It’s the way in which they accept the universe as it is, says William James

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From Ibn Hazm’s 1022AD treatise on love, The Ring of the Dove

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Stay open to feedback, put things into perspective, and pay attention.

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Explaining one of the most intriguing and elusive concepts in psychology

Japanese mandala, circa. 1139 AD

A dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the actor, the prompter, the producer, the author, the audience, and the critic.


A guide to the afterlife from The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Judgment scene from a Book of the Dead circa 1375 BC. The deceased (far left) is taken before Osiris (seated far right) to be judged. His heart is weighed by Anubis (jackal-headed God) against a feather to determine the truth of his testimony.


Technology is not just a means to an end, it’s a dangerous mode of being in the world

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Why ancient wisdom can sometimes feel stale and irrelevant

Physician (in red) and his assistants preparing medicines, from an 11th century Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides, Creative Commons Public Domain License


Hibernation actually leaves animals sleep deprived

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Ibn Tufail’s feral child finds himself on a desert island

Bowl with Deer Motif, Islamic Art Collection in MoMA, Creative Commons License
  • How can I be myself?
  • What is my truest and innermost self and how can I realise it?
  • Do I have a unique and individual essence that makes me who I am?


Various perspectives on the moment of death

Painting of the Archangel of Death’s visit, Evelyn de Morgan 1881

According to western scientists

Khaled Serafy

Egyptian, Londoner, and Data Scientist. I write about every awesome thing I encounter on the serpentine path to the straight and narrow road.

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