Observer/Guardian Article on Exam Stress

Observer/Guardian Article on Exam Stress

Kate’s mouth is dry, her stomach twisting and her heart beating fast as her clammy hands open the exam paper. What is Kate experiencing at this moment? Some might guess anxiety or fear. But actually she would describe her feelings while reading through the exam questions quite differently. Think again: which other emotion shares the bodily symptoms of […]

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15 Jun 2016 Read More

Was Nelson Mandela a Bad Man?

Was Nelson Mandela a Bad Man?

The historian Lord Acton wrote that ”power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. But his less-known, follow on sentence was: “Great men are almost always bad men..’ Did Nelson Mandela fall into Acton’s category? Clearly he was a great man, but was he also a bad man? Amnesty International could not give him their Prisoner […]

03 Dec 2013 Read More

Bob Dylan, depression and creativity

Bob Dylan, depression and creativity

Jonah Lehrer wrote an interesting piece in the Guardian about the neuroscience of creativity, which attracted some critical comments from fans who were not keen on his attempt to link the creative process to particular regions of the brain (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/06/neuroscience-bob-dylan-genius-creativity). Some were even more unhappy with his even calling Dylan a genius. But Lehrer makes […]

09 Apr 2012 Read More