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Novelist Kureshi is wrong: creative writing helps us respond to literature

Last week the celebrated controversialist and novelist Hanif Kureshi said that creative writing courses are a "waste of time". It's encouraging to see that, now he's a professor of creative writing, his views are becoming more positive: in 2008 he declared creative writing courses "the new mental …

Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing

Speed-reading all rage. Suddenly many speed-reading apps. Spritz. Spreeder. Others.<p>Some inspired by method RSVP — rapid serial visual presentation.<p>"Rather than read words<p>from left to right,"<p>says Marc Slater, managing director of Spreeder parent company eReflect.<p>"RSVP<p>allows<p>users<p>to<p>read<p>the<p>words<p>quickly.<p>…

An author’s tips: ‘Write as much as possible. Have fun ... be patient with your prose’

Poet Earle Birney began a new chapter in Canadian literature when he established the country's first Department of Creative Writing that operated separately from an English Department. Fifty years later, the University of British Columbia program's graduates – who include Zsuzsi Gartner, Charlotte …

A Ladies' Guide to Thick, Lustrous Writing

Writing is a bit like doing your own hair. It’s quite difficult to tame and often doesn’t end well. But with a little practice and professional grade …

Watch: How Scientists Plan To Bring Extinct Species Back To Life

Conservationists and scientists have a saying, “extinction is forever.” But soon biologists will be able to clone long-gone animals, in the hopes of …

Biological Species

The Best Life Lesson Mark Cuban Has Learned Came From His 87-Year-Old Father

Billionaire tech entrepreneur, investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke at South by Southwest on Saturday. He told the audience that the greatest life lesson he's learned came from his father.<p>It's to have fun at every age.<p>"My dad is 87. He's going strong, he's a machine," Cuban said. …

Should you pay fees for better public services?

The Discussion<p>Ben Dachis: It may come as a shock, but economics isn’t always about money. Before you tell me to hand in my economists’ guild card, I should tell you that the way economists look at the world is rooted in a simple idea: people respond to incentives. That incentive often is money. …

Keith Richards’ Best ‘Life’ Advice for Children

It’s delightful news: pickled-in-vinegar pirate of the good ship Rolling Stone Keith Richards is writing a children’s book, due out through Little, …

William Shatner: Of course there's alien life

When scientists speak about space and the world out there, it's always worth a listen.<p>But they're scientists. They have a vested interest in being right. More interesting, perhaps, are the people who seem to have an unalienable instinct for the truths of existence.<p>William Shatner is surely one of …

Paranormal

Life without sugar: one family's 30-day challenge

As a mother of four I am not sure how I am supposed to feel about sugar. If I believe the anti-sugar lobby, it's "the new tobacco". Sugar rather than fat, the argument goes, is responsible for ever-rising levels of obesity. "Sugar is not addictive like tobacco," explains Professor Graham MacGregor, …

The wealthiest get 20 more years of life in good health than the most deprived

The extra years that people in the wealthiest areas live compared to the poorest - 9.2 years for men and 6.8 for women - are not all you look at for how deprivation affects health.<p>Another thing that matters is the quality of life of those years and wealthier people obviously get a lot more of those.<p>…

The One Thing Essential to Living a Moral Life According to Majorities in 22 Countries

What’s the one thing majorities in many countries around the world see as absolutely essential to leading a moral life?<p>That’s the question the Pew Research Center set out to answer when it commissioned a study in 40 countries, finding that clear majorities in 22 of those nations think it is …

This column will change your life: other minds

Among philosophers, the "problem of other minds" refers to an old puzzle: how could you ever be sure – totally sure – that anyone else has a mind at all? How do I know you're not all highly convincing robots, or hallucinations I'm experiencing? Taken to extremes, these stoner-ish thoughts lead to …

Want To Accomplish More? Simplify Your Life

A quick story.<p>When my kids were young–the oldest was 11–we moved away from our Manhattan-centric life to semi-rural Massachusetts. This was back when New York City was considered scary—and not glamorous as it is today—and I wanted them to grow up in a more stable environment.<p>We packed up at the …

How To Be More Satisfied With Your Life – 5 Steps Proven By Research

<b>I’ve posted a lot about the research around</b> <b>how to be happier</b><b>. But being satisfied with your life is something a little different.</b><p>Daniel Kahneman, …

Happiness