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How World War I Made the Middle East What It Is Today

WWI redrew Middle Eastern borders and created new countries. Those changes have led to much of the conflict that remains there today. <br>Read More

Middle East

Students left a pineapple at art exhibit and everyone thought it was modern art

Making fun of modern art will never get old, and nor does it deserve to.<p>Ruiari Gray, a student at Robert Gordon Unversity in Scotland, was recently …

Art

The female gaze through 70 years of Magnum

As Magnum celebrates its 70th anniversary, Giles Tremlett looks at the role women have played in the agency’s story<p>In 1960, the Magnum photographer Eve Arnold spent a year following Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam movement around the United States. The white, female photographer and the leader of …

Street Photography

To Calm the Gut, Look to Weed and Hot Peppers

Surprising new research says it helps to turn up the heat to chill out.<p>If your gut is giving you a hard time, eating a whole bunch of spicy food and …

Wellness

Doodle Artist Turns Everyday Shadows into Whimsical Sketches

Filmmaker-turned-illustrator Vincent Bal has found his muse in the shadows... of everyday objects.<p>A bike turns into a moose. A potato peeler transforms into a piano. A chewed apple becomes an angry owl. There seems to be some sort of alchemy going on behind the work of Belgian …

Drawing

These Disembodied Arm Sculptures Are Ready to Turn Up

Dallas-based artist Sergio Garcia's anatomical sculptures also point out the absurdity of weed being illegal.<p>It started as a comment on the culture clash in the weed community. Dallas-based artist Sergio Garcia, who had been experimenting with hyperrealistic silicone and fiberglass sculptures of …

Art

Funny Black & White Mural Artworks

Alex Senna is Brazilian street-artist with a childish and fun universe. He plays with perspectives and urban elements to create artworks that …

Streetwear

An Animated Introduction to Arthur Schopenhauer and How We Can Achieve Happiness Through Art & Philosophy

For many years, as we wrote in a recent post, Friedrich Nietzsche has been misunderstood as a philosophical nihilist and even a proto-Nazi. This is …

German Philosophy

Behold the Serene Minimalist B&W Landscapes of Greek Nature Photographer George Digalakis

George Digalakis is a fine art photographer born and raised in Athens, Greece where he still lives today. He says he subscribes to Minimalism, both …

A Bunch Of Artists Made Absolutely Chilling Images Inspired By 'Get Out'

Hopefully by now you’ve seen “Get Out,” the stunningly terrifying social thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele about what happens when a white woman brings her black boyfriend to the suburbs to meet her family for the first time.<p>But seeing the movie is really only the beginning. There are …

Jordan Peele

The Creative Habits of Einstein, Picasso and Mozart | Inc.com

Intelligence is not enough to create extraordinary work. If you have ever channeled all your energy and time towards finishing an artwork, a composition or a passion project, you will understand what it means to lose yourself in a meaningful work.<p>The most creative people in history you admire …

Creativity

Watch parents and kids get silly after smoking weed together for the first time

Getting stoned with your parents can be a tricky situation, but the benefits can greatly outweigh the awkwardness that will surely ensue.<p>Continuing …

Cannabis

In Praise of the Tamed Metaphysicist: Einstein on Reality, Rationality, and the Human Passion for Comprehension

“There exists a passion for comprehension, just as there exists a passion for music. That passion is rather common in children, but gets lost in most people later on.”<p><i>“Reason is a tool, a machine, which is driven by the spiritual fire,”</i> Dostoyevsky wrote in 1838 as he contemplated how we come to …

Mind maps: the beauty of brain cells – in pictures

The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries

Neurology

Changing the way you think

It’s all too easy to give up on our resolutions, but new research shows that with perseverance we can rewire our brains even in adulthood<p>Many of us may already be struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, but at least we can take comfort in modern neuroscience. Forty years ago, we’d have been …

The Brain

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Psychology

Zdzislaw Beksinski And The Vast Nothingness That Surrounds Us

Zdzislaw Beksinski wasn’t big on talking about his artwork. A man who often admitted to journalists that he was in love with himself, when it came …

I Shoot Dramatic Underwater Portraits That Are Reflective Of Overcoming Troubles In My Life

I shoot underwater because it’s where I feel safe and comfortable. My work comes from a place of weakness, not strength. There is a certain …

Alain Biltereyst – Belgian Artist

Abstract geometric paintings by Belgian artist Alain Biltereyst.Alain Biltereyst is a Belgian artist who lives and works near Brussels. With a …

Art

How Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Memory?

<b>Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. The condition tends often involves sudden episodes of illness separated by remissions. The symptomatic</b> …

30 scientific ways your childhood affects your success as an adult

And while there isn't a set recipe for ensuring achievement and happiness in adulthood, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors from childhood that can predict success.<p>Here's some of what we know about how your childhood influences your success as an adult:

Psychology

18 Superfoods for Glowing Skin, According to Dermatologists

When it comes to your skin, there's one thing we know for sure: What you eat can have a direct impact on how you look. If you're not specifically chowing down on superfoods for glowing skin and instead are constantly noshing on processed foods or those high in sugar and fat and devoid of fiber, it …

Nutrition

How complaining rewires your brain for negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable -- such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast -- complaining isn't good for you.<p>Your brain loves …

Happiness

Paying people helps them to overcome phobias - new research

Scientists appear to have found a devastatingly simple method of curing people of their fears and phobias - paying them.<p>Modest financial rewards, with the help of brain imaging equipment and an algorithm, subconsciously reduced fear levels among participants in a study without them even noticing …

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning …

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

Shares 10<p><i>Stupid writing rules–Beware the Dunning-Kruger Effect.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>Fake news isn’t our only problem in the era of social media. Fake …

11 Habits Of Ridiculously Likable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few -- the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It's easy to fall prey to this misconception.<p>When I speak to smaller audiences, I often ask …

Emotional Intelligence