Aparna Soumyan

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Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind

At a recent event from the New York Public Library’s wonderful <i>LIVE from the NYPL</i> series, interviewer extraordinaire <b>Paul Holdengräber</b> sat down with <b>Malcolm Gladwell</b> — author of such bestselling books as <b>The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference</b> (<i>public library</i>), <b>Blink: The Power of</b> …

The Science of Mental Time Travel and Why Our Ability to Imagine the Future Is Essential to Our Humanity

Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> remains one of my all-time favorite books, largely because Carroll taps his training as a logician to imbue the whimsical story with an allegorical dimension that blends the poetic with the philosophical. To wit: The Red Queen remembers the future instead of the …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors

<i>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,”</i> the French writer Chateaubriand is credited with saying. <i>“He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he</i> …

Adam Phillips on Why a Capacity for “Fertile Solitude” Is Essential for Self-Esteem and Healthy Relationships

<i>“All of humanity’s problems,”</i> the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in 1654, <i>“stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”</i> Three centuries later, the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky shared his single most urgent piece of advice to the young: learn to enjoy …

The Fine Line Between Conspiracy Theory And Rational Skepticism

As some of you may have surmised, I have a passing interest in conspiracy theories. As a philosopher, I am fascinated by some of the fantastical …

Being a Better Online Reader

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: …

How to Stop Overthinking Everything and Find Peace of Mind

We all overthink aspects of our lives. Whether it's decisions, regrets, self-worth, or general worries about the future, we're so often stuck inside …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …