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Have you ever found yourself wondering how it’s possible that people believe the things that they do? The truth is, they’re probably wondering the same about you.

The reason for this disconnect is the algorithms we all rely on to filter and curate the news we consume. Because these algorithms are trained to give us more of the content we’re already drawn to, the way that the world is presented to each of us can look vastly different. Exposing these differences is why their.tube was created:

Theirtube is a Youtube filter bubble simulator that provides a look into how videos are recommended on other people’s YouTube. Users can experience how the YouTube home page would look for six different personas. Each persona simulates the viewing environment of real Youtube users who experienced being inside a recommendation bubble through recreating a Youtube account with a similar viewing history.

The personas currently available are: liberal, conservative, prepper, climate denier, fruitarian and conspiracist. Take a look. It’s genuinely alarming to see the stark contrast in how the world is presented.

"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation."

Following Your Dreams Isn’t Smart.

Faith has always made me uncomfortable, which is inconvenient if you’re the beneficiary of a Catholic upbringing. My sceptical nature didn’t go down well in religious studies at all. I was the kid who identified with Doubting Thomas, the one who asked for proof of Jesus’ resurrection. If I were one of the disciples I’d…continue reading on Medium…
Meditation 101 – How to meditate for beginners.

More Dan Harris goodness, this time from with a video on how to get started with meditation. My favourite thing about Dan is the simple, jargon-free language he uses to talk about meditation:

Despite what you may have heard, meditation does not involve joining a group, paying any fees, wearing any special outfits, sitting in a funny position, or believing in anything in particular.

It is simple, secular, scientifically validated exercise for your brain.

Perfect.

6 Powerful Strategies To Help You Overcome Fear.

Fear really is the mind killer. It hold us back from our potential on a daily basis. But it doesn’t have to. Or at least, we can get better at fighting it.

Here, Positivity Blog brings us 6 strategies which we can use to change the way we look at our fear. After all, close examination is the one thing that fear can’t withstand:

The fears we have are based in how we think about things. Destructive thought habits can create a lot of fear that is really unnecessary and damaging.

But there are also ways to handle these habits when they pop up and to – over time – replace them with healthier habits.

Why the mind hates meditation.

It’s no exaggeration to say that meditation is the most valuable tool I know of. But it didn’t always feel that way. In fact, my meditation practice was spotty for years, simply because I got into a wrestling match with my mind every time I sat down, and thought that there was something wrong with that.

Of course, being put off meditation because your mind protests is like being put off exercise because your muscles do. That’s what’s supposed to happen, especially in the beginning.

Meditation doesn’t always feel wonderful. The more we make that clear, the less we risk discouraging newcomers, who were expecting a stream of endless bliss, instead of a mind that sometimes feels even more hyperactive than before. Understanding that meditation is a process gives them the best chance of discovering what it can bring to their lives.

The struggle is that the mind that knows that meditation is good for you, is the same mind that doesn’t want to stop thinking. This part of the mind doesn’t like meditation, in fact, it hates it, simply because meditation subdues its very purpose; thinking…

How to live happily every after with yourself.

You’ll never have a relationship more intimate than the one you have with yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be good. As fashionable as it is to preach about the importance of loving oneself, most people are engaged in a pale imitation of self-love. A love where they don’t hold themselves accountable,…continue reading on Medium…
Why is anxiety so pervasive?

It feels as if anxiety has become the default state of our society, yet it’s not clear why. Our lives are safer, more comfortable and more stable than any time in history. Almost all of us have access to food, clean water, and shelter, and ironically, those who don’t, often seem less anxious than those who do.

Perhaps that’s why I was so fascinated by this article got me thinking that maybe anxiety is a symptom of our distractedness. With our senses bombarded by 24 hour distractions, it wouldn’t be surprising if our brains simply had less available bandwidth to process the stresses and strains of life:

When the brain is spinning out one horrifying outcome after another, it does not have enough space to clearly perceive the world around us as it is in this moment. If a big energy is trying to move through a constricted space it can give us the feeling that we are bouncing off the walls, and our thoughts ricochet inside our heads creating a frenzy that is a danger of its own.

So distracted are we by thoughts of what might happen, we cannot appreciate the circumstances here and now. We cannot move through the world in a constant state of self-generated fear.

8 ways to enter the present moment.

Einzelgänger with 8 simple ways to integrate mindfulness practice into your daily life. Mindfulness needn’t (and shouldn’t) be something which we consider separate to our ordinary life. The aim is to find ways to integrate mindful moments into our typical day-to-day. I particularly liked this part about listening:

By listening closely to what people have to say, you basically shift your attention from your thoughts to to the person speaking. Havingdealt with social anxiety myself, I can say the following; when I’m socially anxious or shy, I’m entailed in thoughts like “What do I have to say now?” “What can I say to impress this person?” Or “why the hell did. I have to say this?”

The nature of these questions is the they relate to the past and the future. Thus when someone is speaking to me, I rather focus on what I said earlier or what I’m going to say, instead of truly listening.The secret is, when I fully focus on what the person is saying, my own words often come naturally and without hesitation.