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15 paradoxes that will make your head explode

"I know one thing," Socrates famously said. "That I know nothing."<p>It's a crucial insight from one of the founders of Western philosophy: You should …

Ethnography

The ultimate, 3500-word, plain English guide to blockchain

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. After all, they are one of the most trending topics these days  —  the ultimate buzzwords of the year. Even people who’ve never mined cryptocurrency or understand how it works, are talking about it.<p>My …

Three surprising ways the Protestant Reformation shaped our world

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a Protestant, the anniversary of the revolution Martin Luther set in motion 500 years ago this Tuesday is a big deal. But even if you're not, it should be. The Reformation was one of the decisive events that made the world we live in, for better or worse.<p>Luther and his followers …

Theology

5 moves to save your spine

Even the most technically sound swings cause stress on the spine, but golf doesn't have to sentence you to future back pain. To avoid discomfort, says Golf Digest Fitness Advisor Ben Shear, "strengthen the muscles at the bottom of the spine, and improve flexibility in the mid and upper back." All …

Workouts

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

Literature

Netflix's Secret Codes Unlock More Movies Than You Can Imagine

Access this hidden list of hyper-specific Netflix genres with our help.<p>How many movies do you think are currently available on Netflix? Well, you’re …

Entertainment

10 Best Horror Movies of 2015

From meta-slasher flicks to creepy body-horror parables, the year's high points of scares<p>It was an interesting year for horror. For a long time, …

Neil Young: Bluenote Café

Live recordings from the late Eighties illuminate and (partly) redeem one of Neil Young's stranger eras<p>On the one hand, the 1988 LP <i>This Note's For …

How to rip a DVD or Blu-ray movie

If you have a sizable collection of DVDs and Blu-ray discs gathering dust, you might want to consider digitizing those bad boys so you can watch them …

Blu-Ray

25 Worst Original Names of Famous Bands

From the Salty Peppers to Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem<p>25<p>By , , , , , ,<p>It's one of the biggest decisions any band will …

The dazzling GIF art of SPYROGIF

One of the great GIF maestros of our time.<p>More at spyrogif.tumblr.com, or you can follow him on Twitter.

Xeni Jardin

You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer

Here’s how science and spirituality might find common ground — and learn something about the universe<p>The power of praying comes from daring to enter that mysterious place between the emerging God and us. But it’s not an empty space—it’s our own selves on progressively larger size scales, where we …

Spirituality

What It Takes To Succeed + Improve In Golf

<b>How resilient a golfer are you? Take our quiz to find out ⇒</b><p>I knew Bill Shean at the University of Michigan, where we were caddie-scholars. Bill was the best golfer in the house, mostly self-taught. Blue-eyed and with a big, toothy smile, he reminded me of a Kennedy. He had Kennedy cockiness, too, …

Brilliant Machines Will Have the Industrial Internet Written All Over Themselves

If you feel that the world has become a buzzing beehive of connectivity, wait a few years. A recent report from CISCO estimates that only a small …