New Year's Irresolution

New Year's Day is the one when, briefly, millions of people delude themselves into thinking that firm resolutions will bring happiness.

The secular priests of self-improvement chant that you should set up some distant destination — weight loss or career progression — and trudge doggedly towards it.

But every lifestyle guru makes one basic mistake. They confuse integrity, which matters, with inflexibility, which doesn’t.

So why not abandon the narrow path to disappointment and opt instead for some new year’s irresolution?

Make 2008 the year you choose to change your mind. Evaluate you closely held beliefs and prejudices and see if they really are based on reality. asked the the intellectual elite, the brains the rest of us rely on to make sense of the universe and answer the big questions of our day if they changed their mind, and why

Tackling subjects as diverse as human evolution, the laws of physics and sexual politics, scientists and philosophers, including Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Paul Davies and Richard Wrangham, all confessed to a change of heart.

Their answers are here.

A great (and lengthy) read, and a great way to start the new year.

Health, love, prosperity and peace.


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