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28 changes to make in your 20s to set yourself up for lifelong success

So don't screw them up!<p>We're only kidding — you'll definitely screw them up in some capacity, and that's okay.<p>If you can make at least some of the changes we've listed below — like practicing mindfulness and not sticking around in bad relationships — you'll be in good shape.<p>These ideas are drawn …

Shaping the urban brain: In building cities, concern about well-being can’t take backseat to growth

<b>In this photo taken Wednesday, June 29, 2016, tourists walk along Chicago's Lake Michigan waterfront and near the site where George Lucas wanted to build his Star Wars museum in Chicago. Friends of the Parks Director Juanita Irizarry led the obscure nonprofit that stood its ground and blocked</b> …

If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in? | Zoe Williams

We need to rethink our view of jobs and leisure – and quickly, if we are to avoid becoming obsolete<p>Robin Hanson thinks the robot takeover, when it comes, will be in the form of emulations. In his new book, The Age of Em, the economist explains: you take the best and brightest 200 human beings on …

Singularity

Almost everyone who is unhappy with life is unhappy for the same reasons

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Your expectations, more than anything else in life, determine your reality. When it comes to achieving your goals, if you don’t believe you’ll succeed, you won’t.<p>Research from LSU shows that people who believe in themselves use more …

Self-improvement

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

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 …

A Brief History of Facebook's Courtship of China

Mark Zuckerberg wants the world to know that he is really interested in China.<p>Already, he has dedicated himself to learning some Mandarin, marching …

China

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3 Essential Questions That Will Help You Reach Your Goal

When you get ready to achieve your goal you cannot simply rely on willpower and persistence. Achieving successful completion of your project depends on how you answer the following questions.<p>When it comes to celebrating at the goal line the rate of giving up is much higher than the rate of success. …

Motivation

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

Albert Einstein On The Spirituality That Comes From Scientific Inquiry

"I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity."<p>Although Albert Einstein is best known for his scientific achievements, his personal writings also reveal a good deal of wonder about the possibility of a higher power.<p>Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 to a secular Jewish family in Germany. …

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

10 Bad Habits That Could Be Destroying Your Happiness

Quitting a bad habit doubles your chances of happiness, because you not only make room for good things but at the same time you rid yourself of whatever's dragging you down.<p>Bad habits keep you unhappy, keep you stuck, make you do things you don't want to do. Start today, right now, to eliminate …

Happiness

Space Exploration Could Herald the Beginning of the Post-Human Era

<i>This is the fourth installment of a five-part WorldPost series on the world beyond 2050. The series is adapted from the Nierenberg Prize Lecture by Lord Martin Rees in La Jolla, Calif. Part one is available here. Part two is here. Part three is here. The final part will be published next week.</i><p>With …

Mere Belief

From <i>The Opinionated Dictionary of Religion:</i><p><b>Belief</b>. <i>noun</i>. An idea presumed, but not known, to be true; also called mere belief.<p>Religious intolerance arose with presumptions of certainty: the sureness that my sect possesses certified knowledge means that I cannot endure your sect's evident error.<p>If it …

Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree – John Hawks

Until recently, anthropologists drew the human family tree in the same way that my 10-year-old son solves a maze. He finds it much easier to work …

Gorillas

6 Quotes From Confucius That Will Have A Positive Impact On Your Life

Confucius was an extremely prominent Chinese philosopher and political figure. Born in 551 B.C., his words continue to resonate with people all over …

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 educational strategy that’s turning students into unimaginative robots

Science and math dominate the contemporary educational landscape in the United States. Almost everyone agrees that the country needs to shape workers with the skills to combat global problems like climate change, cancer and ailing infrastructures. There’s just one problem: a single-minded emphasis …

Education

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

While researching the book <i>Cure,</i> science writer Jo Marchant wanted to understand how distraction could be used to nullify pain, so she participated in a virtual reality experiment.<p>During the first part of the experiment, Marchant sat, without distraction, with her foot in a box of unbearably hot …

Where Are All the Aliens? Taking Shelter From the Universe’s Radiation

The hunt for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos has been frustratingly quiet. But maybe the reason aliens aren't talking is because …

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?

Meaningful collaboration between people and machines must not subvert human creativity, feeling and questioning over speed, profit and efficiency<p>When I think about the future of human-machine interactions, two entwined anxieties come to mind.<p>First, there is the tension between individual and …

Profit

Could This Be Humanity's Last Century?

OK, quick: Name a few important things that happened in the 11th century.<p>If you're not tenured in medieval studies, that may be tough, although several modestly notable events took place in those hundred years -- for example, the Battle of Hastings and the launch of the Crusades. When we look back …

This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

The search for alien life: How close we really are to solving one of the universe’s great mysteries

The “Fermi paradox” has plagued scientists for generations. At long last, an answer appears to be on the horizon<p>Physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked the question "Where are they?" to express his surprise over the absence of any signs for the existence of other intelligent civilizations in the …

Science and Religion

Inventing Conflict, Science, and Religion<p>In a recent study released by the Pew Research Centre, it was found that approximately 59% of Americans …

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Silicon Valley

Islam is not Enough: Why Religion Does Not Explain Everything in "the Middle East"

As a professor of religious studies one might think I would instinctively argue that knowledge about religion is especially crucial for understanding the world. While I am in fact a big advocate of religious literacy I also recognize that religion alone seldom helps us to understand political …