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Incredibly, Sex And Religion Do The Same Thing To Your Brain

Well this was unexpected...<p>Religious and spiritual experiences affect the brain in a very similar way to sex, drugs, music, love and gambling.<p>That’s …

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 …

A Great Translator Takes on One Final and Nearly Impossible Project

In 1970, the German writer Arno Schmidt published his magnum opus, a novel called “Zettel’s Traum.” Its narrator is Dan Pagenstecher, an aging writer who lives in the fictional village of Ödingen and is an expert on Edgar Allan Poe. Dan is visited by a married couple, Paul and Wilma Jacobi, who are …

Thank Martin Luther for exposing the church’s great salvation sell-off

Remember when the Glazer brothers took control of Manchester United back in 2005? They borrowed £660m to acquire the club, then saddled it with the debt they used to finance the acquisition. In other words, the club paid for its own purchase. At the time, it sounded to many like some dubious …

Christianity

Why Iran is more dangerous than Islamic State

U .S. political leaders of both parties argue that destroying<p>Islamic Stateis America’s top priority in the Middle East. In reality, that’s not nearly as important as confronting the challenge posed by Iran. The nuclear deal that went into effect a year ago may have postponed the danger of an …

Middle East

How the 'war on drugs' actually encourages drug addiction

Since Richard Nixon famously called for an 'all-out offensive' on the war on drugs in 1971, the U.S. government has funnelled a trillion dollars into …

Consciousness

The Scientifically Proven Way to Increase Brain Power | Inc.com

One of your most invaluable organs is cradled within your cranium and is made up of billions of neurons. The brain is the crucial conductor of your daily life.<p>We rely on our brains for everything from the simplest of tasks to the most complex navigation to success. Those people who develop superior …

Time I

Why Words Won't—and Can't—Sit Still... Like... Literally...

1. We all need them, but some, like me, love words, and the mind feast they bring. But while words shape our lives, few grasp the weird way they work.<p>…

Mormons and Christians: So Close, Yet So Far Away

What should we make of claims that the two faiths are on a path to reconciling? For nearly 200 years, Mormons have both enraged and intrigued …

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

<b>Categories</b>Autism & ADHD, Big Pharma, Carolanne Wright, Depression, Anxiety & Mental Health, DNA, the Brain & The Human Body, Health & Medical, …

Psychology

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligence and creative, and experienced significant mood swings. …

Too much activity in certain areas of the brain is bad for memory and attention

Neurons in the brain interact by sending each other chemical messages, so-called neurotransmitters. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the most common …

What Malcolm Gladwell Means When He Calls SNL’s Satire ‘Comedy Without Any Courage At All’

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, <i>Revisionist History</i>, just wrapped its first season (I guess podcasts have seasons now, weird) with possibly its strongest episode. I’ve been enjoying it since it started. I listen to a lot of NPR and public radio, but I’ve always had a sort of love/hate relationship with …

Comedy

Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences

New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with …

The people who take drugs to see God

Mawaan Rizwan was brought up in a religious family but is no longer practising and feels detached from spirituality.<p>He visits the Oklevueha Native American Church in Salt Lake City in Utah, America, where people take the Class A drug peyote in the hope of finding religious enlightenment. A powerful …

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 …

Literature

Here’s What Music Does to Your Brain

Many people enjoy listening to the radio while they continue with their work tasks. Whether its a truck driver listening as they travel, or an office …

The Brain

Here's how J.K. Rowling, author of the highly anticipated 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' turned rejection into unprecedented success

On a delayed train journey from Manchester to King's Cross station in London, the characters Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger came "fully formed" to the mind of a young temp named Joanne Rowling.<p>In the six tumultuous years following, she would imagine an entire magical world of …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with …

What We're Reading This Summer

A collection of books recommended by The Atlantic’s editors and writers<p><i>The Atlantic</i>’s editors and writers share their recommendations for summer reading—new titles, old favorites, and others in between.<p><i>Homegoing</i><p><b>By Yaa Gyasi</b><p>In her first novel, Yaa Gyasi cleverly weaves the intergenerational tale of …

These Are the Four Stages of Your Brain on Math

Have you ever wondered what your brain is really doing as you sweat your way through a math test? Now you can see for yourself, thanks to a new brain …

Daniel Chao's Halo Neuroscience Builds Headset To Train Your Brain

<b>A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Daniel Chao, Co-Founder and CEO, Halo Neuroscience.</b><p>Dr. Daniel Chao has been working most of his adult life to improve people’s lives through medical research. To achieve that goal and gain the knowledge and …

Labor Economics

How to Not Beat Yourself Up After Screwing Up

Ever feel like a total jackass - like when you've snapped at someone, forgotten something important, or let someone down? You already feel terrible, but you double down on that feeling by slathering on a thick layer of self-recrimination, and shaming self-talk. Ever notice how that doesn't actually …

Why You Need to Learn How to Speak a Leadership Vocabulary | Inc.com

In leadership, as in most fields, there's a specialized vocabulary. But unlike the language of most fields, the words that mean the most in leadership aren't technical jargon. They reflect the kind of language that virtually everyone knows and uses--a series of everyday phrases, affirmations, and …

Leadership

Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so galaxies, 200 million light years away. To note, …

This is What Will Help Your Wandering Mind

We live in an ADD world. What is a leader to do to remain sane, productive, and effective?<p>"A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind," explain psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert in the journal Science. And according to the psychologists' research, …

At the centre of all moral inquiry is the Crucifixion of Jesus

It’s a long walk from the confessional back to the office. The moment you step out of the box, you’re sin-free. But, oh, there are so many opportunities to screw up between then and now. Passed a homeless guy, didn’t give him anything. Pushed past an old lady on the escalator, didn’t say sorry. Got …

Theology

Nasa to release recordings of unexplained 'music' from the far side of the moon

The dark side of the moon has always held a mystical fascination for stargazers – so when the crew of one of the first missions to orbit it heard …

“Something bold needs to happen”: An in-depth look at millennial America

<b>(Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich)</b><p>Young Americans are anxious to “disrupt” and upend a broken status quo, Roosevelt Institute expert tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>February 20, 2016 11:30am (UTC)<p>What explains the runaway success Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has had so far among young …

Middle-class