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In Response to Trump, Another Dangerous Movement Appears

The “too much democracy” train rolls on.<p>Last week’s Brexit vote prompted pundits and social media mavens to wonder aloud if allowing dumb people to …

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

Happiness at Work: The Proven Science of How to Enjoy Your Job

In True Grit, Grace, and Gratitude, I used the term "happy hour" as a constructive and necessary analogy, but I do have a good bit of aversion toward the expression. Why does an hour we reserve to be happy have to be after work? I also have tepid excitement for the sayings "Work hard, play hard," …

Happiness

A 30-Minute Yoga Workout to Get Your Heart Racing

When your days are packed with work deadlines, dinners, and, let's be honest, Netflix and chilling, squeezing in a full-on yoga session sounds …

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

National Academy of Sciences

9 surprising facts that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Study Skills

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

A movie that was supposed to blow the lid off the NFL's concussion problem is riddled with errors and myths

Will Smith stars as Bennet Omalu, whose discovery of what seemed to be a lethal form of illness in the brains of former football players has already turned into a long and painful fight.<p>Doctors on the NFL payroll have done a hatchet job on his reputation, even trying to make his papers disappear …

Kinesiology

No Hillary, Donald et al, The President's First Job is Not to Keep Americans Safe

The Democratic debate on Saturday proved one thing: powerful interests that transcend the political parties have an agenda. That's the only explanation for the talking point mindlessly repeated by virtually all of the presidential candidates in both parties: "It is the first job of the president to …

15 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Yoga can help you cope with stress and improve overall health and satisfaction with life. In a national survey, over 85 percent of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or a gym …

Yoga

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The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

<b>John Locke (Wikimedia)</b><p>There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>George Makari<p>November 26, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind”<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory …

John Locke

Policing and Oppression Have Long Gone Together

In my previous column, I promised to take up the topic of the historical roots of the continuing mistrust between law enforcement and the black …

John Oliver says he would never have Donald Trump on his show

John Oliver doesn't want anything to do with Donald Trump.<p>While NBC is willing to look opportunistic to some critics by having Donald Trump host "Saturday Night Live" during sweeps, and CNBC is rolling in the dough from the extra eyes the controversial candidate brings to the debates, Oliver is …

Stephen Colbert

Cool Camping Ideas: Everyone Should Know these

A trip with your family can be pretty much everything you could ask from a holiday if you have some cool camping ideas. In the summer, when the …

Strange star has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

"It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data," said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. "We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it."<p>She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language