Gibbs recognised that if we ignore our feelings, they are likely to re-emerge disguised as intellectual arguments. Better by far to be honest and separate thought from emotion, to reflect on the origins of both, and hold both as valuable avenues of enquiry. Sadly, emotion has been viewed since the Enlightenment as an affliction affecting women: something to be kept out of the male world of scholarship. Things are changing now but old prejudices die hard.
Category: Thing of the Day
A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.
Schopenhauer was a grim philosopher, who once declared that the best money you will ever spend is that where you find you have been cheated, because with this loss you will “have purchased prudence”. But does his lofty maxim still hold true today?
Attention has been grabbed recently by Margaret Atwood’s auction of a fireproof copy of her work, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, the fire resistance of which she demonstrated in her usual spectacular style on camera with a blowtorch. It makes both fascinating viewing and a serious statement about the need to resist censorship.
Asking the same question over and over again. It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill. Dementia affects people of all ages, from childhood to old age, but it is possible to live well with dementia. What makes the difference is people like you and me knowing how to make the world more friendly for people with dementia. So why not sign up to become a Dementia Friend today?
What’s stopping you from getting started? Do you start your day anxious and struggle to limber up, focus, and get going? Does your workload feel like an unstructured edifice that threatens to collapse and crush you?
It might surprise you to learn that a more chilled, relaxed, happy and in-control you might be a simple habit change away and it all starts with how you start your day and structure your time to stay calm and achieve a productive flow. It’s never too late to start a good habit, so try it today!
Join other students and staff across the university for a picnic in the park to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Bring your own picnic or order a jubilee special from Café Coco and the university will provide all manner of entertainments and treats. There’s even a fancy dress competition!
Just as resting your eyelids makes you feel sleepy, opening your eyes wide and looking upwards sends signals from the muscles around your eyes to your brain telling it to wake up, making you feel almost instantly energised. Like most behavioural techniques, it sounds laughably simple but works almost instantly like some kind of black magic.
The University supports the Sunflower lanyard scheme that allows anyone with a hidden disability, including cognitive differences that under some circumstances present communication difficulties, to signal discreetly to others that they might need a little more time or assistance. The Library is proud to join this scheme and you can now pick up your sunflower lanyard from the Library.