YOU ARE THE GREATEST TEACHER YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.” ~Karen Horney Find the nearest mirror. Look deeply into it. There, hidden within that fabulously flawed human being staring back at you, is the greatest teacher you will never know. Yes. It’s yourself. And yes, you will never really know it. The famous inscription at the Temple of Delphi, “know thyself,” is ultimately unattainable. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to obtain it. Enlightenment is equally unattainable, but there’s nothing wrong … Continue reading YOU ARE THE GREATEST TEACHER YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

How To Find Your Calling, According to Psychology

By Christian Jarrett “Look. You can’t plan out your life. What you have to do is first discover your passion—what you really care about.” Barack Obama, as quoted by David Gergen (cited in Jachimowicz et al, 2018). This Saturday Nov 17 in Newcastle is the first of two BPS careers events – “perfect for anyone looking to discover where psychology can take them in their chosen career.” A second follows in London on Dec 4. If, like many, you are searching for your calling in life – perhaps you are still unsure whether psychology is for you, or which area of the profession aligns with what … Continue reading How To Find Your Calling, According to Psychology

We Are All Bewildered Machines

Bewilderment is the antidote to scientific reductionism. BY KEVIN BERGER When did you realize you were a machine? A fancy machine, for sure. But one whose parts and operations can be described like the components of a computer. I remember a day in 2012 when this thought pierced me to the bone. I was in the lab of John Donoghue at Brown University. Donoghue is a professor of neuroscience and a pioneer in the development of brain-computer interfaces. With easygoing authority, Donoghue was detailing for me the ways he and his colleagues taught Cathy Hutchinson, a 58-year-old woman who had … Continue reading We Are All Bewildered Machines