In theory, we’re nowadays allowed to get together with pretty much anyone we like. And yet, at a psychological level, we aren’t free to love just any suitable person. We have a type – and strangely and awkwardly, these types are often not those who stand a chance of making us maximally happy.
My commute is like a second job, and it might be killing me.
When Jacqui Kenny was diagnosed with agoraphobia, the fear of leaving home and entering public spaces, she knew she’d never live out her dreams of photographing the world. But with Google Street View she’s been able to travel the back roads of the world in places like Mongolia, Senegal, and Chile to become a celebrated photographer. To date she’s taken roughly 27,000 screenshots of moments frozen in time, sharing the best ones on her Instagram, @streetview.portraits.
Why do we love people we’re related to? Compared to strangers, why do we feel such a deep sense of connection with our family members? Sure, they’re nice to us, we take care of each other, and we often live with them, but there has to be a deeper biological reason. That reason, unsurprisingly is evolution. In this video, I explain why taking care of our family, or even dying for them, makes sense in the eyes of evolution.
There are dangers associated both with thinking too much – and thinking too little. The trick is to use our minds to access our most sincere, authentic and original thoughts.
They are hugely useful of course but in many ways, we buy the advantages our phones give us at a subtly high price we don’t entirely recognise. Some reflections on how to live well around phones.