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Essay/Ethics

The Phineas Gage effect

When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?

Kevin Tobia

Video/Subcultures

How the yo-yo put a troubled young man on the path of playful salvation

10 minutes

Video/Self-Improvement

Athletes endure a bizarre, nearly impossible 100-mile race for its sheer thrill

23 minutes

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Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Peter B Reiner & Saskia K Nagel

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Idea/Ethics

Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

Costica Bradatan

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Essay/Self-Improvement

Don’t think too positive

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?

Gabriele Oettingen

Essay/Social Psychology

Metaknowledge

Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want

George Musser

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Essay/Self-Improvement

Don’t beat yourself up

Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness

Mark Leary

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Idea/Self-Improvement

Having a backup plan might be the very reason you failed

Chris Napolitano

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Getting smarter

Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time

Jeffrey M Zacks

Video/Mood & Emotion

Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth

3 minutes

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Idea/Family Life

How game theory can help you do a better job of parenting

Paul Raeburn

Essay/Stories & Literature

Silicon phoenix

A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then ... a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative

Kat McGowan

Video/Nature & Environment

Dick Proenneke’s 30-year mission of solitary self-sufficiency in Alaska

10 minutes

Idea/Life Stages

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Daphna Oyserman

Video/Consciousness & Altered States

A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration

16 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Squirm, laugh, judge – but reality TV school is not quite what you think

23 minutes

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Video/Values & Beliefs

Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

6 minutes

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

How clever is it to dismiss IQ tests?

Stuart Ritchie

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Essay/Self-Improvement

The pleasure of their pain

Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure

Batya Ungar-Sargon

Essay/Mind & Body

When it’s good to be bad

The relentless pursuit of success is valorised in our culture, but taking the long way around is often the best

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Free Will

The lost hope of self-help

Habits – good or bad – were once a matter of ethical seriousness. Are they now just another technology of self-absorption?

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

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Idea/Stories & Literature

The self-reliant individual is a myth that needs updating

Kimberley Brownlee

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

To heal trauma from childhood, relive the neglect and abuse

Pamela Garber

Essay/Mood & Emotion

Saved by the book

Self-help books might have a reputation for nonsense but the best of them are more effective than medication or therapy

Elizabeth Svoboda

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

The secret of my shameless love for money real and imagined

Peter Jukes

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Night school

New evidence suggests that we can learn while we sleep, but do we really want to put our hours of rest to work?

Kenneth Miller

ORIGINAL
Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How the Stoic embrace of death can help us get a grip on life

5 minutes

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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Into the deep

Just when you crave one more sensual hit, the void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind

M M Owen

Video/Cosmopolitanism

Is the introspection of self-help and therapy hurting our ability to empathise?

10 minutes