Category Archives: Happiness and Quality of Life

The Crisis of Western Civilization

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par mums

Mūsu problēmām ir divi dažādi avoti: pirmais ir informācijas apstrādes likumi, no kuriem nav iespējams izvairīties; otrs ir cilvēka evolūcijas mantojums, kas nav optimāls, nav piemērots mūsu dzīvei, bet kuru var ieraudzīt, saprast, un savu izvēli nedaudz un uzmanīgi pakārtot … Continue reading

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Skaistums

Mēs neesam piemēroti laikam, kurā dzīvojam. To raksta E.O. Wilson, to saka Andrejs Tarkovskis, katrs saviem vārdiem un savā nozarē. Bet doma ir viena: Mēs nevaram būt laimīgi, tas iespējams tikai retiem izņēmumiem, mūsu izcelsme mums iedod ilgas, emocijas un … Continue reading

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What Romantic Regime Are You In?

Polina Aronson spent her first 16 years in Russia. There, people tend to regard love as a sort of divine madness that descends from the heavens. Love is regarded, as the sociologist Julia Lerner put it, as “a destiny, a … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan – The Cosmic Perspective

There are not many words but there is a deep sense, possibility, duty and responsibility. And a future, if we will understand and accept it.

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Utopia Inc

At 16, Martin Winiecki dropped out of school and left his home in the German city of Dresden to live full-time at Tamera, a 300-acre intentional community in the rolling hills of southwestern Portugal. His mother and father – a … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan: We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness

Videos Every thinking human being has to watch. And know and live with it.

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Īstā dzīve

Īstā dzīve sākas tad, kad cilvēks sastopas ar izmisumu un bezizeju saprotot, ka nekādas citas dzīves nebūs. Ka liktenis ir tieši tāds un ka pieredzi nav iespējams atcelt. Un ka daudz ko nav spēka mainīt. Ka ar tuvajiem un mīļajiem … Continue reading

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Kaut kas labs

Un vēl mākslas darbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfOi-ATv-QM

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How to Pick Your Life Partner

How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 2 By Tim Urban This is Part 2. Part 1 is here. Often, the key to succeeding at something big is to break it into its tiniest pieces and focus on how … Continue reading

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Dažas normālas filmas

У Варвары Стрельниковой – 28-летней провинциалки из города Выборга – есть мечта всей ее жизни. Она хочет поднять отечественный цветочный бизнес. В институте она даже защитила на эту тему диплом. Теперь дело остается за малым – воплотить свой проект в … Continue reading

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Академический Рейтинг Университетов Мира

Академический рейтинг университетов мира (The Academic Ranking of World Universities , называется ARWU) впервые был опубликован в июне 2003 года Центром Исследования Университетов Мирового Класса (CWCU) Академии Высшего Образования (бывший Институт Высшего Образования) Шанхайского Университета Цзяо Тун, Китай, и обновляется … Continue reading

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Nepopulāri par ģenētiski modificētu pārtiku

Esat redzējuši visāda veida fantastikas filmas ar sižetu, kur varoņi izmūk ārā no kāda psihes manipulācijas eksperimenta un dzīvo laimīgu dzīvi? Un tad uzrodas kāds ļaunais, pasaka triggerphrase, un labais varonis momentā kļūst par pakļāvīgu slepkavošanas mašīnu ar aptumšotu prātu? … Continue reading

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American Fascists

The Christian Right And The War On America by CHRIS HEDGES Hardcover, 254 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $25| purchase Book Summary Includes the author’s perspective on abortion, Antichrist, apocalyptic violence, Bible, religious broadcasting media, George W. Bush, Christian … Continue reading

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Pašreizējais mirklis

Laimes pētnieki saka, ka laimīgi mēs esam par tik, par cik laimīgi esam tagad, pašreiz. Es domāju, ka tas ir pareizs, bet nepilnīgs izteikums. Pašreizējam mirklim saturu un nokrāsu, nozīmi un jēgu piešķir tas, ar kādu izjūtu mēs dzīvojam. Ar … Continue reading

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A Scientific Approach to Moral Reasoning

Edward O. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University. His article in this issue is drawn from his book Consilience, published by Knopf. Šajā rakstā Vilsons atturīgi un neuzbāzīgi iedod mums mūsdienīgu vērtību un … Continue reading

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The power of doubt

What do you do when your firmly held beliefs turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald’s religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in — in business, in government, in philanthropy — but found only … Continue reading

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Типы строя психики

http://doveiks.lv/2016/03/09/%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BF%D1%8B-%D1%81%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%8F-%D0%BF%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B8/#comment-3129 Kaut amatieriski un realitātei neatbilstoši (pirmatnējo cilšu ticējumi), vērtīgs uzsākums – autors mums māca ieraudzīt pašiem sevi: psihe = instinkti + nosacījuma refleksi, stereotipi un kultūra, apziņa, ko ierobežo jūtas un atmiņas, un intuīcija, ko veido neapzināti pienākošie signāli … Continue reading

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Džeks Londons: Kā es kļuvu par sociālistu

Es kļuvu par sociālistu tieši tāpat kā savulaik teitoņu pagāni kļuva par kristiešiem – manī sociālismu burtiski iedauzīja. Savas pārvērtības laikā es ne tikai netiecos pēc sociālisma, bet pat pretojos tam. Es biju ļoti jauns, naivs un lielā mērā arī … Continue reading

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The Brain in Love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people … Continue reading

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Finding a sense of higher purpose

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Love in the West is consumerist – we choose a partner to give us what we think we need. But Russians do things differently

  Polina Aronson But to solve the afflictions of our culture, we do not need to give up on the principle of choice altogether. Instead, we must dare to choose the unknown, to take uncalculated risks and be vulnerable. By … Continue reading

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What really matters at the end of life

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful … Continue reading

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Why aren’t the poor storming the barricades?

It is fallacious to argue that because no one is storming the castle, no real injustice exists. But maybe income inequality isn’t really a problem. “Overall material well-being” should be our lodestar, the Cato report reads, and an individual’s lifetime level … Continue reading

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Nepārmet sev

ASV psihoterapeita Daniel J. Siegel grāmatā ‘Mindsight’ (Apzinātība) plaši izgaismota ne tikai paša ārsta pieredze sadarbībā ar daudziem pacientiem daudzu gadu laikā, bet aprakstīts, kādas ‘likstas’ mums sagādā daudzās smadzeņu darbības īpatnības, kā tās ‘darbojas’, un kā mēs varam sākt … Continue reading

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