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How your emotions change your perception of the world

Why do we sometimes see the world differently<p>Do you know that a person's current mood affects the way he judges others?<br>Do you know that a person …

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Forget ideology, liberal democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience | John Naughton

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?<p>The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become …

Abolishing religion wouldn't make us more moral

<b>Christian worshippers attend the Sunday mass in the Ethiopian Orthodox church in the centre of the refugee camp in Calais, also known as the “New</b> …

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

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11 apps that will make you smarter

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.<p>The science of how exactly our brains work — and how much we can train them — is constantly evolving, but one …

This Is What Anxiety Feels Like

The first moment is the hardest, and the hardest things are the most truthful. So let your anxiety speak. Let it air its grievances with you and what you've done. When all its worries are on the table, you decide how you play the cards.<p><i>"There's a misconception that anxious people are antisocial,</i> …

How to overcome emotional dependency

When your happiness starts to rely too much on any person, achievement or outcome (or a fragile combination of these) then you may discover that …

“30 Reasons Girls Should Call It a Night”

A Facebook group celebrates photos of drunken girls vomiting on themselves and passed out in bushes.<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>November 5, 2007 9:32pm (UTC)<p>What Facebook group boasts nearly 150,000 members and a collection of nearly 5,000 photos of young women passed out on the pavement, collapsed in …

5 foods that may make you feel happier now — and even better later

Some foods taste so good while we're eating them, but can leave us feeling blah, bloated and feeling guilty just moments after we've brushed away the crumbs. But other foods are scientifically shown to lift our spirits. Here are five foods that will make you feel good right away!<p>1. Raw walnuts and …

The 'New' Benefits Of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores

Paying attention may be one of the most fundamental and important cognitive abilities we have. It’s too bad, then, that many of us are so bad at it. It’s not only our outer distractions that get the better of us – email, texts, Twitter – but even worse can be the internal ones: Mind-wandering is a …

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8 Ancient Rules for Life We Should Still Follow

If you’ve ever suffered from anxiety, or even depression, you might find some relief in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. Wait: It’s probably <i>not</i> …

Should you trust your first impression? - Peter Mende-Siedlecki

The rise of vagueness as a service

An unexpected new trend is emerging in technology. Information presented to the user is growing vague.<p>In each new product where vagueness is …

This column will change your life: interestingness v truth

Do you long to become a "thought leader", thinkfluencing your way from TED talk to tech conference, lauded for your insights? I hope not. But if so, you could do worse than consult a paper published in 1971 by the maverick sociologist Murray Davis, entitled "That's Interesting!" (I found it via …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

'Memories' pass between generations

<b>Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.</b><p>Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.<p>A Nature Neuroscience …

How Depression Could Save Your Life

“The flesh is sad, and I've read all the books.” The famous opening of Mallarmé’s poem “Sea Breeze” is a sigh of resignation. Not even the knowledge …

The Uncertainty Principal

One of the most confusing aspects of quantum physics is the uncertainty principle and the observer effect.<p>When Heisenberg first presented it to Einstein, he made the famous remark "I don't believe God would play dice with the Universe." More recently Stephen Hawking made the statement, "not only …

The Absolute Break Between Life and Death Is an Illusion

What bothers people about losing the body is that it seems like a terrible break or interruption. This interruption is imagined as going into the void; it is total personal extinction. Yet that perspective, which arouses huge fears, is limited to the ego. The ego craves continuity; it wants today …

30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday

<b>Siddhartha</b> by Hermann Hesse – A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to approaching an understanding of reality and …

This Guy Wants to Help You Download Your Brain

Having your brain stuck in a big bag of meat and bone is pretty gross, huh? Some futurists claim that in a few decades we'll be able to (finally) upload our neural activity into a computer, and I talked with a researcher who's working on that.<p><i>Image via</i><p>Ever wanted to download a copy of your own …

9 Ways To Become The Master Of Your Own Mind

Many of us spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy -- not to mention money -- taking care of our bodies, and trying to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best. But when it comes to the mind, less attention (literally) is paid. Taking care of the mind can come as an afterthought, and often …

Science could explain why your racist relatives are so racist

<b>(PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)</b><p>Recent research suggests that those who degrade minorities could feel ostracized themselves<p>Tom Jacobs<p>February 4, 2014 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>What leads people to develop a hostile, suspicious attitude toward minorities? Social …

Ten Years On, Facebook Has Changed Politics

With my husband’s birthday coming up, I found myself standing in the local Paper Source yesterday hunting for the perfect card. On the shelf, amidst …