Vedant Jagdish Patil

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New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic Nietzsche, the godless have always had a voice. But the New Atheists are different. Religion, …

Inside the Podcast Brain: Why Do Audio Stories Captivate?

The emotional appeal of listening<p>In my all-time favorite episode of <i>Radiolab</i>, “Finding Emilie,” a young art student named Emilie Gossiaux gets into a terrible accident while riding her bike and, rendered blind and deaf, is unable to communicate with her loved ones until she makes an incredible …

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5 Principles for Pummeling Procrastination

Welcome to the battle for progressive conscious awareness!<p>Today’s fight is between the challenger – <b>YOU,</b> and the reigning champ …

Procrastination

The eight best young adult books – and why grownups should read them, too

YA fiction has become a fixture at the top of the bestseller lists. Children’s literature expert Daniel Hahn recommends eight novels that adults also should read<p>What do my chosen books have in common? Well, in each case, some­body at some point has decided they are “young adult” books. As often as …

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When Books Live At The Thrilling Intersection Of Sci-Fi And Horror

By Ethan Reid | Off the Shelf<p><i>Our friend Ethan Reid published</i> The Undying <i>in October 2014. We recently asked him to pick his seven favorite sci-fi/horror books, most of which still give us the heebie-jeebies in a really good way.</i><p>For decades writers have mixed science fiction and horror to create …

Eight Books Every Spiritual Seeker Should Read

“You want weapons? Go to a library. Books are the best weapons in the world.” ~ Doctor Who<p>We all know about the big spiritual doctrines: The Bible, …

Spirituality

15 Habits Of Exceptionally Persuasive People

Whether you’re convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is instrumental to your success and happiness.<p>Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to get you leaning toward their way of thinking. Their secret weapon? They …

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17 science fiction books that every real sci-fi fan should read

Although sci-fi pushes past the boundaries of reality, it paradoxically allows readers to think about questions that hit closest to home.<p>Technology, society, war, existence, family — these main sci-fi themes are things that we all deal with every day.<p>No literary list is exhaustive, but we've put …

Amanda Palmer on the Art of Asking and What Thoreau Teaches Us about Accepting Love

<i>“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it,”</i> Lucinda Williams sang from my headphones into my heart one rainy October morning on the train to Hudson. <i>“What seems cynicism is always a sign, always a sign…”</i> I was headed to Hudson for a conversation with a very different but no …

6 Women Writers To Add To Your Bookshelf

Last week, we asked editors at The Huffington Post to share which books they think all men should read, as a way of subverting the typically macho roundups of books for dudes. The responses ranged from Jane Austen to edgy young essayists such as Roxane Gay. But we also think it's important to …

The 20 Best Books From The Past 20 Years, According To The Independent Bath Literature Festival

Picking a good book can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are just SO many.<p>Luckily, the literary experts over at the Independent …

Books

Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels of 2015: Publishers’ Choice « Fantasy-Faction

Every year we take some time visiting and talking to SFF publishers about what their most anticipated novels for the year are. The idea is that the …

Books

5 Mindfulness Techniques That Will Improve Your Relationships and Make You a Better Leader | Inc.com

Greater mindfulness can make you a much more effective leader. It will give you better insight on both employees and customers, and help you make better decisions. That advice comes from Charles Francis, author of <i>Mindfulness Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace</i> and director of the …

Mindfulness

50 Awesome Meditation Tips for Beginners

Buddhaimonia.It’s officially the Zen for Everyday Life release week, and with the book being just two days away from release (look for it Wednesday!) …

Zen

To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg, review: 'fascinating but unbalanced'

A sweeping account of the birth of modern science argues that physics and astronomy were the driving forces behind the revolution<p>There have been many accounts of the historical progression of our understanding of the world around us, especially focusing on the transformative developments that began …

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Quantum Physics made simple by a Pinay physicist

Quantum physics suggests some peculiar phenomena that have excited and distressed many great minds, even including Einstein. In her essay, Pinay …

Strange Love

Can two strangers really fall in love by asking each other 36 psychologist-approved questions and staring into each other's eyes for four minutes straight? Filmmaker Gia Coppola decided to find out.<p>Can two strangers really fall in love by asking each other 36 psychologist-approved questions and …

'Haunted Technology': An Interview with Erik Davis, Scholar of the Weird

We talked about conspiracy theories, confronting the void, and modern-day magic.<p><i>Illustration of Erik Davis by Craig "Questions" Scott</i><p>Erik Davis is an author, scholar and connoisseur of the weird. He's spent over 20 years exploring fringe movements, occult covens, and liminal cyberspaces, finding …

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

20 Best Movies of 2014: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ and More

From a 12-year experimental film project to alien seductress Scarlett Johansson, it's been a very fine year for movies. Here are the best.<p>Marvel

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the The Cloud, making us part-robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first – by our free will – to remove itself from the process of …

Is This a Dream? - Good Times Santa Cruz

Share Email Comments<p>A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams<p>“Are you dreaming right now?” asks science …