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23 Pieces of Essential Gear for the Serious Hiker

Any experienced hiker knows that a good (or bad) piece of gear can have a huge impact on a trip. The off-brand tent that seemed like an awesome deal …

Backpacking

The photographers who shot the best of street life

Some of the most exciting and excruciating things in life happen on the streets. As cameras have gotten smaller and cheaper in the past few decades, we’ve seen an explosion in photos taken quickly and unstaged, that now inhabit every minute of our waking life. But there has always been, and still …

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

“Nothing in the world is more exciting than a moment of sudden discovery or invention, and many more people are capable of experiencing such moments than is sometimes thought.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid and luminous minds — an oracle of …

“I won’t be myself,” is a valid concern about medications.

I don’t like taking medication. You would never know it by looking at my medicine cabinet. While I’m thankfully not at the point where I’m taking …

Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care

A new review of studies finds that LSD, psilocybin and MDMA hold potential for treating mental illness.<p>Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution?<p>It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, …

Autumn Anxiety Is Real, And Treatable

Many of my friends who battle anxiety say the first few weeks of autumn are especially difficult for them.<p>It happens every year. As I watch the first golden leaves fall from the oak tree outside our house and listen to the sound of the cicadas ushering in autumn, my anxiety spikes. I used to think …