Category Archives: education

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings

My son and his partner graduated with their first degrees last Friday. They both graduated from Massey University, a university in New Zealand. I was incredibly encouraged when the businessman brought on to motivate the graduates, told them to “stay … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis Polly Morland A Review

I am fascinated by the idea of change; particularly, how we change for the better. This book written by journalist Polly Morland is titled “Metamorphosis: How and Why we change”. It’s not a self-help book, rather Polly seeks to explore … Continue reading

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(70) How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed | Daniel Levitin – YouTube

I’m in the middle of a really stressful time. It is a sensible thought to prepare yourself for times like this. Here are some are sensible suggestions worth listening to.

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

This is a useful idea. Seek pleasure in moderation. And I also have to say, many researchers have reached this conclusion and, of course, moderation is a key to sustainable living. Should you feel bad about pursuing pleasure? Many philosophers … Continue reading

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(57) Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video – YouTube

At a time when the world is challenging us, it is important to remember that progress is being made. Here is Emma Watson motivating us. “It’s about freedom!”

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My Critique of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Self Improvement by Stephen Covey – YouTube

This video is a summary of a book I read many years ago. Worth revisiting, yet I’ve moved on. Covey doesn’t speak to me at all now. Yes, he teaches skills that are useful, skills I use every day toward … Continue reading

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An Antidote to White Male Capitalist Culture: Adrienne Rich on the Liberating Power of Storytelling and How Reading Emancipates – Brain Pickings

This week this was on my reading list. I think Adrienne Rich is absolutely correct. Reading, writing, learning to think carefully and critically are foundation steps toward self-empowerment and emancipation. That is true for every marginalized, disempowered and ignored individual. … Continue reading

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How to Make a Learning Bucket List | Science of People

At present, I’m busy at work. It is going to be a series of short blogs for a while as I concentrate on work and slowly on a bigger post. But I am keeping on with my goal of blogging … Continue reading

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(57) Christopher Hitchens: Empowerment of Women – YouTube

This man was a wonderfully clear thinker and makes an important point about poverty. I’m not sure how this translates to New Zealand, we do so much more than ensuring access to health-care for women. Poverty is still a challenge … Continue reading

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Sexuality Leads to Boosts in Mood and Meaning in Life.

I am struggling to state my views on this paper. It’s clear that active sexuality helps adults feel happy, worthwhile and connected; however, this topic seems taboo in New Zealand. Although I see papers similar to this examined in overseas … Continue reading

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