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A Zen Master Reveals The Truth About Meditation and Why Most People Get it Wrong

True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of mind …

The Dalai Lama Reveals the Ultimate Strategy for Dealing with Anger

The Dalai Lama is a man known for sharing wisdom and enlightenment. So you wouldn’t think he’s someone that gets angry.<p>This isn’t the case. In a …

Why Is It Taking So Long To Figure Out Planet Nine?

<i>We have the mass and orbital parameters of a large planet in the outer solar system. Astronomers don’t seem to care?</i><p>Nothing short of caring deeply can cause astronomers to publish such a burst of papers on an as-yet theoretical planet, too distant to have already been captured by our numerous …

Universe

3 videos that describe what it's like to have anxiety and depression when our own words don't suffice

Having anxiety is tough. For everyone, it is a slightly different beast, but many of the core aspects are the same. One of the most frustrating parts …

Signs from women's marches around the world – in pictures

A selection of some of the best signs from women’s marches across the world, from Toronto to Lisbon

Washington D.C.

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

If you've been writing for any amount of time, at some point a question is going to come up for you: do I want to go pro?<p>It's an important question to ask, and, most especially, to answer. Because as you go deeper into a hobby, you'll start to think about the money you've spent and wonder if it's …

Creative Writing

How The Brain Produces Consciousness in Time Slices

<b>EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model,</b> …

Study Shows How LSD Mimics Infant's Mind as Ego Dissolves

A groundbreaking series of experiments show how LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) alters the operation of the brain. Scientists gave LSD to 20 healthy …

Is the Universe a Simulation? Scientists Debate

NEW YORK — Is the universe just an enormous, fantastically complex simulation? If so, how could we find out, and what would that knowledge mean for …

Quantum Mechanics

My Mother And I Finally Opened Up About Our Depression And Anxiety

Because my mother never acknowledged her depression, I never opened up to her about mine. Now that she's in treatment for both depression and anxiety, we finally talked about the open secret between us.<p><i>My family often teases me for being too much like my mother. They say I look like her, that I</i> …

Mental Health

Running Helped Me Cope With Depression, But Then I Got Injured

Running regularly gave me a sense of control. It became something I needed to do. But a sudden injury meant I temporarily lost both the ability to run and that crucial sense of control.<p>I wake to muted daylight, stubborn rays forcing their way through the curtains. My alarm, set to the tune of …

How to spot a psychopath (according to a psychopath)

How do you spot a psychopath?<p>One self-proclaiming psychopath has described how he presents himself in society and given a breakdown on his behaviour …

Psychology

8 Yoga Moves for Stronger Knees

Yoga can be daunting for those with knee problems. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of us, myself included. Below are the yoga poses I used to strengthen …

Music that does a good job of exploring mental illness

Music does not always adequately articulate mental illness. Just like Hollywood films, songs often perpetuate negative stereotypes, sensationalise conditions, or are full to the brim with inaccuracies. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the music that seems to express mental illness in the most meaningful …

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You

Ok, maybe your grandparents probably slept like you. And your great, great-grandparents. But once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look …

Virginia Tech

BBC Arts - Get Creative - Stella tips to writing a great short story

Stella tips to writing a great short story<p>The art of short story writing<p>1. Don’t start too soon<p>Often we’re excited by an idea and begin writing before the story has begun to form properly – and we’re surprised when our writing stalls two or three pages in. Most of us benefit from allowing the story …

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

<i>Deadline: November 1st, 2015</i><p><b>Eligibility and entry rules</b><p>Please read these eligibility and entry rules before beginning the online entry …

Creative Writing

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

University of Oxford

This Is Your Brain On Google's Deep Dream Neural Network

Ever since Google unveiled its Deep Dream algorithm, people have been having a blast feeding all manner of images into the program. It was only a …

Neural Networks

This Comic Perfectly Explains Why Anxiety & Depression Are So Difficult To Fight

Anxiety and depression are two mental health disorders that many of us simply don’t get. Nick Seluk, the artist behind the popular Awkward Yeti …

Back to black: why melancholia must be understood as distinct from depression

First described by Hippocrates, “melancholia” or melancholic depression was considered a specific condition that commonly struck people out of the …

Can a Blood Test Predict Suicide?

Researchers have found blood biomarkers to help them assess suicide risk, but some say the implications for future mental illness treatment are …

The Unknown Universe – 10 questions still confounding cosmologists

We still have a long way to go when it comes to untangling the mysteries of the Universe. Stuart Clark takes a look at some of the most perplexing …

Childhood depression is on the rise

Many physicians doubted the existence of depression in children because they believed children lacked the mature psychologic and cognitive structure to experience such problems.<p>Depression in children has always been a difficult topic for society, and perhaps even healthcare professionals, to …

Self-esteem

Exploring Consciousness with 10 Sanskrit words in ways that English can't – Sanskriti - Indian Culture

<b>TRANSLATE AND READ IT IN YOUR LANGUAGE:</b><p><i>“The extraordinary thing about Sanskrit is that it offers direct accessibility to anyone to that elevated</i> …

Conservative Christians point fingers at atheists to cover growing corruption in church

When Bill O’Reilly recently tried to pin America’s spree of mass shootings on atheism rather than guns or mental illness, he hoped to tap a specific …

Religion

10 Analogies That Perfectly Capture Depression

If others don’t believe you when you are certain you speak the truth, if you get blamed for something you know is not your fault, if no matter how …

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