Chris Plante

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Exercise Your Philanthropic Brain

"Tragedy of life is what dies within us while we live--the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of others." -Norman Cousins

In high school, I was very busy with school, activities and life. I overdid it, …

Life Sciences

Running Slow for being Fast

For a number of runners there’s still a great deal to enhance. They don't realise that permanently of the distance training may have incredible …


John Cleese Touts the Value of Philosophy in 22 Public Service Announcements for the American Philosophical Association

Creative Commons image by Paul BoxleyJohn Cleese, you say, a spokesman for the American Philosophical Association? Why would such a serious …


Turning Taste On and Off

A new study reports our sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, and is independent of experience and learning.

Life Sciences

Craving control: how food messes with your mind

There are strange forces at work behind our food desires. And unpicking the reasons why we reach for the wrong foods could lead to new ways to eat …


Strengthening Brain Connections

Neuroscience NewsNovember 18, 2015

Newly identified mechanism allows the brain to strengthen links between neurons.

When the brain forms memories or …

The Brain

How Trail Running Can Transform Your Body

You don’t need to charge hundreds of miles of trails like Dean Karnazes or Scott Jurek to reap the body benefits of running off-road. Hitting the …

Trail Running

Francis suggests Lutherans might discern taking Catholic communion individually | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis has strikingly suggested that Lutherans married to Catholics can personally discern whether to take Communion in the Catholic church, …


31 Books That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Get ready to be inspired.

We recently asked subscribers of the BuzzFeed Books newsletter to tell us about a book that restored their faith in humanity. There’s something here for everyone, so take your pick — and get ready to be inspired.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There’s a reason this …


My hero: John Lennon by Kevin Barry

If there is a way in through the veins of a song, it may be with “Gimme Some Truth”, a headlong rant against the uptight and the narrow-minded, against the egocentric and the paranoiac, but here, as in all of John Lennon’s very best work, there is a simple, radical truth underpinning the barbed …

The Beatles

The Runner's Battle: Speed vs. Aerobic Endurance

Photo: John Segesta

Speed is rarely the limiting factor in how fast you can race, even for a distance as “short” as the 5K.

The first step to improving …


Hallucinations, stomach woes and bug bites: What happens to your body during a gruelling ultramarathon

Sometime in the past couple of decades, the idea of running a marathon became less crazy.

Since Oprah Winfrey finished the Marine Corps Marathon in …


How to Use Caffeine to Improve Your Athletic Performance

Caffeine is a performance-enhancing drug that’s legal, cheap, and easy to get: chances are you had some this morning. More importantly, it actually …


6 Tips to Get Through Your First Ultramarathon Successfully

Who here has done an ultra before? Based on the participation numbers in the U.S., probably only a handful of people would be raising their hand if …


With Terminal Illness, Woman Runs Last Marathon

Kim Stemple didn't want this story to be about her. She was wearing a blue singlet, still on her feet after finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in late October, when she made the request. She was holding a finisher's medal from another race with a note etched in permanent marker on the ribbon. It …


Overcoming cerebral palsy makes Justin Gallegos an inspiration to fellow runners

As a high school cross country and track coach, Darren James likes to tell his athletes that running is a metaphor for life.

James says if they can tune out that inner voice screaming for them to quit when things get difficult, or if they can get back up when they fall or shake off a bad race, …


The Confusing, Complicated Desire of Parents With No Religion to Raise Their Kids With Faith

I’m the kind of Christian that many adults warned me about as a child: I’ve been a church member for most of my adult life, but I have at times gone …

Christian Philosophy

How to Live Your Best Life, According to a Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman Empire.

Aurelius, the ruler of the Roman Empire for almost two decades, was also the author of the immortal Meditations. “Yet the title,” writes Gregory Hays in the …



Recovery refers to resting after a workout or tough run, or taking time off during a training program. Recovery is an important—but often neglected—part of training plans. Take your easy days seriously so you'll run your best when it really counts. Years of research disprove the notion that a day …


Read the Entire Comic Book Adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Two years ago, we highlighted for you the beginning of a promising project — Julian Peters’ comic book adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s 1910 poem “The Love …


How To Create Durable Memories in Just 40 Seconds - PsyBlog

New memories are likely to be lost unless they are consolidated correctly.

Rehearsing a memory for just 40 seconds could be the key to permanent …

Life Sciences

Feeling ‘Blah’ Before A Workout or Race? Don't Stress!

Have you ever felt like crap prior to—and perhaps even during the warm-up of—a big workout or race only to have an incredible performance? If so,


With 100 Hours of Puzzles, 'The Witness' Is the Kind of Gamble Gaming Needs

Image: The Witness

The Witness, Jonathan Blow's first game since his critically acclaimed Braid, starts in a long dark tunnel. I walk toward the light at the end, where there's a door with a screen showing a simple maze. I draw a line from beginning to end, and the door opens onto an island that looks …


Treatise on the Problem of Evil

Original title: Christian Replies to the Argument From Evil (Free Will Defense): Is God Malevolent, Weak, or Non-Existent Because of the Existence of


The Volkswagen Cheating Scandal Reveals the True Nature of Capitalism

Houston? We have a problem.

The extent of the cheating by Volkswagen in the latest corporate scandal is utterly astonishing. This was not a rogue employee. It was not an accidental slip-up. It was not the discovery of a mistake that they tried to paper-over.

No. This was premeditated cheating. In the …


Amazing Benefits Of Listening to Classical Music

Now that it’s more accessible for everyone, it’s great to know that classical music boasts some amazing benefits for your mood, brain, and physical …

Classical Music

Road Trip: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

At the western fringe of Europe is a marginal zone where the force of the Atlantic crashes against the jagged rock defenses of Ireland’s western seaboard. The Wild Atlantic Way, a new driving route that covers approximately 1,500 miles, highlights the battle of land and sea with stunning vistas and …

Road Trips

Experts: Smartphones and iPads are OK for early developing children

In what ranks as something of stunning reversal, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed its stance on the potential harm smartphones and iPads can do to developing children.

Based on research culled from a meeting of educators, pediatricians, neuroscientists, educators, media …


Is social media ruining our kids?

(CNN) — It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?

A decade ago, if your answer to that question was, "Yes, at home," you felt comfortable that your children were in a safe and secure place. That's no longer true. Now that kids have smartphones and tablets, they can hang out on a …

Social Media

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