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Correcting 79 Common Mispronunciations

<i>If people keep pronouncing hyperbole “hyper-bowl” the universe is going to implode upon itself.</i><p>John Green corrects 79 common English …

Summing Up The Somme

July 1991 marks a noteworthy anniversary in British military history. Seventy-five years ago, the campaign on the Somme dragged to its close. The …

Richard Dawkins on Evidence in Science, Life and Love: A Letter to His 10-Year-Old Daughter

When his daughter turned ten, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins — arguably today’s most vocal atheist and celebrated skeptic — wrote her a simply worded but tremendously thoughtful letter about how we know what we know, stressing the importance of evidence over blind belief. The letter, found …

Kierkegaard on Why Anxiety Powers Creativity Rather Than Hindering It

<i>“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer,”</i> Anaïs Nin famously wrote. But what, exactly, is anxiety, that pervasive affliction the nature of which remains as drowning yet as elusive as the substance of a shadow? In his 1844 treatise <b>The Concept of Anxiety</b> (<i>public library</i>), Danish philosopher <b>Søren</b> …

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. Joining them and prior explorations of what it means to be human is <b>The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of</b> …