Monday to Friday With My Reckless Amygdala - My nemesis at work: the amygdala.
Danger & Deliverance At Eaglesfield School London (’94 to ’99) - At some point during my 3rd year of secondary school, our class tutor Mr Roles came into the room with a suspicious glint in his eye and announced that we would be getting a new student. Mr Roles had round hobbit-like features, mousy-coloured hair, and a voice that you couldn’t call quite high-pitched, but sounded … Continue reading Danger & Deliverance At Eaglesfield School London (’94 to ’99)
Radical Acceptance | The Power Of Welcoming Pain - Tara Brach's "radical acceptance" allows you to weaken psychological turmoil by facing it head on
My Impotent Online Brain - How our quick-consumption online brain affects our ability to think critically, analytically, and to learn new things.
How To Empathise With Violent Trump Supporters - Political division is tearing America apart. To repair it, we need to empathy and understanding.
The Marvel of Routine | Paterson Movie - Routine can be a wellspring of beauty and creativity, if we pay attention like Paterson.
The Wisdom Of Insecurity Book Review | The Futility Of Living For The Future - A short review of Alan Watts's The Wisdom of Insecurity.
How To Validate The Reliability & Accuracy of Information - The essential list of information quality checks, to identify information pollution, fake news, and false information.
The Dirty Trick Of Hope, And How The Existentialists Saw Through It - For the existentialists, hope wasn't just a comforting fantasy, but a rejection of life.
What’s Wrong With Virtue Signalling? - An analysis of the so-called Trumpian scream of virtue signalling
Lolita Book Review—Sympathising With A Peadophile - This Lolita book review talks about the repulsive obsession of Humbert Humbert, and his relentless pursuit of his love.
30 Delightful Delicacies From Madame Tussaud's Deep Freeze - Witness the awesome delights of our celebrity foods, for the low low price of $79.99.
Republicans Reveal An Ironic Love Of Fake News - With such a hatred of the popular press, Republicans turn to deceptive news sources instead.
Montaigne: Sometimes, Your Penis Will Let You Down - Michel De Montaigne remains one of the most refreshing philosophers in history, and has tackled a penis or two.
An Exclusive, Jaw-Dropping Interview With The Original Coronavirus - Our tiny virus-sized reporter chats to the original coronavirus, to understand how this all started.
How to Scrutinise Your Habits, and Be Happier - We are our habits. By examining them, we can vastly improve our lives.
The Rotten Habit of Black and White Thinking - Why black and white thinking makes asses of us.
Idle Curiosity — Are You An Information Junkie? - The web is boundless nourishment for our idle curiosity. And it's making us sick.
The Banana Bread Walk—a Tribute to Brisbane - A little history and a lot of beauty in the Queensland capital of Brisbane.
Relationship effort: how to avoid it dwindling with long-term partners - Why we make less effort and become complacent in long-term relationships, and what to do about it.
35 Things You Should NEVER Say to an Uber Driver - Things that Uber drivers do not want to hear.
Official DPRK Visitation Rules for Supreme Leader Imagery - Photography guidelines for visitors who want to take pictures of the glorious Supreme Leaders of the DPRK
Stoicism: a Masterclass in Emotion Regulation - How Stoicism can help us to regulate our emotions, and be happier.
When Philosophers Attack - What do you do when you're subject to a philosophical assault?
Our Imprisonment at the Park—The Problem of the Bag - How a bag made prisoners of us, and our struggle to break free.
Are Managers Getting Smarter? - Managers are getting smarter and we're in danger of being left behind.
It Sucks Being Average in a Meritocracy - The struggle of having an average IQ in a meritocracy, and what to do about it.
Quotes About Death That Can Teach You How to Live - Quotes about death from the world's most insightful people, making us reflect on what's important in our lives.
Why Boredom Can Be Profoundly Useful - Boredom has much to teach us, if we can muster the courage to face it
Is Modern Entertainment Making Us More Lonely? - Why the glut of 21st-century entertainment might be damaging our personal relationships
How to Gain Deep Understanding - Tips on how to get a thorough understanding of something, instead of just skimming its surface.
Why Honesty is the Best Policy - The boundless value to be had dampening your filter, and letting your honesty shine through
Admiration is a Poisonous Crack-Sprinkled Doughnut - Why our insatiable desire for approval is poisoning us
Why I Was Cluelessly Racist in My Youth - How bigotry is used as emotional protection, through childhood and beyond.
