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  • Our Phone Addiction Isn’t a Hobby, But It Might support One

    Our Phone Addiction Isn’t a Hobby, But It Might support One

    [A hobby] should make existence feel fuller and richer. [Scrolling] will more likely make you feel drained of some fundamental life force. Like any addiction, it takes more than it gives. No, scrolling through social media is not a ‘hobby’ – when did we forget the joy of proper pastimes? | The Independent Should we…

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  • Progress Paradox: New AI Binoculars Spark Debate on the Soul of Hobbies

    Progress Paradox: New AI Binoculars Spark Debate on the Soul of Hobbies

    New AI binoculars identify 9,000+ bird species instantly! But do they kill the joy of birdwatching? Explore the debate on progress vs. the unique soul of hobbies. The World’s First AI Binoculars Marc Newson and Swarovski Optik have teamed up to create the AX Visio, the world’s first AI-powered binoculars. These revolutionary optics boast spectacular…

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  • Photography hobbyist? Stay motivated with photography contests

    Photography hobbyist? Stay motivated with photography contests

    Photography is a great hobby, but the thought of your photos getting no exposure can be discouraging. Many hobbyist photographers share this feeling: What’s the point in taking photos if nobody sees them? One option for getting your photos out there, and maintaining motivation, is photography competitions. Photography competitions can offer valuable benefits: frequently asked…

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  • Are People in More Peaceful Countries Happier?

    Are People in More Peaceful Countries Happier?

    We praise peace, but it doesn’t seem to correlate with happiness. Why? And what can we do about it? Peace is Praised World peace is a synonym for the ultimate good and the worthiest goals for humanity. Likely, peace is so praised because it is associated with happiness, which we all hope to achieve. But…

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  • Prepare Yourself to a Work-Free World

    Prepare Yourself to a Work-Free World

    Two Skeptical Claims Against an AI-Driven Work-Free World Prompt engineering has taken the generative AI world by storm. The job, which entails optimizing textual input to effectively communicate with large language models, has been hailed by World Economic Forum as the number one “job of the future”[…]However, despite the buzz surrounding it, the prominence of…

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  • Stuff Give Us a (False) Sense of Meaning: A Critical Review of The Guardian Article

    Stuff Give Us a (False) Sense of Meaning: A Critical Review of The Guardian Article

    Why Do We Consume, According to The Guardian? People do love things. In this way, shopping is a means to express care – an act of love. […] sometimes you think you have joy out of things. New ways of connecting, talking and thinking. Consumerism has become a symbol of liberty and democratic equality –…

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  • Hobbies Are a Meaningful, or a Meaning-Free, Antidote to Depression

    Hobbies Are a Meaningful, or a Meaning-Free, Antidote to Depression

    A study shows hobbies are associated with fewer depressive symptoms. This is probably because hobbies provide us with a sense of meaning, or allow us to rest from the constant search for meaning. A Study Found Hobbies Can Help With Depression Independent of confounders, having a hobby was associated with fewer depressive symptoms, and higher…

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  • The Infamous Conformity Experiments – A Meaningful Interpretation

    The Infamous Conformity Experiments – A Meaningful Interpretation

    Three infamous conformity experiments were performed in the second half of the 20th century. While the conclusions of the experiments tried to say something about humans’ tendency to conform, it seems nothing meaningful was said about what underlies this tendency: a search for meaning. The experiments What Was Made Out of It? Why Do We…

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  • AI and UBI: A Critique of The Guardian article

    AI and UBI: A Critique of The Guardian article

    The Guardian article promises but fails to highlight concrete drawbacks of implementing Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a solution for job loss to AI. The vague skepticism presented in the article is possibly driven by a fear of lost meaning in a work-free world. However, meaning can be found elsewhere – in hobbies, for example.…

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  • Finished reading a book? These tools and tips will help you find the next one

    Finished reading a book? These tools and tips will help you find the next one

    Ever felt anxious nearing the end of a book? “What should I read next?” The nearing-the-end-of-a-book anxiety If you are one of those who maintain a comprehensive reading list – this post isn’t for you. But some of us get anxious when nearing the end of a book – what should be our next read?…

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