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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>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and a polemical African American social scientist (Lytton Strachey and WEB Du …

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 …

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'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 …

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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.” ―</b>Jiddu Krishnamurti<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 …

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 …

Fear is Stupid and So Are Regrets--Inspiration from Highly Successful People

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>(0)<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 …

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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 …

Self-improvement

8 of the Most Historically Inaccurate Historical Movies

Most period pieces take some liberties with history. You have the small accidental mistakes, like the wrong kind of shoes, an anachronistic turn of …

Scientists discover two mysterious ‘chambers’ in the Great Pyramid of Giza

Researchers studying the Great Pyramid of Giza, built in around 2560BC as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, believe they have discovered two previously-unknown cavities within the structure.<p>Scan Pyramids, a collaborative project involving a number of universities, companies and scientific …

What Is Religion?

"What is reli-gion?" Shaykh Babikir asks, his thick Sudanese accent curling the word out over his bottom lip.<p>"Man creates religion to suit himself. …

Hidden iOS 10 trick lets you create your own night vision mode

Ok, so iOS 10 doesn’t have a system-wide dark mode that would make it easier on the eyes to interact with the phone at night, at the movies, or in …

The secret libraries of history

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.<p>Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, …

30 of the Most Creative Bookshelves Designs - Page 2 of 2 - Interior Design Inspirations

The Ellipse Bookcase has a beautiful design that will enhance the beauty of any room. The bookcase is made of sturdy elm wood and layers of wood …

11 apps and gadgets to turn your phone into something else

By David Nield<p>Smartphones are versatile bits of kit right out of the box but with a well-chosen accessory or app you can do even more with the gadget …

Gear & Gadgets

3 Ways Your Brain Is Letting You Down

Can't remember names? Blame your faulty brain.<p>The human brain is a marvel of nature. It keeps you breathing, regularly delivers good ideas, coordinates your movements, manages a tangle of complicated relationships, and produces the mystery that is consciousness.<p>But just because the three-pound lump …

The Brain

10 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Know and Live By

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do entrepreneurs need more than anything else? Brain fuel. The creative brain is one that is constantly fed.<p>So why not learn from giants of entrepreneurial thinking. Consider re-writing one of these 10 powerful quotes and posting it …

Motivation

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of

Let's be honest. When most of us talk about philosophy — the hard-core, name-dropping, theory-quoting kind — we're talking about a particular lineage that traces back to the Hellenistic Greeks.<p>But consider, for a moment, the fact that over the last few thousand years there've been a whole lot of …

Greg Jackson's top 10 books to make you a better person

Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life,” wrote Thoreau, …

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The 8 Greatest Apps For Incredibly Busy Guys

Swipe these and take back lost time<p>Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to tackle your to-do list?<p>Use these insanely helpful apps to take control of your calendar, streamline your inbox, and consume more information in half the time.