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How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

The Coop Times embeds players deep into the journalistic process

<i>The Coop Times</i>, a recently published browser game by Adam Carr and Linebreak Collective, has effectively demolished the barrier between journalists …

'Blurred Lines' verdict would rock Amadeus and other great composers

"A good composer does not imitate, he steals," Stravinsky reputedly said. He may not have said it, but it fits.<p>Stravinsky stole like mad, and it wasn't theft. Stravinsky worked the way composers have always worked, basing their scores directly or indirectly on someone else's music.<p>Pop music artists …

The Followers of a Wrathful Buddhist Spirit Versus the Dalai Lama

In the past two decades, the followers of the Dorje Shugden have become the bogeymen of the Tibetan movement and its supporters worldwide.<p>For a doofy guy decked out in a wool cardigan and sleeveless vest, Tenzin Phuntsok was a surprisingly smooth operator.<p>I spoke with the young politician on a …

Hinduism

Technology makes us the “least-lonely” generation, says Aziz Ansari—but it’s worse than that

Comic Aziz Ansari, of <i>Parks and Recreation</i> fame, has a new standup special on Netflix. <i>Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden</i> covers a lot of ground: dating, male feminists, first-generation problems; the list goes on.<p>Ansari’s views on technology, however, and how we use it to organize our social …

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Peter Higgs interview: 'I have this kind of underlying incompetence'

The story of the physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle is a charming tale about a quintessentially British national treasure. Ever since Peter Higgs was named as this year's Nobel prize winner, the tale has been endlessly retold, and goes like this.<p>Higgs struck upon his theory …

8 Pieces That Will Change the Way You Hear Music

Put these masterpieces on your playlist and you'll never hear music the same way again.<p>1. “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin<p>Many musicians draw a …

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Dodging Bullets with Syrian Rebels Who Love Soccer and Adolf Hitler

I spent a week living with the Free Syrian Army just north of Damascus.<p><i>The photographs in this article are a mixture of ones taken by the rebel fighters in this story and others taken by the author around Syria.</i><p>As he does every morning, Amir wakes me by asking if I would like to die with him. “I …

Middle East

Science for potheads: Why they love to get high

<b>(Riccardo Mojana via Shutterstock)</b><p>There’s so much misunderstanding around marijuana. Here’s what’s really happening to people when they smoke weed<p>K.M. Cholewa<p>September 8, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Drug warriors have long tried to smear marijuana as a dangerous scourge, seeking to criminalize possession of a …