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Reading List: 6 Stories for the Science-Fiction Newbie

<i>Hilary Armstrong is a literature student at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Longreads intern. She also happens to love science fiction, so she put together</i> …

Statistically Speaking: A Wasteland of Food

An unconscionable amount of food is wasted around the globe. Here's a look. (Sporkist/Flickr)<p>The amount of food we waste is enough to make you sick... many times over.<p>The latest installment [pdf] in the World Bank's "Food Price Watch" series has just been released. If you're a consumer -- and when …

How To Tell If Your Chakras Are Out Of Balance - The Open Mind

Our chakras are funnel-shaped spinning energy vortexes of multicolored light. The term “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc.<p>A …

Spirituality

How Meditation Can Change Your Sex Life

As a sex therapist, I see a lot of women who walk through my doors and explain that they simply don’t understand what all the fuss is about sex. …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

Meditation

3 Steps to Releasing Your Negative Emotions | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

In the day to day hustle and bustle of modern society, it’s not hard to get caught up in all the negative experiences we come across. Maybe it’s your …

Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man and the Synergy of Transformation

Each year about this time as Burning Man is in full swing, people ask me if Buckminster Fuller ever participated in the event. Most people figure that since the geodesic domes are so prevalent at Burning Man and Bucky's vision is clearly reflected in Burning Man's Ten Guiding Principles, that he …

Follow Your Bliss

"Follow your bliss" was a phrase promoted by the great mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell.<p>As he said:<p>"I feel that if one follows what I call one's bliss--the thing that really gets you deep in the gut that you feel is your life--doors will open up. They do!"<p>Campbell is essentially advising us …

Ray Bradbury on Science Fiction and the Art of What’s Possible

Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m …