Evan on May 20th, 2010

I think habits are here to make our lives easier. Habits, like walking, allow us to focus on doing other things – like getting to our beloved quickly, without worrying about how we do it. We can just relax and let our legs do the walking (or running perhaps). I think a good life consists […]

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Evan on May 7th, 2010

I’ve recently been thinking about how valuable habits are. In one sense our lives is the acquisition of more and better habits – so that we are freed to devote our awareness to newer domains. I’m thinking about developing some courses designed to make habitual valuable areas of our lives – the first two being […]

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Evan on November 28th, 2009

Just a quick link to a great post by Chris Edgar. It’s about taking back your self-control from habits (you know when you’ve found yourself doing the habit before you realise – the cigarette is already alight and in your mouth, or you’re already in the middle of that argument again.) Good, practical advice and […]

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Evan on October 29th, 2009

Our household recently acquired a cookbook. It lead me to some reflections on how we live our lives. This is a guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog, it’s called Are There Recipes for Living? For me the cookbook felt like a liberation – a unique experience for me. I’d like to […]

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Evan on June 15th, 2009

I think there should be a collective noun for posts (a ‘swag of posts’ perhaps) but I don’t know what it is if there is one, so I’ve had to settle for “collection”. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done a round-up of posts like this. These are spread over time and and […]

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Evan on June 13th, 2009

I have a guest post about perseverance on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog. It is about perseverance. Firstly what it is – does it mean just doing something repeatedly? Then I talk about how we can know whether it is useful: are we to never quit doing something that isn’t working and just […]

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Evan on April 17th, 2009

I have a guest  post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog. It is about habits.  I think habits are a huge and very important part of our life.  They are mostly beneficial (eg. knowing how to walk, speak our language and so on). However habits can come with baggage and also lead us […]

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Image by auspices Edward de Bono has authored a small library of books demonstrating that our brain functions by spotting patterns. (He sets out the theoretical base in Mechanism of Mind.) One implication of this is that we tend to spot the same patterns – so we need, on occasion, to deliberately look for what […]

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