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In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

Bertrand Russell, Søren Kierkegaard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Susan Sontag, Adam Phillips, Renata Adler, and more.<p><i>“I can excuse anything but boredom,”</i> Hedy Lamarr famously quipped. It is befitting that the woman who invented the technology that laid the foundation for wifi would provide the de facto motto …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Only where the state ends, there begins the human being who is not superfluous

Unique

greed, lust, wrath, pride — but does it float

<b>Index Images</b><p>Anton Senkov, series of cyanotype illustrations for "Seven Deadly Sins" by Milorad Pavić<p>via French Twist and Invisible Stories<p>Will 50 …

The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very well where they are, I know they suffice for those who belong to them — but does it float

Astronomy

Unknown, Incomprehensible, whateíer you choose to call it, call

A Safer Waterfront in Lagos, If You Can Afford It

Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, sits in a state so filled with lagoons that more than a fifth of it is covered in water. The prime land in the city is on Victoria Island, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the early aughts, Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, said that he had …

It's Not Just Federal Prisons: State Prisons Are a Mess, Too

While California and other states run short on space for inmates, instances of violence and suicide are on the rise<p>In Arkansas, there aren't enough prison beds for all the inmates. Tasked with housing 14,753 people, the state's prisons have fallen around 280 beds short, with 1,400 state inmates …

'Dangerous Territory': Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

Earth's atmosphere is entering a new era. A mountaintop research station that has been tracking carbon dioxide for more than 50 years says the level of that gas in our air has reached a milestone: 400 parts per million.<p>That number is one of the clearest measures of how human beings are changing the …

This Week in Poverty: Twelve Things You Can Do To Fight Poverty Now

<i>Farmworkers pick tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)</i><p>This is a tough moment in the fight against poverty.<p>The sequester is the …