Why Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?

Why Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, I often observed that students always have their reasons ready for their incomplete homework or their bad behaviour in classrooms. We, teachers, know that almost all these reasons and excuses are nothing but small lies generated in a specific mind frame of students. Interestingly the case is similar to us adults as well. We often, or almost all the time, give excuses to our bad behaviour or bad encounters in our daily lives. However, we often find ourselves defending our lies in front of others and considering it normal behaviour. I called this a motivated false belief wrapped with a fabric of our false hopes and expectations. The question is, why we engage in a practice where we create false promises to ourselves and become part of that drama? Read More …

Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?

Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?
By Ahmad Amirali

There are people whom I know do not like to watch, even the trailer of, the horror movies. The reason is simple, fear. However, I also know many people who are addicted to these scary films. Why? My friends and students mostly ask me ‘do you like horror movies, especially watching at midnight?’ My answer to them, obviously, not that simple. First of all, we need to see that there is a variety of genre exist in the horror franchise. One of the genres is, which I am not a great fan of, the archetypal ‘slasher’ movies. Slasher movies are the one depicting a series of violent murders or assaults by an attacker armed with a knife or razor — for example, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc. Then there is a bit of ‘schlock’ or cheap horror where the major part of the movie contains action or suspense — for example, David Cronenberg’s films Scanners and The Fly. There is a genre of ‘psychological horror’ where suspense and action go side by side with the story and create a chilling sensation in the viewer’s mind movies like Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, The Conjuring or The Nun are some of the examples from these genres. However, I am not writing this article on the genre of horror movies; I am more concern about ‘Why people do like to watch horror movies? Read More …

The Longest Study on Human Development that Might Change the Way We Live or Think

The Longest Study on Human Development that Might Change the Way We Live or Think

For the past 70 years, scientists in the United Kingdom have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Read More …