Spreading the Word: Midlife Crisis

For this weekend, I share with you a lecture by Professor Mark Jackson on midlife crisis. It is an interesting take on this now so broadly used concept. In the lecture, Prof Jackson looks into the roots of the idea and discovers that they are interwoven with both biology and culture. Link to the video: …

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Spreading the Word: Taoist Documentary

For this weekend, I share with a documentary about Taoism. Get comfortable, reserve this time for yourself and enjoy the insights from the art of effortless living. Link to the video: Taoist Documentary. Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video …

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Spreading the Word: J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

It is a short video share today. Just under 10 minutes but what a calming and inspiring influence they have. Quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien. Enjoy! Link to the video: Tolkien Quotes. Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Friday, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video I've seen …

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Spreading the Word: Baltic Crusades

Today, I share with you a podcast episode by the BBC4, which discusses ''the Baltic Crusades, the name given to a series of overlapping attempts to convert the pagans of North East Europe to Christianity at the point of the sword''. Since I am originally from this region, this is a special one to me. …

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Spreading the Word: Facing Ourselves

Today, I share with you a touching, relatable, and strangely compassionate little story captured in a short 7-minute animation film by the UK filmmaker Sam Gainsborough. It is called 'Facing it' and shows us what it would be like, if all our emotional experiences were clearly available to us (and others), visible on our faces. …

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Spreading the Word: ‘No-mind’ Idea

In one week I will resume my studies and one of the courses I am very much looking forward to is philosophy of mind. In this light, it was a timely and pleasant surprise when I came across the following article recently published on Aeon: "The mind does not exist". A controversial and provocative title, …

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Spreading the Word: Gapminder

"Gapminder is an independent educational non-profit fighting global misconceptions."gapminder website This Friday, I share with you a website of an independent non-profit dedicated to reducing global misconceptions - Gapminder. They offer fact-checked educational material delivered in an interesting, engaging, and interactive way. I found out about them not too long ago and thought their initiative …

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Spreading the Word: What Went Right This Week

When you watch or listen to the news, how often are you left with a feeling of having received a balanced, well-rounded overview of recent events in the world? I can say for myself - rarely. Mostly I find myself feeling sad, disappointed, angry, dismayed, and many other hope-stealing emotions. If left unchecked, this accumulates …

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Spreading the Word: How to Stop Procrastinating

I don't remember where I read it, but the saying went something like this: when we don't control our lives, we try to control the lives of others. Indeed, the more I think about it the more I am inclined to agree. Self-control is a hard thing to master, but it is a self-reinforcing process, …

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Spreading the Word: Language Obsession

This Friday I share with you a sheer pleasure of a podcast - in it, Stephen Fry tells about his lifelong obsession with language. Dive right in and enjoy! Link to the podcast: Obsession with Language Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Friday, I hope to share with you an article I've read …

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