The discipline today finds itself precariously balanced between incomprehensible specialisation and cheap self-help
«Many people buy books that supply the illusion of thinking»
Have you been here before? The eerie sensation is the shadow of your mind searching inward for clues to its own survival
Some have thought that logic will one day be completed and all its problems solved. Now we know it is an endless task
Worries that you’re incompetent and undeserving could be holding you back. Try these steps to move toward the life you want
In an era of 20th-century suburban sprawl, the great designer Russell Page infused soulful philosophy into his gardens
Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex
Anger is a complicated emotion, but one you can learn to control. Here’s how.
For people with depression, anxiety and other conditions, reaching high wellbeing – not just recovery – is a real possibility
«enhanced focus on wellbeing will spark a broader conversation that encourages providers to better align patient care with patient goals»
It’s not always easy to tell what’s a sensible safeguard, and what’s an anxiety-fuelling habit. A few questions can help
«bring a stick to hit shrubs along the path. Does the behaviour allow for engagement in valued activities?»
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
Adopt these lifestyle changes and you will not only sharpen your mind today but also reduce your risk of dementia later on
«Train your body Just as mental health and brain health are deeply entwined, so too are your overall physical health and your brain health»
Instead of a code encrypted in the wiring of our neurons, could consciousness reside in the brain’s electromagnetic field?
«Our non-conscious mind appears to be a parallel processor, whereas our conscious mind is a serial processor that can operate only one task at a time.»
The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures
After generations of ‘blackboard economics’, Berkeley and MIT are leading a return to economics that studies the real world
«a preponderance of research that has shown no meaningful disemployment effects of raising minimum wages.»
This is how Europe became the richest place on earth: by being politically fragmented, yet intellectually united
Public philosophy aims to improve critical thinking so that we gain a better understanding of the world and of ourselves
«blic philosophy initiatives: Michael Sandel’s ‘Justice’ course, the BBC’s History of Ideas animations, or the many popular philosophy podcasts, including History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps from Peter A»
The Stoics approached self-improvement as an athlete approaches sport: the key is to keep practising in the face of failure
«When we do not act upon what we think is right, we are acting like an athlete who trains but never competes. What is the point?»
Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis explains how authoritarians energise the hatred, self-pity and delusion while promising heaven on Earth
The neuroscientific picture of addiction overlooks the psychological and social factors that make cravings so hard to resist
When even everyday social situations make you feel self-conscious and afraid, it’s time to try these well-tested techniques
«Social anxiety tricks you into believing that certain situations cause anxiety, but in reality, your thoughts about the situations drive your anxiety.»
In all its baroque and sometimes cruelly overbred forms, the dog is a paramount symbol of both human hopes and foibles
«As a rising middle class started to focus on their own family trees, creating an ‘elite’ from new money, so dogs started to be classified too.»
I am an unequivocal rationalist and yet I still want to see something strange and wonderful in life’s weird coincidences
Self-compassion techniques aren’t self-indulgent – they’ll tame your inner critic while helping you change for the better
«So I dedicated 10 minutes to sit down and reflect on the same questions I ask my clients to help them clarify their values. These were my answers:»
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not self-indulgent to practise self-compassion. In fact, it helps you to care for others
These odd values were long dismissed as bookkeeping. Now physicists are proving that they describe the hidden shape of nature
From career choices to new purchases, use René Girard’s mimetic theory to resist the herd and forge your own path in life
«These are people whose desires are in some sense intertwined with your own – they can affect your desires, and you can in turn affect theirs»
Mischievousness requires humour, wit and a playful humaneness: qualities that make for a particular kind of virtue
By learning to question and clarify your thoughts, you’ll improve your self-knowledge and become a better communicator
«So far as possible, you should try to extract the maximum truthful and reasonable content from what others say, especially if they disagree with you»
There’s more to words than meets the eye. Deepen your appreciation of literature through the art of slow, attentive reading
«From reading deeply, you gain experience as well as knowledge: you gain from reading literary works in all their unique particularity.»
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