How Confucius loses face in Ch...

Feb 1, 2020 by

Philip Ivanhoe – While conceived of and functioning differently in diverse contexts, ‘face’ describes a phenomenon that exists...

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Living with ADHD: how I learne...

Jan 7, 2020 by

Even today, 20 years after my childhood diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am still keenly aware of how...

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The smart move: we learn more ...

Nov 14, 2019 by

People who trust more get better at knowing whom to trust, and so reap the benefits of more friends and more knowledge We all know...

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Living with ADHD: how I learne...

Nov 10, 2019 by

Sarah Stein Lubrano – Even today, 20 years after my childhood diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I...

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Living with ADHD: how I learne...

Oct 20, 2019 by

Even today, 20 years after my childhood diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am still keenly aware of how...

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The fast track to a life well ...

Oct 13, 2019 by

David DeSteno – For the Ancient Greeks, virtue wasn’t a goal in and of itself, but rather a route to a life well lived. By...

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Let us now stop praising famou...

Aug 30, 2019 by

Excessive praise can make the wealthy and powerful act badly, but blame puts them on notice and reinforces good behaviour After the...

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Campus protests should stop at...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Protests are a time-honoured tradition on college campuses – memorably exemplified by the protests of 1968 by the grandparents of the...

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You’re simply not that big a d...

Jun 11, 2018 by

There is a meme that speaks directly to the hearts and minds of the overly self-conscious. Perhaps you’ve seen it; it goes something...

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Utopia is a dangerous ideal: w...

Mar 15, 2018 by

Utopias are idealised visions of a perfect society. Utopianisms are those ideas put into practice. This is where the trouble begins....

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How midcentury Arab thinkers e...

Jan 23, 2018 by

The world of Arab letters welcomed the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. Arab novelists, literary critics, psychologists,...

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Why collective narcissists are...

Jan 15, 2018 by

Agnieszka Golec de Zavala – In 2007, a British school teacher in Sudan received a jail sentence under Sharia law because she...

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The once-in-a-decade harvest o...

Nov 4, 2017 by

A hugely satisfying portrait of production, this short documentary observes workers in Spain’s La Mancha region as they harvest cork...

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How the US college went from p...

Oct 17, 2017 by

In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance? From...

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Love and identification lie be...

Sep 2, 2017 by

How cultivated individuals can become barbarians in a crowd Elizabeth Lunbeck – If you can bear it, go to YouTube and watch a...

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‘Semper paratus’ – how the org...

Apr 4, 2017 by

We find that the Romans owed the conquest of the world to no other cause than continual military training, exact observance of...

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Why the most successful studen...

Mar 6, 2017 by

In order to be successful, many people believe, one must be passionate. Passion makes challenges enjoyable. It bestows the stamina...

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Free speech debates are more t...

Jan 6, 2017 by

Eric Heinze – ‘Whenever anyone dares mention the insensitivity of promoting speakers whose invitation risks legitimising such...

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Light, geometry and symbolism:...

Nov 6, 2016 by

The renowned French architect Jean Nouvel begins his ambitious projects with small, sparse sketches that capture the essence of his...

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Can liberal values be absolute...

Oct 15, 2016 by

Is liberalism an idea fit only for the contemporary West, proper to this particular historical, social and geographical context? Or...

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