Study Finds That Reading Tolstoy & Other Great Novelists Can Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

≡ Category: Books, Literature, Psychology, Science |5 Comments

A new study published this week in Science concludes that you may get something unexpected from reading great literary works: more finely-tuned social and emotional skills.


Jacques Lacan’s Confrontation with a Young Rebel: Classic Moment, 1972

≡ Category: Psychology |3 Comments

This is fascinating to watch.
On October 13, 1972, the charismatic and controversial French theorist and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan is giving a lecture at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, when a young man with long hair and a chip on his shoulder walks up to the front of the lecture hall and begins making trouble.


New Animation Explains Sherry Turkle’s Theories on Why Social Media Makes Us Lonely

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Last fall Sherry Turkle, an MIT psychologist who explores how technology shapes modern relationships, published Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. The third in a trilogy of books, Alone Together tries to make sense of a paradox.


When William S. Burroughs Joined Scientology (and His 1971 Book Denouncing It)

≡ Category: Literature, Psychology, Religion |1 Comment

Crash director Paul Haggis impressed us all when his defection from the Church of Scientology became the subject of “The Apostate,” a 2011 New Yorker profile by Lawrence Wright. But Haggis’ high-profile departure from the lavish if shadowy house that L. Ron Hubbard built had a notable precedent in William S.


Are the Rich Jerks? See the Science

≡ Category: Economics, Psychology, UC Berkeley |13 Comments

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right. The rich really are different from you or me. They’re more likely to behave unethically.
That’s the finding of a group of studies by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.


Carl Jung’s 1957 Letter on the Fascinating “Modern Myth” of UFOs

≡ Category: Psychology |8 Comments

Deities, conspiracies, politics, space aliens: you don’t actually have to believe in these to find them interesting. Just focus your attention not on the things themselves, but in how other people regard them, what they say when they talk about them, and why they think about them the way they do.


Philosopher Alain de Botton’s Top Tips for Super Hot Sex

≡ Category: Life, Philosophy, Psychology, Science |1 Comment

Want to spice things up in the bedroom? Regard your partner as deeply as Edouard Manet looking at asparagus.
That’s just one of the hot tips the balding, besweatered philosopher Alain de Botton puts forth above.


Carl Gustav Jung Explains His Groundbreaking Theories About Psychology in Rare Interview (1957)

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Here’s an extraordinary film of the great Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung speaking at length about some of his key contributions to psychology. Jung on Film (above) is a 77-minute collection of highlights from four one-hour interviews Jung gave to psychologist Richard I. Evans of the University of Houston in August of 1957.


David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity

≡ Category: Creativity, Film, Psychology |8 Comments

David Lynch meditates, and he meditates hard.


Humans Fall for Optical Illusions, But Do Cats?

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Most “optical illusions” are not really optical. They have less to do with the way the eyes work than with the way the brain processes the information sent to it from the eyes. For this reason, many scientists prefer to call them visual illusions.


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