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Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

Homeless teen arrested and named as a suspect in brutal University of Texas killing

Investigators have arrested a suspect in the killing of a first-year dance student whose body was found in a creek on the University of Texas campus, Austin police said Friday.<p>The Austin Police Department said via Twitter that a suspect was in custody in the killing of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser and …

Crime

The 25 Best Free Android Apps

From bleeding-edge productivity to fun with friends, presenting 25 great, no-cost additions to your home screen.<p>It’s time to load that Android-powered slab of glass and circuitry up with a heaping helping of download-worthy apps.<p>Of course, it’s downright impossible to individually tickle everyone’s …

Bill Gates Just Released The Math Formula That Will Solve Climate Change

Bill Gates is betting personal billions on investing in clean energy. And now the world’s richest man is putting his mouth where his money is.<p>He devoted his half of the annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — a yearly barometer of his philanthropic focus, either in terms of how …

Richard Branson

Mobile phones are 'cooking' men's sperm – but should we be worried?

Yesterday claims were made that mobile phones are 'cooking' men's sperm. The study, conducted by reproductive endocrinologists at Technion University in Haifa, Israel, found that sperm levels of men who kept mobile phones close to their person were seriously affected by latent radiation.<p>However, …

Women's Health

I Was in the Illuminati I’m Going to Tell You Everything — Shocking Expose

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai A post recently appeared online in which an ex-Illuminati member apparently reveals all about their plans for the …

The Only 7 Gym Machines Worth Using

Despite the fact that kettlebells and bodyweight workouts might win the gym popularity contest right now, fitness pros agree: Not only are exercise …

Bodyweight Exercise

Smoking Pot Before This Critical Age Could Wreck Your Brain

Bad news if you lit up before graduating high school.<p>How bad is pot for your brain? The jury's still out on how it affects folks who take their first toke during adulthood. But a study recently published in the journal <i>Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience</i> suggests that lighting up prior to age 16 …

The Brain

2 Harvard students built a company that will do your chores for you, and it's made money since day one

The two women hired someone off of Craigslist to come do their laundry and buy their groceries weekly, and then they split the cost.<p>The woman they hired, Jenny, came to their apartments to take care of errands that would otherwise pile up. This would eventually evolve to become their company, …

Sustainability

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Taking LSD leads to 'improved psychological wellbeing' - study

Research has found that psychedelic drugs can improve levels of optimism and openness - while a separate study has found they may help prevent domestic violence<p>LSD can make you more optimistic and more open to experience, according to a new study by researchers at Imperial College London.<p>The study, …

How Mendeleev Invented His Periodic Table in a Dream

“Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.”<p>Trailblazing chemist <b>Dmitri Mendeleev</b> (February 8, 1834–February 2, 1907) came to scientific greatness via an unlikely path, overcoming towering odds to create the periodic table foundational to our understanding of chemistry. Born in …

Literature

It seems life really does have a vital spark: quantum mechanics

<b>For centuries philosophers have grappled with the question of what makes life, and thanks to the science of quantum mechanics we might just have the</b> …

Here's How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease

A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of the practice.<p>Science has shown that mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on a huge range of health conditions, including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice has even been found to slow HIV progression …

What Is the Self? It Depends

I recently took my self to a gathering of a dozen selves to discuss the idea of self, East and West. This created a strange dissonance between the theoretical premise of the meeting and the empirical reality. The people seated around the table seemed very obviously all to be the same kinds of …

Ethics

What's the Point of Being Human? The Best Answer So Far

The point of being human is to push the envelope of being human. This is worth remembering when times are tough and we lose confidence in ourselves. No other creature on earth has the capacity to redefine itself. We do. How humans gained this ability remains a totally mystery. Looking at physical …

The potato farmer who swapped bankruptcy for making millions

<b>For a Herefordshire potato farmer, William Chase is impressively savvy about the need for positive publicity, and the importance of telling a good story.</b><p>It is a talent that helped him move from being bankrupt, aged 32, to becoming a multimillionaire by the time he was 48.<p>Along the way he created …

Farming

This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical — save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.<p>But for years now, …

Artificial Intelligence

The 18 Best Analytics Tools Every Business Manager Should Know

The goal of any business analytic tool is to analyze data and extract actionable and commercially relevant information that you can use to increase results or performance. But with so many tools available it can be difficult to know what to use and when.<p>I thought it might be useful to look at some …

Big Data

The Internet Makes Us Stupid and Here's Why

I hate to admit it. But reading this column will make you stupider. No, it’s not that what I have to say is particularly obtuse. It’s that you’re …

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares 4 business books he thinks everyone should read

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wants his employees to continuously explore new ideas. That's why there's a library of some of his favorite books at Zappos' Las Vegas headquarters.<p>Over the years he's recommended well over 20 business books— including his own, the 2010 bestseller "Delivering Happiness" — and …

Employee Engagement

I Tried to Trip Using Only My Breath

Breathwork was born out of LSD research in the 1960s, and suggests that by hyperventilating, you can experience the same feeling as an acid trip.<p>Breathwork is a type of industrial-strength meditation, believed to replicate the effects of LSD. By hyperventilating for long periods of time you get to …

Consciousness

What makes a great company? Let’s talk information flow

A lot goes into creating a company, and a lot more goes into creating a great company that endures. The difference between the two comes down to one thing: investing in the people.<p>It’s because people aren’t simply a replicable “perk.” They elevate work environments, attract talent and nurture …

Employee Engagement

What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule for a year

Amidst the growing numbers of tasks, relationships, and operations to manage, ecommerce leaders still only have the same number of hours in a given day.<p>Through my work at Exact Media, I've worked with some of the brightest leaders in the ecommerce space.<p>To better understand them, their needs, and …

Management

First Date Conversation: 5 Things Research Says You Should Talk About

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The 21-Day MetaShred Will Strip Away Fat and Reveal Lean, Hard Muscle

This program ignites your metabolism, torches fat, and builds the body you’ve always wanted<p>I’ve been training clients and working on my own body for the past 15 years. I once was a pudgy 275 pounds and wore 44-inch pants. Today I’m a ripped 225 and slip into 32-inch jeans.<p>I tried every fat-loss …

All of the Reasons Scientists Are Certain We Are Now Living in the Anthropocene

24 scientists from top universities around the world say they have hard evidence that humans have irrevocably altered Earth’s geology.<p>"Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth." So begins one of the more depressing scientific papers I've ever read.<p>What follows in "The …

Earth Science

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Literature