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Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved

Over the course of investigating the Apple Watch, I’ve spoken to several sources who have spent extended time with it.<p>There are a lot of interesting details, some of which we’ll get into. But, by far, the biggest recurring theme is how little you use your iPhone once you have one.<p>After these …

Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges

<b>Barack Obama, speaking in front of the San Pedro Claver church in Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012. (AP/Carolyn Kaster/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>It’s not that religion gets twisted and misused for evil. The cruelty is embedded in the very texts<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>February 15, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Every …

E.O. Wilson: We should “diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths”

<b>Edward O. Wilson (AP/Chitose Suzuki)</b><p>Wilson spoke with New Scientist about his latest book, “The Meaning of Human Existence”<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>January 28, 2015 10:20pm (UTC)<p>E.O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist, recently spoke with New Scientist about his latest book, "The Meaning of …

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A Classical Guitarist’s Assuring Account of Creative Homecoming and Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

In her sublime memoir of the writing life, Dani Shapiro wrote: <i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.”</i> But the sharpening-and-honing itself rarely feels like a joy when you are mid-leap into the unknown, …

John Maeda on Creative Leadership, Talking vs. Making, and Why Human Relationships Are a Work of Craftsmanship

<i>“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him,”</i> David Foster Wallace wrote in what remains the wisest meditation on leadership I’ve ever encountered, <i>“and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.”</i> But for many people in creative fields — …

The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid difficulty, as Nietzsche believed. Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui …

Tim Cook Speaks Up

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to …

The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

<b>Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?</b> Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

The Measure of a Life Well Lived: Henry Miller on Growing Old, the Perils of Success, and the Secret of Remaining Young at Heart

<i>“On how one orients himself to the moment,”</i> 48-year-old <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) wrote in reflecting on the art of living in 1939, <i>“depends the failure or fruitfulness of it.”</i> Over the course of his long life, Miller sought ceaselessly to orient himself toward maximal …

“Why is God telling me to stop asking questions?”: Meet the woman behind Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos”

<b>Ann Druyan, the writer and executive producer of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." (Reuters/Kevork Djansezian)</b><p>Ann Druyan, “Cosmos” creator and widow of Carl Sagan, on science vs. religion–and men getting credit for her work<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>June 18, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>As the host of the recently concluded …

Melanoma Hotbed Dishes Bold Sun-Exposure Rules

From the time American youth step onto their first beach, fastidious parents dunk them into vats of sunscreen and swaddle them in ultraviolet-protective sun shirts and hats. This has also been the modus operandi of Australians, famous among dermatologists for having the world's highest incidence of …

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

In March of 1884, Leo Tolstoy resolved in his diary to create a “circle of reading” for himself, probing “the great philosophers of all time and all people” for wisdom on how to live well. This was the birth of his famous <i>Calendar of Wisdom</i>, which he spent the remaining seventeen years of his life …

Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success

<i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it,”</i> Dani Shapiro wrote in her beautiful meditation on the perils of plans. But while embracing uncertainty may be the cure for our epidemic of anxiety and the root of …

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

<i>“Find something more important than you are,”</i> philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, <i>“and dedicate your life to it.”</i> But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of …

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …

The only way to defeat the food industry: Cook more

<b>(Ahturner via Shutterstock)</b><p>Journalist Jeannie Marshall explains why kids need real food<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>January 1, 2014 9:00pm (UTC)<p>If Jeannie Marshall were in charge, we'd all be eating like the Italians. Or at least, like the Italians used to eat.<p>As a new mother in Italy, Marshall was ready to …

The Birth of the iPhone

Excerpt from ‘Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products’<p>This post has moved to a new location on the <i>Cult of Mac</i> blog.

Apple, coffee and techno: Jonathan Ive's recipe for success

It is cluttered with bikes, skateboards and designers' models, but the ideas factory that sits at the symbolic heart of Apple's vast Californian campus is also the workspace of perhaps the world's most successful designer.<p>It is here that Sir Jonathan ("Jony") Ive gathers his select team for …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

The iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements.<p>Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone …

How To Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff)

Humanity has learned a lot of stuff. Most of it is in books. So we should read more of them. Here’s how.<p>While many problems are new to 2013–what, exactly, is twerking?–most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do your best work. So if we want to be able to address our …

An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2000

The greatest business story of this generation is a design tale.<p>If there is one thing that CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want people to know, it’s what dwells behind his company’s “signature.” As a result, most efforts to explain design at Apple end up reducing a complex 37-year history to bromides about …

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Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney's Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The South Pacific paradise is a …