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How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?

English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It …

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Oliver Sacks on Nature’s Beauty as a Gateway into Deep Time and a Lens on the Interconnectedness of the Universe<p>“The sense of deep time brings a deep peace with it, a detachment from the timescale, the urgencies, of daily life… a profound sense of being at home, a sort of companionship with the …

The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011

After the year’s best children’s books, art and design books, photography books, science books, history books, and food books, the 2011 best-of series continues with the most compelling, provocative and thought-provoking psychology and philosophy books featured here this year.<p>YOU ARE NOT SO SMART<p>We …

The Graphic Canon of Literary Comics: From Virginia Woolf to James Joyce, Visual Artists Take on The Classics

In 2012, <i>The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2</i> — Russ Kick’s fantastic compendium of literary art and comics from Lewis Carroll to the Brontë Sisters by way of Darwin — came in as one of the year’s best graphic novels and graphic nonfiction. Now, Kick is back with the final installment in his trilogy: <b>The</b> …

Neurologist Oliver Sacks on Memory, Plagiarism, and the Necessary Forgettings of Creativity

<i>“Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation,”</i> researcher Rosalind Cartwright reminded us in her fascinating treatise on the science of dreams. <i>“The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true,”</i> Jonah Lehrer wrote shortly before being engulfed in a …

Brian Cox on Why Science Is Essential to Modern Democracy

In the fall of 2012, <b>Brian Cox</b> — quantum physics wunderkind, whimsical explainer of science, champion of the wonders of life — was awarded the prestigious President’s Medal in London. His acceptance speech addressed the epidemic of promoting bad science in popular culture and the desperate …