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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 …

100 Must Read Books: The Man's Essential Library | The Art of Manliness

<i>Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay</i><p>There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your …

On the Seventh Day, We Unplug: How and Why to Take a Tech Sabbath | The Art of Manliness

In 2012, the average American consumed 13.6 hours of media each day. By 2015, that number is expected to rise to 15.5. These figures include media …

The Global Health Care Crisis No One Is Talking About

Photo by Mike Lacon at Creative Commons. Operating Room at Norristown State Hospital. Taken November 20, 2008.<p>On a blistery cold day in December, I sat in a corner office on one end of a beautiful, large oak desk fidgeting in my interview suit. The man stationed at the opposing end leaned back in …

Upgrade Your Wardrobe on the Cheap | The Art of Manliness

Looking great is easy when you have unlimited resources.<p>However, most of us live within limited means where every dollar is accounted for.<p>So how do …

I Used DNA Testing To Personalize My Workouts And Here’s What Happened

On a typical night last fall, when I was sitting on the couch with my husband, watching bad TV and drinking a glass of red wine, I did something …

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another.<p>Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information technology, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and other fields are providing the tools that will make it …

Genetics

Man Returning From Vacation Settles On Single Concise Anecdote He’ll Tell Everyone Who Asks

ST. LOUIS—Carefully choosing the exact details and wording in order to maximize its impact in a very brief period of time, local man Kyle Perry …

Don’t Assume Index Funds Will Always Save You Money

Some index funds are expensive for the type of exposure they provide<p>Frugal investors often assume that index funds will save them money.<p>But that’s not always the case.<p>On average, index-tracking funds are indeed a lot cheaper than funds whose managers select individual securities. Among diversified …

Investing

A Navy SEAL's Secret To Feeling Calm & Alert Anytime, Anywhere

I learned during my SEAL training just how powerful mastery of the breath could be. I am confident that this one strategy led to my big success there …

Everything You Need to Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

An effective bodyweight training program can whip you into shape and even pack on muscle, but “effective” doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some …

Workouts

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Neurosurgeon

There isn't always one "right answer" for how to treat a patient.<p><b>1. Neurosurgery is more art than science.</b> When I was in medical school, I understood everything in medicine as evidence-based. You have clinical trials, which you randomize, and you draw scientific conclusions. But in many cases, …

Podcast: Increasing Your Strength & Durability | The Art of Manliness

If you lift weights, you’re going to love this episode, and even if you don’t lift weights you’re going to get something out of it.<p>About a year ago I …

Theodore Roosevelt's Reading Tips | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: Theodore Roosevelt is known to have been one of the most voracious readers in all of history. He could speed-read his way through up</i> …

The bacteria in our guts may help determine who gets anxiety and depression

When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper.<p>The brain benefits were subtle, but the results, reported at last year's annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, got attention.<p>That's because the pills were not a precise chemical formula synthesized by …

How to Travel Alone in Europe

While it's fun to travel with a group of friends or loved ones, solo travel has its own set of joys – and challenges. Traveling to Europe is fairly safe, and not complicated to plan. Lodging, transportation and food needs are met in a similar way as in the United States with a few cultural twists …

Break Your Smartphone Addiction - The Complete Guide | The Art of Manliness

Smartphones are magical.<p>A device that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, allows you to instantly communicate with virtually anyone on earth, take …

Productivity

Index Funds For Beginners: How to Get Started with Investing | The Art of Manliness

“I have no idea what I’m doing.”<p>I don’t know about you, but despite my repeated attempts to fully understand and grasp how investing in the stock …

“Death is not always the worst outcome”: We’re so good at saving babies, and so bad at respecting the limits of medicine and the rights of families

I chose not to bring my son to term. Here’s what judges and politicians should know about stories like mine<p>Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the first major abortion case to reach the Supreme Court in almost a decade. The Supreme …

Good Posture: Its Importance, Benefits, and How-To | The Art of Manliness

Take a peek into most every office in America. What do you see? Workers hunched over their computers. Look at your fellow commuters on the subway. …

Morning Stretching Routine For Health & Vitality | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This post was a collaboration between AoM and Mike Fitch of</i> <i>Animal Flow</i><i>.</i> <i></i><p>When your alarm went off this morning, how did you get out of …

Workouts

Overcome Social Awkwardness | The Art of Manliness

Last week we began a three-part series on how to overcome shyness — a feeling of social anxiety and discomfort that can hold us back from forming …

43 Books About War Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ryan Holiday</i>.<p>War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Yet, paradoxically, it is in war that men — …

50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men | The Art of Manliness

As a boy, one of my favorite times in school was when we’d get a new Scholastic News book “catalog.” I would pour over the pages picking out which …

15 Things That Make Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume Look Really Unprofessional | Inc.com

If you're serious about landing a new job, then you need a LinkedIn profile and résumé that looks just as serious and professional as you are. Remember: First impressions count, and your LinkedIn profile or résumé may be the only impression you get a chance to make. Don't blow it!<p>Here are some …

The Importance of Face-to-Face Conversation | The Art of Manliness

It is the evening of September 19, 1931.<p>Three men stroll down Addison’s Walk, a picturesque footpath that runs along the River Cherwell on the …

Literature

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Cologne: How to Buy and Wear Fragrances | The Art of Manliness

On my recent trip to Atlanta I was the last person to board my plane.<p>I asked the stewardess if I could check my bag, and as she reached over to grab …

100 Skills Every Man Should Know | The Art of Manliness

It’s been fodder for many a heated debate among men for centuries.<p>What skills should every man know?<p>A vast amount of ink and e-ink has been spilled …

Black Tie

Main Themes From The Hobbit | The Art of Manliness

<i>The Hobbit</i> has been a favorite of children and adults alike since its publication in 1937. It used to take a backseat to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, but …