Replika is a chatbot that creates a digital representation of you. It’s strange and fascinating — but the story behind it is even better.
We’re hugely invested in the idea that the cause of obesity lies with diet – and that we should therefore solve the problem with kale and apple soup (and other such products). But the real cause of obesity has nothing to do with food. It lies in our emotional under-nourishment. We will start to eat less when we feel more connected, more understood and more in touch with our feelings.
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.
In order to be calm and at ease with ourselves, we need regular periods where we do something rather strange-sounding: process our emotions. Here is a guide to this essential psychological move.
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.