Dreaming of a White Christmas on Different Levels of Reality

– Tom Uytterhoeven – It's that time of the year again when people start dreaming of (or dreading?) snow. Is it Christmas romanticism? Or just the memory of playing in the snow as a child? Maybe that's why the Calvin-makes-a-snowman cartoons are so popular…     This video shows us different aspects of snow. That […]

Children ‘too embarrassed to read in front of friends’ – Telegraph

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution The number of children picking up books in their spare time has dropped dramatically amid claims youngsters increasingly see reading as “embarrassing”, according to research. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Earlier I posted an article on the effects of literature. If you read that, before turning to this research about declining […]

If you want to ‘read’ people better, read more literature

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution Reading Chekhov for a few minutes makes you better at decoding what other people are feeling. But spending the same amount of time with a potboiler by Danielle Steel does not have the same effect. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Too good to be true? Or can literature really save the […]