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The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

Immune System

11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

Paging F. Scott Fitzgerald: Please Rescue Modern Fiction

The joys, surprises, and reminders of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lost short stories also remind us that almost no one writes so well and so entertainingly …

Literature

The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics

In the 1960s, intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley were fascinated by the effects of LSD, but today most professors are far too worried about respectability and tenure to investigate psychedelics themselves. Which is somewhat ironic, given that the field of Western philosophy has a huge debt to …

Consciousness

With 8 threatening volcanoes, USGS says California deserves close monitoring

With the world's top volcanologists heading to Portland, Ore., on Aug. 14 for the first international volcanology assembly held in the U.S. since 1989, the many famous, prominent and dangerous volcanoes of the West Coast will be the subject of field trips and much discussion.<p>Throughout the Cascade …

Half Dome via The Mist Trail Strenuous

This trail takes you along the popular Mist Trail, past Vernal and Nevada Falls, and onto the John Muir Trail to Little Yosemite Valley. The trail …

Would you take a 'cruise' on a cargo ship?

The 'slow travel' aspect might be the best way to see the world.<p>Much of the fun of commercial cruises — the overabundant food, the goofy nightly …

Unlearning the myth of American innocence

My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open a dance studio.<p>When I left my small …

Political Science

Amazing images of San Francisco before it was a city

Golden Gate Park, the 1,000-acre green space south of the famous bridge that turns 80 years old this year, is located on what was once the largest sand dune ecosystem in the western hemisphere. These dunes spanned seven miles, essentially the entire width of modern-day San Francisco.<p>About two …

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground.<p>Cipinang prison stands like a huge fortress in East Jakarta, its massive walls and guard towers separating the city’s bustling traffic from the criminals held within its gates. I visited in …

San Francisco's Presidio looks quite different in these rare photos from the 1800s

Today the city of San Francisco borders the Presidio, a green oasis within the West Coast's most densely-populated city. But in the 1880s and 1890s the Presidio was a military instillation surrounded by green hills. It looked more like modern West Marin than a recreational area that would someday …

How to Travel to 24 Countries for Under $2,500

When my husband Peter and I first decided to take a trip around the world, I sat down with Google flights and calculated the cost of our …

No sympathy: How Ayn Rand’s “elitism” lives on in the Trump administration

Despite promises to the rural working class, the Republican Party is still under the influence of Rand’s elitism<p>President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” is his favorite book. Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, cited Rand as a major …

I-DEAS

17 Jokes You'll Only Understand If You're Well Read

"A crossover between Oedipus and King Midas would be pure motherfucking gold."

Jokes

The Ultimate Book-Lover Bucket List

If you're the kind of person who reads a book during every spare minute, then challenge yourself to check off some fun items on a book-lover's bucket list. After all, there's nothing like a good book to sweep you away into a glorious escape. Bookworms, try these 39 tasks ahead, which only the most</i> …

Life, Men, and Love: 26 Pieces of Advice From My Dad That All Women Should Hear

Some of the best advice I've ever received has been from my dad, but I didn't quite realize that until I got older. My "all-knowing" father spits out life lessons every other sentence, so I usually respond with an eye roll. But as I began to come across experiences in my life where his words were …

Relationships

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Stephen King

How to Learn a Language in 15 Minutes a Day

Traveling abroad in 2017? Start learning the language now.<p>Whether in Europe or Machu Picchu, the experience of travel can be greatly improved by …

Language Learning

In this 'weird, lost corner of America,' the beach of your dreams awaits in the most remote national park

Ofu Lagoon, on Ofu Island, is perhaps the most scenic spot in the National Park of American Samoa. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)<p>Even for a Saturday in the South Pacific, this was a sleepy morning.<p>On American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila and its neighbor, Ofu, villages were still, …

National Parks

The Empire Is Us: The Politics of ‘Rogue One’

Warning: Spoilers ahead.<p>What happens when we become the empire?<p>In an early scene of <i>Rogue One</i>, the new Star Wars spinoff, we follow the protagonists Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor to the desert moon of Jedha. Walking through the streets, looking for a contact, Cassian perceptively comments, “This town …

Star Wars

WATCH: Beautiful! How all of history culminates in the birth of Jesus

An artist dramatically brings the story of salvation to life<p>This gorgeous video by the Skit Guys captures the work of a talented artist at high speed …

Jesus

Now you can take your most outlandish gift idea and 3D print it into existence

If you want to put something personalized on your gift list this year, there are more options than mugs printed with family photos.<p>How about custom make-whatever-you-can-imagine, through 3D printing?<p>Shapeways, a major online marketplace for 3D-printed products, allows users to upload unique designs …

3D Printing

36 Photos That Showcase The Unique Beauty Of Barcelona

A city like no other.

Flickr

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

College professors dole out an incredible amount of required reading to their students.<p>But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, …

Weekend Roundup: The Berlin Attack Has Sealed The Political Fate Of Europe

The blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel could spell the beginning of the end for a union with open borders.<p>Europe was already reeling from major terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and Nice as well as Brexit and the defeat of the political establishment in the Italian referendum before this week. …

Middle East

10 Downright Dreamy Trains to Take Before You Die

The most romantic — and civilized — way to travel.<p>If you've had enough of the indignities of air travel (and there are so very many) and long car …

At Christmas, the message of Jesus we desperately need now

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Christmas draws close, over 2 billion people who identify as Christians -- by far the largest religious group in the world -- prepare for the happiest celebration of the liturgical year. This season is about the coming of Jesus, that miraculous moment known as the Incarnation, which …

Christmas Eve

This Guy Rapping About Giving His Cat A Bath Is The Internet’s Newest Sensation

The guy featured in the above video is rap artist Moshow (real name Dwayne Molock), a self-proclaimed “cat rapper” from Portland Oregon who has found local fame and was even once featured on Animal Planet due to his ability of combining his lyrical skills with his love of felines.<p>This live Facebook …

Adrenaline junkies will love this thrilling walkway in the Swiss mountains

Adrenaline junkies should head to the Schilthorn summit in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, to tackle a dramatic walkway called the Thrill Walk.<p>The Thrill Walk is 200-metre-long steel and glass bridge that clings to the side of the rock at Schilthorn before swinging under the observation deck …