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Alain de Botton on a New Priesthood: Psychotherapists

For centuries in the West, there was a figure in society who fulfilled a function that is likely to sound very odd to modern secular ears. He (there were no she's in the role) didn't sell you anything or fulfill any material need,...
Posted by Alain de Botton
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Socrates on Love by Bettany Hughes

Plato’s Symposium takes place in a dining room in a back street of Athens, a place where conversation is a factory for beautiful ideas, ideas of beauty, beautiful things. Even the silences sparkle. At this dinner party, set more than 2,400 years ago, Love...
Posted by Bettany Hughes
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Charles Fernyhough Asks Does Neuroscience Change The Way We Understand Ourselves?

Brain science is everywhere. The 'neuro-' prefix has been used to jazz up approaches to self-help, ethics, aesthetics, marketing, economics, even parenting. These days, you don't only have to look after your offspring as a developing person; you have to look after your baby's...
Posted by Charles Fernyhough

Chris Johnstone on TheThree Stories of Our Time

In any great adventure, there are always obstacles in the way. The first hurdle is just to be aware that we, as a civilization and as a species, are facing a crisis point. When looking at the mainstream of our society, and the priorities...
Posted by Chris Johnstone

Goodbye Valentine's Day, Make Way for Generosity Day

The Generosity Revolution are rebooting Valentine's Day as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying "Yes." Let's make the day about love, action and human connection -- because...
Posted by The School of Life

Alain de Botton on Scheduling in the Sublime

Most of us are painfully aware of, and sad about, how highly structured our time is. Anyone in employment or with children to look after knows just how many appointments litter the diary. The weeks are filled with engagements: finance meetings, tax inspections, deliveries,...
Posted by Alain de Botton
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F.S.Michaels on The Wisdom of the Moment

A.C. Grayling's *The Good Book: A Humanist Bible *is a compilation of Western and Eastern insight from thought and literature that's derived from over a thousand texts. It collects our best musings about what it means to be human from hundreds of authors who...
Posted by F.S Michaels

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