By Harriet La Barre
LUCK IS largely the result of taking appropriate action. When we’re passive, when we don’t take sufficient charge of our affairs. We’re victims of all kinds of back luck. Take, for example, a woman who complained that the dry cleaner ruined her slacks. “He ruined a suit of mine, too,” she told me, unconsciously revealing that she knew she was taking chances with this particular cleaner. My other friend, who got involved in her neighbor’s problems and wasted the day, revealed her pattern by her comment: “It always happens.” She allowed it to happen. Read more →
By Harriet La Barre LUCK IS largely the result of taking appropriate action. When we’re passive, when we don’t take sufficient charge o...
By Harriet La Barre
By Robert L.Heilbroner
ARE criminals more likely to be dark than blond? Can a person’s nationality be guessed from his photograph? Does the fact that a person wears horn-rimmed glasses imply that he is intelligent?
The answer to each of these questions is obviously, “No.” Read more →
By Evan Hill
THE ELECTRICIAN wiring my new house worked swiftly and efficiently. But I asked him, “Couldn’t you put those outlets in closer to the floor? Six inches down, perhaps, where they won’t be so conspicuous?” He shook his head. “No,” he said, “it’s the code –the electrical code. They’ve got to be this height.” “State law?” I asked. He nodded. “Town, too.” Read more →
By Jerome L. Singer
LET’S PEEK inside the minds of the busy Johnson family after breakfast on a balmy April day. Mr. Johnson is on the bus heading for work, but in his thoughts he is sailing a yacht. White-capped waves splash about him, canvas flutters in the wind. “Must come about!” he thinks, and leans on the tiller only to find that the bus has stopped and people are pushing to the exit. Read more →
By J. D. Ratcliff
WORRY about your memory? Go into a room and forget what you came for, go blank on names mislay things? Something on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t pry it off? Don’t fret. You are perfectly normal. Said psychologist Gordon H. Bower of Stanford University: “It is the nature of the mind to forget-and the nature of man to worry about his forgetfulness.” Read more →
By Bruce Bliven
WHICH WEIGHS more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead? Everybody knows the answer: they both weigh the same. An interesting point, however, is what sort of image popped into your head when you read those words. Read more →
By Bertrand Russell
To Avoid the various foolish opinions to which mankind is prone, no superhuman genius is required. A few simple rules will keep you, not from all error, but from silly error. Read more →
By Ruth and Edward Brecher
“My, But this tastes good!” you remark as you take your first sip o piping-hot onion soup, salted, peppered, seasoned with herbs and garnished with cheese.
You’re wrong, of course. You mean that the soup smells good. Your sense of taste tells you only whether a substance is sweet, sour, salty or bitter. It is your sense of smell that reveals the true savor of the soup. Try sipping onion soup while holding your nose, or when you have a head cold. The characteristic flavor vanishes. All that is left is a hot, some what salty liquid. By means of taste alone, you can barely distinguish between a food you love and one you detest. Read more →