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11 Things to Know When Filling Out Your Tax Return This Year

Tax season news you can use.<p>Tax season is almost here, and with it comes all the usual issues of paperwork and confusion. But this year might be …

Identity Theft

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People

<i>This excerpt is from the new book Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and HuffPost Senior Writer Carolyn Gregoire.</i><p>“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”<p>— …

Creativity

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

Spirituality

Telegram founder knew ISIS was using his service before Paris attacks (updated)

Secure messaging service Telegram announced on Wednesday it had shut down 78 ISIS-related channels since the deadly attacks on Paris and Beirut, alongside a statement saying the company was "disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda." This …

Robert Reich: The Washington Post’s new attack on Bernie Sanders is bunk

Another deliberately misleading article claims Sanders’ tax plan will cost the American people $15 trillion. Please<p>The Washington Post just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation. Sanders, writes the …

Middle-class

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

26 Books Every 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Seeker Should Read

<i>"There are things you can't reach. But</i><p><i>you can reach out to them, and all day long.</i><p><i>The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.</i><p><i>And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier."</i><p>-- "Where Does The Temple Begin, Where Does It End?," by Mary Oliver<p>A growing number of Americans -- young …

Books

7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back | Inc.com

The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your calories. Because of this, the human brain has evolved with numerous mechanisms in place to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.<p>Thanks to two of those mechanisms, …

Inside Out: a crash course in PhD philosophy of self that kids will get first

Pixar’s latest animation is a remarkably intelligent treatment of one of the most complicated and confusing issues in philosophy: the self<p>When you go to see a Pixar film you know you’re going to see something clever, funny and inventive. What you don’t expect, however, is to see a remarkably …

What coffee, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs do to your brain

There are plenty of substances out there that mess with your head. Some are legal, and some aren’t. Some are dangerous, and some are helpful. Some …

Magic Mushrooms

Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.<p>Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, …

This cognitive bias explains why we constantly misunderstand other people

For example: Your coworker turns in a project late, and you assume he's a slacker. The next week, you turn in a project late, and you tell yourself it's because you were preoccupied with relationship issues.<p>Psychologists call this phenomenon the "fundamental attribution error" or the …

Psychology

Why is my hangover so bad?

It’s not just the booze giving you a hangover – it’s the microbes in your stomach<p>Ever woken up on a Sunday morning with the worst hangover ever? The headache was bad enough, but the nausea and lethargy made you feel as if you had been poisoned. Yet, when you had done the same thing two months …

Alcohol

The Two Contending Visions Of World Government

U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed ‘Trade’ deals are actually about whether the world is heading toward a dictatorial world government — a …

Michael Jackson’s personal meditation coach Deepak Chopra shares 11 simple tricks to enhance brain power

He's also known for being a good friend and personal meditation coach of the late pop icon Michael Jackson.<p>Last year, Chopra shared a slide deck based on his book, "Super Brain," that shows 11 ways to better-inspire your brain.<p>These are simple yet powerful tips that can help any type of business …

Meditation

Rethinking the cognitive revolution from a neural perspective: how overuse/misuse of the term 'cognition' and the neglect of affective controls in ... - PubMed

2011 Oct;35(9):2026-35. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.02.008. Epub 2011 Feb 21.<p>Rethinking the cognitive revolution from a neural perspective: how …

Daily Meditation: Sunflower Sutra

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a portion of a poem by the late American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. …

Meditation

Meditation ’s Ability To Regrow DNA In Cancer Patients

Recently I was telling you about a fascinating discovery from Harvard University which proved that meditation can rebuild the brain’s gray matter in …

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

Happiness

8 Pieces of Wisdom from 8 Enlightened Sages

Buddhaimonia.When it comes to wisdom, our newly connected world gives us click-button access to more than we know what to do with. If you do a little …

Wealth

10 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Backed by Science

Mindfulness, the practice of staying aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings often characterized by sitting in total silence with legs …

Is America ready for marijuana moguls?

<i>The CNN Original Series "High Profits</i>" airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> At first blush, Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire seem like any other small business owners -- polite, hardworking and passionate about what they do. But there's the potential for things to get a little awkward …

Cannabis

Scientists Find Alien Code ‘Embedded’ In Human DNA: Evidence Of Ancient Alien Engineers?

Researchers who worked for 13 years in the Human Genome Project indicate that they came across an amazing scientific discovery: They believe that the …

Homes of the Homeless, Geffrye Museum, review: 'compelling'

This exhibition tells the story – at once horrifying and uplifting – of how Victorian London tackled homelessness, says Richard Dorment<p>When he returned to London in 1847 after three years in Italy, the painter George Frederick Watts found the city in the grip of the worst economic depression of the …

Housing

After 5 years of practicing mindfulness meditation, I've realised why people think it's impossible

I started practicing mindfulness meditation five years ago, when I was an English teacher living in Seoul, South Korea.<p>I’d sit cross-legged and try …

Meditation