The great disillusionist

‘…the recognition of the irredeemable vanity and falsity of all beauty and all greatness is itself a kind of beauty and greatness that fills the soul.’ Inside the Pantheon, Rome. Photo by Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos In an age when so many people are at a loss to give life meaning and direction, Giacomo Leopardi is essential reading by Tim Parks is a British author, translator and essayist. He has written 14 novels, the latest of which is In Extremis (2017), and has translated works by Italo Calvino, Niccolò Machiavelli and Giacomo Leopardi, among others. He runs a postgraduate degree in translation at the IULM … Continue reading The great disillusionist

For The First Time Ever, Psychologists Warn Facebook Can Cause Depression 

by Tyler Durden A new report conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania have determined that an excessive amount of time on “social media” sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are making millennials depressed. “It was striking,” said Melissa Hunt, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who led the study. “What we found over the course of three weeks was that rates of depression and loneliness went down significantly for people who limited their (social media) use.” The study, “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression,” is being published in December’s Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Researchers … Continue reading For The First Time Ever, Psychologists Warn Facebook Can Cause Depression 

Why We Need Moments of Mad Thinking

‘Wouldn’t glass shatter at that pressure?’ Keeping certain questions at bay for long enough to shape a vision. Original illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Edouard Riou. We banish a great many thoughts from our minds on the grounds that they are, as we put it, ‘mad’. Some of them evidently are: too mean, flawed, absurd or petty to deserve further exploration. But it’s one of the tragedies of our thinking lives that, amidst the detritus of dismissed thoughts, there are invariably a great many that could have been of high value, if only we had dared to examine them … Continue reading Why We Need Moments of Mad Thinking