Lillian Young

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How Machiavellian are you? Take this test

A 15-minute, 100-question personality test, the Hexaco Personality Inventory, is said to be able to determine how manipulative, dishonest and unethical you are in real-life situations<p>We all have moments when we act dishonestly, when our behaviour is not entirely ethical, and when we manipulate …

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

Paulo Coelho on How You Can Become a Better Writer

“There are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream” says Brian Aldiss, who made me dream for such a long time …

When you're trans, every choice to be more feminine could mean life or death

I’ve worn these boots down to the heel base – the wooden part to which the soles are nailed. I should take them in to be re-soled, because every step I take on the mangled pavement whittles away another percentage point of the shoe repair guy’s prognosis of its potential to be made anew. But I …

Plus Size

Employers Are Seeking Out Autistic Workers

An increasing number of companies are launching initiatives to find job candidates with autism. How a cluster of society struggling to find jobs …

Autism

Are You Disorganized? Research Says That’s a Good Thing

In Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson posits that “<i>the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you …

At West Point, warriors shaped through Plutarch and Shakespeare

So crisp in the morning light they were, nine cadets, dressed in fatigues and sand-colored boots, hearing the curious news that the poet would outlive the warrior. Shakespeare's rhyme lingered as if a sacrilege on a campus where soldiers have been mythologized for generations and graduates have …

Literature

How to Write 5,000 Words a Day (my best productivity tips)

<i>I sent this to my newsletter a little over a year ago; I still find the tips invaluable, and I am republishing it here with some edits.</i> <i>If you’re</i> …

Time Management

Archaeologists in India Discover Ancient Hero Stones that Retell Epic Battles and Honorable Deaths

Intricately carved ancient Hero Stones can be found across India. These decorated stone markers serve as monuments to honorable deaths, commemorating …

War on Shakespeare: ACTA and National Association of Scholars should promote the humanities, not just the bard.

<i>This</i> <b>article</b> <i>originally appeared on</i> <b>Inside Higher Ed.</b><p><i>“Were it so … that some little profit might be reaped (which God knows is very little) out of some</i> …

Ava DuVernay on Hollywood diversity and superhero movies: It’s important that our heroes reflect more than one kind of person

With <i>Selma</i>, director Ava DuVernay tackled the story of Martin Luther King and the fight for voting rights amid the rampant racial injustice of the …

5 Ways Stress Hurts Your Body, and What to Do About It

Have you noticed a painful knot in your neck muscles after a stressful week? When you hear a song that reminds you of a difficult breakup, do your …

Mindfulness