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Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it …Language
What does it mean to think? Can machines think, or only humans? These questions have obsessed computer science since the 1950s, and grow more …Psychology
Investigators may never know exactly why Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz carried out what is believed to have been a deliberate plane crash in …Mental Health
Every modern generation has had its own idiosyncratic obsession with telepathy, the hope that one human being might be able to read another person’s …Psychology
Life LinesFor an artist with amnesia, the world takes place through her pencil.Using a pencil and a ruler, Lonni Sue Johnson lovingly traced a blue …Psychology
It has been well-documented that perceived support is associated with better health and well-being.1,2 Knowing that you’ll have someone there when …Self-Esteem
“The books that give us the most pleasure, the deepest pleasure, combine uncertainty and satisfaction, tension and release.”
A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid …Psychology
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Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to …Psychology
“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”
In his early thirties, Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …Zen
It's called "Designing Your Life," a course that's part throwback, part foreshadowing of higher education's future.
Before Kanyi Maqubela became an investment partner at the Collaborative Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on social enterprises, he was a typical Stanford student in …Stanford University
How one of Google's original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.
In 2006, Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan decided he no longer wanted to feel like a cog in the great machine, and set out to create a program that would train people to be more …Google
How restaurants trick you into eating less and spending more
In the 1760s, Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau opened a series of Parisian shops that boasted a curative consommé. Although the main draw was the broth, Roze’s establishments also set a new standard for dining out, with individual tables, …Restaurant
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott currently has people scratching their heads as to what he was thinking when he ate a raw onion like most people would eat an apple. While people looking at Tony Abbott’s words and actions and thinking “what the hell are you doing?” is nothing unusual these …Tony Abbott
Today’s demands for measurable childhood success—from the Common Core to college placement—have chased household chores from the to-do lists of many young people. In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released last fall by Braun Research, 82% reported having regular chores growing up, but only 28% said …Kids
‘On my good days, I can almost pass for a normal person. On my bad days, I feel like I cannot find myself… I don’t know who I am and what I am going …Psychology
Stop mocking Starbucks’s ‘Race Together.’ It could actually lead to useful conversations about race.
Starbucks recently launched a campaign called “Race Together,” in which baristas invite customers to engage in conversations about race by writing …Starbucks
As the Ebola epidemic subsides, global leaders look to the next outbreak.
Sitting and talking about the 10,000 people so-far killed by Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, it's easy to feel impotent. The scope and nature of the problems that fed the outbreak are the result of disparities so vast …Psychology
Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
The content of a conversation is less important than how personal and emotional it is
You can’t put your finger on it.
You may not have anything in common.
On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.
But you just… “click.”
How does that work? Personally, …Psychology
One of psychology's most infamous experiments on the dark side of humanity is back under the microscope
In 1961, Yale University psychology professor Stanley Milgram placed an advertisement in the New Haven Register. “We will pay you $4 for one hour of your time,” it read, asking for “500 New Haven men to help us complete a scientific study of memory and learning.”
Only part of that was true. Over the …Holocaust
DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV was 19, legally an adult, at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. He now faces 30 federal counts related to the …The Brain
In the past few days, the climate change debate has reverted to a familiar mode: Follow the money. The New York Times and many other outlets reported …Psychology
Here's a phenomenon we've all noticed: a friend insists they're right about something, refuses to waver in spite of doubters, and then consults Wikipedia, only to realize that they're dead wrong.
We might laugh, but it happens all the time. Think about those poor people on Jay Leno or Jimmy Kimmel …Public Broadcasters
Facebook's emphasis on experiences instead of material goods is giving us a new way to worry that we may not be keeping up with the Joneses. Here's …Facebook
Men are affected by memory loss earlier than women, according to a study. Why does it happen and what can we do to stave it off?
Men over 40 have worse memories than women of the same age, according to a study carried out by American scientists.
The research showed that the hippocampus area of the …The Brain
An interview with Danielle Ofri, physician and author of “What Doctors Feel” – a book about the emotional lives of doctors.
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Cultural competence — loosely defined as the ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different …Psychology
Brain myths die hard, and other things I learned from writing WIRED's popular Brain Watch blog for 17 months.The post What I Learned Writing A Brain …The Brain