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Sunday Reads for October 30, 2022

Today’s newsletter is brimming with the Halloween spirit, starting with an investigation into the relationship between enjoyment and fear. (Mild horror, say researchers, can help foster lasting psychological resilience.) If Mother Nature commissioned H. R. Giger to design a plant, it would be the “life-consuming” carnivorous Nepenthes. Oomancy is the art of using eggs to interpret the future. Classic goth albums soundtrack it all.

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    Why we enjoy fear: the science of a good scare

    Why we enjoy fear: the science of a good scare

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    The Guardian - Katherine Latham

    Palms sweat, heartbeat quickens, muscles tense. Your skin prickles and stomach churns. When fear subsides, we can be left with feelings of pleasure. Is this just the relief of having survived – or is it something more? Fight or flight The amygdala, an almond-shaped bundle of neurons deep in the …

    How far-right views became the new edgy aesthetic

    How far-right views became the new edgy aesthetic

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    DAZED - Günseli Yalcinkaya

    Earlier this month, Kanye West officially declared his allegiance to alt-right pundits and conspiracy nuts when he sent a White Lives Matter t-shirt down the runway at Paris Fashion Week. An artist already known for his erratic tweetstorms, Ye’s desire to provoke his fans is nothing new. But the …

    Keep Your Bird-Watching—I’m a Spider Man

    Keep Your Bird-Watching—I’m a Spider Man

    My first spider—the one that started all this—was black, with a head like a garden shovel’s blade and eight beady eyes that all but disappeared against the velvet of its upper body. At the end of its abdomen, two fat spinnerets poked out like the notched tail of a fish; on its back, a cream-colored …

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