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5 Great Books To Read In May

Some of the recent favorites we’ve reviewed in the BuzzFeed Books newsletter.

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Physicist David Bohm and Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on Love, Intelligence, and How to Transcend the Wall of Being

“One cannot accumulate love.”<p>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.”<p>Between April and September of 1980, as Sagan’s <i>Cosmos</i> was making its debut and …

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Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 16th pick, he's gone with "The Varieties Of Religious Experience" by William James (1842-1919).<p>During his tenure at Harvard, James became the most famous American philosopher and …

My Mother's Suicide

Everything that I knew about life changed on June 22nd, 2015. On this day, I learned that my mother took her own life in my childhood home. She was 53 and I was 26 at the time.<p>Devastating is not quite the word I would use to describe this type of news, and I still haven't quite figured out the …

The Millionaire Who Hid $2 Million In Buried Treasure Did It To Get Kids Off Their ‘Texting Machines’

The millionaire New Mexico author and art collector who buried a treasure chest somewhere in the United States five years ago, and then started dropping clues about its location to people all over the country with free time and dollar signs in their eyes, says he did it because you idiots won’t put …

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How to Hack the Placebo Effect

Research on the placebo effect is ramping up across the world because it proves the amazing power of the mind in health and healing. Peer-reviewed …

The Disturbing Way Some Teens Are Really Using Instagram

Jessie discovered it accidentally.<p>"It was on the popular page," he told me. "I thought it was just a hot guy with his shirt off."<p>Jessie, a …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

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Atheists’ self-defeating superiority: Why joining forces with religion is best for non-believers

<b>(HBO/AP/Fiona Hanson/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Prominent atheists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins judge people of faith. Here’s why it’s a recipe for failure<p>Steve Neumann<p>March 22, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>I've written before about the root causes of religious conflict — in a nutshell: it is not about what …

Sam Harris on the Paradox of Meditation and How to Stretch Our Capacity for Everyday Self-Transcendence

Montaigne believed that meditation is the finest exercise of one’s mind and David Lynch uses it as an anchor of his creative integrity. Over the centuries, the ancient Eastern practice has had a variety of exports and permutations in the West, but at no point has it been more vital to our sanity …

25 Best Snacks For Weight Loss

From the editors of RedbookMag.com, four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to.<p><b>1) Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce</b> To improve thyroid function—the gland manages growth and metabolism—look no further than a low-calorie, …