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Science Says These Two Techniques Will Keep You Cool Under Pressure

Suppressing emotions can backfire:<p>Via Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day …

Anger Management

How to Deal With Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache — 4 Steps From Research

<b>“You don’t remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life.”</b><p>James Pennebaker has had a number of …

Self-help

Eight ways to be more creative and insightful | Toronto Star

Studying insight poses challenges. I’d love to stuff someone in a brain scanner and wait for them to have an insight. But that’s not practical. So we …

“Modern racism lurks in the shadows of equality”: Why colorblind school policies have failed black people

Instead of confronting racial and cultural divides, American education only serves to further them<p>The United States is experiencing a paroxysm of racism, from police shootings and the brutality of white supremacy in Charleston to a string of arsons in black churches across the South. Of course, …

Native Americans

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a very different form of Christianity. While they didn’t …

Religion

God is not on our side: The religious right’s big lie about the founding of America

Reagan and others pushed the idea that we’re a Christian nation chosen by divine providence. That’s not the case<p>One of the more popular and enduring accounts of America’s past is that of its religious founding. Belief that the British-American colonies were settled largely by religiously devout …

Religion

9 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Body Every Day

You try your best to eat healthy, exercise, and generally take good care of yourself. But what if all this time, a few bad habits are quietly working …

Frugal Living

Google is starting a new company to improve cities

Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for New York City, will run the company, which Page describes as a "modest investment" for Google that could hopefully "improve the lives of billions of people around the world."<p>Sidewalk Labs will focus …

New York City

Dual Aspect Monism: the Alternative to Neural Reductionism

Neural Reductionism is currently the most common solution to the psychophysical or mind-matter problem in which consciousness is regarded as an …

How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life

“You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”<p>In 1985, mythologist and writer <b>Joseph John Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) sat down with legendary interviewer and idea-monger Bill Moyers for a lengthy conversation at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California, which continued the …

Spirituality

7 Facts About Cellulite You Need to Know

<b>It’s More Common in Women Than in Men</b><br>How unfair is this? Women's skin collagen is arranged in parallel rows, like pillars. This pattern lends itself to the compartmentalization of fat, which makes cellulite visible, says Schulman. Men's collagen, however, is arranged in an X-pattern. This creates …

The Kindness Diet

A new study found that women whose friends and romantic partners were accepting of their size lost more weight than those whose loved ones were critical.<p>The greatest aphrodisiac, according to pop culture, is to be told never to change. Everyone from Bobby Vinton to Billy Joel to Bruno Mars loves …

Weight Loss

Look At This: Demolished

Look At This<p>Demolished<p>The end of Chicago’s public housing<p>by David Eads and Helga Salinas<br>photos by Patricia Evans<p>Dec. 23, 2014<p>Begin<p>This is Tiffany Sanders. She was about 10 years old in 1993 when this photo was taken at the Clarence Darrow high-rises, an extension of Chicago’s oldest public housing …

Housing