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Author: Edward Sudall (Page 4 of 11)

How To Get Luckier

‘Luck’ is rarely credited for successes or failures. If someone said they went on a date but it went badly because of “bad luck” we would think them self-deluding. If Bill Gates said he made his fortune because of luck, we would think him immodestly modest. (Although the date may have had a bad mood… [Read more]

Should You Go On A Media Diet?

The idea of choosing what media I let into my mind, for the sake of sanity, came into my mind from a rarely informing youtuber. It made sense to me. I have written polemics on the tropes of the news, and on the negative impacts of the freedom lacking internet before. In my media diet,… [Read more]

On The Meaning Of Life

The Meaning of Life is pretty unfashionable. Mention it and it will be received as a joke or a naivete. The notion is unfashionable because religion is in decline and science has explained away most of life’s mysteries as being the result of evolutionary survival or byproducts of survival and reproduction. The Meaning of Life,… [Read more]

The Best Self-Help Advice

I am no fan of self-help. Mostly, I look for others to help me. ‘Self help’ is a weird genre because people learn to help themselves from someone else; it is inconsistent to say ‘self-help’ when it is other-help. The genre, along with self-improvement, refers to the refinement of an indivisible ‘I’ helping I, while… [Read more]

8 Proven Ways To Sleep Better

Sleep is complex. Our brains are never fully awake or asleep, instead, its assorted parts are dampened or firing always. So when you feel like you are asleep, you actually are in a way; and at different times dreams and reality can converge, for instance in the memory of a dream which feels real or… [Read more]

Is Anthropology Ethnocentric?

When the few colonial subjects of India, Africa, and the Caribbean went to British Empire London they found a world foreign and barbaric. These English people placed a magical belief in an old woman who was their demigod, paper and shiny coins were imbued with the ability to command; these peoples kept a popular delusion,… [Read more]

Was Renaissance Art Pornographic?

To call art pornographic is taboo. To call any renaissance art pornographic is especially taboo because its era has the most prestige. People worldwide respect renaissance artists. And for centuries people have separated the ‘artistic’ and the ‘impressive’ from the ‘common’ and ‘vulgar’, with The Renaissance examples embodying the artistic, impressive and sublime. Even the… [Read more]

How To Be An Optimist

Would you rather have an optimistic doctor? Good question. You’d rather they had reason to be optimistic. If, by optimistic you mean they think everything will work out fine without consulting objective evidence, then no. Would you want an optimistic soldier? If they think the campaign is going swimmingly so reframe their situation as fine… [Read more]

Yes, Aliens Are Real

At one point in time to speak of different lands and of different beings across the water of The Earth was to be considered mad. If you spoke of inevitable continents and diverse creatures within reach of possible powerful ships, you would be deemed a time-waster. After all, if different creatures and continents did exist… [Read more]

The Rise of Mindfulness Software

‘MINDFULNESS’ and ‘software’ are words rarely found together, yet smartphone applications designed for mindfulness proliferate. Computers and their software, fashionably shunned as the root of our distraction problem—our mindlessness—have been turned to its treatment. Satisfying an overbearing user-demand to help control and regulate our attention, applications like Headspace are making headway popularly and financially. With… [Read more]

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