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Finding Truth in History

If we are to learn from the past, does the account of it have to be true? One would like to think so. Otherwise you might be preparing for the wrong …

Scientific Research

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From Dinner Parties To Spy Rings, 'The Woman Who Smashed Codes' Bursts With Detail

<i>"No code is ever completely solved, you know."</i><p>It's quite a time to be reading <i>The Woman Who Smashed Codes</i>. Subtitled <i>The True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies</i>, Jason Fagone's book delivers on that promise, bringing one woman's deliberately erased …

Francis Bacon

13 Successful People on the Books That Changed Their Lives

MONEY compiled a list of books some of the best-known names in business say changed the trajectory of their lives. Here are the standouts.<p>Need a book …

Success

The 15 New Books You Need to Read in October

Fall has arrived, and we're celebrating with pulling out our leather jackets, dusting everything with a dash of pumpkin spice, and picking up some of the most anticipated reads of the year, all of which hit bookshelves this month. From Tom Hanks's fiction debut to the eagerly awaited follow-up from</b> …

Books

Do the composition rules matter?

Holiday Promo Starts Next Week!<p>Get awesome deals from some the best Landscape Photographers including Sarah Marino, David Kingham, Sean Bagshaw, Ryan …

Landscape Photography

8 Ways to Go From Quitter to Go-Getter

Persistence, more than talent, determines how far you go and where you end up.<p>Success, more than anything, is an attitude you carry about yourself and your life. We are all capable of confidence, of having it all, losing it all and gaining it back again and again. It is tempting to give up and …

Self-improvement

If you read one sci-fi series this year, it should be The Broken Earth | Ars Technica

The haunting trilogy by N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards two years running and changed sci-fi.<p>Sometimes a book series is so important that you want …

Science Fiction

10 Things Every Lifter Should Be Able to Do

Take the Tests, Identify Weaknesses, and Get Better<p>Focus on what you need to do, not necessarily on what you want to do. That's the secret to …

CrossFit

9 high-impact books that will make you smarter every day

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before.<p>Cultivating the mind is essential for your personal growth. Digging deeper will separate you from the …

Success

Street Photography Secrets

Secrets which I wish someone told me about street photography, if I started all over again:<p>1. Use an external flash to make surreal images<p>One …

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

This week’s must-read books

<b>Fast Falls the Night by Julia Keller</b><br>(Fiction, Minotaur Books)<p>Based on a true story, this tale of heroin addiction is sadly all too timely these days. …

Top 10 twists in fiction

Court dramas, classic mysteries and bloody crimes ... from Du Maurier to Lehane, Sophie Hannah chooses her favourite twists in novels (or does she?)<p>There are no spoilers in this article, but we can’t guarantee the comments<p>The word “twist” exerts a strange power over crime fiction addicts like me. …

Books

Real Passion Will Never Die Out? False.

Passion is “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.” It starts as a simple curiosity or a feeling of falling off of …

Niagara Falls

How Over-Learning can Solidify a Skill

Can practicing a skill beyond the point of mastery solidify it in memory? Study suggests it can, and that neural inhibition might prevent …

The Brain

Stop Mindlessly Going Through Your Work Day

How often have you looked at the clock stunned because even though you’ve been scrambling all morning, it’s now noon and you have no idea where the time went or what you’ve <i>actually</i> accomplished? There are sound reasons why it’s so hard for us to stay focused — and fortunately there’s research that …

Sometimes The Only Way Out Is Through

If I learned one thing from distance running, it’s that sometimes you just have to gut it out.<p>When you’re tired…<p>When it hurts too bad…<p>When you’re way …

The Secret, Singular Philosophy That Today’s Politics Are Desperately Missing

The last time a politician with a philosophical bent stood up before the American people, as Vice Presidential Candidate James Stockdale did, and …

American Revolution

5 questions from Buddhism, Stoicism, and neuroscience that will make you emotionally stronger

Ever been caught in the grip of extreme emotions? I'm gonna guess whatever decision you made next probably wasn't a good one.<p>When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we rarely do the smart thing. And that can seriously mess up our lives.<p>At work, in love, or pretty much anything we do, we need emotional …

Happiness

The human mind is hardwired to worry — here’s how the philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius can help you overcome it

A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it.<p>Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don't feel like I'm wasting much of my time. I feel unusually prepared to do difficult things.<p>It was a short personal essay by Elif Batuman, about how reading …

Roman Empire

The Definitive List of Stoicism in History & Pop Culture

As Stoicism has seen a cultural resurgence we wanted to compile a list of the people who have embraced or admired the philosophy and in the process …

Seneca on True and False Friendship

“Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.”<p><i>“Friendship is unnecessary,”</i> C.S. Lewis wrote, <i>“like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather</i> …

Relationships

The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain—<i>your</i> brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating …

Productivity

Knowing the Difference Between Facts and Emotions Can Help Control Conflict

Constant conflict can put a huge dent in even the best of teams. Listen for the emotions that make facts insignificant until the real, underlying tensions are revealed.<p>Facts are married to emotion. As a leader, it's your job to ask the right questions that lead to what the key issues are. The …

Leadership

Mental Preparation Secrets of Top Athletes, Entertainers, and Surgeons

<b>Dan McGinn,</b> senior editor at Harvard Business Review, talks about what businesspeople can learn from how top performers and athletes prepare for their big moments. A big sales meeting, presentation, or interview can be pivotal to success in business. The same goes for pep talks that motivate …

7 Stoic Meditations To Get The Most Out of Today

Given the fact that the mere mention of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the surface sounds like the last thing anyone …

The Only Time You Are Actually Growing Is When You’re Uncomfortable

If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.<p>Don’t join an “easy” crowd. You won’t grow.<p>Many people are so comfortable they’re miserable.<p>Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting yourself in a totally new situation won’t be easy, …

Self-improvement

Science Says Anxiety Isn't the Problem. Your Response to Anxiety Is What Matters

Practice accepting anxiety rather than suppressing it.<p>What do you think about when you hear the word anxiety? Perhaps you imagine the sweaty palms and rapid heartbeat you experience when you are about to give a public presentation. Or maybe you think about the times you have trouble sleeping …

Anxiety

Stoic advice: effective altruism

[Feel free to submit a question for this column, but please consider that it has become very popular and there now is a backlog, it may take me some …

Julius Caesar