The Nocebo Effect—The Deadly Opposite of Placebo - The placebo effect heals us, and the nocebo effect can kill us. Our health depends on our ability to reduce our stress levels, and encourage our own self-repair
Why Slowing Down Can Make You Feel More Alive - In a world where success and achievement is king, slowing down has proven to bring bucketloads of joy, and increase our gratitude.
Tales of Sin City - Life in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
The Badass Power of the Psychological Immune System - How our psychological immune system sells us a more hopeful, positive reality, improving our mental health, and making us happier.
Why Our Willpower Sucks - We can blame the prehistoric part of our brain for our tendency to gobble doughnuts.
The One Reason to Complain - Why complaining is mostly a toxic behaviour, with one exception.
The Foolish Reason We Drift Away From Our Friends - The reason why we drift away from our friends, and what you can do to stop it from happening. Keep your friends close by becoming aware of complacency.
The Miracle of Finding Beauty in the Mundane - Beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places
Tribalism In Sports: What Makes It So Thrilling - The reason why we become so immersed in sport
Why Laughing With Friends Is So Important - Laughing with friends is one of the best ways to maintain good relationships, bonding us to people in a way like nothing else.
The Invasion of Mindless Entertainment - Why mindless entertainment is affecting our ability to concentrate, harming our mental health, and making us more stupid.
The Ultimate Guide on How to Fight Climate Change—part 4: Work, Travel, and Everything Else - How you can help to save our beautiful planet from the ravages of global warming.
The Ultimate Guide on How to Fight Climate Change — part 3: Your Home - How you can help to save our beautiful planet from the ravages of global warming.
The Ultimate Guide on How to Fight Climate Change—part 2: Food - How you can help to save our beautiful planet from the ravages of global warming.
The Ultimate Guide on How to Fight Climate Change—part 1: Political Action - How you can help to save our beautiful planet from the ravages of global warming.
The Magic of Spending Time in Nature - Spending time in nature can make us happier, healthier, and less stressed.
Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine For Meaninglessness - Comedy, humour and laughter is the best medicine in the fight against our absurd existence. They stave off existential angst, and reduce our seriousness.
Social Approval—The Fuel That Drives Social Networks - How our craving for approval fuels social networks, and what an incisive French philosopher might have said about them
Psychedelic Therapy with MDMA and Magic Mushrooms - Why psychedelics and MDMA are making a comeback in the medical world, due to their potential health benefits.
The Psychology of Flat Earthers, and Why They Refuse to See The Truth - The science behind why believers of Flat Earth Theory think the way they do.
15 Ways to Discover Meaning, and Steer Your Way to Happiness - How to discover what is meaningful to you, and become happier in the process. The pursuit of happiness is folly.
How to Fight the Fear of Failure: Tell Yourself You Can Do Better - Fear of failure prevents us from doing the things that are meaningful to us, and we can fight it by simply telling ourselves that we can do better.
How Your Mother Tongue Changes the Way You See the World - The language that we speak influences how we experience the world.
Finding the Good in Lousy People - Some people suck, but we should try to see the best in them.
Hate speech has no place in the world, even online - Why extreme hate speech should be banned from public discourse
The futility of punishing criminals - Many prison systems make offenders worse
The Word is Not the Thing—the Fascinating Trickery of Language - Language can make us confuse words with reality, and reduce our appreciation. The world becomes more beautiful when we realise that the word is not the thing.
The Importance of a Balanced Life - Why living with balance is important, and some ways to achieve it.
Why Our Desire For More Makes us Unhappy, and How to Beat It - How to become content with what you have, and quash the desire for more.
The Badass Power of Wu Wei - Why an ancient chinese philosophy can improve your mental health, by helping you to go with the flow.
How To Become a Masterful Writer, with John Gardner - Writing tips from one of the best writing teachers in history
The Unethical Greed of Uber Eats and Deliveroo - Why food delivery services Uber Eats and Deliveroo are exploiting their workers, and ripping off restaurants.
Our Precious Paragraphs Are Being Destroyed - Paragraphs are important, and we need to stop butchering them
The Magical Power of Small Talk - Why small talk is necessary to build long-lasting, meaningful friendships.
How to Have Better Experiences—Mindfulness with Mona Lisa - Why we must learn to put away our mobile, pay attention, and open up our senses to the world. Mindfulness can do wonders for your mental health.
Why Longing For The Weekend Can Make You Unhappy - "It's almost the weekend" is a statement that you probably shouldn't utter
Life is easier if you embrace change - Change is frightening, but you'll be happier if you embrace it
Australians love illegal drugs, please make them safer - Pill-testing saves lives, why are we still debating it in Australia?
