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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 …

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 …

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

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci/Salon)</b><p>If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image<p>Les Leopold<p>February 25, 2017 2:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, …

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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

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

<b>Noam Chomsky (Getty/William B. Plowman)</b><p>Written amid rising opposition to the Vietnam War, Chomsky’s greatest essay has added resonance in the age of Trump<p>Jay Parini<p>February 11, 2017 7:00pm (UTC)<p>There are determining events, especially when we’re young and formulating our sense of the world: Times …

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 …

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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 …

Demographics

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

Donald Trump never tires of reminding us that he is a businessman, and in Betsy 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 …

Education

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

The top 10 historic events that shaped Americans' lifetimes

Americans' identities are shaped by shared experiences — and there are a handful of historically significant experiences that stand out above the rest.<p>A 2016 survey from the Pew Research Center and A+E Networks' History Channel asked more than 2,000 American adults of different ages, races, …

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Why Bob Dylan Is a Literary Genius

<i>Mikal Gilmore is one of the rare journalists to talk to Bob Dylan extensively in recent years, including a 2001 interview in which Dylan opened up</i> …

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 …

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

For two weeks after the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced, Bob Dylan kept the world hung up in his silence.<p>Per Wastbërg, wasn't happy about …

Literature

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

<b>A multicolored Perseid meteor striking the sky just to the right from Milky Way.</b><p>“Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour,” NASA said<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>August 5, 2016 2:09pm (UTC)<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular in 2016, NASA announced …

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 …

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. …

African-American News

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

The concept of the Hero’s Journey isn’t a new one–in fact, it’s as old as storytelling. The Hero’s Journey, known in literary circles as the …

Here's what magic mushrooms do to your body and brain

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, …

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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 …

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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 …

Education

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 …

Consciousness

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<b><br>More great walks: Europe | UK | best kit</b><p>The trek to the base of the fifth highest mountain in the …

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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 …

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 …

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