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Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

Researchers are a bit closer to understanding one of the brain's greatest accomplishments: making sense out of spoken language.<p>An area of the brain that interprets speech contains cells that respond to the dozen or so basic units of sound we use to form words, according to a team from the …

On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create

An even greater and more enduring mystery than the question of what creativity is and how it works is the question of why we humans create in the first place. One of the most beautiful and profound responses to that eternal question comes from legendary composer <b>Leonard Bernstein</b> (August 25, …

We All Have at Least Three Eyes—One Inside the Head

The pineal gland in the human brain has the structure of an eye. It has cells that act as light receptors, as the retina does. It has a structure …

Consciousness

Mastering the art of conversation: 7 steps to being smooth

In <i>The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure</i>, Catherine Blyth gives some great tips on handling the subtle nuances of polite …

Awe Increases Religious Belief

In February 1971, Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell was on his way back from the Moon when he had an epiphany. Staring out the window at the stars, he realized that everything is connected. The experience was so "puzzling and powerful," he told me, that upon touchdown he launched a quest into what …

5 Guidelines to Catch a Liar

I was recently asked to write an article on detecting deception for Pursuit Magazine. Despite the fact that I was well versed on the literature, I decided to ask three renowned scholars this question: "how do you catch a liar?" The scholars were Caroline Keating of Colgate University, David …

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains

I'm a big fan of music, and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Since music is such a big part of our lives, I thought it would be interesting and useful to have a look at some of the ways we react to it without even realizing.<p>"Without …

How to Be More Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President?<p>Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract …

The Heritability of Intelligence: Not What You Think

One of the longest standing assumptions about the nature of human intelligence has just been seriously challenged.<p>According to the traditional "investment" theory, intelligence can be classified into two main categories: fluid and crystallized. Differences in fluid intelligence are thought to …

Innovate or Evaporate!

<b>Conversational Intelligence at Work</b><p><i>By Judith E. Glaser & Joan Lawrence-Ross</i><p>What Conversational Intelligence™ Habit Patterns are Driving You?<p>We've researched conversational patterns for 30 years and have discovered that without realizing it, 80-90 percent of the time people fall back into their old …

How to Save More Money: It's a Matter of Time

Americans are living precarious lives. Nearly half of all families -- many with homes and cars and jobs -- are one misfortune away from financial disaster. A medical emergency or even a temporary loss of employment could gobble up their meager savings in six months or less. One in four Americans …

Little kids need conversation to pick up language - Futurity

By speaking directly to their toddlers, parents can help them learn to process language more …

Successful Children Who Lost A Parent — Why Are There So Many Of Them?

She was 9 when it happened. She says she was at school, in the school yard at recess, standing by the fence, when a thought passed through her "like the barest shadow of a mood." All of a sudden, and for no clear reason, she found herself thinking of her "Papi," her father, who'd been drunk, …

10 Things Disappearing from Elementary Schools

Modern technology has changed the American classroom in many ways, as have parental attitudes. Here are some elementary school essentials that are …

How to Quit Wasting Time on the Internet | The Art of Manliness

<i>9 pm. A college campus in the Midwest. Rob sits down to study. His inner monologue:</i><p>Okay, time to hit the books. I’m really going to get crap done …

How Not to Make Your Parents' Money Mistakes | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose.</i><p>I work as a financial planner, a money blogger, and a personal finance writer.<p>But by all rights, I …

The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions: Creating a Positive Family Culture | The Art of Manliness

Here’s a bit of trivia about me: My great-great-grandmother on my dad’s side was a full-blooded Mexicana. For whatever reason, this trace of Mexican …

Roar of the rutting stag: why men have deep voices

It's the rutting season. From Richmond Park to the Isle of Rum, red deer hinds will be gathering, and the stags that have spent the past 10 months minding their own business in bachelor groups are back in town, with one thing on their minds. A mature male that has netted himself a harem is very …

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 …

You May Be Strong . . . But Are You Tough? | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Khaled Allen</i>.<p>As a little boy, I was scrawny, weak, and prone to illness (much like a certain former …

How to Build Your Vocabulary In 5 Easy Steps | The Art of Manliness

Today, we’re going to talk about removing another kind of filler from your speech (and your writing as well): empty words. Just like empty calories …