Why freedom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be - Freedom is both liberating and suffocating
Why White Lies Aren’t as Innocent as You Might Think - White lies can destroy your own trust and credibility, affecting your personal relationships. Honesty is the best policy.
How to Defeat Shame and Embarrassment - Why vulnerability is the key to wholehearted living, and the conqueror of shame and embarrassment.
Life as a clap-addict, and how to beat it - How addiction to social approval makes slaves of us
Why Kids Are the Masters of Existence - Kids are experts in living, because they're able to live with pure mindfulness.
The hero – the ultimate weapon against suffering - Do you play the victim, or the hero?
Free Will Theories Explained—the Paedophile Who May Not Be Responsible for His Crimes - Some free will theories suggest that people aren't responsible for their actions. We explore determinism, compatibilism, and libertarianism.
I don’t like you – want to come to my party? - Why we should invite people we dislike to our parties
Laughing at your flaws will make you happier - We hate our flaws. But laughing at them makes them less painful
The Dangerous Arrogance of Jordan Peterson - Why Jordan Peterson's climate change denial is irresponsible, and dangerous. Global warming is a fact, and Peterson's arrogance may be making things worse.
The Failure of the Pursuit of Happiness - Why the pursuit of happiness is a fool's game, and should be replaced with the pursuit of meaning.
The hefty years, starring French bread - Fatter, and fatter, and fatter...
The Office Temperature Wars - The temperature battle in offices rages on
Turn up the brightness in your life by silencing your judge - Constant judgement is poisonous
YES – the ultimate weapon in life - We can battle the absurdity of life with one attitude: YES
How the right kind of motivation will make you happier - Intrinsic motivation is important for our well being
Why you should distrust your beliefs - How we trick ourselves into keeping bad ideas
Why less is more on Medium - You don't have to write five blogs a week to succeed
Looking down on others - Judgment is unkind, and makes you unhappy
Why you need relaxation time - Relaxation is just as important as achievement
Failure of the popular media - The popular media fails to report the most important news
How to beat procrastination - We all procrastinate. Here's how to beat it
Love Your Fate—The Power of Amor Fati - When you love your fate in the spirit of amor fati, you remove a ton of stress from your life.
How to talk good - The most effective way to communicate in the modern world
Bohemian Rhapsody – film review - A review of the Queen biopic—Bohemian Rhapsody
The demon of task-switching - Constantly switching between tasks is terrible for our productivity
The positives of embarrassment - Embarrassment isn't as bad as it feels
HOW TABLOIDS ARE RUINING YOUR COUNTRY - Tabloids are poisonous, and make us all a little angrier
New Zealand Trip – Part Seven – Te Anau to Christchurch - Trip to New Zealand—Part 7
New Zealand Trip – Part Six – Queenstown to Te Anau - Trip to New Zealand—Part 6
New Zealand Trip – Part Five – Queenstown - Trip to New Zealand—Part 5
New Zealand Trip – Part Four – Lake Wanaka and Isthmus Peak - Trip to New Zealand—Part 4
New Zealand Trip – Part Three – Arthur’s Pass to Lake Wanaka - Trip to New Zealand—Part 3
New Zealand Trip – Part Two – Blenheim to Arthur’s Pass - Trip to New Zealand—Part 2
New Zealand Trip – Part One – Christchurch to Blenheim - Trip to New Zealand—Part 1
The importance of good ideas - The Internet has bombarded us with terrible ideas
Kill Them With Kindness—an Antidote to Hate - In a world filled with disgusting narcissists such as Donald Trump, it's more important than ever for us to kill them with kindness.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of Australia and Britain - Australia and Britain—great countries, but also terrible
The dangers of smart drugs - Why smart drugs aren't as safe as people assume
The trouble with expectations - Expectations can ruin our experiences
How you can help with global warming - Tips on how to help fight climate change, before it's too late
How pleasure is destroying our planet - Why our desire for pleasure is fuelling global warming
How information overload is making you ill - Overstimulation can badly affect our mental health
Stop mocking stupid people - It isn't their fault
The perils of social media - Social media can be awful for our mental health
The dangers of approval - Care about others approval, and you'll always be their prisoner
Personal Control Should Be Your Focus - Stoicism teaches us why it's so important for us to let go of what we can't control, and instead focus on what we can—our personal control.
The usefulness of discomfort - By focusing on our discomfort, we see deep within ourselves
The folly of impressing others - Why trying to impress other people is pointless
Perseverance - Why perseverance is a critical life skill
Chasing happiness - The futility of chasing happiness
Being liked - Why we need to find a balance between being liked, and being ourselves