‘Education’ in Island by Aldous Huxley. Part II.

Practise what you preach! I would feel like a fraud telling my students to read as much as possible, for example, if I didn't take my own advice.  'Island' by Aldous Huxley: the story of a shipwrecked journalist's discoveries on the utopian civilisation of Pala governed by reason, mindfulness and community. Published back in 1962, [...]

‘Education’ in Island by Aldous Huxley. Part I.

Practise what you preach! I would feel like a fraud telling my students to read as much as possible, for example, if I didn't take my own advice.  'Island' by Aldous Huxley: the story of a shipwrecked journalist's discoveries on the utopian civilisation of Pala governed by reason, mindfulness and community. Published back in 1962, [...]

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway.

I recommend that my students read as much as possible. I try to set a good example. 'Notes From Underground' by Dostoevsky. 'The Gulag Archipelago' by Solzhenitsyn. 'The Road to Wigan Pier' by Orwell. Just a few of the great books I've read in the last year thanks to Jordan B Peterson's recommendations. His own [...]

Man’s Search for Meaning – quotes (Part II)

An antidote to a blurring perspective; staring out the window for too long can do that. This book has been one of the (many) highlights of quarantine so far (Part I here). Its author Viktor Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry and survived four Nazi concentation camps, Auschwitz among them. It's truly an incredible [...]

Man’s Search for Meaning – quotes (Part I)

An antidote to a blurring perspective; staring longingly out the window for too long can do that. This book has been one of the (many) highlights of quarantine so far. Its author Viktor Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry and survived four Nazi concentation camps, Auschwitz among them. It's truly an incredible piece of [...]

Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World (Part II)

To roll right on from Part I, here are some more insights from David Epstein's outstanding book Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World: The Trouble with Too Much Grit You're Not a Tree: Move Own Choices --> Ownership --> Intrinsic Motivation Flirt with Your Possible Selves Fooled by Expertise Teaching as Perspective Farming [...]

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (Part I)

By my friend and old triathlon and running coach Pablo 'Trimatas' in Albacete, Spain. A loose translation: Well...our quarantine is going to do wonders for the world and the environment. P.S. Stop kicking up a fuss at Iglesias or Abascal [politicians], Amancio Ortega [Zara founder] or China and read a book or learn something new; [...]