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Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

Consciousness

The Philosopher’s Library (Part 2)

[Simone de Beauvoire without shelves]The philosophers of the <i>End Times</i> series recommended books to readers to get further into their philosophical …

All Your Favorite Rappers Met With President Obama About Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama hosted some of hip-hop’s biggest stars for a meeting at the White House on Friday.<p>According to a White House official Nicki Minaj, …

J. Cole

'Body hacking' movement rises ahead of moral answers

A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of …

Singularity

Ben Franklin's Secret to Becoming a Better Writer

When Benjamin Franklin was a boy, he yearned for a life at sea. This worried his father, so the two toured the various trades in 18th-century Boston …

Creative Writing

Daily Routines

I launched Daily Routines on a Sunday afternoon in July 2007, while procrastinating on a writing assignment due the following day. It was intended as …

This is what happens when you ask the internet to write a book

When the Writey Experiment launched yesterday, it challenged the collective minds of the internet to work together and write a democratically …

Writing

"How to Write Short" by Roy Peter Clark

You should write shorter. You should read Roy Peter Clark‘s book “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times” to learn how.<p>The biggest problem …

Think You're Thinking for Yourself? Think Again.

<b>Richard Nisbett:</b> There’s no more central message of psychology than the fact that most of what goes on in our heads we have no access to. We have no …

Psychology

How to Think Like a Philosopher, with Daniel Dennett

VIDEO<p>Daniel Dennett: An Introduction to Intuition Pumps<p>Daniel Dennett, one of the best-known living philosophers and a professor at Tufts University, …

Neurophilosophy

Drugs, Porn, and Cartoons: Jesse Edwards' Modern Still-Lifes

If Monet painted bongs and junk food...<p>Drug paraphernalia, porn stars, and renowned cartoon characters line the walls of the 6817 gallery in Los Angeles for artist Jesse Edwards’ new show, <i>Lets Watch TV All Day</i>. Jam-packed with social commentary, Edwards’ new exhibition upholds his unforgiving, …

Director's Take: What I Got from Film School

In these days of online tutorials and behind-the-scenes videos, does film school offer added value? The truth is - film school still provides …

8 tricks for remembering everything you read

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn't mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that's novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.<p>To find out what some of those techniques are, we …

The Unreasonableness of Secular Public Reason

Although it may come as a surprise to some, the Constitution does not enact Mr. John Rawls’s <i>Political Liberalism</i>. That is to say, it is a category …

How We Speak Reveals What We Think, with Steven Pinker

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. And today I’m going to speak to you about language. I’m actually not …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

Illiteracy about this energy source is outright killing millions of people worldwide every year

<i>This article originally appeared on Quora as Ryan Carlyle's answer to the question:What are some policies that would improve millions of lives, but people still oppose?</i><p><b>Anti-science activism and statistics-illiterate fear-mongering are killing millions of people.</b> It's shocking and horrifying to …

Capture Your Creativity with a Digital Notebook

When we talk about the problem of driving innovation, we often focus on how to foster creative thinking. But much of the time, the challenge isn’t that we lack creativity — it’s that we fail to capture the bursts of inspiration we <i>do</i> have, or fail to recall our great ideas in the moments and …

Productivity

Sketch comedy team performs all-new episode of Seinfeld, and it's pretty good!

Thanks to the fine acting talent of the wonderful sketch team Bellevue, Susan is back!

Comedy

Reasonable Doubt: How to become a lawyer in Canada

As Canadians become more focused on postsecondary education, more people want to become lawyers or attend law school. This article is for them.<p>The …

10 books that will change how you think forever

<i>Caitlin is Editor in Chief at Page19 and frequently writes about marketing, communications, and creativity. An edited version of this post originally appeared on Blinkist.</i><p>Sometimes it’s a lecture. Sometimes it’s a particular teacher’s words. Sometimes it’s a lesson from a parent or a friend, or …

Self-improvement

Borb, story of a severely alcoholic homeless man

Jason Little's comic about a downtrodden urban Candide whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate<p>B<b>orb</b> (available for pre-order on Amazon), by …

Homelessness

Out-of-Body Experience Is Traced in the Brain

What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer.<p>In a new study, researchers using …

How To Win An Argument Every Time

<i>This article was cowritten by Joseph Grenny, the</i> New York Times <i>bestselling author of</i> Crucial Conversations <i>and the cofounder of VitalSmarts.</i><p>Between the two of us, we’ve spent 50 years studying what makes people successful at work. A persistent finding in both of our research is that your ability to …

crucialconversations

Ignorance Is Killing Our Earth

On Earth Day, the filmmaker behind the powerful environmental documentary Revolution explains just how dire the Earth’s sickness is—and how our …