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: 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: Philosophy of Language and Communication

This Friday I share with you a video on the relationship between language and communication. In it, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Karen Lewis explores what is considered to be the most philosophically influential theory on the question of how what we mean is related to what we say - H.P. Grice’s theory of pragmatics. I …

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Spreading the Word: Free Will Anyone?

This Friday I share with you a short video on free will. In it, this complex topic is explored from a scientific and, ultimately, philosophical perspective. I wonder, do we all even mean the same thing when referring to free will? Could free will be a concept we use to describe an evolutionary adaptation that …

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Spreading the Word: Russian Folklore – Baba Yaga

This Friday I share with you a podcast/video episode on Baba Yaga. She is an important and versatile character in the Russian and broader Slavic folklore. The video offers an interesting deep-dive into the nature, origins, and various interpretations of Baba Yaga. When growing up, I remember reading folktales and later watching some cartoons where …

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Spreading the Word: Languages and Thinking

This Friday I share with you a very interesting short video on the relationship between languages and thinking. The speakers are discussing their views based on experience and on research evidence as to whether we think differently in different languages. Personally, I am certain that we do. That's why speaking foreign languages is like putting …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Tea

This Friday I share with you a short video on the surprising connection between philosophy and tea. Something as simple as a cup of tea can play a significant role in a balanced and wise life, according to Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyū. Best enjoyed with your favourite tea! Link to the video: Philosophy of …

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Spreading the Word: Creativity and Uncertainty

This Friday I share with you a short video on the relationship between creativity and uncertainty, and what neuroscience has to say about it. A lot of interesting and illuminating insights offered in a clear language by a neuroscientist Beau Lotto. What can feel more uncertain than the state of not knowing? And yet, "Creativity …

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