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The Poignancy of Old Pornography 06:16

The Poignancy of Old Pornograp...

There's something especially poignant about pornography in which all the participants are long dead. We explore the history of 19th century pornograph...


Published 4 hours ago • Views: 15,260

by The School of Life
Why Love Is Never As Nice As It Should Be 05:57

Why Love Is Never As Nice As I...

Our relationships are often not quite as warm and perfect as they should be. That's perhaps because we're comparing them with a relationship in the pa...


Published 2 days ago • Views: 216,762

by The School of Life
Can Lying ever be Kind? 06:20

Can Lying ever be Kind?

Paradoxically, but also rather troublingly, there are certain lies that preserve the underlying truth about our feelings somewhat more effectively tha...


Published 5 days ago • Views: 112,177

by The School of Life
Why You Still Have Time To Change Career 03:05

Why You Still Have Time To Cha...

We often feel as if we might have run out of time to change career. That's because we usually have a wrong understanding of time. If you like our film...


Published 1 week ago • Views: 185,690

by The School of Life
The Darkest Valentine 02:47

The Darkest Valentine

Love has many very dark sides. It is best to whisper them very quietly to ourselves – and those who are ready to listen. You can download this Valen...


Published 1 week ago • Views: 271,778

by The School of Life
Machiavelli’s Advice For Nice Guys 05:17

Machiavelli’s Advice For Nic...

Nice guys too often finish last; they need to read the advice of one of the wisest and most realistic thinkers in the history of philosophy: Niccolo M...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 518,434

by The School of Life
How To Be Confident 05:03

How To Be Confident

The fastest route to confidence is to stop being so attached to one's dignity and seriousness; and plainly admit that one is – of course – an idio...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 468,573

by The School of Life
Why Humanity Destroyed Itself 05:24

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

The real reason we may destroy ourselves isn't really to do with politics or economics or even warfare. It has to do with our minds. If you like our f...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 405,147

by The School of Life
The Appeal of Violent Criminals 03:59

The Appeal of Violent Criminal...

Violent criminals are strangely compelling and consoling to read or hear about on the news. The reason is specific but unmentioned: they make us feel ...


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 147,108

by The School of Life
Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can 04:12

Why Germans Can Say Things No ...

German is a wonderfully inventive and bold language, full of gloriously long compound words for emotions and ideas that most languages struggle to all...


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 1,211,830

by The School of Life
How Not to be Boring 06:05

How Not to be Boring

No one is ever boring: we just seem boring when we haven't learnt the surprisingly easy art of being honest about our vulnerabilities. If you like our...


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 870,114

by The School of Life
Thoreau and Civil Disobedience 05:30

Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau not only wrote Walden; he is also responsible for a small pamphlet titled Civil Disobedience, which recommends that – when a US ...


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 156,237

by The School of Life
Are we too Materialistic? 04:47

Are we too Materialistic?

The worry that we are too materialistic is an inevitable one in modern consumer society. The answer, surprisingly, is that there are better and worse ...


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 234,626

by The School of Life
The Problem with Over-Friendly People 06:24

The Problem with Over-Friendly...

Friendliness is a great virtue. Over-friendliness can be an unexpected problem. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): .....


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 975,679

by The School of Life
Why Hegel knew there would be days like these 04:27

Why Hegel knew there would be ...

The German philosopher Hegel helps us to understand that progress in societies is never linear, and that these societies may have to go through a vari...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 324,888

by The School of Life
How to cope with impotence 04:19

How to cope with impotence

The cause of certain kinds of impotence lies in a curious and poignant area: with excessive respect. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (w...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 164,278

by The School of Life
Love and Sulking 02:28

Love and Sulking

It's deeply tempting to get into sulks in relationships. We should, however, always strive to explain, rather than silently act out, our rage. If you ...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 145,217

by The School of Life
The Mind Body Problem 05:11

The Mind Body Problem

The Mind-Body problem is one of the greatest conundrums of philosophy and of our everyday lives too. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (w...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 326,809

by The School of Life
Why, how & when to Flirt 06:42

Why, how & when to Flirt

Flirting is an art that deserves to be far more widely known and far more often practiced. Here is a short guide. If you like our films, take a look a...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 1,272,122

by The School of Life
The Purpose of Friendship 06:14

The Purpose of Friendship

Our desire to build good and lasting friendships is often undermined by a lack of focus on what friendship should really be about. Getting clear about...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 375,316

by The School of Life
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