Most of you have probably heard of the TED talks. Jeremy Donovan is a man who discovered his true passion very early in life and has devoted his time and effort to exploring the science of human communication. He asked himself: what makes a good speaker and a high quality speech? Why do people sink their teeth into some ideas more than others? How to generate good ideas and how to spread them? He has summed up his knowledge and conclusions in an interesting book called How to Deliver a TED Talk.
Marcel Proust's writings are all about a special kind of sensibility: he has a fine feeling for all those micro movements of the soul that manifest themselves through insecurities, lust, desires, difficult dilemmas, courage, and fears.
This past Tuesday (the 24th of November) was the 156th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's landmark work called On the Origin of Species. Although this is the best known work of the famous English naturalist and geologist, he has other interesting studies to offer, and all of them are avaliable online. For this Saturday, we have prepared a book recommendation for Darwin's study called On the Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, published in 1899. You can read it online, with full illustrations provided by the Gutenberg Project.
The topic of sexuality has traditionally been more or less stigmatized – in many ways taboo. Michel Foucault, a 20th century philosopher, was one of the great minds who plunged into the topic of sexuality when few writers dared to do so, publishing a three volume work, The History of Sexuality, in 1976.
Have you ever wondered why you find some things funny and other things don't even make you smile? Many psychologists, philosophers, and literary critics have dedicated years of research to determine what it actually means for a human to laugh. Henri Bergson was one of the many to discuss this topic.
Autumn is here. Some people enjoy it, some notice that the lack of sunny days makes them feel tired and a bit depressed. This is common for the majority of people, and it is called seasonal depression. But there is a way to give your mood a boost and feel better! We have prepared a multi-faceted list of five “feel good” books to put a smile on your face. If you have never heard of bibliotherapy - healing through reading – now is the best time to try it.
Surely, the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear the great name of Leo Tolstoy are his novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. But there is a lot more to this writer and his life work besides these two respected, famous novels. In this article we will review his creative ideas and methods in pedagogy, learned while he was a teacher at Yasnaya Polyana. He was ahead of his time with respect to the topics of educating and bringing up children. All of this can be found in his diaries (The Diaries of Leo Tolstoy, published in 1917), which you can read online.
Are you one of those people who just cannot stand being proved wrong? You get irritated, and you enter a discussion just so you can prove the other person is, oh, so terribly wrong. Arthur Schopenhauer, the great 19th century German philosopher, gave his thoughts about this human need and also provided advice on how to win every argument in a small piece called The Art of Being Right. You can read it online for free.
Michel de Montaigne was one of the greatest Renaissance philosophers, remembered for his interesting conclusions, sarcasm, wit, overall humor, and modesty. Montaigne was responsible for inventing the essay genre, which is the form we use to express our own thoughts today, and is basically a version of free thinking. Do you need a better reason to stop and pick up some great advice from this fellow?
Fear of death is something that's been ingrained in the human experience since the beginning of time. The fact that we are here one day and gone the next has been a true enigma for every civilization there is (and was). Through different religions and philosophies, people have tried to solve the mysteries about the meaning of life, about death and the afterlife, to give themselves some sort of comfort. The sudden realization that each day we are one step closer to death can even trigger phobias. This unavoidable paradox of life can be overwhelming.