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The Greatest Definition of Love

Literary history is as strewn with colorful attempts to define love — including some particularly memorable ones — as modern psychology is with attempts to dissect its inner workings. But perhaps the most powerful and profoundly human definition I’ve ever encountered comes from Czech-born British …

Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration

If you, like me, thought it wasn’t possible to admire the writer-illustrator battery of genius behind the recent gem <i>Lost Cat</i> any more, you’re about to be, like I was, promptly proven wrong. In a recent episode of her award-winning <i>Design Matters</i> radio show, interviewer extraordinaire and Renaissance …

Eurozone 1Q GDP at 1.7% on year, vs. 2.7% in previous quarter

May 2, 2018<br>6:23 AM<p>Shares of Paddy Power Betfair PLC’s (PPB.DB) fell in trading on Wednesday despite the news of a planned 500 million pound ($683.9 million) return to investors after the company reported deteriorating underlying profits.<p>May 2, 2018<br>6:13 AM<p>President Donald Trump’s former personal …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

Einstein on Why We Are Alive

Given my soft spot for big thinkers’ answers to young people’s questions about life, I was thrilled when reader Dave Anderson shared the story of his mother’s exchange with none other than Albert Einstein. When Marion Block Anderson, an altogether exceptional woman, was a freshman at Oberlin …

'You're too smart,' and other jibes about being single

<b>In a recent Magazine article, Suruchi Sharma wrote about the pressure on women in India to marry by their mid-20s.</b><p>Her story provoked numerous responses from around the globe from both men and women about the social stigma they face for remaining unmarried.<p><b>Harshika Amin, Bangalore, India:</b> I am a …

12 Hilariously Revealing U.S. Maps You Won't Find in a Textbook

The Echo Nest’s recent round-up of each state’s most distinctive band generated quite a bit of discussion—and not just because it revealed Kentucky’s …

The Seven Lady Godivas: Dr. Seuss’s Little-Known “Adult” Book of Nudes

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as <b>Dr. Seuss</b> (March 2, 1904–September 24, 1991), was a legendary children’s book author, radical ideologist, and a lover of reading. Among his many creative feats is a fairly unknown, fairly scandalous one: In 1939, when Geisel left Vanguard for Random House, he …

Women and Emotional Vulnerability

TRIGGER WARNING: A jackass in the comments section brings up date rape in an extremely uncouth and tasteless manner.<p>Tonight I’m writing about …

The Relationship Game..

One of the best ways to improve and deepen a relationship is mutual understanding. What’s the best way to achieve this? Asking questions, really …

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

Life Is Like Blue Jelly: Margaret Mead Discovers the Meaning of Existence in a Dream

The meaning of life has been contemplated by just about every thinking, feeling, breathing human being, and memorably so by a number of cultural icons, including Carl Sagan, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, David Foster Wallace, Richard Feynman, and other luminaries. But one of the most unusual and …

Ten Wedding Vows Based on Relationship Science

I study romantic relationships. I'm also engaged. So, of course, I've given a tremendous amount of thought as to what it really means for my partner and I to marry one another. Researchers have found that weddings are deeply significant life events, but we don't really know <i>why</i> they're so …

To My Old Master

In 1864, after 32 long years in the service of his master, Jourdon Anderson and his wife, Amanda, escaped a life of slavery when Union Army soldiers …

40 maps that explain the world

Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to …

The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships

When I was a mama of three very tiny, very messy, very beautiful rug rats, we had DAYS THAT WENT ON FOR LIFETIMES. Craig left at 6:00 a.m. every morning and as I watched his showered, ironed self leave the house I felt incredibly blessed and thrilled to have so much time alone with my babies and …

Love Is Walking Hand In Hand: The Peanuts Gang Defines Love, 1965

The <i>Peanuts</i> series by Charles M. Schulz endures as one of the most beloved cartoons of all time, partly because of Schulz’s gift for capturing the great, tender truths of human existence through remarkably simple, sometimes poetic, often humorous, always profound vignettes. Hardly does it get more …

How Should We Live: History’s Forgotten Wisdom on Love, Time, Family, Empathy, and Other Aspects of the Art of Living

<i>“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth,”</i> Goethe famously proclaimed. Thomas Hobbes extolled <i>“the principal and proper work of history being to instruct, and enable men by the knowledge of actions past to bear themselves prudently in the present and providently in</i> …

She's Not Crazy; You Are

“That bitch be crazy!”<p>It's a line every man, who has ever dated a woman, has uttered at some point during their relationship -- albeit, with a better …

Relationships

The Big Box: Toni Morrison’s Darkly Philosophical Children’s Book, a Collaboration with Her Son

In 1999, beloved author <b>Toni Morrison</b> teamed up with her son, the painter and musician <b>Slade Morrison</b>, and joined the ranks of other famous “adult” writers who penned lesser-known and lovely children’s stories. Together, they wrote <b>The Big Box</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the seemingly grim tale of Patty, …

An Invisible Flower: Yoko Ono’s Time Machine of Love

When she was nineteen years old, Yoko Ono conceived and illustrated <b>An Invisible Flower</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a simple, touching story about the invisible beauty of the world we all know is there and one man, Smelty John, who is able to see it. Decades later, her son, Sean Ono Lennon, discovered the …

A Gratitude Omnibus: People, Projects, and Publications That Make Life Better

• <b>The Dish</b> <i><br>Andrew Sullivan is one of the world’s first serious online writers and, in my opinion, the web’s finest sieve for what is meaningful and important. In 2013, he made the bold decision to leave mainstream media and go indie, relying on direct support from readers – a ray of hope for</i> …

Nelson Mandela’s Moving Inaugural Address and Timeless Wisdom from His Autobiography

We may have lost <b>Nelson Mandela</b> (July 18, 1918–December 5, 2013), unequaled patron saint of equality, peace, and human rights, but his spirit remains forever with us — a spirit that not only changed political history, but also tirelessly elevated humanity into a higher version of itself.<p>In his …

George Orwell, Feminist: The Beloved Author on Gender Equality in Work and Housework

Besides his great wisdom on why writers write and how to make the perfect cup of tea, <b>George Orwell</b> (June 25, 1903–January 21, 1950) also endures as a kind of cultural oracle who presaged the NSA era in <i>1984</i> and the Occupy era in <i>Animal Farm</i>. But it turns out he might have also presaged the <i>Lean In</i> era …

The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013

On the heels of the year’s best reads in psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, and children’s books, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continues with the finest science and technology books of 2013. (For more timeless stimulation, revisit the …

Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear

One of the most persistent critiques of Western children’s literature has always been its lack of diversity, and one of the most powerful yet little-known counterpoints to that critique is <b>Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear</b> (<i>public library</i>) by the great <b>Tomi Ungerer</b>, originally published in …