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10 Lessons Marcus Aurelius Can Teach You

One of the philosophers who has influenced my thinking the most is Marcus Aurelius. He was one of the last “good emperors” of Rome — who genuinely …

How to Become a Philosopher

Anyone can be a philosopher — you just need to have a love for wisdom.<p>Philosopher definition<p>A philosopher isn’t having a white beard, discarded all …

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>• The 100 best nonfiction books: No 51 – The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and …

19 Nonfiction Books From 2016 That Will Expand Your Mind

Read 'em and learn.<p>While we do love our fiction at HuffPost Arts & Culture, 2016 ushered in ample nonfiction work that’s just as worthy of your time and eyeballs.<p>What many need after a drawn-out and frightening election season are resources to unplug and reconnect to our humanity. The sprawling …

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

<i>Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours</i><p><i>Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower</i><p>— Riz MC, "Immigrants," <i>Hamilton Mixtape</i><p>In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion's …

Books

17 Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes That Will Turn Your World View Outside In

<b>“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ―Jiddu Krishnamurti</b><p>A sage is someone who can put into words the …

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

Learning

15 Quotes for When You Need More Creative Inspiration

Creativity is a complex topic, with multiple facets. From leadership to neuroscience to management and more, here are the top 15 quotes from those disciplines as they are related, directly and indirectly, to creativity.<p>1. "Above all, innovation is work rather than genius. It requires knowledge, it …

Creativity

We read all 20 National Book Award nominees for 2016. Here's what we thought.

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help you …

Not All Habits Are Equal. These 3 Habits Outperformed Every Other

Averagely, the human brain is just 2% the mass of the body, but it consumes 20% of the total energy to function optimally. That’s how much our brain …

Self-improvement

18 Quotes that Coax You to Make Friends with Your Fears

Fear is a fog. Step into it to usurp it's power.<p>Halloween is a traditionally scary time of year for children. But grown-ups know that there's a lot more to worry about than Frankenstein or vampires. And there's plenty of reasons to get the jitters all year long.<p>The world is a scary place on many …

10 Books That Screwed Up the World

ratings<p>(17)<p>You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to …

13 Questions That Will Change Your Life

When things aren't going quite the way you'd like them to, it's often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard to confront because you're afraid you won't get the answer you want, others because you really don't want to know the answer.<p>But the best things in …