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Make every aspect of your life better by sending 5 simple emails

You can make strides in 5 fundamental areas by just sending 5 emails.<p>1. Happiness<p>Every morning send a friend, family member or co-worker an email to say thanks for something.<p>Might sound silly but it's actually excellent advice on how to make your life better.<p>There's tons and tons and tons of …

Loneliness

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

© 2011 CGP Grey, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested …

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse

If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image<p>As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn't hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini — or worse. …

The Nintendo Switch Appears To Be Everything We Hoped For

“Whoa,” says my 4-year-old son as I scoot onto his bunkbed grasping Nintendo’s eminently totable new game system, called Switch. My son’s like a …

Bill Knott's unclassifiable poetry is collected in 'I Am Flying Into Myself'

My favorite poem by the late Bill Knott (1940-2014), one of contemporary American poetry's most brilliant, unclassifiable and impossible figures, is not included in "I Am Flying Into Myself," the new book that culls from and attempts to organize the unruly literary legacy Knott left behind him. …

Literature

Forget charter schools and vouchers — here are five business ideas school reformers should adopt

Donald Trumpnever tires of reminding us that he is a businessman, and inBetsy DeVos, he has nominated a secretary of Education who endorses a business model for improving elementary and secondary schooling. The problem is, it’s the wrong model.<p>DeVos' prescriptions include for-profit school …

Sweden

Noam Chomsky’s “Responsibility of Intellectuals” after 50 years: It’s an even heavier responsibility now

Written amid rising opposition to the Vietnam War, Chomsky’s greatest essay has added resonance in the age of Trump<p>There are determining events, especially when we’re young and formulating our sense of the world: Times when we learn how to take ourselves, where to stand, how to move forward in a …

10 under-the-radar destinations to visit, according to the youngest person to travel to every country in the world

Planning a trip is an opportunity to see something unique, and to discover people, places, cuisines, and scenery you didn't know existed.<p>We asked James Asquith, the youngest person to visit all 196 countries, which places around the world are being overlooked — and which ones people should be …

Glacier National Park

Data show the “American Dream” is a fallacy and Americans still don’t realize it

Americans continue to kid themselves that if you work hard you can climb the ladder. But the perception and reality are moving farther apart.<p>Economists at Harvard University recently published research on actual and perceived economic mobility in the United States and four European countries. They …

Income Inequality

This Man Planned the Most Efficient U.S. Road Trip of All Time

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Brace yourself: the most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning

To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago.<p>Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. For too long, he says, traditional analysis of trade has been too narrow, he argues.<p>The economist, who …

Globalization

Americans name the top 10 historic events that shaped their lifetimes

Americans' identities are shaped by shared experiences — and there are a handful of historically significant experiences that stand out above the rest, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center and A+E Networks' History channel.<p>The survey asked more than 2,000 American adults of different …

Demographics

Why Bob Dylan Is a Literary Genius

Ahead of Nobel Prize ceremony, we explore how Dylan wrote not just songs or poetry, but history<p><i>Mikal Gilmore is one of the rare journalists to talk</i> …

Literature

Stunning new theory of gravity suggests there's no such thing as dark matter

A new theory of gravity explains the way galaxies rotate without the need for the theoretical presence of dark matter, according to a renowned expert …

A Brief History of Doctor Strange and His Relationship with Tibet, Occultism, and Buddhism

In 1963, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Marvel's Doctor Strange, a "different kind of superhero" who practiced Occultism and held quasi-Buddhist views that he learned from an "Orientalized" figure named the Ancient One.<p>What can a half-century's worth of this odd superhero's comic books tell us …

Dylan’s Non-Response to the Nobel Prize Was An Eloquent And Poetic Silence

At least one Nobel prize official was ticked off at the designated laureate in literature for not RSVP-ing, but this misconstrues how poets think and …

Literature

Astronomers estimate Perseid meteor shower will be twice as spectacular in 2016

“Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour,” NASA said<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular in 2016, NASA announced Thursday, thanks to a welcome assist from Jupiter's gravity.<p>Although it appears as if the showers visit Earth each year, that's …

A brief survey of the short story: David Foster Wallace

For all its elaborate formal tricks, Wallace’s work is marked by a deep desire for authentic connection, to his subjects and to his readers<p>David Foster Wallace was a maximalist. His masterpiece, Infinite Jest, is a 1,000-page, polyphonic epic about addiction and obsession in millennial America. His …

Literature

The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America

It’s known as a modern-day hub of progressivism, but its past is one of exclusion.<p>PORTLAND, Ore.— Victor Pierce has worked on the assembly line of a Daimler Trucks North America plant here since 1994. But he says that in recent years he’s experienced things that seem straight out of another time. …

Oregon

How to Write an Epic Story Using the Hero's Journey [Infographic]

Movies

Mental and physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression.<p>But, as with any drug, …

Consciousness

Nick Bostrom: ‘We are like small children playing with a bomb’

Sentient machines are a greater threat to humanity than climate change, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom<p>You’ll find the Future of Humanity Institute down a medieval backstreet in the centre of Oxford. It is beside St Ebbe’s church, which has stood on this site since 1005, and above a …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Alan Turing

Radiohead live in Paris 2016 - Creep

New Orleans's Charter School Experiment Is a Preview of the Coming Battle Over Education

After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans's struggling public school system was dismantled and replaced mostly by charter schools—and what happened next shows the benefits and perils of other cities following suit.<p>In the fall of 2005, Louisiana's then-governor Kathleen Blanco passed a bill that created …

New Orleans

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Alan Turing

10 epic long-distance walks around the world

From the Highlands to the Himalayas, these hikes take in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. They’re not for the faint-hearted, but keen trekkers will love the challenges posed by each More great walks: Europe | UK | best kit<p>Makalu Base Camp, Nepal<p>The trek to the base of the fifth …

Hiking

Meditation Studio Is A Powerful Solution To Your Problems

If you read my very first article as a contributor here on Forbes you may have noticed that I am a big advocate of meditation. With my ambitious and dynamic lifestyle, I easily come to the point where I find myself overcommitted, rushing and restless. Meditation helps me calm down and appreciate …

Meditation

The Coming of Age of LSD

<i>The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme has just had the results of the first ever brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National</i> …

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …