Einstein’s theory of happiness

In 1922, short off his Nobel prize in physics, Einstein traveled to Tokyo to deliver a 4-hour lecture at the Imperial Palace. But he also left someone an important message on happiness. Out of tip money at his hotel, Einstein instead gave his Japanese courier a nugget of wisdom: “A calm and modest life brings […]

The banality of life on auto-pilot

Some people are on automatic pilot, competent but lacking a clear consciousness. They are drunk in their own robotic behavior, blind to the process in front of them. Writes Chris Frith in Aeon Magazine: “Most of the time our perception of conscious control is an illusion. Many neuroscientific and psychological studies confirm that the brain’s […]