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My name is Jonathon Hawkins. At 22 years old, I’ve just finished studying Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, and I’m currently navigating the world as a Freelance Writer.
I live in a small town just outside of Worcester (UK) with my family. …
You’ll forget 50% of everything you see within an hour, 70% within a day, and 90% within a week.
You’ve probably heard Francis Bacon’s famous saying: “knowledge is itself power.” But if that’s true, why do we let so much pass us by?
We’re living in a world of information overload. At any given moment, our brain is inundated with thousands of sensory inputs. From our phones, TVs, and social media feeds. Our minds can’t keep up with this flood; so it suppresses most material in an attempt to focus on what it deems important.
Unfortunately, what our mind deems…
There are two ways a conversation with a stranger can go: you sit in awkward silence or strike a conversation.
But sometimes our efforts to talk are met with resistance. One-liner responses and a lack of follow-up questions can make things go dry quite quickly. You might be left wondering: Is this my fault? Am I that boring?
To strike a good conversation, you have to find common ground. But finding it with someone who’s not as confident or eager to talk can be a challenge.
Last month, I went on a date for the first time in over a…
Change is one of few things that is certain. The Pre-Socratic Philosopher Heraclitus summed this up perfectly with he famously proclaimed:
“You cannot step in the same river twice.”
Everything is in flux and nothing remains the same. From the coffee you’re drinking inevitably going cold; to your friends who grow and adapt over time, everything changes.
It’s easy to forget. When you’re working a 9–5 office job, living out the same day on repeat, it can feel like everything is constant.
But we’re reminded of the impermanence of reality when something challenges our “normal” routine. These situations bring new…
After much anticipation, our external submissions form is now open. It’s been closed for a short while, but we’re ready to read stories from new writers again.
Whether you’ve been learning about your favorite philosopher, reading a new book about the world, or have a philosophical argument that changed your perspective; we want to hear from you.
To submit work for consideration, please read our submission guidelines and fill out our form. Please bear with us, as we expect a higher volume than usual during this first week. You should hear back between five and ten working days.
Whether you’re browsing Facebook, reading this article, or leaving a sticky note on the fridge, we all rely on written communication. It’s a simple way to mark down information for others to see.
But this directly opposes the ancient advice of Plato. In 370 BCE, he actively encouraged others to stop writing things down.
Plato is hailed as one of the most influential thinkers in human history. As a 5th Century (BCE) Athenian philosopher, he was taught by Socrates and founded the academy.
Some people think intelligence is inherited. When I did better than them in school exams, these people would say:
“You’re so lucky you’re smart.”
As if they were the victim of some defective gene that caused them to fail. My achievement wasn’t worth recognizing; I was just lucky to have inherited my knowledge.
But they didn’t see the hours of sacrifice I’d spent preparing. I’m not naturally smart at all; any knowledge and skills were earned, not given.
Our genetics might influence us. But I’m an advocate of the interactionist approach: (as well as our biology) our environment and actions…
Our brains are hardwired to fear uncertainty.
This reactive response dates back to our caveman ancestors. When they entered an unfamiliar area, they had to tread with caution to avoid being killed by predators.
Thousands of years later, most of us still respond to uncertainty in the same way. A recent study by the California Institute of Technology analyzed participants' brains while they made uncertain bets — similar to those we make every day. They found the less information a person has, the more irrational and unpredictable their choices were.
When faced with uncertainty, the subject's brain shifted control over…
Our brains are one of our most flexible features.
Thanks to neuroplasticity, our neural network can continue to change and adapt for most of our lives. Neural pathways can make new connections, and systematic changes can occur.
These changes impact the way we are, including our emotions, feelings, and behaviors.
Neuroplasticity is influenced by our behavior and circumstances. Persistent stress, for example, can drastically alter our brain's structure. Compared to most animals, psychologist Richard Davidson claims our vertebrate brains are especially sensitive to the outside world. In his words:
“The brain is constantly being shaped, wittingly and unwittingly, by environmental…
We all have big dreams. But when it comes to our daily habits, we’re not that good at working on them. We put them off and tell ourselves we’ll start another day.
Working on your dreams takes effort and can be stressful. Most of us prefer to put them off in favor of something less taxing. We swap midnight reading for Netflix and our healthy diet for junk, because they offer the comfort and instant gratification we desire.
We use the excuse of:
“I don’t feel like it right now, I’ll do it another time.”