Woo-woo to true-woo

There’s a dictionary definition of woo-woo. It goes like this: “Unconventional beliefs regarded as having little or no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism or alternative medicine.” While having a conversation about my intention to write a book about woo-woo topics that would present some of the evidence in support of them, a…

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Can you use your mind to improve your strength?

Cartoon of a brain in a lotus position meditating with a smile on its face.

“Imagine extending and contracting your little finger.” This was the sort of instruction given to people who volunteered to take part in a visualisation study at the Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland, USA. The question was, could imagining working your muscles make those muscles stronger? Certainly, it’s something some top athletes have always believed. Many…

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The dip before the leap

3D cartoon illustration of cute smiling man flying in air like a plane on a white background.

It’s so easy for us to think we’ve failed when stuff seems to take a downturn. We secretly believe that we’re not good enough, or not intelligent enough, or not this or that enough … or just not enough! And we give up.

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