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Utopiascope

A string of articles that share a startling pair of words have appeared in the press recently: 'Capitalism' and 'Failed'. Communism, of course, is a word we easily associate with the word failure. Our gut reaction to the prospect of communism is similar to...
Posted by John Lidwell-Durnin
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Happiness Is Just a Neurochemical Spurt

Happiness is just a neurochemical spurt. Different happy chemicals produce different ways to experience happiness. *Endorphin* happiness is triggered by physical pain. The body's natural morphine masks pain, which allowed our ancestors to run from predators when injured. Humans experience endorphin as euphoria, but it...
Posted by Loretta Breuning
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Robert Wringham on Collecting Data About Ourselves

I sometimes fantasize about a rather square afterlife: a dataporn epilogue in which we're given a wealth of terminal data about our lives. It's a kind of existential debriefing. Sometimes I visualise this afterlife as an austere 1970s science lab, with ranges of analogue...
Posted by Robert Wringham
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Lawrence Krauss on Cosmic Connections

'Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You...
Posted by Lawrence Krauss
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NOWNESS interview Geoff Dyer on America

The cultural observations in eclectic author Geoff Dyer's recent freewheeling speech debunking Anglo-American stereotypes at London's School of Life are captured in these illustrations by Paris Vs New York's Vahram Muratyan. In a typically irreverent sermon straddling literature, comedy, etiquette and language, Dyer combined his...
Posted by Vahram Muratyan for NOWNESS
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If you set up a free school, what would yours be like?

One thing's for sure, ours wouldn't be like the West London Free School, the new school run by parents and led by the author and Telegraph columnist Toby Young. Of course, you might object to the idea of setting up a free school altogether,...
Posted by We All Need Words
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F.S. Michaels on Monoculture and the Stories That Shape Us

'It is easy to forget how mysterious and mighty stories are. They do their work in silence, invisibly. They work with all the internal materials of the mind and self. They become part of you while changing you. Beware the stories you read or...
Posted by F.S. Michaels
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Life is not a Rom Com: Finding a Partner in the Real World

What is love supposed to be like? How will we know when we meet our 'perfect' partner? Hollywood, in the form of romcoms, has given us very strange ideas about what is appropriate when it comes to meeting and mating with potential partners. The...
Posted by Jean Smith
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Nigel Warburton on Something to Think About

In a letter to today's Guardian an impressive list of philosophers (and, intriguingly, several comedians) endorse the idea that we need more philosophy in our schools. Philosophy, they point out, is useful in developing reasoning and conceptual skills, and has spin-off effects on performance in...
Posted by Nigel Warburton
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Ben Irvine on Working Definitions

I'm a bit of a perfectionist See, for me, it's got to be the best, or it's nothing at all. Like, if things get a bit dodgy, I just can't be bothered. Spud, Trainspotting The Journal of Modern Wisdom, a new volume of essays of which...
Posted by Ben Irvine
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Susan Quilliam on the Impossibility and Joy of Sex

I've worked in the field of intimate relationships for nearly three decades. But it was only in 2006, when I was asked to rewrite the classic erotic manual The Joy of Sex, that I fully realised how impossible sex can be. Because ironically, there...
Posted by Susan Quilliam

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