the school of life

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 The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about central emotional concerns. You will never be cornered by dogma, but we will direct you towards a variety of ideas from the humanities – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – ideas that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind. You will meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.


book of life

Utopian artificial intelligence

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self talk as data ness – a nother way


Alain de Botton on status anxiety – 2012

4 min – snobbery – when you latch onto 1-2 labels – and pin in

labels – Jon‘s psycopath and shamed

5 min – opposite of snot – ideal mother – more concerned with who you are than what you do
6 min – not so much that we’re invested in material goods, ie: greed.. but the emotional ness we’ve attached to the material
the book? – 2 hrs
9 min – tony robbins – awaken the giant within (he said don’t buy it) – lost 38 lbs.. found woman of my dreams.. make 20 mill a yr.. saying thru willpower can do anything..
11 min – 2 kinds of self help books.. 1 – tony robbins  2 – low self esteem…  when… by sat .. you’re not tony.. then go to #2
12 min – on envy
we don’t envy everyone.. anything which enables comparison – so close to you… anything which draws 2 people closer together.. garners more envy
15 min – today more envy – because internet lets us feel closer to many..

15 min – on meritocracy – also a darker side.. if believe those at top deserve success.. almost have to believe that those at bottom deserve their failure..

18 min – the more people feel society is just – we feel low end is just
20 min – on the increase of shame – worse thing about unemployment – not loss of money – but shame
21 min – how much weight should we give to the opinion of others..
22 min – on duals.. better to kill than to have bad thoughts float out about you
distinction between truth and opinion
24 min – on thinking about what other people are thinking – rather than focus on what they are saying about you..
we often want to be admired/respected by people that we don’t admire/respect
shopenhower – don’t listen to everyone
26 min – nice thing about growing old.. worry less about what others think of you.. just more targeted who you listen to.. a wisdom
28 min – tragic novels – based on failure but treated very kindly… diff than life.. ie: on shakespeare guiding us toward a sympathy
ie: tabloids
31 min – a way to calm down anxiety of status.. is thinking about death (yours and others), helps to focus on priorities
34 min – perspective… vs present moment.. ie: who’s in who’s out…
another way – go out into nature
36 min – most societies before us – have had something other than human as center of worship
37 min – on our focus on the word – success – we suck in what it is to have a good life uncritically – like from ie: a magazine.. just a snippet.. notion…  let’s be anxious about the right things

2 needs – deep enough ness



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pointing out problems of tweaked walnut (brain)

The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 3 Oct 2016 :

Compensating for the faulty equipment that nature has given us is the task of what we call education and culture (

The walnut is primed to look at things from its own point of view. It often simply can’t believe that there are other ways of considering an issue. Other people can therefore seem perverse, or horrible to it – sparking outrage or self-pity. It’s only in the last second, from an evolutionary point of view, that the walnut has started to try to imagine what it might be like to be someone else (a symptom of this is that it’s learnt to take pleasure in novels). But this is still a fragile empathetic capacity, which tends to collapse, especially when the walnut is tired, and someone is trying to persuade it of a strange-sounding idea.


Being more vigilant about the flaws in our walnuts gives us a range of important advantages:


The flaws in the walnut are also what makes it imperative that we try to act with kindness and tolerance: we should at all times go easy on ourselves and others, for we’re trying to do some very difficult things around one another, with the use of a highly troublesome and only intermittently accurate tool.


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 9:50 AM – 2 Oct 2016 :

Eat, sleep, work, repeat. What’s missing? Join us to talk about the future of wellbeing #eudaimonia (


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 9:35 AM – 2 Oct 2016 :

When was the last time something took your breath away? Discover how to experience awe more often: (

We are losing our sense of wonder. Negotiating a grown-up life, in a city where all experiences are at our fingertips, it becomes increasingly difficult to appreciate the beautiful strangeness of our world.


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 10 Oct 2016 :

Today, unlike any other period in history, the major impediments to economic & political progress are psychological (

Today – unlike any other period in history – the major impediments (to economic progress, better politics and more flourishing lives) are all psychological. It’s mainly the flaws in our emotional capacities that ruin existence. But we’ve not yet really concentrated on addressing how to make ourselves more mature. It’s been left to the hazards of individual experience. AEI will use technology to reduce the randomness. Just as, now, everyone can spell ‘scythe’ or work out the square root of 11935, thanks to AI, we should all soon be able to connect with machines that help us correct the range of our emotional failings. The age of AEI is urgently due.

mech simple enough ness

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 24 Oct 2016 :

That there is simply no such thing as an inherently boring person or thing is one of the great lessons of art (

We babble inconsequentially to the world because we lack the nerve to look more closely and unflinchingly within.

small talk ness

The person we call interesting is in essence someone alive to what we all deeply want from social intercourse: which is an uncensored glimpse of what the brief waking dream called life looks like through the eyes of another person and reassurance that we are not entirely alone with all that feels most bewildering, peculiar and intense within us.


dec 2016


things do change

we’re just standing too close to see

we exaggerate fixity

a nother way


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 6:30 AM – 17 May 2017 :

The only way to bring about the change we need is to alter our sense of how change really occurs: (

The Romantic view is that the world is sick because of a lack of good ideas. Therefore, the most prestigious and urgent move to make might be to withdraw and write a book or start a think-tank: and thereby work out what justice is, where climate change comes from, why relationships don’t work or why there is so much inequality.

Our problem isn’t a deficit of good ideas; it’s a stubborn inability to act upon and correctly implement the many very good ideas we already have.

or the turtle shell – lack of free dom ness

The world is not (though this the professional error of intellectuals) held together simply by ideas: *it is made up of laws, practices, institutions, financial arrangements, businesses and governments. In other words, improvements cannot be made lasting and effective until legions of people start to work together in concert and begin the **unglamorous and deeply boring task of wrestling with tangled issues of law, money, long-term mass communication, advocacy and administration.

*?.. all fake

**rather.. way beyond unglamorous/boring.. because not wrestling w issues of law/money et al.. simply disengaging from it.. living a nother way that renders them irrelevant

The reason why philosophers have found it so hard to become kings comes down, very often, to issues of temperament. Those with the good ideas have been bad with money,..They may even have been rather proud of their inability to read a balance sheet.


Change takes years, it is made up of many very small victories, it involves compromises at every stage and it is accompanied by countless humiliating reversals.

? very small victories .. maybe.. compromises..? not any more.. takes years..? prior to now

dang school of life..

The only way to bring about the change we need is to alter our sense of how change really occurs; away from exclusivity, intellectualism and spontaneity and in the direction of modesty, patience, rigour and collaboration.

away from spontaneity..?


The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) tweeted at 5:00 AM – 5 Feb 2019 :
Business and the Ladder of Needs: “Because human needs are so wide ranging, it can be useful to divide these needs into three broad categories – and then even arrange them up a distinctive sort of ladder”

money is not basic

try these two: no ladders needed