Harun Richards

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10 research-proven tricks that will make you appear smarter than you are

It's great to be smart, but intelligence is a hard thing to pin down. In many cases, how smart people <i>think</i> you are is just as important as how smart you actually are.<p>"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." —Woodrow Wilson<p>As it turns out, intelligence only explains …

Confessions of a Meditation Guru

<b>First confession</b>... I ain't a guru. And, if you come across a teacher who says they are, there is a high probability that you need to hightail it outta there.<p>So, let me introduce myself and my meditation-<i>ness</i> and my un-guru-<i>ness</i>. I have been called a meditation "expert," and I feel cool with that. …

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Consciousness

6 Simple Strategies for Being Happy Alone

Most American adults have spent a non-trivial amount of time being untethered to other people. Almost everyone has spent at least a few years being …

Happiness

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started a public debate about its downsides nonetheless.<p>Our approach was to go through almost half a century of scientific evidence and tease out fact from fiction when it comes to beliefs about …

17 Things to Never Say to a Girl With Borderline Personality Disorder

One woman with Borderline Personality Disorder opens up.<p><b>1. Nothing.</b> Going to bed in an argument isn't our style. Even when you've casually dismissed it as a minor disagreement and all but forgotten about it, we're worrying that you hate us and will never speak to us again. So please, stay awake …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

The Brain

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

Meditation

High-potency pot smokers show brain-fiber damage

People who use especially potent pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results, reported online November 27 in <i>Psychological</i> …

This Scholar Says She's Unlocked The Secrets Of The Pyramid Texts

Susan Brind Morrow has developed a new translation of the world's oldest sacred texts.<p>For years, scholars thought that the Pyramid Texts were merely a series of funeral prayers and magic spells intended to protect Egyptian royalty in the afterlife.<p>But renowned classicist and linguist Susan Brind …

Ancient History

Yes, pot is stronger today, but not for the reasons you think

Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate.<p>They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they …

Alcohol

The big chill: Periscope is changing how people meditate

Give virtual peace a chance. You might like it.<p>Livestreaming apps like Periscope have spawned a vast and influential meditation community, with …

7 simple meditation methods to help improve your daily life

It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.<p>On a …

If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

I recently had a conversation with a client named Claire, who shared that her company had been touting the benefits of mindfulness, and she was giving mindfulness a try with a meditation app. But she was frustrated that it wasn’t helping her feel more relaxed — instead, she was actually a bit more …

The BBC designed a fun quiz inspired by psychologists to test how dark your personality is — and you can take it now

Although the quiz was designed "solely for entertainment," it still offers an interesting (if unscientific) glimpse into your personality.<p>The BBC designed the quiz, which was inspired by questionnaires developed by psychologists Delroy Paulhus and Daniel Jones.<p>Psychologists have defined a "dark …

What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

If you told me that I had the personality of a sea slug, would I fire you for insulting me, or would I promote you to head of marketing because you demonstrated that you really know how humans think and behave?<p>Single celled organisms like protozoa have simple, binary mechanisms for survival: they …

A Conversation with Freeway Ricky Ross on His Latest Run-in with Police and Race Relations in America

When I read that Freeway Ricky Ross, a former Los Angeles crack kingpin, was arrested late last month with $100,000 cash, my heart skipped a beat.<p>I've been friends with Rick for a minute, through plenty of ups and downs, but until this incident, it had been all good news for a while now. …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Dressed<p><i>GQ</i>-approved kits from every red carpet, airport arrival, and coffee run across the globe.<p>10 Photos1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Our Legacy joins …

Fitness

Death-Row Inmate Says Hole in His Brain Means He Can't Be Executed

A Missouri death row inmate days away from execution is arguing that his life should be spared because a brain tumor that left a hole in his head could cause seizures during a lethal injection.<p>Ernest Johnson, 55, is scheduled to be put to death Nov. 3 for a gruesome triple homicide. He used a claw …

Death Row

Brains of Introverts Reveal Why They Prefer Being Alone

Human faces may hold more meaning for socially outgoing individuals than for their more introverted counterparts, a new study suggests.<p>The results …

Psychology

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

Books

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

Building HTML Page Structure With Skeleton

In this tutorial we’ll be focusing on coding a PSD layout, using the responsive Skeleton boilerplate. There are plenty of tutorials on how to code a …

Web Design

Tips for Writing Modular CSS

No matter how much you love CSS, no one enjoys writing or maintaining style sheets that are 2000+ lines of awesomeness. The smart way to approach …

Awesome Elderly Street Artists Destroy Age Stereotypes In Portugal

Graffiti and street art have both often served to deepen the rift of misunderstanding between young and old, but there’s one art organization in …

Banning legal highs: the biggest obstacle is the human brain

There has been considerable confusion and concern around new government plans to ban legal highs. Scientifically, the only solution is to ban the human brain<p>New government plans to crack down on and ban “legal highs” have a lot of people confused and worried. For a start, the government is …

Cannabis