What's Happening When Something Clicks?

I’ve been enjoying an extended “aha!” moment this week. You know the kind of thing: suddenly it all falls into place and seems to make a new kind of sense. It’s a profoundly satisfying feeling. I could sit about enjoying it all day – except that this particular insight has to do with the nature of…

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What’s Happening When Something Clicks?

I’ve been enjoying an extended “aha!” moment this week. You know the kind of thing: suddenly it all falls into place and seems to make a new kind of sense. It’s a profoundly satisfying feeling. I could sit about enjoying it all day – except that this particular insight has to do with the nature of…

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Your Body Can Change Your Thoughts

I don’t know if you’re already aware of this, but your body is doing your thinking. In the Guardian’s excellent This Column Will Change Your Life, Oliver Burkeman summarises the basic idea of embodied cognition as “the striking idea that thinking, in some sense, is done by means of the body.” Which implies that if…

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How new words are born

New words are being created at an astonishing rate at the moment – or so it seems from here. In the last week, I’ve spotted three interesting ones in my inbox: Andrew Cain introduced Fixititis. He says it happens when patients expect the doctor to fix everything for them – and the caring doctor feels…

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Effortless imagining

Our minds have far more potential than we think. As you probably know, scientists have shown that conscious thinking uses only about five per cent of the brain’s capacity. You may have started to wonder what the other 95 per cent of the mind is up to: is it working for you, working against you,…

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