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Make your own memories: one day you’ll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones

Science fiction fantasies such as Total Recall, Blade Runner and Eternal Sunshine could become reality<p>Be careful what you wish for. That’s what Joel, played by Jim Carrey, discovers in Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, when he asks a memory-erasure company, Lacuna …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

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3 Improv Comedy Tricks To Supercharge Your Social Life

Picture this: You’re standing on stage in front of thousands of people. You have no script, no props, no set design, no director telling you what to …

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.<p><b>By</b> <b>Chris Mooney</b><p><b>“A MAN WITH A CONVICTION</b> is a hard man to change. Tell him …

A Harvard Psychologist Shares 6 Tips For Becoming A Better Writer

Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well.<p>Our brain works a particular way; so what rules do we need to know to write the way the brain best understands?<p>To find out the answer I gave …

Creative Writing

Walk the line: Will Self retraces the Berlin Wall, 25 years after its fall

‘The wall may be long gone, but its psychic effects are still in strong evidence’<p>The cab driver who picked me up from Tegel airport was a native Wessi who still suffered from ostalgie – or, for the non-German reader: she was someone who’d grown up in West Berlin and was still nostalgic for the time …

Paris Review - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Art of Fiction No. 196

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 184, Spring 2008<p>Ishiguro in 2005.<p>The man who wrote <i>The Remains of the Day</i> in the pitch-perfect voice of an English butler is himself very polite. After greeting me at the door of his home in London’s Golders Green, he immediately offered to make me tea, though …

Sam Harris Wakes Up

One day while walking through Rutgers' Quad Two on the way to the gym, I noticed my friend Shelton across the lawn. As he bounced along the …

Ideology

5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

Literary theorist and legal scholar Stanley Fish said, “The skill it takes to produce a sentence, the skill of lining events, actions, and objects in a strict logic — is also the skill of creating a world.”<p>In other words, sentences are the engines of creativity. But your sentences don’t have to say …

Content Marketing

Why I Hope to Die at 75

An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly<p>Seventy-five.<p>That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.<p>This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t …

Pop Culture and Power

Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture.<p>In Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel, “The Corrections,” a disgraced academic named Chip Lambert, who has abandoned Marxist theory in favor of screenwriting, goes to the Strand Bookstore, in downtown Manhattan, to sell off his library of …

The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

<i>“How we spend our days,”</i> Annie Dillard memorably wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on the life of presence, <i>“is, of course, how we spend our lives.”</i> And yet most of us spend our days in what Kierkegaard believed to be our greatest source of unhappiness — a refusal to recognize that “busy is a …

Daniel A. Gross - This Is Your Brain on Silence

Silence is in short supply in the modern world. In fact, the World Health Organization has studied the impact of noise pollution and found it can be …

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.<p>When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.<p>So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …

12 Writers Who Are Using Google+ in Cool Ways

When you’re knee-deep in writing, it’s easy to forget the importance of social media — or intentionally avoid it.<p>However, building your platform is a …

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until …

„Faschismus ist Teil unserer Kultur“

SPIEGEL-Gespräch<p>Der israelische Politologe und Historiker Zeev Sternhell hat die intellektuellen Grundlagen des Faschismus in Europa erforscht – und …

The Great Philosophers 4: Nietzsche

The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name. The first bit should sound like ‘Knee’, the second like ‘cher’: Knee – cher.<p>Friedrich Nietzsche …

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Great Philosophers 3: Epicurus

The Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was born in 341 BC, on the island of Samos, a few miles off the coast of modern Turkey. He had an unusually …

Greek Philosophy

The Great Philosophers 2: The Stoics

‘Stoicism’ was a philosophy that flourished for some 400 years in Ancient Greece and Rome, gaining widespread support among all classes of society. …

Self-help

Review: One week with Android Wear

Before we get started, I want to emphasize the word "initial" in this review. Sure, we've spent a week acquainting ourselves with Android Wear, but …

Android Wear review: the everything inbox

Pretty much everybody I know hates their inbox.<p>It's not just email either, though it tends to take the brunt of everybody's anger. There are dozens of apps sending us hundreds of notifications; managing all that incoming information is a genuine hassle. Looking at the notification center on our …

You Have No Idea How Wrong You Are

I've just discovered what might just be my new favorite lecture on <i>Youtube</i>. Pseudonymous philosopher Sisyphus Redeemed describes a sample of the many …

Isaac Asimov

Free Will May Just Be the Brain's 'Background Noise,' Scientists Say

It's a question that has plagued philosophers and scientists for thousands of years: Is free will an illusion?<p>Now, a new study suggests that free …

The Brain

A Sound You Can't Unhear (and What It Says About Your Brain)

Feel your brain at work as it transforms gibberish into an intelligible sentence<p>Just listen to this radio clip. It's only takes 50 seconds for the Franklin Institute's chief bioscientist, Jayatri Das, to demonstrate something fundamental about your brain.<p>She starts with a clip that's been digitally …

12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

<i>“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”<br>―Albert Camus</i><p>We live in turbulent times. There are fewer …

58 cognitive biases that screw up everything we do

We like to think we're rational human beings.<p>In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even …

Stumbling and Mumbling

Football might be the world's most popular sport, but moaning about co-commentators runs it a close second: so far, Clarke Carlisle, Andy Townsend …

The Psychology of Your Future Self and How Your Present Illusions Hinder Your Future Happiness

Philosopher Joshua Knobe recently posed a perplexing question in contemplating the nature of the self: If the person you will be in 30 years — the person for whom you plan your life now by working toward career goals and putting money aside in retirements plans — is invariably different from the …