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Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

<b>Charles Darwin</b> (February 12, 1809–April 19, 1882) was undoubtedly among the most significant thinkers humanity has ever produced. But he was also a man of peculiar mental habits, from his stringent daily routine to his despairingly despondent moods to his obsessive list of the pros and cons of …

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Web therapy could be an option for bipolar disorder

One user says it has "significantly helped me to survive the blackest moments."<p>An online platform that helps people with bipolar disorder …

Fighting Loneliness With Cuddle Parties

As Americans report feeling more isolated, some people turn to snuggling with strangers.<p>In a living room just outside of Dallas, Texas, about 20 of us crowded on couches, chairs, and blankets, and wore pajamas, sweatpants, and no shoes. The group was mostly middle-aged, a near-even split of men and …

The Dangers of Overestimating Music Therapy

It's comforting to believe that songs can help dementia patients recall their lost selves. But music can also harm as much as it helps, creating false memories, confusion, and distress.<p>Henry’s back in the news.<p>On November 18, 2011, a video was uploaded to YouTube. We follow a woman down a corridor …

Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

It would be tough to think up a more plum assignment for a test subject: Simply step into an empty room, sit down, and think.<p>Just think.<p>But in a study to appear in Thursday's issue of the journal <i>Science,</i> participants found the experience within their own heads surprisingly difficult to manage — if …

How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar

Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he's best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.<p>Tsutsui first heard the …

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Why a Capacity for Boredom Is Essential for a Full Life

When was the last time you were bored — truly bored — and didn’t instantly spring to fill your psychic emptiness by checking Facebook or Twitter or Instagram? The last time you stood in line at the store or the boarding gate or the theater and didn’t reach for your smartphone seeking deliverance …

How to Photograph Joyful People

My trip to Dublin marked the first time I’d be traveling with a National Geographic photographer and I was hoping to pick up a few tips. But I had no idea that the whole experience would be an immersive lesson in how to fall in love with the world and people through the lens of Catherine Karnow’s …

How To Transform Online Connections Into Real-Life Relationships

Let’s take this offline. Learn how to bridge the gap between digital and real-life social connections with these tips.<p>In decades past, only super-connectors could claim to have 500 professional acquaintances. Now, the “500+” number is ubiquitous on LinkedIn–but chances are you wouldn’t recognize …

Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book

As a lover of pop-up books, a celebrator of the intersection of art and science, and a great admirer of the vintage children’s book illustration of wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, I was instantly smitten with <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a glorious 1984 pop-up book that …

Casey Kasem Teaches Lessons On End Of Life Planning And Elder Abuse

It appears that the life of famed Top 40 Countdown host Casey Kasem is nearly at an end. Yesterday, a Los Angeles Judge ruled that Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, could suspend the artificial delivery of food and water to Casey due to his grave suffering.<p>Specifically, according to the Los …

19-Year-Old Sylvia Plath on the Transcendent Splendor of Nature

Carl Sagan believed that nature itself is a source of spiritual awe. Alan Lightman captured this beautifully in his account of a secular transcendent experience. And yet it’s not the scientists but the poets and writers who are best able to capture that sense of earthly reverence, from Virginia …

Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life

The light of the world has grown a little dimmer with the loss of the phenomenal <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014), but her legacy endures as a luminous beacon of strength, courage, and spiritual beauty. Angelou’s timeless wisdom shines with unparalleled light in a 1977 interview by …

Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli

<i>“We’re all going from point A to point B — how we get there is the conductor’s problem,”</i> legendary graphic designer Massimo Vignelli (January 10, 1931–May 27, 2014) once said at an event we both attended several years ago. Although Vignelli reached his final point B, after a long illness, he lives …

Funny or Die

How your sense of humor can improve your health, get you pregnant, and even save your life<p>Laughter is the best medicine, or so the cliché goes. Actually, given the choice between laughter and, say, penicillin or chemotherapy, you’re probably better off choosing one of the latter. Still, a great …

Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

<i>“We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in contemplating how our ego keeps us separate from the universe. <i>“It is almost banal to say so,”</i> Henry Miller observed, <i>“yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is</i> …

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Van Morrison once characterized <b>Bob Dylan</b> (b. May 24, 1941) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the “moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once …

We Are Dead Stars

Every atom in our bodies was fused in an ancient star. NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe—a supernova explosion—and what the universe might look like when all the stars die out.<p>This video is a …

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The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux.<p>By some accounts, education is a $7 trillion global industry ripe for disruption. Others see it as almost a sacred pursuit — a means …

The Three Kinds Of Posthumous Albums (And Where Michael Jackson Fits In)

This weekend on <i>All Things Considered</i>, NPR Music's critic Ann Powers spoke with guest host Tess Vigeland about <i>Xscape</i>: the posthumous Michael Jackson album released Tuesday, on which contemporary producers flesh out unfinished demos from throughout Jackson's career. (Read our review for details.)<p>In …

Sci-fi short film imagines a world without paper

What would our world be like without paper? According to the renegade scientist in "Scattered," a sci-fi short film adapted from a story by author Ken MacLeod, it'd be a place freed from the restrictions of human history. Without the original source documents, mankind would have a clean slate. In …

Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself

<b>J.R.R. Tolkien</b> firmly believed that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and yet, unbeknownst to most, he joined the ranks of famous authors of literature for grown-ups who wrote little-known children’s books — including Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Virginia …

The hottest young economist in America studies the media, not monetary policy

The John Bates Clark Medal is usually awarded to economists studying rather traditional subjects—tax policy researchers and development experts, for example—but not the latest recipient, Matthew Gentzkow.<p>The American Economic Association, which awards the prize to the “American economist under the …

The Quiet Radicalism of All That

When Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show debuted in 1994, it upended the norms of children's TV with its diverse cast, un-condescending tone, and kid characters played by actual kids.<p>The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows …

Get Rich, Live Longer: The Ultimate Consequence of Income Inequality

The income gap meets the longevity gap.<p>Brookings economist Barry Bosworth crunches the data on income and lifespans for the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, and the numbers tell three clear stories.<p>1. Rich people live longer.<p>2. Richer people's lifespans are growing at a faster rate.<p>3. The problem is worse for …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …