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The Looming Consequences of Breathing Mold

Flooding means health issues that unfold for years.<p>The flooding of Houston is a health catastrophe unfolding publicly in slow motion. Much of the country is watching as 50 inches of water rise around the chairs of residents in nursing homes and submerge semitrucks. Some 20 trillion gallons of water …

New Orleans

Smart weekend rituals to make your workweek less anxious

A classic weekend spent lounging around the house and meeting with family can be the gift we all deserve after a long week. But it always feels like …

Time Management

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

The Brain

Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again …

It is often said the rich don’t make enough effort to appreciate what it is like to be poor and if they did we would have more equality and social justice. It’s said that whites don’t have enough empathy for blacks and that men don’t have enough empathy for women. There are many who maintain that …

Empathy
Donald Trump

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Political Activism

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter

As the alt-right continues to set the agenda in global politics at a frightening pace, has the world reverted to a 20th-century era of totalitarianism?<p>Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should …

Donald Trump

Carrie Fisher Once Gave A Stranger Some Advice About Cheating Husbands

Just this summer, the late Carrie Fisher began writing a “Dear Abby”-esque advice column published in the Guardian.<p>Given how complicated Fisher’s personal life was, responding to other people’s problems made a lot of sense; the actress, who died at age 60 on Tuesday after reportedly suffering a …

Relationships

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, According to a Green Beret

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

Basics about Buying Gemstones

Basics about Buying Gemstones<p>Updated on June 29, 2016<p>Get Glitzy with Gems<p>One of the first things people notice when they visit my home are the rocks …

Jewelry

The Pleasures and Futility of Teaching Drawing to Architecture Students

I teach architectural drawing and architectural design studios at the undergraduate level and share many of Martin C. Pedersen’s concerns about the …