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100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

Self-improvement

An Open Letter to Amy Schumer

<i>One week ago, a man brought a gun into a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana at the showing of comedian and actress Amy Schumer’s new film</i> …

Feminism

The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth

The golden ratio is total nonsense in design. Here’s why.<p>In the world of art, architecture, and design, the golden ratio has earned a tremendous reputation. Greats like Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí have used the number in their work. The Parthenon, the Pyramids at Giza, the paintings of …

Mathematics

What Every American Should Know

Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation<p>Is the culture war over?<p>That seems an absurd question. This is an age when Confederate monuments still stand; when white-privilege denialism is surging on social media; when legislators and educators in Arizona and Texas propose …

Black Panther Party

The Usefulness of Learning Through Observation

Pick any industry and you’ll find that very few people actually do the work themselves. Most cite a secondary source, or look up a summary online to …

This Week's Most Popular Posts: June 12th to 19th

Bad news first, folks. LastPass, our favorite password manager (and yours) has been hacked. It’s time to change your master password. The good news …

Charisma

3 great barbecue sauces you can make this weekend

If you love outdoor cooking there's nothing like spending quality time over a hot grill, whether you're grilling steaks or chicken, or slow-cooking brisket or ribs. But often it's that signature touch — a thoughtfully honed sauce — that takes your creation to a whole new level.<p>And while you can …

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

Spread Science about Climate Change, Global Warming

<b>Deniers say:</b> The greenhouse effect is just a theory; it hasn’t been proven by real-world data.<p><b>Science says:</b> Two centuries of scientific research tell …

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Chemistry

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

David Whyte on the True Meaning of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak

“Heartbreak is how we mature… There is almost no path a human being can follow that does not lead to heartbreak.”<p><i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf asserted in the only surviving recording of her voice. But words also belong to us, as much as we belong to them — and out of that mutual …

Relationships

What Makes a Hero: Joseph Campbell’s Seminal Monomyth Model for the Eleven Stages of the Hero’s Journey, Animated

“It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.”<p>Nearly four decades before <b>Joseph Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) refined his enduring ideas on how to find your bliss and have fulfilling life, the legendary …

Why can’t we read anymore?

Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?<p>Last year, I read four books.<p>The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as …

This Smartphone-Connected Grower Is Like A Keurig For Marijuana

“Companies are trying to rebrand what cannabis is,” says Root cofounder Eric De Feo. “It’s no longer this whole Jerry Garcia vibe.”<p>When Brielle Pettinelli takes the stage, a subtle, awkward laughter trickles through the room. She’s here to talk about marijuana. And this particular crowd, comprised …

Wendell Berry on Our Contempt for Small Places and the Perils of Our “Rugged Individualism”

“The extent of our knowledge will always be… the measure of the extent of our ignorance.”<p>Novelist, poet, farmer, and environmental activist <b>Wendell Berry</b> (b. August 5, 1934) is the closest thing our era has to Thoreau — a magnificent writer whose poems and essays remind us, over and over, what it …

Health benefits of standing desks: separating hype from reality

Too much of anything kills. The same is true of fried food, alcohol, and now – researchers are finding out – sitting. A study reveals that men who …

Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel

The announcement that the author will publish a new novel is thrilling to fans—but also contradicts what the author has long said she wants.<p>Nelle Harper Lee, born in Monroeville, Alabama in the spring of 1926, was named, in a roundabout way, after her grandmother: “Nelle” is “Ellen” spelled …

Literature

Crystalized Geode Installations Bring Beauty to Decaying Street Corners

Over the past few years, L.A.-based graphic designer and multidisciplinary artist Paige Smith (a.k.a. A Common Name) has installed countless crystalized rock formations in cracked, decaying nooks and crannies on the streets of cities as distant as Madrid, Istanbul, and Philadelphia. These “urban …

A Beautifully Hand-Painted Animation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

Ernest Hemingway’s romantic adventure of man and marlin, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i>, has perhaps spent more time on high school freshman English reading …

Earning Your Boots in Eastern Oregon

Cows don’t have hangovers, but some have rough mornings. Riding a horse across a valley dotted with junipers doused in a morning drizzle, I see one poking along with two dozen porcupine quills sticking out of its face—leftovers from an overnight tangle with a wrong local.<p>“That’s going to be a …

Artist Builds Elaborate Walkable Labyrinths in the Sand on the Oregon Coast

Artist Denny Dyke builds enormous beautiful and elaborate labyrinths in the sand on the Oregon coast for the public to use. Each labyrinth is unique …

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

Sign Painters: What a Disappearing Art Teaches Us About Creative Purpose and Process

As a lover of exquisite hand–lettering, elegant vintage-inspired typography, and vibrant storefront signage, I was instantly smitten with <b>Sign Painters</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a stunning companion to <b>Faythe Levine</b> and <b>Sam Macon’</b>s documentary of the same title, exploring the disappearing art through …