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Is There Anything Good About Men

To download this talk as a Word Document, click here.<p>For more information on this topic, read Dr. Baumeister's book <i>Is There Anything Good About Men?</i> …

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it | Richard Bentall

Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas<p>It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a …

Mental Health

What Happens When You Look at Someone?

<b>What happens when you look at someone?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p><b>See beings, not bodies.</b><p><i>Why?</i><p>When we encounter someone, usually the mind automatically slots the person into a category: man, woman, your friend Tom, the kid next door, etc. Watch this happen in your own mind as you meet or talk with a co-worker, …

Mindfulness

6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like In An Introvert’s Head

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Dear Extroverts,<p>We love your energy and excitement. But as introverts, we sometimes feel misunderstood. We wish you could visualize what’s going on inside our brains—you might be surprised! Here are six illustrations of what it’s like to be in our …

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Flute

'Rent-A-Minority' Is The Hilarious Solution To Your Diversity Problems

Diversity on-demand!<p>Are you planning an event and in desperate need for an "intellectual black guy" or a "cheerful woman of color" to attend so that your panel or program doesn't look as white as, say, the Oscars?<p>Rentaminority.com is here to help! With just a few clicks, the website offers you "a …

Personal Information

No protons needed? Possible discovery of a four-neutron particle

The best evidence yet that a particle we think shouldn't exist actually does.<p>It’s tempting to call the tetraneutron a theoretical particle, as its …

Physics

Meet the Man Who Sees Networked Brains, Virtual Immortality, and Endless Orgasms in Our Future

Dr. Ian Pearson calls himself an engineer, but he's really something of a fortune teller.<p>Pearson, a distinguished futurist with degrees in applied …

How a Comic About a Teen Girl President Became the Most Scathing Satire of 2016

The authors behind DC Comics’ Prez, in which a young woman of color becomes president, talk Donald Trump, social media, and the future of …

Most Interesting Facts About Hinduism You May Not Know

The world’s 3rd largest religion closely following Christianity and Islam is Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s oldest known religion and originally …

Hinduism

The superhero of artificial intelligence: can this genius keep it in check?

With his company DeepMind, Londoner Demis Hassabis is leading Google’s project to build software more powerful than the human brain. But what will this mean for the future of humankind?<p>Demis Hassabis has a modest demeanour and an unassuming countenance, but he is deadly serious when he tells me he …

Artificial Intelligence

"Successification"

Another month, another Success Academy scandal.<p>This time it involves an undercover video of a first grade teacher in Success Academy Cobble Hill in Brooklyn that was shot by an assistant teacher who was unnerved by the ongoing abusive behavior of the lead teacher, one of the networks "exemplar …

The One Thing This Romance Author Wishes You'd Stop Doing

A couple of months ago I was at my kid's high school for a meeting.<p>"What do you write?" The school counselor asks after I tell her what I do.<p>"Porn."<p>"Mom," 16yo moans, hiding their eyes.<p><i>"Really?"</i> The counselor plants her elbows on the table in order to lean closer to me. "Cool."<p>"No, not really. I …

Writing

R We Ready? How Deadpool’s Success Could Change Superhero Films

First off, let’s get one thing straight. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews for <i>Deadpool</i> that credit Marvel with taking the ballsy step of releasing …

Comics

Brazen sexism is pushing women out of America’s atheism movement

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>I was eight years old when I decided that I didn’t believe in God. The realization occurred to me after my Methodist pastor reduced my queries about God and the universe to the same kind of “just because” reasoning my mother used for questions like why I couldn’t run …

Feminism

1 Ridiculously Easy Trick to Improve How You Communicate

We all know that communicating well is vital to keeping relationships healthy. By some accounts, communication is the backbone of all relationships – …

The Witness: how Jonathan Blow rejected game design rules to make a masterpiece

There’s no story, no tutorial and no human interaction, yet this puzzle game has been a huge hit. Could it all be down to Blow’s idiosyncratic approach to development?<p>Most of the games industry would describe a seven-year development cycle as hell on Earth. It brings to mind tortured, much delayed …

The HTC Vive isn't limited to perfectly square rooms

I'm not gonna lie: I was jealous when I heard that my colleague Sean Buckley got to play <i>12</i> virtual reality games in Seattle last week. (He even moaned about it later.) I got to try "only" four on the Vive Pre at HTC's Taipei headquarters. But that's OK, because in the end I also had a blast -- to …

Virtual Reality

Here Are 7 Things That Will Make You Happier in 7 Seconds, According to Research

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy on Mastering the Antidote to Anxiety, Self-Consciousness, and Impostor Syndrome

“Before we even show up at the doorstep of an opportunity, we are teeming with dread and anxiety, borrowing trouble from a future that hasn’t yet unfolded.”<p><i>“We know that we live in contradiction,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his magnificent meditation on strength of character, <i>“but we also know that we</i> …

TED Talks

Understanding which ‘love language’ my husband speaks changed our relationship

By Gail Cornwall<p>“Do you love it?” A college boyfriend asked as we sat beside the ocean, my brand new necklace reflecting the sunset’s low light. He’d surprised me with a dream weekend away; painstakingly planned activities and classically romantic scenes were punctuated by gifts at regular …

Relationships

We Asked a Philosopher Whether or Not It’s OK to Do Drugs

What would John Stewart Mill say about weed? Are psychedelics OK if they expand your mind? Are drugs a bad thing from a moral standpoint? We asked an expert.<p>Peg O' Connor has made thinking about drugs her life's work. Her blog, "Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken," puts some of the greatest questions …

Having trouble paying attention at work? Maybe you're too smart.

Who wouldn't want to fill a company with sharp, quick thinkers who have nimble minds that are a veritable fount of ideas? Companies who don't want …

Dive bar owner leaves brilliant response to one-star Yelp complaint about loud music

A customer complained the noise was too loud and the food was terrible in her complaint on review site Yelp<p>An online complaint about a £2 lemon water recently made headlines and now more people are sharing another online complaint left on Yelp for similar reasons.<p>The owner of The Iron Horse dive …

Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

<b>Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.</b><p>Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.<p>They found …

Beauty and the Beast

A Word, Please: The persistent, unabated collapse of grammar

I received an email recently from a reader named Fred who's unhappy about the way that language and writing standards have gone down the tubes since his school days in 1950s and '60s. Here's an excerpt:<p>"Teachers have told me that punctuation is no longer being taught (considered by students 'who …

Similarities Between Eastern Western Philosophy

Since the 'discovery' of eastern philosophy by western explorers and scholars in the 18th and 19th centuries CE, there has been an arbitrary division …

Will a sexy muse and booze make you a brilliant writer? This life lesson will tell

Filip Syta<p>Read full profile<p>Leaving a promising career at Google filled with free food, free massages, and a solid paycheck in favor for a life as a …

Motivation

Let's Measure Consciousness!

If you're driving, you're having a subjective experience of colors, sounds and vibrations. But does a self-driving car have a subjective experience? Does it feel like anything at all to be a self-driving car, or is it a zombie in the sense of having behavior without experience? This question of why …

Consciousness

7 startups that hope to become household names in 2016

The biggest successes of the last few years have all been about software. "There's an app for that" has gone from being an Apple slogan to a simple truism. But the low-hanging fruit has been picked, and what's left is much tougher to deliver. It may be expensive to build, pose a tricky technical …

Virtual Reality