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The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

<b>Interview with author Craig Pearson</b><p><i>"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being."</i> -- Albert Einstein<p>An ongoing theme in human culture is the …

How Does The Human Brain Create Consciousness?

<i>How does the brain create consciousness? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D in Cognitive and Neural Systems, on Quora:</b><p><i>Does</i> the brain create consciousness? I’m not so sure. At …

26 Feelings You Should Experience At Some Point In Your Life

Embrace ALL the emotions.<p>With a birthday coming up, I've been thinking about feelings. I have a lot of them.<p>If there's anything I've learned in my short time on this earth, it's the importance of being in touch with yourself on an emotional level. Each interaction and experience you have sparks a …

Happiness

High Stress Levels Can Dramatically Increase Your Risk For Alzheimer's

Stress may be even worse for the brain than we thought.<p>Stress is a killer -- for both the body and the brain.<p>Over time, chronic stress can contribute to a host of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, depression, diabetes and obesity. And according to new research, high stress levels …

There Are No Days Off from Motherhood, But There Are These 5 Ways to Escape.

<b>There are moments when I want to run away from home.</b><p>Not really and truly--I mean, I would never actually leave--but there are moments of motherhood that make me want to just flee and escape.<p>There is no escaping motherhood--but I'm thankful for this. Once a woman becomes a mom, her children are …

Parenting

The Dark Side of Empathy

How caring for one person can foster baseless aggression towards another<p>I’m not usually in favor of killing, but I’d make an exception for the leaders of ISIS. I’d feel a certain satisfaction if they were wiped off the face of the Earth. This is a pretty typical attitude, shared even by many of my …

Psychology

What Is Life Like After Attempting Suicide?

We spoke to five suicide attempt survivors about the awesome lives they went on to live.<p>Every year in America, 40,000 people take their own lives; suicide remains the tenth leading cause of death in this country, and the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24. There is nothing …

What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance?

<b>Keise Izuma</b>, <i>a lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of York in England, replies:</i><p>Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable …

Quick Organizing: 15 Ways to Get It Together in 15 Minutes or Less

If you don't have the time (or the will) to overhaul your home, don't panic. When you've got 15 minutes to spare, just tackle one of these quick organizing tasks -- that's all the time it takes to feel more put-together.

12 American National Parks You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

Explore The Subway Top-Down | Photo: Chris Burkard<p>American writer, historian, and environmentalist, Wallace Stegner, once said that the National Parks are "the best idea we ever had". We couldn't agree more. The only problem - and it's definitely a good problem - is there are so many parks and so …

National Parks

Weed May Treat ADHD Better Than Adderall, Study Says

Weed May Treat ADHD Better Than Adderall, Study SaysGetty Images/iStockphoto (via Google images)It's no secret that an increasing number of states …

Cannabis

This Is What It's Like to Fall in Love With Your Brother

Defying laws and societal taboos, one couple shares their undeniable connection.<p>Until she was 40, Melissa* thought she was an only child. For the first decade of her life, she grew up happily in a suburban, upper-middle class area of the Great Lakes. Then, her father committed suicide, and soon …

20 Ways Motherhood Changes Your Perspective

I have a vivid memory of walking through a busy mall with my husband about 20 years ago. We didn't yet have children of our own, but I had plenty to say about the mothers I saw back then. This day in particular, we passed a mom with a screaming toddler on her hip and a stroller full of bags. I …

How To Accurately Judge Someone’s Intelligence

A psychologist explains why “real life is the ultimate IQ test.”<p>What is the essence of intelligence? Answers vary, but it comes down to how well you adapt to your environment—to the degree of skill and ingenuity you bring to that challenge. And in a world dominated by abstract concepts, complex …

Parenting Without Punishment: What's the Hitch?

Another mother and I had a surprising conversation about a year ago. That is, it was surprising to her. While we were chatting mother to mother she shared how she had just discovered the idea of understanding her children instead of punishing them. She had five children. She had always thought that …

Parenting

10 Rules to Live By for Those Who Want to Live a Positive Life

<b>1. Be comfortable in your own skin.</b><p>The first step to becoming happy is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Everyone was born with a flaw. No one is perfect. Accept yourself with what you're born with whether it be your background, your skin, your nose, your eyes, your hair, your freckles, your …

Happiness

We Still Don't Know Jack About 'Cognitive Enhancement'

Cognitive neuroscientist Martha Farah offers a warning.<p>Humans in 2015 have a small arsenal of tools available to at least temporarily upgrade our brains via the increasingly popular paradigm of "cognitive enhancement."<p>This is a different boost than that offered by sketchy as-seen-on-NPR brain …

50 priceless gifts your children will treasure for life (that don’t cost a cent)

What are the best gifts to give your children?<p>The latest smartphone? A new laptop? A fun vacation?<p>There’s nothing wrong with giving children material …

Have Psychedelics Given You A Glimpse Of The Divine?

Have you ever had an interaction with the <i>divine</i> while exploring the effects of a entheogenic substance? Ayahuasca, psilocybin, LSD, and a number of …

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The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

Digging Deep: The Emotional Detox

We have all heard about detoxing... detoxing your physical body that is. You abstain from sugar, gluten, processed foods, meat, dairy and alcohol for a particular period of time, while possibly using an organic herbal product to aid in cleansing your system. To me, real detoxing takes more than a …

Why You Should Treat Your Child Like an Adult

<i>This article by Brian Davis appeared on Fatherly.</i><p>What are some unique, effective ways to discipline a child?<p>Stop treating your kid like a child.<p>No, really. I'm serious.<p>Our son started talking early and one of his first tricks was to parrot what we said and how we said it. I know that it sounds cute …

How the brain builds new thoughts

Let’s start with a simple sentence: Last week Joe Biden beat Vladimir Putin in a game of Scrabble.<p>It’s a strange notion to entertain, certainly, but …