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The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

Read an Excerpt<p>Chapter One<p>The Matter of Mind<p>Nature in her unfathomable designs has mixed us of clay and flame, of brain and mind, that the two things …

The Mostly True Adventures Of Standup Comedy's Legendary Frat House

One grand old house overlooking the Sunset Strip played host to a generation of comics — including Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, and Robin Williams — launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems. The crash pad of a comedy revolution, remembered, kinda, by the people who survived</b> …


Why We're All a Bit Nostalgic for the Days Before CGI

The practical special effects used in 70s and 80s horror films may have been clunky, but they were sure to give you nightmares.<p>I love practical effects in films. By this I mean I love makeup, special effects, puppetry, animatronics, and prosthetics. This isn't because I'm a retro-loving luddite who …


Fatal shot in San Francisco pier shooting was ricochet

But San Francisco police inspector John Evans testified the bullet traveled in a straight line, suggesting Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was pointing the gun in the direction of Kate Steinle, 32.<p>The competing versions of the same event emerged Wednesday during the second day of a preliminary hearing …

San Francisco

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life |

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …


Pretty much anyone on Earth with a radio can call the International Space Station and chat with astronauts

The International Space Station orbits more than 200 miles above the Earth, traveling five miles per second. Getting in touch isn’t quite as simple as placing a long-distance call. But if you have a ham radio, used by radio amateurs to chat on public frequencies, it actually isn’t much tougher.<p>Last …

Space Exploration

This is how the clowns took over: The sad history leading to the spectacle of a Fox News debate starring front-runner Donald Trump

The road to Fox and Trump was paved by decades of right-wing loathing of the media, facts and reality<p>Fox News will air the first Republican presidential debates this week, choosing 10 out of 17 current candidates according to unspecified polls and permitting each candidate just one minute to answer …

Political Science

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> …


Bikes vs Cars: can we kick our motoring habit? - video trailer

The trailer for Bikes vs Cars, a new film by Swedish documentary-maker Fredrik Gertten. The film interrogates the environmental and psychological impact of owning and operating a car. As commuters in cities all over the world are increasingly gravitating towards cycling, the documentary asks …


Apps Are Bigger Than Hollywood

KEY & PEELE Sketch "Substitute Teacher" is Becoming a Movie

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton Talk About Acting, BIRDMAN, and More in 20 Minute Video

Seeing the Sixties and Seventies Through 2001 and Alien

By Jason Z. Resnikoff January 9, 2015<p>On Film<p><i>Watching the sixties and seventies through</i> 2001 <i>and</i> Alien.<p>From <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i><p>It was April 1968 and my father was sitting in a theater in Times Square watching <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, certain that what he was seeing wasn’t just a movie but the future<i>.</i> …

Columbia University

There’s nothing to do when you’re locked in a vacancy: “The Breakfast Club” and the luxurious intimacy of uninterrupted time

The crew joked John Hughes’ masterpiece should have been called “Long Day’s Journey into Detention”<p>"The Breakfast Club," which turned 30 years old this year, actually opens by namedropping its own birthday. After the on-screen quote from David Bowie’s “Changes” (suggested to writer/director John …

The Breakfast Club

Mark Duplass: 'There's no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends'

One half of the Duplass brothers used his SXSW keynote speech to promote grassroots film-making and offer a how-to for underground directors<p>The key to becoming a successful and fulfilled independent filmmaker is shooting films on your mobile phone for $3 and never giving in to the temptation of …


Ex Machina - Trailer 2

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a …

Artificial Intelligence

“American Sniper’s” biggest lie: Clint Eastwood has a delusional Fox News problem

The insanities and fantasies at the heart of “American Sniper” explain everything about the state of the 2015 GOP<p>Much has been made recently about the inaccurate representation of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” We’ve learned that, despite the fact that the film depicts Kyle as a hero and a …

Clint Eastwood

This Japanese SPIDER-MAN TV Series is Totally Bonkers

Meta Supercut of People Watching Movies Celebrates the Power of Cinema

BATMAN: THE MAKING OF A HERO - 1989 Tim Burton Batman Documentary

“Interstellar”: Christopher Nolan’s grand space opera tries to outdo “2001”

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway go to infinity and beyond in a twisty, dazzling, crazy-ambitious space opera<p>“Interstellar” is M. Night Shyamalan’s finest film. It blends the aching, yearning, Hallmark-flavored sentimentality, the melodramatic plot twists and the pseudo-profound philosophical …

Tim Burton Movie Head Portrait Series