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Obama Arrives in Cuba, Heralding New Era After Decades of Hostility

Watch a Baby Go from Babbling to Baby Talk to Words in ASL

One of the most exciting discoveries of sign language research is that children acquiring sign languages go through the same linguistic stages that …

Robert E. Lee

South Carolina to SCOTUS: We Can Discriminate Against Women, So Why Not Gays?

One key problem with originalism—the theory that the Constitution should be interpreted as its drafters understood it—is that the men who wrote our …

You’re Not Fooling Anyone With Your Pretend Laughter

Why do we laugh? The obvious answer is because something is funny. But if we look closer at when and how laughter occurs in ordinary social …

The Present Moment: 10 Ways To Be Happy Right Now

I am reading a fascinating novel right now about a women who has lost her long-term memory.She wakes up every day next to her husband — a man she …

Mindfulness

Why You Should 'Write Through Your Mind'

We hear so many things about how to live a healthy life. Invariably, the same key words come up; yoga, meditation, pilates, healthy diet. And it’s …

Creative Writing

America’s white fragility complex: Why white people get so defensive about their privilege

The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” on Black Lives Matter and our biggest misconceptions about racism<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one.<p>Last year, a white male Princeton undergraduate was asked by a classmate to “check his privilege.” Offended by this suggestion, he shot off a 1,300-word …

10 reasons your belly fat isn’t going away

A little bit of belly fat is actually good for you: it protects your stomach, intestines, and other delicate organs. But too much fat is anything but healthy. Extra fat cells deep in your abdomen (aka visceral fat) generate adipose hormones and adipokines—chemical troublemakers that travel to your …

Nutrition

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Oklahoma Democrat Wants to Require Christian Businesses to Post Notice of Anti-Gay Discrimination

Oklahoma Democratic state Rep. Emily Virgin wants Christian businesses to post a public notice of discrimination if they intend to claim that they …

South Asia

7 Tried-and-True Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block

Learn some tried-and-true ways to break through writer's block.<p>https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/defeat-writers-block<p>article

Writer's Block

Faith-Based Medicine Is Snake Oil

In an excerpt from his new book, Bad Faith, physician Paul Offit argues that religion need not be the enemy of science or medicine, but that too …

Faith