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July 18, 2016

So far in this series, I've partially deconstructed that difficult phrase “It’s all in your head,” and uncovered its source in Descartes’ desire to avoid being burned alive at the stake (really), and in the assumption that physical material reality (the body) matters more than the mind in understanding humanity. I also made the point that the conscious mind is influential in its own right, because when we direct...

June 27, 2016

Last week, we started deconstructing that difficult phrase, "It's all in your head". Sometimes people use it to deny someone else's experience – they can’t see it, they don’t feel it, therefore it doesn’t exist, and we must be ones out of touch with reality; or sometimes it reflects their assumption that an idea that is not actually physically present is automatically suspect or less important. How did...

April 25, 2016

How many of you were crammers at school? I certainly was. Squashing a term's worth of work into 2 days of hasty revision was my usual study strategy. If you flip through my university textbooks you’ll see pages and pages of highlighted text. Somehow, the act of reading, deciding which the significant points were, and then scribbling all over those with neon-coloured pens, worked to fix the information in my head well...

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