Mindscape is a column with THE WEEK magazine on mind-brain-emotion and psyche. It also explores philosophy of the mind, intermittently.

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Sleep it off

A friend’s 11-year-old son had trouble with his phone for about two days. There was a technical glitch with the instrument and so he was forced off the grid for 41 hours.

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Celebrity status

Celebrities are looked upon as role models. They are acknowledged and celebrated for their talent, skill, looks, intelligence or accomplishments which is what…

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Hidden layers

On the face of it, the film Hidden Figures is about three African-American women who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the early 1960s in the US.

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Sleep it off

A colleague cancelled an after-lunch appointment an hour before its scheduled time. “I can’t keep awake,” she admitted. “My son kept me awake last night. I really need to crash for a bit.”

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The price of distraction

Brian Cullinan stood in the wings with his briefcase, watching one of the most awaited award events of the year unfold on stage. He was on duty, as he’d been in the preceding years. His job was to hand over sealed envelopes to the celebrities who went on stage to announce the Oscar awards, no less.

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