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The Nature of the Self: Experimental Philosopher Joshua Knobe on How We Know Who We Are

<i>“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings,”</i> pioneering educator Annemarie Roeper wrote in her meditation on how poorly we understand the self. Indeed, while philosophers may argue that the self is a toxic illusion and psychologists may insist that it’s forever changing, we tend …

The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write

Why do writers — great writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> attributed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Michael Lewis</b> ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

Thank You: The Antidote to Loneliness

I lay in my bed and waited for sleep.<p>Instead, the ancestors brought light.<p>This is what they showed me:<p>There is an antidote to loneliness, disconnection, disaffection and disappointment. It comes from within. And we invoke its healing power with only two words.<p>Thank you.<p>If we say thank you, we …

Gratitude

Get Moving: Heart Healthy Exercises

As you may have heard, February was American Heart Month, an entire 28 days dedicated to raising national awareness of heart disease and educating the public in ways to prevent it. Although there are many contributing factors to overall heart health, one of the most effective ways to prevent heart …

Exercise

Saying Yes to Life by Learning to Say No

It's 7:00 a.m., I'm lying in bed deciding whether I should get up, go back to sleep or attempt to meditate when I suddenly have the realization that what I really need to do to make 2014 successful, is to start saying no. Weird. I know, but it's come to my awareness that quite often I say yes when …

When Worry Is Worthless, When Fear Is a Friend

"Anxiety, my old friend," my friend Colleen Wainwright once wryly confessed. We women generally worry more than men. For example, "While men are bearing the brunt of the job losses, women report much higher levels of fear and worry about their families' financial security than men do," and women …

19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again

Bust out those e-readers, dust off your bookshelves, or head to your local library -- Monday, March 3 marks the 17th annual Read Across America Day. Hosted by the National Education Association and held in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2), Read Across America Day applies the football …

Oscars After-Party Photos Are Entertaining, As Usual

The 2014 Oscars were a success, as were the star-studded after-parties.<p>Celebrities came out to celebrate Sunday night's achievements at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Oscar party, Vanity Fair's Academy Awards bash and the Governors Ball. From winners Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett to other …

10 Signs You're the Worst Person on Your Flight

Are you a candidate for most-hated passenger on the plane? If you're guilty of any of the following bad habits, you'll likely be the subject of disdainful glares, sanctimonious whispers, and violent revenge fantasies on your next flight. Here are 10 signs that you're the human embodiment of all …

12 Years a Slave: Yet Another Oscar-Nominated 'White Savior' Story

The Academy, like the movie industry overall, tends to gravitate toward stories about slavery when they feature a merciful white man bringing freedom.<p>A few weeks back, I noted that there are not many movies about slavery. Given that, though, the list of slavery films that have been real contenders …

Samsung debuts its first Galaxy S5 ad during the Oscars and turns sponsorship dollars into all-star selfies

In case you hadn't heard, Samsung's newest phone is coming. At the Oscars, the Galaxy S5 just got a huge shot of publicity, both in a 30-second ad segment and the not-so-casual presence of its big bro, the Note 3, throughout the award ceremony. We hope you like Hollywood stars and selfies, because …

How to announce your engagement

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Who Wore What: Filmfare Awards nominee party

With exactly a week to go for Bollywood's biggest awards ceremony, the Filmfare Awards 2014, the nominations were announced on January 15 at a big …

Purple rice and other pretty food substitutions

Find yourself making bad food decisions more often than not? There really are better alternatives to white rice and, believe it or not, French …

Chitrangada on beauty and wellness

While Chitrangada Singh experiments with her style choices, on the beauty front she stays constant. Her body, hair and skin are always glowing, fresh …

Best dressed: 59th Filmfare Awards

Deepika Padukone shone the brightest on the 59th Filmfare Awards red carpet held on January 24, co-hosted by Priyanka Chopra. The actor, who won the …

Bollywood pushes the boundary on red carpet fashion

Where figure-hugging gowns or net saris are what we've come to expect from the Bollywood red carpet, refreshingly this season of award ceremonies had …

Deepika Padukone

HIIT workouts: What they are and why they work

There's a ton of hype around high intensity interval training (HIIT) right now. It's how Henry Cavill got his <i>Superman</i> body. And a legion of …

The 450-calorie crunching music playlist

Before your next run, create a scientifically engineered mix that makes torching calories automatic. "Manipulating tempo can work like a remote …

5 style picks at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Now in its sixteenth year, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival maintains its ground as an annual one-stop show for all things art and culture in Mumbai. …

Best dressed this week

When everyone else at the Grammy's went the typical glamour route, Madonna was the sole celebrity to bring musician attitude to the red carpet. She …

5 best sangeet looks from Ahana Deol’s wedding

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4 spa treats to butter up your body

This is an awkward time for your skin. It's barely getting over the damage from arid winter air and in a couple of weeks it will have to switch gears …

Inside Ahana Deol’s wedding

Beauty tips from Jacqueline Fernandez’s Instagram

Social media-savvy star Jacqueline Fernandez has been using her Instagram page to dispense tried-and-tested wisdom to her nearly 50,000-strong …

Ultra trendy, runway-inspired hair accessories

Best dressed this week

Though it was a lean week, Priyanka Chopra made up for it with a slew of stylish appearances while promoting her new film <i>Gunday.</i> That …

Who wore what: Zee Cine Awards 2014

Mermaid dresses, seen on Sonakshi Sinha, Amrita Rao, Yami Gautam and Swara Bhaskar, were clearly the favoured silhouette at the 14th Zee Cine Awards, …

How to make travel photos look ultra stylish

We've all taken pictures of sunsets on the beach and misty mountains, but imbibing landscape photographs with an atmosphere that goes beyond what you …