Day: June 2, 2019

The Slave Driver Inside – Treating OCDThe Slave Driver Inside – Treating OCD

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Treating OCD effectively is freeing someone from endless, agonising toil. “I’m possessed by a slave driving, merciless, control freak devil!” That’s how Susan described Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) when she came to me for treatment. It was the first time I’d heard it described quite so evocatively, but I’d treated enough cases to know she […]

Can You Be Better? Tips For Making Yourself GreatCan You Be Better? Tips For Making Yourself Great

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It is always difficult to make any major changes in your life, especially if you are trying to make changes to the person who you are. There are a number of different aspects to personal development. It includes changes to your personal health, as well as your relationship to others. Personal development can be achieved […]

Stint or Stent – What’s the Difference? – Writing ExplainedStint or Stent – What’s the Difference? – Writing Explained

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The Midwest region of America is often mocked for its accent. English speakers from this region might pronounce some vowels differently than speakers in other parts of America. Linguists call this phenomenon the Northern Cities Vowel Shift. Minnesotans who say milk, for instance, might sound like they are asking for melk, in an archetypical example. […]

The Healing Power of Gardens: Oliver Sacks on the Psychological and Physiological Consolations of NatureThe Healing Power of Gardens: Oliver Sacks on the Psychological and Physiological Consolations of Nature

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“I work like a gardener,” the great painter Joan Miró wrote in his meditation on the proper pace for creative work. It is hardly a coincidence that Virginia Woolf had her electrifying epiphany about what it means to be an artist while walking amid the flower beds in the garden at St. Ives. Indeed, to […]

May 29, 1919: The Animated Story of How Eddington’s Historic Eclipse Expedition Confirmed Relativity, Catapulted Einstein into Celebrity, and United HumanityMay 29, 1919: The Animated Story of How Eddington’s Historic Eclipse Expedition Confirmed Relativity, Catapulted Einstein into Celebrity, and United Humanity

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On May 29, 1919, the young English astronomer Arthur Eddington (December 28, 1882–November 22, 1944) catapulted Albert Einstein into celebrity by proving the most significant scientific model of the universe since Newtonian gravity: the general theory of relativity, completed four years earlier. For a quarter millennium, Newton’s conception of space as static and absolute had […]

Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt WhitmanAstrophysicist Janna Levin Reads “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman

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“To soothe and spiritualize, and, as far as may be, solve the mysteries of death and genius, consider them under the stars at midnight,” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) wrote in his daybook upon receiving word of another great poet’s death. “Is there not something about the moon, some relation or reminder, which […]