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[NSFW] A Brief History of Japanese Rope Bondage

Kinbaku might seem like the latest BDSM trend, but the erotic art practice is centuries-old.<p><i>This article contains adult content.</i><p>Taut lines, complex designs, and knots that would make a sailor blush are bound together in the art of <i>kinbaku</i>, or erotic Japanese rope bondage. The practice is part …

The fiery partnership between two great psychologists can help explain why some relationships fall apart

They say that opposites attract. But we all know opposites can also repel. They both complement and combust—and this tension is at the center of Michael Lewis’s new book, <i>The Undoing Project</i>.<p><i>The Undoing Project</i> offers a keen-eyed look at the complex partnership between the great psychologists Daniel …

Critical Thinking

A guide to Japanese gift giving

“Do not touch the <i>kamidana</i>,” said my wife. It was the Christmas season, and we had just returned to my in-laws’ house in rural Japan after nearly a year in Canada. I was on tiptoes, peering at the miniature wooden shrine on the shelf. “If you awaken the god you must continue to care for it. And that …

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Power of psychedelic drugs to lift mental distress shown in trials

In 1970 US authorities said drugs like LSD had no medical use, but two tests may just have proven that wrong<p>When Aldous Huxley was dying in 1963, he asked his wife to inject him with LSD, and he passed away, she wrote afterwards, without any of the pain and distress that cancer can cause in the …

Psychedelic Drugs

Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety

Cancer is a brutal disease on both the body and mind. Not only do treatments like chemotherapy take a massive toll, but the emotional side effects …

Tesla is on the verge of completely changing the way it does business

Musk and the team never live up to the ambitious expectations they establish, and for good reason. There is nothing to be gained from aiming low if you're trying to reinvent a 100-year-old technology like the automobile.<p>That pattern was already due to be modified if not changed outright, as Tesla …

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Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay <i>Walden: Or, Life in the Woods</i>. Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and …

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Would LSD Make Bar Mitzvahs Great Again?

Human history is rife with precedent for using drugs to achieve spiritual and moral growth, and there's no scientific reason the modern Jew can't get in on the action.<p>My bar mitzvah was a lovely affair. I remember standing at the <i>bima</i><i>,</i> singing from the Torah in ancient Hebrew as my beaming parents …

Weekly Dose: LSD – dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, called ergot.<p>In …

Why forgetting is actually good for you

We are obsessed with remembering. We keep to-do lists, make photo albums, and furiously record the details of our lives on Facebook and Instagram, …

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Why you don’t give praise in Japan

In Japanese workplaces, positive feedback is rarely given – accolades can cause you to lose face, writes Eric Barton.<p>“You shut up!” the man at the head of the table yelled. Everyone stopped and stared at Keiko Sakurai, who immediately realised what she had done wrong.<p>This was years ago, when …

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

I am a bad Buddhist. I don’t meditate every day, and some weeks, I feel lucky if I find the time to meditate at all. I go to zendo in rare spurts, a …

Climate Change

6 Ways Your Siblings Affect Your Health

Whether you’re best buds or can’t be in the same room without arguing, there’s no question that you and your sibling(s) share a lifelong bond. …

Morgan Freeman Explains How God Can Be Real And An Invention

The actor explores the power of miracles in the season finale of "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman."<p>Morgan Freeman has played God on the big screen, but in real life he sees the Almighty as an invention of the human mind.<p>It might seem curious, then, for the 78-year-old actor to star in a …

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Living in Mississippi Can Be Tough if You're Black and Queer

With the passing of the state's new anti-LGBT legislation, life just got even tougher for queer people of color in the Magnolia State.<p>Mississippi is a difficult state for anyone to live in. With nearly a quarter of its residents living under the poverty line, the Magnolia State is the poorest in …

15 stunning photos of the world's most interesting cities

This year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is now officially accepting entries, and the submissions that have already come in are pretty mind-blowing.<p>There are three categories to which photographers can submit their work: nature, cities, and people.<p>The grand-prize …

Photography

LSD Makes Your Brain More ‘Flexible,’ Less Anxious

Breakthrough research shows how psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin expand the brain.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms seem to …

Why some women prefer to watch gay male pornography

Research published in the scientific journal <i>Porn Studies</i> has investigated the motivations behind women who watch male-on-male pornography. The …

Sexuality

Your New Anti-Depression Medication: LSD

Shortly following its synthesis in 1938, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) fascinated mystic explorers of consciousness while wreaking havoc on those …

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Top 57 Inspiring Plato Quotes To Boost Your Life And Energy

Plato (born in 428/427 and died in 348/347 BC at the age of 80), was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of Academy in Athens, the …

A story of drugs, darkness and death in the Amazon

“Unais was a good man. We spoke for four or five hours a day about philosophy, health and world politics. I thought we would be lifelong friends. But that night, all I could sense from him was evil. His eyes had an empty rage. He was possessed.”<p>On Wednesday, December 16, Joshua Stevens, 29, a …

Spirituality

11 Anime That Will Make You Smarter

Who says learning can't be fun?<p>Mention the word anime to most people and they conjure images of spiky-haired heroes throwing fire balls and magical …

How The Deadly Tower of Monsters mixes hack-and-slashing with base jumping

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>It's difficult to know where to start talking about <i>The Deadly Tower of Monsters</i>. It's a game with a lot of bizarre components — the whole thing takes place on the set of a 1950s Sci-Fi B-Movie, complete with stop-motion animated enemies and cheesy, …

Ethereal Underwater Portraits Captured While Free Diving with Live Sharks

You know that photographer Benjamin Von Wong likes to challenge himself when he remarks that “shooting a model with sharks was even more complicated than shooting models in an underwater shipwreck.” The adventure-loving creative recently completed his series <i>Shark Shepherd</i>, in which an ethereal …

Fish

This Is Your Sex on Drugs

Some drugs can open you up to complete ecstasy, while others are complete boner killers.<p>"A lot of people use a lot of different drugs," Matthew Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, recently told VICE. "And a lot of people have sex. You name the …

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22 Philosophy Jokes That Are So Silly They're Kinda Funny

How did the solipsist break up with his girlfriend? "It's not you, it's me."

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

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