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Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Who Was the Walrus? Analyzing the Strangest Beatles Song

For almost 50 years, the Beatles have been the most popular singers and songwriters in the world. Also, coincidentally, for the past half century one …

How “Inside Out” rejects the self-esteem mandate: “You are not going to feel great about yourself all the time”

Salon spoke with Art Markman, a cognitive psychologist and podcaster, on the ups and downs of the Pixar movie<p>The Pixar movie “Inside Out” has not only entertained children and adults since its June opening, it’s brought psychological concepts – the importance of memory, the role of the unconscious, …

Psychology

Robert Reich: Single payer healthcare is the only way

The former secretary of labor on the dangers of health insurance mergers in the wake of SCOTUS’ Obamacare ruling<p>The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.<p>The result will be good for …

Health Care

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Humanity

Mental Floss

MENTAL FLOSS STUDIOS<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>History<p>How a sideshow saved …

Pop Culture

10 Things Your Body Can Do After You Die

From getting hitched to saving the environment, here's proof you can still be a busybody long after you kick the bucket.<p>1. Get Married<p>Death is no …

Bill Nye explains climate change in 90 seconds using only emoji

Bill Nye the Science Guy is back to explain climate change using a language everyone can understand — emoji. It's climatology emojified!<p>To put it …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing

The Vagus Nerve: A Back Door for Brain Hacking

<b>“This is a bottle of pills,” says</b> J.P. Errico, showing me something that’s obviously not a bottle of pills.<p>Errico, who is cofounder and CEO of …

FDA

Erlenmeyer Flask light with vintage-style Edison bulb