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Voltaire on How to Write Well and Stay True to Your Creative Vision

Centuries before Ezra Pound’s rules for how to write poetry and Edward Hirsch’s treatise on how to read it, French Enlightenment writer and philosopher <b>Voltaire</b> (November 21, 1694–May 30, 1778), who invented social networking, set down some invaluable advice on how to write verse in a letter to his …

The mathematician who proved why hipsters all look alike

Jonathan Touboul is a mathematician and a neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in math from France’s prestigious École Polytechnique, where he won a prize for his thesis on how to simulate neurons in the brain. He publishes papers with titles like “Pulsatile localized dynamics in delayed neural-field …

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."<p>Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, <i>Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars</i>. Bolger continues:<p>"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is …

Beyond Thought and Intellect: The Unlimited Insight of Soul Intuition

<b>From the Wisdom-Legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda</b><p><b>Everyone Has Intuition, Even You</b><p>All of God’s children are endowed with the highest intelligence: …

50 Old British Dialect Words We Should Bring Back

In 1905, the Oxford University Press published the sixth and final volume of <i>The English Dialect Dictionary</i>, a compilation of local British words and …

3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier

Ever been really stressed? So stressed you nearly freak out?<p>This happened to Dan Harris… <i>in front of 5 million people</i>.<p><b>On June 7th, 2004, Dan was a</b> …

Meditation

Free the Mind

Free the Mind follows neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson as he conducts an unusual experiment. Following the practices of Buddhist monks and the …

Mindfulness

Rise and fall of a rap folk hero: Secrets of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s tragic, wild life

A new biography gets the inside scoop from the late Wu-Tang Clan member’s best friend<p>The stories about Russell Jones, known to the world as Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard, are the stuff of legend. He lifted a burning car off a small child with his bare hands. He rode in a limousine to pick up his …

Divine words: what role does language learning play in religious practice?

For many, developing an understanding of a religion extends to learning its associated language. We spoke to those learning Arabic, Hebrew and classical Tibetan<p>“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation,” Sufi mystic Rumi once said.<p>Words are, however, a way for the worldly to …

Six Obstacles that keep us from Being Present. ~ Frank Berliner

<i>We are honored to exclusively share with you, our dear readers, excerpts from Frank Berliner’s new book, which you can purchase here if so inspired.</i> …

Pico Iyer on What Leonard Cohen Teaches Us about Presence and the Art of Stillness

<i>“Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments,”</i> Alan Lightman wrote in his sublime meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“and at others to ride the passion and exuberance.”</i> In his conversation with E.O. Wilson, the poet Robert Hass described beauty as a “paradox of stillness and …