal triumph over extreme physical...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
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We All Need Words on 'the whatever you want it to be society'

The Big Society isn't an idea, it's a bunch of thoughts lumped together under one woolly label. It's supposed to be simple and easy to 'get', but it's just confusing. And it's the kind of mistake strategists and consultants make all the time. When David...
Posted by We All Need Words
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Nick Southgate on Little Things and Big Differences

Philosophers love paradoxes. Paradoxes are the common coin of philosophers from before the Greeks to the present day. They love problems where logic pulls in two directions at the same time. Each direction makes sense in its own right; together they push against each...
Posted by Nick Southgate
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Francois Lelord on Three Kinds of Love

Who said that love is a French speciality? A recent survey shows that more than half of young Britons (far more than other young Europeans) believe that the most important factor for their happiness is love. But the survey did not specify which kind. Did they mean...
Posted by Francois Lelord
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John Lidwell Durnin on Francois Lelord's Search for Happiness

If a physician accidentally uttered aloud her private worry: Just once I wish a I could save a patient! we would rightly restrict her practice to aromatherapy and the administration of chalk pills. If a psychiatrist, however, confessed to us: I just want to...
Posted by John Lidwell Durnin

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