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Aren’t We Right to Be Angry?

In May 2011, at the Newark Peace Education Summit in New Jersey, the Dalai Lama and Jody Williams—both Nobel Peace Prize winners—debated the role of …

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works<p>Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in your …

Digital Art

Slick Alien-Horned 3D Sculptures Seem to Spin Forever

‘BLOOMS 2’ is here to entice, astonish, and make you excited about math.<p>With a tessellating texture and self-moving body that hops into action as if balanced on a turntable, an elegant 3D sculpture dazzles with its pristine mathematical design. Engineered by the technically-deft John Edmark, the …

Sculpture

A Gentle Introduction to Data Structures: How Stacks Work

Anyone who’s applied for a developer job at a large tech company — and spent days practicing common algorithm interview questions — has probably …

The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know

<b>By James Le, Machine Learning Engineer.</b><p>It is no doubt that the sub-field of machine learning / artificial intelligence has increasingly gained more …

The intriguing mystery of The Goldfinch

A 362-year-old painting of a tiny bird has become one of the most popular of its time. But will we ever know what The Goldfinch means? Alastair Sooke takes a closer look.<p>On the face of it, it couldn’t be simpler: a small, charming painting, on a wooden panel, depicting a goldfinch perched on its …

Art

Roman Senate

The Roman Senate functioned as an advisory body to Rome's magistrates and, composed as it was of the city's most experienced public servants and …

Ten books you should read in December

Books

What’s the Use of Regret?

A few weeks ago I was sitting poolside in Florida with a friendly retiree who was standing in the warm aqua water, beaming with friendliness. We started chatting, first about his hometown, Pittsburgh, and the many great athletes from there. Soon the conversation pivoted to Vietnam and his …

Time I

David Hockney on what turns a picture into a masterpiece

Rembrandt’s perfect drawing, Caravaggio’s invention of Hollywood lighting, Monet capturing a moment in time. David Hockney and critic Martin Gayford discuss the craft behind the greatest art<p><b>Rembrandt’s A Child Being Taught to Walk, c1656</b><p><b>David Hockney</b>: The moment you put down two or three marks on a …

Leonardo Da Vinci

What Liberals Don’t Understand About Income Inequality

Blaming the success of America’s 1% for the slow growth of middle- and working-class incomes leads to policies that slow an already slow-growing …

Economics

7 Things the Buddha Never Said

The historical Buddha said many things in his long lifetime of teaching. But have you ever heard a supposed Buddha quote and wondered, Did he really …

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Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?

Many parents who grew up playing outdoors with friends, walking alone to the park or to school, and enjoying other moments of independent play are now raising children in a world with very different norms.<p>In the United States today, leaving children unsupervised is grounds for moral outrage and can …

Psychology

The 3 different types of happiness — and what you can do to achieve them

It won't fit in your tiny house. Marie Kondo thinks it should be eschewed entirely unless it sparks joy. And there won't be any need for all your whisks and woks once you switch over to Soylent for sustenance.<p>Minimalism is hot, culturally, and for years, science has assured us that it was also the …

Happiness

A Closer Look At Minimalism Today—No Helvetica Allowed

What’s behind our culture’s perennial obsession with minimalism? According to Stuart Tolley, it resurfaces in times of social flux.<p>“For me, it’s a cleansing of the palette,” says Stuart Tolley, who runs the Brighton, England-based design studio Transmission. “It’s a way of stripping back work to go …

Minimalism

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners

<i>Robert K Baggs is a Headshot, Portrait, and Commercial photographer from London & Hertfordshire. He’s been published in broadsheets, magazines, and</i> …

What is poetry’s place in the digital age?

”There is nothing more powerful than storytelling,” muses Ioana Cristina Casapu, Managing Director of Berlin ArtParasites. “We need a place to put our passions into, and as long as we can feel and make others feel, poetry will never die.” With a following of 2.9 million and counting on Facebook, …

The 15 best poetry books of all time

‘I am ashamed to be sad’: the remarkable story of a Jewish student in 1920s Romania

Mihail Sebastian’s novel for Two Thousand Years – now translated into English – is one of the foremost chronicles of the rise of nazism in Europe<p>The constantly inquiring narrative voice that informs every page of Mihail Sebastian’s resonant novel <i>For Two Thousand Years</i>, bears a close resemblance to …

Literature

5 Powerful Mind Hacks to Read 10X More Books This Year

Unlike articles that can be written in a matter of hours, well-written books take several years of research, writing, and editing.

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick's Day

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor Irish heritage and culture, whether that means attending a performance of Irish music or dancing, wearing green and searching for four-leafed shamrocks, or sampling some fine Irish whiskey. We at Off the Shelf will be taking …

Books

When the Weapon Was Pointed at Me

Years ago, in the age of Twitter but not deep into the age of Twitter, I made a mistake. And then on Twitter I was piled-on mercilessly and …

Apps

Why I Will Not Teach My Daughter To Be The 'Good Daughter In Law' [Short Story]

<b>Kriya was brought up an independent, modern woman. But the minute her marriage was fixed, things changed. After all, wasn’t she supposed to be the</b> …

Empathy

The best short story collections — from childish gabbling to jaded nihilism

Short stories from Ali Smith, Nicholas Shakespeare, Lucia Berlin and David Gates, chosen by Ysenda Maxtone Graham<p>Anyone who enjoyed Ali Smith’s novel <i>How to be Both</i>, with its charmingly loopy monologue of an Italian Renaissance painter prattling away to us through one of the book’s famously …

Books

The 8-Bit Philosophy Guys Predict a "Mass Exodus to the Virtual World"

The creators of 8-Bit Philosophy have a lot to say about 'Rick and Morty' and heavy, "not fun" video games.<p>The founders behind the web series 8-Bit …

Rick and Morty