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: 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: Hidden Meaning in Art

This Friday I share with you a highly interesting article on the meaning of hidden detail in Raphael's spectacular work The School of Athens. You will notice that I have chosen a picture of this masterpiece as my blog's theme. To me, the article was a fascinating read. It is truly remarkable how we humans …

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Spreading the Word: Meaningful Conversations

This Friday I share with you an article on how to have meaningful conversations. As many things meaningful, this is a longer read, but it is worth your time. So get comfortable, set aside this time for yourself, and enjoy! When a conversation allows you to better understand something important about yourself, the other person …

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Spreading the Word: Our Homes as Our Mirrors

This Friday I share with you an article "Inside the homes of remarkable artists and writers". It is a small selection from a book by Sam Lubell "Life meets Art" where the author presents his choice of 250 residences of the world's most creative people. Some homes are just what you might expect while others reveal …

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Spreading the Word: New Theory of Why We Dream

This Friday is the first day of the new year. January 1st of the freshly-out-of-the-oven 2021. Happy New Year everyone! And Happy approaching New Year to all those who celebrate later! Isn't this a perfect time to once again ponder the question of why do we dream? Here, I share a very interesting article with …

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Spreading the Word: Reality Needs Fiction

Today, I share with you a very interesting article. It tells about maintaining one's humanity in extreme circumstances. Perhaps surprisingly, fiction helps us deal with reality. Imagination. Hope. The 'as-if' philosophy. Enjoy the read! Link to the article: https://psyche.co/ideas/how-emil-utitz-salvaged-his-humanity-in-a-non-human-world Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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Spreading the Word: Trans-Siberian Railway Stories

Today, I share with you an article and a short video created by the Russian-Swedish filmmaker Anastasia Kirillova about the stories of the staff working for the 9,289 kilometres long Trans-Siberian railway in Russia. As they describe it, "It pulls you in." Enjoy! Link to the article and video: https://psyche.co/films/it-pulls-you-in-the-staff-seduced-by-the-rhythms-of-the-trans-siberian-railway Image from Pixabay Keeping up …

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Spreading the Word: Day of Philosophy & Post No 100!

This is a special post on a special day. It is the annual World Philosophy Day, celebrated by UNESCO with a dedicated programme on the 19th and 20th November. What a great occasion to share with you the 100th post on the humanfactor.blog! "Philosophy is an inspiring discipline as well as an everyday practice that …

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