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'“the seductions of email and messaging and Skype and news websites constantly updating on the very instrument you use” meant “every moment of serious reading has to be fought for”. As a result... novels would have to adapt to “the state of constant distraction we live in and how that affects the very special energies required for tackling a substantial work of fiction  – for immersing oneself in it and then coming back to it over what could be weeks, or months, each time picking up the threads of the story or stories, the patterning of internal reference, the positioning of the work within the context of other novels.”' - Internet spells end of long, complex literary novels, says author Tim Parks

"It's why all your Facebook friends spend their days in a whirlwind of incredulous bafflement at the passing of time, forever asking people to like JPEGs about conkers, all because they're trapped in a loveless marriage to a woman they accidentally knocked up after ironically slow-dancing to I Want To Know What Love Is during a hideous School Disco party." - Beware nostalgia – it's holding you back from the rest of your life

"I'm a neuroscience researcher."
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Listen to your inner voice."
"You're a scientist. Isn't 'inner voice' a spiritual term?"
"Bullshit! You'll hear scientists talking about following their inner voice as much as you'd hear a musician or a priest."
"So how do you know which of your thoughts are your true inner voice?"
"All of them are! The question is-- how much weight do you give them? How much authority do you give your own thoughts? Are you taking them seriously? Or are you sitting in front of the damn tube letting other people tell you what to think?" – From Humans of New York