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The Mystery of Mastery

<b>Mastery: The feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people and ourselves.</b><p><b>Robert Greene -- Mastery</b><p>Most of us have a hard time even feeling adequate, but the truth is we were built for <b>MASTERY</b> whether we are aware of it or not. Plus, we all have the ability to get on the path of …

6 Reasons Why Rebellious Kids Turn Out To Be More Successful

There is “surprising” evidence that rebellious kids or those who defy authority as children tend to be more successful and have higher incomes as …

Kids

Oliver Sacks' most mind-bending experiment

<b>Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, died on August 29 2015 aged 82. This interview by Adam Higginbotham first appeared in the Telegraph's Seven magazine in November 2012.</b><p>In his third year at Oxford, as an undergraduate studying biology and physiology, …

The ebook debate has moved on from zealots versus luddites – and has empowered readers<p>When I started writing this column three-and-a-half years ago, the digital publishing revolution was just starting to filter down to public consciousness.<p>From a pub lunch where someone was showing off their new …

Books

Cocaine stops you recognising other people’s emotions

A single dose of cocaine can interfere with your ability to recognise other people's emotions.<p>According to new research, the drug can damage social awareness, and can stop users from being able to process negative feelings such as anger, irritation or sadness. So, in other words, the reason you …

Oliver Sacks's strangest cases

<b>Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, has died aged 82. The London-born academic was the author of several books about unusual medical conditions including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat and The Island Of The Colorblind. Here are</b> …

Why Dung Beetles Watch the Sky While Rolling Poop Balls

The poop-hoarding insects have an amazingly advanced internal GPS that allows them to navigate by day or night.<p>Watching a dung beetle with its head to the ground, its rear in the air, and its hind legs kicking an enormous ball of poop—it’s difficult to imagine that these critters navigate by the …

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

A lot of books come across our desks here at <i>Weekend Edition</i>. One caught our eye recently, because of the unusual way it came to be published. The title sums up the story — <i>Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany</i>.<p>That remarkable tale came to …

How 'Inside Out' Explains The Science Of Memory

<i>Inside Out</i> is not just Pixar’s best film since <i>Toy Story 3</i>, it’s also the smartest. Mostly set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she moves to a new town, the movie uses colorful characters to illustrate how emotions influence our memories.<p>We humans have two main memory systems: implicit and …

The World’s Coolest Bike Tours

These quirky bike trips will have you begging for more vacation days

NASA-funded recruits begin a year-long isolation mission to simulate conditions on Mars

Three men, three women, 365 days.<p>NASA, the US space agency, is concerned about the effect that prolonged isolation could have on the members of any potential mission to Mars—a mission that, they estimate, could take as long as three years.<p>To test how confined conditions and the lack of contact with …

12 Beautiful Quotes From Oliver Sacks

The neurologist died Sunday aged 82. Here are just a few of his thoughts on topics from music and perception, to ageing and how he felt when he learned of his terminal cancer.<p>If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know …

Idealism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

The terms “idealism” and “idealist” are by no means used only within philosophy; they are used in many everyday contexts as well. Optimists who …

Stanford University

On Searching for the Maximum

Tokyo, 2011<i>Read as a Google Doc.</i>—“Over the last 10 years, what has interested me in taking photographs is the maximum — the maximum that exists in a …

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

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10 Crazy Paradoxes That Will Blow Your Mind

David K. William<p>Read full profile<p>A paradox is a premise that contradicts itself. It’s a situation that seems to defy logic by producing an …

Time Management

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Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …