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Pocket Philosopher
Human, psychologist, curator of wisdom. Writes about ideas from history’s greatest thinkers in a relatable way for our time
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Pocket Philosopher Jul 12
“The soul is an outbirth of that sort of philosophising whose great maxim is: “Whatever you are totally ignorant of, assert to be the explanation of everything else.” - William James on ‘the soul’ as the explanation of consciousness
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Maria Popova Jul 3
“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.” How to grow old — Bertrand Russell on what makes a fulfilling life:
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 15
Replying to @timminchin
This piece explains the cognitive errors that make successful people unhappy
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 13
Sonder: the realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 8
Replying to @TheSchoolOfLife
A 6th is for the sake of one’s child; spending time with your child’s friend’s family makes your child happy and build your community.
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 6
As schools and colleges become dedicated to workplace preparation it’s possible for educated people to encounter almost no philosophy at all
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 6
Replying to @brainpicker
Love that you used the word frenemy 💕
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 6
Love this. I have always said “aitch.” Husband says “haitch.” Dear son diplomatically uses both.
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 5
Haha :) I loved Anna Karenina, funnily enough, but have not been game to try war & peace. But if you find it boring, definitely shelve it!
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 5
Thanks so much 😀 For the record I do like some Dickens, just please god not Oliver Twist.
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 5
A discussion led by led to this piece on Montaigne’s on boring books
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TED Talks Jun 4
6 books to help you answer big questions about yourself:
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Dr Julia Baird Jun 1
There are so many things I want to teach my son. But in truth, every day he is also teaching me. My column for the SMH
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Pocket Philosopher Jun 2
on introversion
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Pocket Philosopher May 31
"Technological Inheritance and the Case for a Basic Income" - 
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Pocket Philosopher May 28
If there is such a thing I’m from the school of stoic humanists who value empiricism 😄
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Pocket Philosopher May 27
My new article about the cognitive errors that make successful people unhappy: "When silver is worse than bronze"
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Pocket Philosopher May 17
The gratitude is in the coffee cup. “Visualizing the Meaning of Life: The Drip Coffee Model” by
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Pocket Philosopher May 16
“9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)” by
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Maria Popova May 12
Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.
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