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The Dharma Girls

Dad gave me a copy of <i>On the Road</i> for Christmas when I was sixteen. At thirteen it had been <i>The Great Gatsby</i> and T<i>he Grapes of Wrath,</i> then <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> the year after that. In our house there was a wall of impressive hardcover books in the den, all the important works of the twentieth …

Literature

What English Would Sound Like If It Was Pronounced Phonetically

The English language presents itself to students and non-native speakers as an almost cruelly capricious entity, its irregularities of spelling and …

Linguistics

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

My back hurts when I sit down.<p>It's been going on for 10 years. It really doesn't matter where I am — at work, at a restaurant, even on our couch at home. My lower back screams, "Stop sitting!"<p>To try to reduce the pain, I bought a kneeling chair at work. Then I got a standing desk. Then I went back …

Pain

Cell Phone Use and Blindness Linked by "Toxic" Oxygen in New Study

We're spending more time in front of screens than ever.<p>Scientists have found the chemical reason that blue lights are bad for our eyes. We know that …

Research

The Jhanas: Perfect States of Concentration

At the heart of the Buddha’s teaching there are doctrines and strategies that dharma students must learn, and internalize, in order to understand his …

Meditation

How to Copy Your Windows Installation to an SSD

If you’re looking to upgrade your computer to a solid-state drive but don’t want to start everything back up from scratch, here’s how to transfer …

Linux

12 Dopamine Supplements to Boost Your Mood

Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that plays a role in the regulation of cognition, memory, motivation, mood, attention and learning.<p>It also aids …

Wellness

How evil happens

Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behaviour is triggered?<i>By Noga Arikha</i>Read at Aeon

Psychology

My golden rules to ‘Show don’t tell’

6 useful tips I use in my writing<i>Show don’t tell</i> is of the most relevant writing techniques, it confers quality to the texts and involves the …

Creative Writing

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid: Scholar Whose Sisters Planned Jonestown Explains Why 'Brainwashing' Is BS

Many argue that people join “cults” – or “new religious movements,” the term scholars prefer – because they’ve been brainwashed.Nearly 40 years ago, …

Religion

The Grateful Dead’s ‘Anthem of the Sun’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

“<i>Anthem of the Sun</i> was our vehicle,” Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart said of the band’s 1968 LP. “It was our springboard into weirdness.”<p>The Dead’s …

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials : worldnews

Family Dharma: Leaning into Suffering

The Buddha taught compassion as one of four Brahma Viharas. The Pali word Brahma means “heavenly” or “divine,” and Vihara means “home” or “abode.” …

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

Read George Washington’s “110 Rules of Civility”: The Code of Decency That Guided America’s First President

Contrary to a thoroughly abused political metaphor, Washington, DC was not in fact built on a swamp, though anyone who has visited in the summer will …

Joseph Heller’s Handwritten Outline for Catch-22, One of the Great Novels of the 20th Century

We remember <i>Catch-22</i>, more than half a century after its publication, as a rollicking satire of American military culture in wartime. But those of us …

An Award-Winning Author Says This Should Be the Goal of Everything You Write

Methods may differ, but the goal is the same.<p>George Saunders is an American author who contributes essays and short stories to <i>The New Yorker</i> and several other publications. Saunders has published several volumes of his short stories, for which he's received prestigious writing awards, including the …

Maps reveal hidden truths of the world's cities

<b>A new website that lets people delve into data on the world's cities has been launched.</b><p>Dr Robert Muggah from the think-tank Instituto Igarapé showed the BBC some of his favourite maps from EarthTime.<p><i>Producer: Jane Wakefield</i><p><i>Video journalist: Chris Foxx</i>

4 Cups a Day: 4 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking That Much Coffee

Two cups aren't enough, says science.<p>Coffee doesn’t have the best reputation as a healthy beverage, despite several studies that suggest the …

The Mark Of The Beast: Revealed!

June 21, 2018 by Keith Giles<p>When it comes to the book of Revelation there are ultimately two camps: Futurists (who believe the book tells us …

Connection between stress and autoimmune disease affirmed by massive 30-year study

A massive study spanning 30 years of data and examining a cohort of over one million people has found a strong association between persons suffering …

Autoimmune Diseases

To survive our high-speed society, cultivate 'temporal bandwidth' | Alan Jacobs

Our era of relentless social media and soundbites has caused us to lose sight of the past, and future<p>It is hard to imagine a time more completely presentist than our own, more tethered to the immediate; and is hard to imagine a person more exemplary of our presentism than the current president of …

Where Did the Aztecs Get Their Turquoise?

The American Southwest, including Arizona and New Mexico, is chock-full of ancient turquoise mines. Mesoamerica, including southern Mexico and …

A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy

Around A.D. 49, the Roman emperor Claudius expelled the Jews from the city of Rome. Historians argue about the exact date and the reasons, but we …

The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

The Inka Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. Instead of words or pictograms, the …

What causes ‘chemobrain’? It’s time for neuroscientists to get serious about finding out, experts say

At some point in their treatment for cancer, somewhere between 17% and 75% of patients with malignancies that don’t affect the central nervous system report the sensation that a mental fog has set in.<p>For months or years after their hair has grown back, the exhaustion has lifted and the medical …

The Brain

Details Surface About Anthony Bourdain's Final 'Parts Unknown' Shoot

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain seemed in good spirits, reportedly laughing and smiling on the set of <i>Parts Unknown</i> days before his suicide.<p>The CNN …

Anthony Bourdain was ‘exhausted’ in his final months

Anthony Bourdain kept a brutal work schedule and was “absolutely exhausted” in the months leading up to his death, according to a report.<p>“​His travel …

Poetry Is Making A Big Comeback In The U.S., Survey Results Reveal

In half a decade, the number of U.S. adults who are reading poetry has nearly doubled.<p>That's according to the results of a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts, which announced Thursday that "as a share of the total U.S. adult population, this poetry readership is the highest on record …

National Endowment for the Arts

Chronic fatigue opened up my Buddhist meditation practice

Two years ago I had a sudden bout with a virus that I still haven’t gotten over entirely. The acute phase slowly morphed into a long-term, sometimes …