Samara O'Shea

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What I’ve been reading this week:

“Creating a work of art is one of those activities we reserve for humans and humans only. It’s an act of self-expression; you’re not supposed to be able to do it if you don’t have a self.”

This quote is from an interesting, albeit a little frightening, article about artificial intelligence being able to surpass human intelligence by the year 2045. The piece is called 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal from Time magazine.

I read a fantastic article in the NY Times yesterday called Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges. It discusses Self Compassion, which is so important. Our default setting is to be mean to ourselves—assume we’ve made the wrong decision or done the wrong thing and punish ourselves accordingly. This article sets the record straight:

“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent,” said Dr. Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. “They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”

Finally, the royal wedding website has been launched. I’m thinking I should write some faux wedding vows for Will & Kate. Just for fun. Royal Weddings of this magnitude only happen every few decades.