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The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

1/<p>"The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil<p>Amazon<p>Futurist Ray Kurzweil has thought deeply about the role computational power and artificial …

Books

Are these some of the most extreme works of art ever created?

On 23 December 1888, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut his ear off. While the cause of severing remains debated, it's one of art history’s most widely known extreme acts by an artist. It's also widely known that Van Gogh ate yellow paint so he could experience what the colour felt like. Since Van …

15 Poets You Need To Be Reading In 2018

If there's one thing I've realized over the last two decades, it's that most people, even the most ardent of book lovers, do not read enough poetry. …

Against the Grain by James C Scott review – the beginning of elites, tax, slavery

We used to think moving on from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle meant improvement. Not any more, argues this excellent study of the earliest states<p>James Scott comes clean with his readers from the start. Having been asked some years ago to give two lectures at Harvard he turned to a theme that had long …

Hunter Gatherers

The 9 terms and phrases you need to know if you think you're being manipulated

Knowing the right words to deal with these people can give you the strength to stand up to them or walk away. In the cases of romantic relationships, manipulation is probably a sign of an abusive relationship, so the best thing to do is to run fast and far away.<p>Once equipped with the terms, it can …

Relationships

'Unkindness Of Ghosts' Transposes The Plantation's Cruelty To The Stars

Rivers Solomon's <i>An Unkindness of Ghosts</i> is the kind of novel I need to describe in terms of what it did to me. Reading it, I felt it carving out a vastness inside me, pouring itself into me like so many stars, and the more I read the bigger I felt, falling down a rabbit-hole of sky and wanting only …

The secret pagan, pro-sex, feminine utopia hidden in France

“One of the main misconceptions floating about,” says Suna ‘Kali’ Dasi, “is that ‘we are always recruiting’. We’re not. That’s Jehovah’s Witnesses.”<p>Dasi is part of a sex commune hidden away in a zealously guarded location in France. Described as a feminist, matriarchal, tribal retreat, its …

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Consciousness

If You've Never Lived in Poverty, Stop Telling Poor People What They Should Do

(Photo: Manish Hira)<p><i>Originally published on Everyday Feminism.</i><p>The brownstone I lived in for eight months in 2009 and 2010 had few amenities — the …

Your Brain's Connections Exist in Eight Dimensions

Imagine all your neurons' connections forming a graph.<p>How can we understand the insanely complex mess of information that's constantly buzzing inside our brain? With 100 billion neurons in the average human brain, and 100 trillion connections between them, there isn't an easy answer. …

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

Barnes & Noble

Patriarchy and toxic masculinity are dominating America under Trump

<b>(Getty/Rick Wilking)</b><p>Expert Terry Real explains how hyper-masculinity presents a danger to us all.<p>Don Hazen • Kali Holloway<p>August 1, 2017 7:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Donald Trump’s election was a victory for toxic masculinity and patriarchy, two issues psychologist Terry …

Feminism

Author Becky Chambers Shares Her Sci-Fi Writing Secrets

<i>Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on ThePortalist.com, and is reposted here with permission.</i><p>For months after I finished Becky Chambers’ …

'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

In one of my favorite paintings of Joan of Arc — created by Jules Bastien-Lepage at the end of the 19th century — a disheveled, flush-faced teenager stares into the middle distance in the tangle of a garden. Behind her, faint images of saints emerge from the foliage. Unlike so many other paintings …

Books

8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

Some of the talks deal with happiness and success, and others with memory and motivation. But all of them provide an important window into what makes us tick.<p>Here are a handful to get you better-acquainted with the organ between your ears.

Self-improvement

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?<p>Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel …

Science Fiction

The Central Paradox of Love: Esther Perel on Reconciling the Closeness Needed for Intimacy with the Psychological Distance That Fuels Desire

“Love rests on two pillars: surrender and autonomy. Our need for togetherness exists alongside our need for separateness. One does not exist without the other.”<p><i>“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so</i> …

Spirituality

Ultimate Guide To Cute Happy Birthday Wishes & Quotes

A birthday is a special occasion for the celebrant because it only comes once a year and during this day, you can show how you care about him/her and …

Happiness

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

The Nature of Love: How Harry Harlow’s Seminal 1958 Research Shaped the Science of Affection and Changed Modern Parenting

“Love is a wondrous state, deep, tender, and rewarding… But… the little we know about love does not transcend simple observation, and the little we write about it has been written better by poets and novelists.”<p><i>“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”</i> the great Zen teacher …

World's Smartest Physicist Thinks Science Can't Crack Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot lately about consciousness, the ultimate enigma. I used to think why there is something rather than nothing is the ultimate …

Consciousness

Today's Artists Are Sick Of History Framing Women As Perfect

A new exhibition called "The Woman Destroyed" attempts to rip the ideal woman from art history's grip.<p>In art and in life, women have long been held to impossible standards of perfection.<p>Walk through the halls of any museum and you're sure to encounter classically rendered depictions of ladies -- …

Framing

How to Move Through Anxiety: 5 Steps to Feel Unfelt Emotions

<b>“Anxiety happens when you try to think what you need to feel.” ~Unknown</b><p>Anxiety results from unfelt feelings. I battled anxiety for years because I …

A Mind Like a Clear Pool

The great strength of the Buddha-dharma is its <i>practice</i>. It is incredible what this wonderful practice can bring about. When I hear the teachings of …

Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life

“Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul…”<p><b>Walt Whitman</b> (May 31, …

Literature

Quantum Mechanics Has Reached Limit, Says Stanford Scientist Who Offers Alternative

The present framework of quantum mechanics has reached its limit, said Professor Emeritus Dr. William Tiller of Stanford University’s department of …

Quantum Physics

Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind – Keith Frankish

Do you think racial stereotypes are false? Are you sure? I’m not asking if you’re sure whether or not the stereotypes are false, but if you’re sure …