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Ben Irvine on Internet Dead End

On a recent visit to the college I attended as an undergraduate, I bumped into a senior porter who had worked there most of his life. We were enjoying a friendly chat, just as we used to, when he surprised me by remarking...
Posted by Ben Irvine
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Susan Quilliam on Sexual Confidence

It is, surely, a self-fulfilling prophecy that the more confident you are the more you will enjoy sex. This is not about arrogance - the assumption that one is God's gift will be an instant turn-off, particularly to women, if only because they know...
Posted by Susan Quilliam
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Mar
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Ben Martynoga on Friendship and the Prefrontal Cortex

Facebook will not improve your social life. Laughter is crucial to satisfying conversation. Single people are more sociable. And women do need to talk more on the telephone. On Saturday I attended the TEDx Observer[http://www.guardian.co.uk/tedx] event. One of the talks really stood out for me....
Posted by Ben Martynoga
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Philip Ball on Our Inquisitive Impulse

Curiosity has a reputation for being dangerous: it wasn’t just the cat that it killed. In Christian tradition, all the ills of the world follow from the original sin of curiosity, the attempt to grasp and literally to consume forbidden knowledge. “When you eat...
Posted by Philip Ball
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Mar
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Alain de Botton on An Ethical Advertising Campaign

Advertising has a bad name in society, because it's associated with selling us things we don't really need: chocolate, 4 x 4 cars, diamond rings. We may appreciate the artistry, intelligence and wit that's often found in adverts – we've just got problems with...
Posted by Alain de Botton
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Mar
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Money, money, money. All I think about these days is money. And nights too; I quite frequently wake up in a cold sweat as I worry about how I am going to pay my bills. How I will pay for anything in fact...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
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Mar
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Leo Critchley on Escaping to the Urban Wilderness

‘No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.’ - Lau Tzu In contemporary Britain, most of us live in cities...
Posted by Leo Critchley
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Zoe Langdell Reports On A Trip To The Future

Billed as a tour of the secret studios and experimental spaces of East London, it seemed incongruous that A Trip to The Future began at The Shepherdess, a greasy spoon just off Old Street. I ordered very stewed tea from the puzzled waiter, as...
Posted by Zoe Langdell

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