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Every single person in the world is confident that what they see and hear is true. Humans have a tendency to overestimate the accuracy of their memory and underestimate how easily our thinking can be influenced by others. People will tell you they cannot be fooled, “Adverts don’t work on me.”

But this conception we have about ourselves is wrong—the human mind is far from perfect. There is nobody in the world who understands the fallibility of human perception as much as Derren Brown. Using a mix of sleight-of-hand magic, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship, Derren is able to imprint suggestions, guide behavior, and read the minds of his audience from their unconscious behavior. In this article, I share 25 books which have been recommended by Derren Brown.

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orwell on politics and the english languge

What words would you use to describe this face?

Take just a moment to really consider that question before moving on.

george orwell's face

This is how the writer Christopher Hitchens interpreted the face1:

A slightly tall, angular, shy, but not unconfident Englishman, with a hollow-cheek look. A rather dolorous look in some ways, a rather solemn look. But yet it’s not the look of someone with no sense of humor. It’s the look of someone who’s been through quite a lot and has tried his best. But there is a final element of pessimism to it, as well as, I think, some of the hard-to-understand handsomeness for which we English people are so rightly famed. It’s an ironic look actually is what it is, and it’s the look of someone who suffered a great deal.

The man in the photograph, Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950), was a novelist, essayist, journalist, critic, and, most importantly, an exemplary human being. He exited the womb English but entered the grave an outspoken citizen of Earth. Blair was born in Bengal, wrote his first articles in French, worked as a police officer in Burma, and settled in England. He is best known for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, both of which he wrote under a pen name with which you may be more familiar: George Orwell.

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You never forget your first lucid dream. 

Lucid dreaming techniques from inceptionMine happened in 2010, a few weeks before Inception first hit cinema screens.

I was in film school at the time, and the Inception buzz was tangible.

Desperate for clues about this highly secretive 200 million dollar blockbuster, I read everything I could find.

In one article, I came across an interview where Chris Nolan revealed his inspiration behind it:

“I was in university when I experienced my first lucid dream. I woke up, went to get the newspaper, then went back to bed. Ever since I’ve been fascinated with the phenomenon of lucid dreaming and the ability of being able to assert some level of control over your dreams.”

I had never heard of lucid dreaming up until this point.

It didn’t matter.

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Was Leonardo da Vinci a Chronic Procrastinator?

“When I’m finished, I always wonder what would have happened had I made different decisions along the way.” – Brent R. Laycock

leonardo da vinci self portrait aged 30

That’s a 30-year-old Leonardo da Vinci.

It’s a self-portrait. And if you’re wondering why it doesn’t look as perfect as the Mona Lisa

That’s because it’s unfinished.

Leonardo has lots of unfinished works.

When I visited Florence a few years ago to see this painting, The Adoration of Magi, the tour guide explained to us the reason Da Vinci left behind so many incomplete paintings.

She told us he was,“A CHRONIC PROCRASTINATOR”.

As soon as she spoke those words I knew she couldn’t have been an artist herself.

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6 Proven Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Acne

There are pharmacological treatments for acne that do work.

natural ways to get rid of acne - turmeric

Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is one of them.

Accutane is the biosynthesised form of vitamin A. It works by closing down the sebum production in your skin.

But like most drugs, there are side-effects. Bad side-effects.

Hair loss, suicidal depression, dry eyes, dry lips, red and flaky skin are a very real risk when you take this drug.

Just google “Accutane side-effects” and you’ll find many regretful forum users who can testify to this.

When it comes to natural ways to get rid of acne, there is no one absolute cure.

There are, however, many small remedies that when stacked together can have significant acne-reducing effects.

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