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Meditating on Seinfeld: The Transcendental Explantation Behind “The Finale”

Seinfeld<p><i>Seinfeld</i> went off the air at the peak of its popularity. As Jerry Seinfeld explained at the time, “For me, this is all about timing. My life …

TV

LSD and other psychedelics inspired some of Silicon Valley’s greatest inventions, says author Michael Pollan

Long before Steve Jobs, internet pioneers like Doug Engelbart were dropping acid.<p>Talk to someone in Silicon Valley about techies taking psychedelic drugs and they might bring up Burning Man or Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But the practice is older than that — way older.<p>“There are very deep roots in …

Silicon Valley

A scientist who's worked at Tinder and Bumble says too many people make the same mistake in their dating profile photo

Models are sexy. Models generally don't smile in magazine photos. You want to look sexy. So you shouldn't smile in your dating profile photos.<p>Brilliant logic, except that it isn't. Why? No offense to you, dear reader, but you probably don't have the model thing down yet. If you want to appeal to …

Relationships

See 30 Amazing Places in North America

From stunning natural vistas to grand urban landscapes, from Canada to the Caribbean, these breathtaking photos transport you across the continent.<p>Home to nearly 600 million people, North America's immensity is matched only by its diversity. Simmering volcanoes, dazzling architecture, open …

National Parks

This is why successful people are unhappy in middle age — and what to do about it

Writing a book about age and happiness brought many surprises, but none surpasses this: High-achieving professionals seem especially vulnerable to …

Happiness

AMC's 'The Terror' Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show - The Atlantic

In 1845, two ships under the command of Captain John Franklin set sail from Britain on a mission of exploration. Three years later, both disappeared in the Arctic. None of the 129 men on that expedition came back, and the battered wrecks of the HMS <i>Erebus</i> and HMS <i>Terror</i> were found in 2014 and 2016, …

Horror

Is Mindfulness All It's Cracked Up To Be?

When I see the teachings of my religion reduced to the myth of mindfulness I despair a little<p>Ascent/PKS Media Inc. via Getty Images<p>Mindfulness is …

Mindfulness

We pitted digital assistants against each other to find the most useful AI

Alexa vs Siri vs Google Assistant vs Cortana vs Bixby.<p>CES 2018 demonstrated that smart digital assistants are becoming key components of a variety of gadgets. As these AI companions play more of a role in everyday life, every tech company wants an assistant app to call their own. Amazon has Alexa, …

Apps

How to last longer during sex - the best ways to keep yourself going in bed

If you think you’re not lasting long enough during sex, you may be comforted to know that the average length of penetrative sex is 5.4 minutes, with …

How to actually succeed on a dating app

All's fair in love.<p>Gone are the days when you had to lie about meeting your significant other through a dating app. As smartphones have transformed the way we look for love, swiping left and right to choose a potential partner has gradually become the new normal. But with so many people searching …

Relationships

10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You

Inspired by the late Stephen Hawking’s beloved best-seller, the hosts of the ‘BookLab’ podcast offer more mind-bending musings on space and …

Physics

27 'healthy' habits that are actually making you gain weight

There was a period of time when people thought smoking tobacco was healthy. Experts also downplayed just how detrimental sugar is to your health, and let's not forget about the low-fat craze of the '80s and early '90s. All of this is to say: Certain once-believed "healthy" habits turned out to be …

Nutrition

Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. In the beginning, …

University of Pennsylvania

How to Prepare a Spiritual DMT Ceremony in 5 Steps

<i>This is the first guest post by Lee, who put a great deal of effort into crafting his DMT technique and is excited to share it with you!</i><p>Art by Jenn …

An Analysis of Trump Supporters Has Identified 5 Key Traits

The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any …

Daily Physical Activity Boosts Brain Power and Self-Control

Researchers in the UK have identified a synergistic feedback loop between improved executive function and regular physical activity that is …

Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, …

Social Media

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

Psychology

7 Major Signs Your Life Is on Track

<i>There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for</i> …

10 unmistakable habits of utterly authentic people

Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To …

Self-help

17 Inspiring Quotes From Stephen Hawking

Sadly, Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76. But his words are timeless.<p>Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous and influential scientists of our time. Sadly, this morning Hawking passed away at the age of 76 -- fully 55 years after doctors gave him just two years to live after he was …

Physics

One type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have — here's how

2/<p>Cardio also tones your muscles.<p>Shutterstock<p>It was initially believed that when it comes to building muscle, cardio paled in comparison to exercises …

You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work

Productivity studies suggest you can boost your output with the right music.<p>As I write these words, a triumphant horn is erupting in my ear over the rhythmic bowing of violins. In fact, as you read, I would encourage you to listen along—just search “Battlefield One.” I bet you'll focus just a bit …

Soundtracks

The Real Reason Why Your Brain Is so Scared of Failure

Failure doesn't scare you. Not knowing does.<p>You've just recklessly jumped ship -- left the security of your job or refused the investor who isn't offering exactly what you want. You find yourself gripped by a cold, raw fear. What are you <i>actually</i> afraid of?<p>Imagine you're driving along a clear …

Here Is The Most Popular Book In Each State

Colorado and Kansas just don't give a f*ck.

Books

Your nose can look about 30% bigger in selfies, a new study found — here's how to fix it

There's something distressing about pointing a camera at yourself, snapping a photo, and then seeing something that doesn't look right. We live in the age of the selfie, after all.<p>It turns out that dissatisfaction with the images coming from our cameras is so pervasive that it's become a major …

Mobile Photography

How Men Can Have an Ejaculation-Free Orgasm

Men have long bemoaned the idea that women can have multiple orgasms, but men can’t. Men, after all, have to deal with the frustrating refractory …

Scientists Gave Monkeys Ayahuasca and It Helped Their Depression

In a 1973 study, scientists at the University of Chicago fitted cocaine-dependent rhesus monkeys with stainless steel catheter harnesses, allowing …

Consciousness

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

9 Things Your Brain Is Trying To Tell You When You Experience Deja Vu

If you've ever had déjà vu — that feeling that what you're currently doing has already happened — then you know it can feel like being in the …