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'The spaciousness is breathtaking …' In praise of Britain's mountains

The beauty of the UK’s uplands, from the Highlands to the Lakes, is that you don’t have to travel far to find adventure, spectacle or solitude, says Simon Ingram<p>Why climb a mountain? Don’t say “Because it’s there.” It’s said that when the great, doomed mountaineer George Mallory used the phrase in …

25 American classics everyone should read at least once

Miriam Tuliao, the assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us create a list of 25 American classics everyone should read. From John Steinbeck's masterpiece to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," these 25 titles are worth your time.<p><i>Do you think another</i> …

Selling Bikes, Bike Parts, and Old Cycling Kit on eBay

<i>Pssssst</i>—I’ve got a secret: Most bike racers are closet eBay fanatics.<p>And of course the obsession is understandable. Aside from the exhilaration of hitting the refresh button over and over, and watching those auctions creep skyward, eBay is a practical tool for taking the river of bike parts that …

The 26 Best Cycling Movies of All Time

Time to get out the popcorn or your trainer<p>1 of 26<p>Breaking Away<p>Follow Dave and his friends as they attempt to beat a group of local college boys in their town's annual bike race in this touching yet hilarious Academy Award winning film.<p>2 of 26<p>RAD<p><b>Year:</b> 1986<b><br>Score on IMDB:</b> 7.2<p>A cult phenomenon, RAD …

The best long-distance cycle routes

Why the World Does Not Exist by Markus Gabriel – review

Who decides what constitutes reality? A fluent philosophical attack on the hubris of science<p>Markus Gabriel’s world is bigger than the universe, and includes not just humans but elves, fairies, Prime Minister Ed Miliband and unicorns on the far side of the moon – everything that exists, even if only …

Particles

Philosophy Explained With Donuts

We’ve all seen them, on the boardwalks of Venice Beach or of the Jersey Shore: poop-joke t-shirts that state the gist of various world religions or …

The 10 Best Music Documentaries, Ranked

1. Don't Look Back<p>There have been a number of Bob Dylan documentaries through the years, and though Martin Scorsese’s <i>No Direction Home</i> comes a close …

27 movies you have to see this fall

From book adaptations and Matt Damon being left on Mars, to two movies about Steve Jobs, here are 27 titles you shouldn't miss this fall.

Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism

“Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity … or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness.”<p><i>“We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we</i> …

Switzerland Mountain Biking: Part Five - Crans Montana

Day One - Simplon Pass | Day Two - Planetenweg - Zinal | Day Three - Illsee-Parilet | Day Four & Five - Becs de Besson/Val d'Herens | Day Six & Seven …

Quantum Physicists Catch a Pilot Wave - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

In October 1927, some of the greatest minds in physics gathered for the Fifth Solvay International Conference to debate the troubling implications of …

The Problem with Physics Today and How We Can Make the Science Matter Again

Physics is in a “sorry state,” Canadian physicists and science writers agree.<p>What went wrong? According to Colin Gillespie, a Canadian lawyer and …

Distraction techniques: Neil Gaiman’s new book proves you can’t read a short story online

<b>Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances</b><br>Neil Gaiman <i><br>Headline, 352pp, £18.99</i><p>Is any writer so joyously comfy in the digital age as Neil Gaiman? …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Infinity Is a Beautiful Concept – And It's Ruining Physics

I was seduced by infinity at an early age. Georg Cantor’s diagonality proof that some infinities are bigger than others mesmerized me, and his …

Jack Gilbert’s Experiments in Erotica

By Dan Piepenbring February 18, 2015<p>Department of Sex Ed<p><i>A poet’s misadventures in erotica.</i><p>GILBERTI’ve written prose. I’ve written several novels that no one has seen. Well, one was published.INTERVIEWER<i>My Mother Taught Me</i>, an erotic novel, wasn’t it?GILBERTIt’s about sexuality. You have to …

Literature

sex Archives

“Robinson’s Band Plays Anything,” F. Bildestein, 1890. From the cover of the New Orleans newspaper the <i>Mascot</i> (November 15, 1890).<p>Musical forms have the life cycle of carnivorous beasts: clumsy in infancy, terrifying in adolescence, fearsome in maturity, fangless in old age, and pitiful in …

Is the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy? – Philip Ball

In July 2011, participants at a conference on the placid shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria were polled on what they thought the meeting was about. …