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Can game theory end world conflict?

Robert J. Aumann isn’t only famous for his long white beard and deep sense of wisdom. He’s also renowned for a string of controversies. On one hand, …

The Five Best Ways To Travel In Time, According To Science

The probability to travel through time and space is a question of physics and it’s amazing how many theories actually circulate out there about the …

Physics

The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming

Shortly after the Presidential election, a small piece of good news came over the wire: the Thomas Mann villa in Los Angeles has been saved. The house, which was built to Mann’s specifications, in the nineteen-forties, went on the market earlier this year, and it seemed likely to be demolished, …

Donald Trump

Harvard scientists think they've pinpointed the physical source of consciousness

Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises.<p>But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after …

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

Creative Writing

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor

In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Initially, the goal was simple: to see how and why people …

Psychology

Why Teleology Isn't Dead

Mention teleology in scientific circles and you’ll usually get a skeptical response. Purpose in the way the world is evolving? Patterns certainly—but purpose? No.<p>Science has gotten along famously over the past few centuries without the need to worry about whether or what a particular process in …

The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Images in High Resolution: Historic Photographs, Maps, Letters & More

Most of us Open Culture writers and readers surely grew up thinking of the local public library as an endless source of fascinating things. But the …

15 Things You Might Not Know About Manet's Luncheon on the Grass

Today, <i>Luncheon on the Grass</i> (or <i>Le déjeuner sur l'herbe</i>) is regarded as 19th century French painter Édouard Manet'sgreatest triumph. But when its …

George Orwell Explains in a Revealing 1944 Letter Why He’d Write 1984

Most of the twentieth century's notable men of letters — i.e., writers of books, of essays, of reportage — seem also to have, literally, written a …

Atheism is an old boys' club. More women should admit to being Godless

The trouble with the atheist movement, of which I consider myself a part, is that sometimes it just looks far too much like religion.<p>To put it bluntly: it’s pale, stale and male.<p>Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as atheism’s 'four …

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

Spirituality

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

Literature

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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The Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe

One hundred years ago, Einstein put forth his theory of General Relativity, replacing Newton’s concepts of absolute space and time with a dynamic fabric — spacetime — that would not only curve dependent on the matter-and-energy present within, but would expand or contract depending on some global …

Creating Creativity: Leadership Lessons From Theatrical Director Ethan McSweeny

As my colleague Steve Denning writes, we all now work in a Creative Economy. Creative is surpassing traditional business and financial economies, with its innovation-seeking “ethos of imagination, exploration, experiment, discovery, and collaboration.”<p>It’s not just media, advertising, and movie …

Creativity

J.M. Coetzee and the Truth That Lies

Want painful honesty or your own comfortable fiction? Two new books explore the Nobel laureate’s unsparing self-criticism.<p>How do you evaluate a …

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

Brian Eno Lists 20 Books for Rebuilding Civilization & 59 Books For Building Your Intellectual World

Artist and music producer Brian Eno wrote one of my very favorite books: <i>A Year with Swollen Appendices</i>, which takes the form of his personal diary of …

Has the Nobel Curse Killed Orhan Pamuk?

What’s a novelist to do after winning literature’s greatest laurel? In his new ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ and other works, it seems the Turkish …