Evan on June 23rd, 2010

As we go through life we learn shortcuts – ideas we refer to, habits we develop. This is essential I think – if we had to figure out every time how to start a car or whether we liked a food or not, our lives would rapidly become unliveable. That is, we learn what we […]

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I think repetition can get a bad press. But actually it can be fun (we play that same game over and over with those same rules) and has an important role in learning (technically known as ‘practise’). So in this post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog I’ve tried to rescue repetition from […]

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Evan on March 16th, 2010

My guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog this week is about how we all rely on those who have gone before us – and how we have heroes. It is called The View from the Shoulders – from the proverb that ‘if we can see far it is because we stand […]

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Evan on November 8th, 2009

I have a guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog. It is called Learning to be Ourselves. I am interested in how we become ‘more ourselves’ as life goes on. We not only learn about our environment, but about ourselves at the same time. Somehow, even though I learn and change, it […]

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Evan on November 2nd, 2009

This round-up of the blogosphere has something for our emotions, thoughts and finally our bodies. Useful stuff all round I think. A blog that I’ve recently discovered and is rapidly becoming one of my favourites is Ian Peatey’s Quantum Learning. In this post he gives 3 simples steps to fully enjoy life. They are: observation, […]

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Evan on September 9th, 2009

There is a parable often told to show that we need to be willing to learn and set aside our prejudices. (For example in the beautiful book Zen Flesh, Zen Bones). The seeker approaches the wise one, seeking to be their disciple. The wise one takes on the humble role of serving tea to the […]

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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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Evan on November 5th, 2008

Image by Jacob Botter Please note: this post is written by someone who is not a parent and who has no interest in adding to the parent guilt industry. I think children can be ruthlessly clear-eyed. Here is an example of what I mean. Young Flossie asks her mum Fanny if she can please go […]

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