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Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

Biology

What Caused the Great Crime Decline in the U.S.?

After decades of soaring levels of homicides and drug violence, the country’s crime rate plunged dramatically over the last 25 years. What happened?<p><i>A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring</i> …

New York City

Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office?

It's highly improbable, but law scholars and political junkies are speculating about it.<p>Donald Trump isn’t even the Republican nominee yet. But his incendiary rhetoric, most notably about killing the families of terrorists and bringing back torture, has critics on the right and the left discussing …

Donald Trump

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t

Arthur Sommer Rotenberg was a doctor in Toronto with a promising career. He had a large, loving family and was both studious and athletic, once …

Cuba

Faking happiness on social media helped me cope with depression

My life looks pretty good on Facebook. If you browsed through my feed, you might see a photo of me drinking wine by my husband in a hot tub, surrounded by a foot of snow. Then there are more blatant self-congratulations: <i>Check out this NPR piece that was filmed during my last mushroom-collecting</i> …

Social Media

The Fascinating Origin Stories of 7 Famous Novels

These days, everyone knows what an origin story is thanks to superhero movies and comic books. We’ve now seen multiple iterations of the origin story …

Literature

Why are millennials so anxious?

Anxiety seems to be a common complaint among Generation Y. Our writers discuss contributing factors such as underlying instability around housing and careers<p>Rose Bretécher: We’re sold the dream, but fear a nightmare future<p>For me anxiety is uncertainty – the physical and emotional sensation that …

Mental Health

Welcome To The Post-Work Economy

For the future economy to work, we need to get rid of our unhealthy fixation on what work and jobs mean to our self-worth.<p>If the goal of the economy is to provide decent-paying work for everyone, that economy clearly isn’t doing a good job at the moment. Real wages for most Americans haven’t …

The Productivity Secret You Can Steal From Geniuses

Beyond smarts, the greatest minds in history all have this characteristic in common.<p>Geniuses, we all know, are smart. But do they share any other qualities like quiet personalities, large social networks, or wild hair?<p>It's a topic I've covered before when it comes to titans of the arts. According …

Creativity

Unsure About Socialism? Here's More Evidence That Capitalism Is Killing America

A recent Gallup poll found that less people would vote for a socialist than for an atheist, a Muslim, or an evangelical Christian. Media-numbed …

Eva Mendes Opens Up About Her Baby Girl With Ryan Gosling For The First Time

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling kept their baby news a secret up until the very end of Mendes' pregnancy, but it appears the parents are bending their privacy policy a bit these days.<p>Mendes opened up about the couple's two-month-old daughter in Violet Grey‘s digital magazine, The Violet Files, …

How a Hollywood Guru Helped Me Stop Being So Damn Indecisive

Trapped in a lifelong cycle of what-ifs, Amanda FitzSimons finally finds some answers—and an exit from the cul-de-sac of indecision<p>"Have you ever considered taking an SSRI?"<p>On the long, long list of things you never want a supervisor to call you into a conference room to suggest—maybe, okay, please …