Philosophy & Psychology

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Liar, liar brain’s on fire!

Lying repeatedly about Brexit is affecting your brain! It began with a wave of cognitive dissonance that swept the country in the run up to the Referendum last year as tribal political allegiances were shattered. It continued in the aftermath of a Leave victory with an outbreak of amygdala hijacks in which the Remain voters expressed … Continue reading

The Weekly Stoic: The three tests of Socrates for the media!

OK, I know Socrates wasn’t a Stoic, but he had a massive influence on Stoicism. His “three tests” which he used to apply to someone who was about to speak to him certainly harmonise with a Stoical perspective. Specifically, he would say to the person: “before you speak,  can I just check that it meets … Continue reading

The Weekly Stoic: Hope is not a winning strategy.

I’ve been somewhat distracted recently, well, quite a lot actually. Photographs, that’s what did it, and folks saying how good they were and that I should market and sell them. It seemed like a good idea at the time …… those famous last words. So, I decided to explore that well known commercial repository for … Continue reading

This Transient Life: WordPress Photo Challenge

We live in a state of impermanence, accept it, embrace it, and be in harmony with reality. Continue reading

Two Doctors Walk into the Sunset #3: Telling an existentialist joke!

Growing old gracefully with positive reflection is essential to personal fulfilment, rather than being a member of the Forever Young Brigade. Continue reading

Two Doctors walk into a bar #2: Reflecting on negative reflections!

Positive reflections in old age are an important part of personal fulfilment. Existentialism and Epicureanism are ready made concepts to guide you into it, unless you are part of the Forever Young Brigade! Continue reading

Two Doctors walk into a bar: #1 Thinking about personal inspiration

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what has been a significant source of inspiration in your life? A little reflection can reveal small things that may have affected the whole of your life. Here’s one of our sources of inspiration. Continue reading

Top tips for being a mindful traveller

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose … Continue reading

Only the educated are free!: #3 The Meaning of Things

The Meaning of Things A selection of quotes from “The Meaning of Things” by British philosopher AC Grayling with some personal interpretations and anecdotes of our own experiences, especially in Nepal and our work to improve the primary education system. #3 Education  Only the educated are free (Epictetus)  Epictetus was a stoic philosopher born in … Continue reading

Perseverance: #2 The Meaning of Things

The Meaning of Things I first read AC Grayling’s “The Meaning of Things” about 10 years ago just as we were setting up our education foundation in Nepal. The short anecdotes on a wide range of values and philosophies are easy to read and are an interesting take on personal philosophy. As read the book … Continue reading

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