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The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

A wonderful counterpoint to our culture of competitive self-comparison, reminding us that we can choose to amplify each other’s accomplishments because there is, after all, enough to go around.<p><i>“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,”</i> …

Literature

What tiny daily habit could be life changing?

Here are 50 daily habits for changing your life:<p><b>Keep water bowls:</b> Some birds, like a sparrow, don’t migrate in search of water and die due to …

5 Easy Meditation Techniques for Beginners (and How to Know Where to Start)

Years ago, meditation and mindfulness practice changed my life in ways I had never imagined were possible.I’m not talking about increased …

Meditation

Being vs. Becoming: John Steinbeck on Creative Integrity, the Art of Changing Your Mind, the Humanistic Duty of the Artist

The fact that we humans have such a notoriously hard time changing our minds undoubtedly has to do with the notion that “human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished,” which belies the great robbery of the human experience — by calling ourselves beings, we deny our …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

The Nature of the Self: Experimental Philosopher Joshua Knobe on How We Know Who We Are

<i>“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings,”</i> pioneering educator Annemarie Roeper wrote in her meditation on how poorly we understand the self. Indeed, while philosophers may argue that the self is a toxic illusion and psychologists may insist that it’s forever changing, we tend …

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Story Behind Newton’s Famous Metaphor for How Knowledge Progresses

How hubris and humility conspired in illuminating the nature of creativity.<p><i>“Newton was so right about so many things,”</i> cosmologist Janna Levin wrote in her magnificent meditation on madness and genius, <i>“that it seems ungenerous to dwell on where he was wrong.”</i> And yet in his day, even his most …

Physics

Is this woman the next Elon Musk?

Mark Cuban calls it a “zillion-dollar idea.” He invested without ever seeing a prototype. Marc Andreessen, Shawn Fanning, and Tony Hsieh invested …

China is looking to this type of energy to power its future

As the traditional leaders in nuclear power have stagnated since the accident, in the same period China has added 10 new reactors capable of more than 10 gigawatts of generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).<p>China now relies on nuclear power for a little …

Energy