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Tom Chatfield on How We Find Time For What Matters In The Digital Age

When it comes to filling time with noise, words and images, this is an unprecedented age. Among American eight- to 18-year-olds, media usage now fills more than seven and a half hours daily and you can add another three if multitasking is taken into account. Today,...
Posted by Tom Chatfield
30
Jan
30Jan2012

Roman Krznaric demands 'Stop the Clock!'

You don't have time to read this, do you? At least not if the past 300 years of history have had any influence on you. Our troubles started when time was first sliced into tiny artificial units, and we have been subject to...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
23
Jan
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Ian Leslie on Why We Lie

Imagine, for a moment, attempting to get through a day in which everyone told the truth to you, and you reciprocated. Over breakfast you ask your partner what he's looking at on his phone. Pictures of my ex-girlfriend,' he replies. 'I still love her.'...
Posted by Ian Leslie
17
Jan
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Charles Fernyhough on How Reliable Are Our Memories?

Memory is our past and future. To know who you are as a person, you need to have some idea of who you have been. And, for better or worse, your remembered life story is a pretty good guide to what you will...
Posted by Charles Fernyhough
16
Jan
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Elke Lahousse and Project In-Between on the Battle of Toblerones

'Mama always said life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're gonna get.' It's a corny film quote, but Forest Gump knew it. The many varieties in chocolate are a useful metaphor for describing the different forces at work in...
Posted by Elke Lahousse
11
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Scott Parker on Bringing About The Joys of Running

The truth is that racing, even the purest version of racingagainst myselfwouldn't be enough to keep me running if there weren't something about the activity itself that I found deeply satisfying. A race, after all, is focused on ends, be they victories or personal...
Posted by Scott Parker
10
Jan
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Tali Sharot on Looking Ahead

Imagine you had just received a bonus. You are debating whether to spend the sum on a vacation in Rio de Janeiro. This is a tough decision. You have never been to Rio. How do you decide if a week in Rio is...
Posted by Tali Sharot
06
Jan
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Project In-Between: Stories That Change Everything - part one

There are books that tickle the mind (even change lives), and books that don't. I love books that clarify intrinsic complex topics (capitalism, love, freedom) in a beautiful and original way. If this Project In-Between is a humble quest for patterns to understand our...
Posted by Elke Lahousse
06
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Project In-Between: Stories That Change Everything - part two

Elke Lahousse interviews F.S. Michaels,  author of Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing Everything. She recently won America's 2011 NCTE George Orwell Award, for critical analysis of public discourse. *What made you write this book? How long did your research take?* *FS:* 'The seed of this book began...
Posted by Elke Lahousse
03
Jan
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Roman Krznaric asks 'Is Social Media Killing the Art of Conversation?'

There is a crisis in the art of conversation, and it's making us hungry. On the one hand, we face a famine of quality conversation in our relationships. The typical British couple spends more time watching television together on average, 55 minutes a day...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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