Category Archives: philosophy

David Bowie’s top 100 books – the complete list

“Lend us a book we can read up alone”

It’s likely that most people reading this will have already seen either the original story on openbookstoronto.com last week, or a version of it referring back to that original list of “DAVID BOWIE’S TOP 100 BOOKS”.

There have also been numerous suggestions of a Bowie Book Club to tackle each of the 100 volumes. However, there was a problem with that particular openbookstoronto.com feature in that only 75% of the books were actually listed!

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Boris Nemtsov research centre to open in Prague

The Academic Centre of Boris Nemtsov, a think tank named after the murdered Russian opposition politician and focusing on Russian affairs, will start operating at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague on March 1, the hlidacipes.org news server wrote on Tuesday.

The agreement on the opening of the centre was signed two weeks ago by FF UK Dean Mirjam Friedova, Boris Nemtsov Foundation head Zhanna Nemtsova, who is Nemtsov’s daughter.

Nemtsov was one of the loudest critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Steve Jobs Predicts the Future, 1980 (VIDEO)

Steve Jobs knew the world would look like this. He knew we would develop an intimately personal relationship with our computers, and he knew it as far back as the early ’80s. You can see for yourself in this treasure from 1980 (see below) in which a young and mustachioed Jobs lays out his vision for the future of computing.

Today, computers are getting so personal, we’re wearing them on our bodies. Google, with its computerized eyewear, and Samsung, with its smartwatches, are the poster giants of this movement, but you can trace the movement’s roots to the ideas laid down by Jobs in the early years of Apple Computer, when Google was nonexistent and Samsung was focused on TVs and VCRs. Yes, it has become a cliche, but it’s true: Jobs saw where the world would go, and he took it there.

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5 Ways to Relax In No Time At All

Ever felt like you just can’t unwind after a demanding week? That’s because stress triggers your body’s fight or flight response: your adrenaline starts pumping, your heart beats faster, and your blood pressure rises, explains Ash Nadkarni, MD, an associate psychiatrist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

“Long-term overexposure to stress hormones can cause increased risk of health problems such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, weight gain, and memory and concentration problems,” Dr. Nadkarni adds.

That’s not exactly a relaxing thought. So what should you do when calming classics like downward-facing dog and chamomile tea don’t work? Check out these alternative ways to de-stress recommended by experts and recent studies.

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How Hiking Changes The Brain, Based On Science

Those of us who love being outside in nature probably aren’t too surprised that hiking can have benefits for the brain, but now researchers are saying that they’ve found actual positive changes made by the brain after going on hikes.

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The Origins of 4/20: The Weed Lover’s Holiday

As almost everyone who attended college between the mid-1990s and the current day can tell you, there is a strong association between the number 420 and the Schedule 1 illegal substance commonly known as marijuana. (It’s also at times called pot, weed, green, herb, dope, grass, lawn, turf, and yard. Actually, I think those last three words refer more to natural ground cover than to narcotics; I’ll get back to you on that.) On any given day, at 4:20 p.m., pot smokers all across America and even abroad enjoy a fine toke of their preferred cannabis strain. (Dedicated aficionados arise at 4:20 a.m. for a puff and then return to bed for some first-rate slumber or begin their day bright and early and high.)

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10 ways that running changes your mind and brain

“One 60-minute run can add 7 hours to your life” claimed The Times last week. The story was based on a new review in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases that concluded that runners live, on average, three years longer than non-runners and that running will do more for your longevity than any other form of exercise. But there’s more to running than its health-enhancing effects. Research published in recent years has shown that donning your trainers and pounding the hills or pavements changes your brain and mind in some intriguing ways, from increasing connectivity between key functional hubs, to helping you regulate your emotions. The precise effects sometimes vary according to whether you engage in intense sprints or long distance running. Here, to coincide with a new feature article in The Psychologist – Minds run free” – we provide a handy digest of the ways that running changes your mind and brain.

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