The Emotion Machine

In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought…

Vampires of Happiness

The word freedom is stuck inside our minds. Everyone imagines a faraway island where the sun doesn’t die and love is contagious. But why is it just related to the imagination? Is it really that difficult to reach? I look around myself, wherever I go. And I don’t see cages, but I see piercing gazes…

Moledro

A feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you’ll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away but can still get inside your head and leave behind morsels of their experience, like the little piles of stones left by hikers that mark a hidden path through unfamiliar territory. Coined in…

Nodus Tollens

The realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore. Although you thought, that you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre. This requires you to go back and reread the chapters you…

Avenoir

The desire to see memories in advance. Everyone just takes it for granted that life moves in the forward direction. The truth, is that, we move more or less like a rower, facing backwards – we are able to see around us in the moment of now. But unable to determine where we are headed. And at every moment,…