Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could
The Sound of Silence: An Illustrated Serenade to the Art of Listening to Your Inner Voice Amid the Noise of Modern Life
A tender reminder that silence is not the absence of sound but the presence of an inward-listening awareness. “There are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout,” Henry David Thoreau in
“Name and form are made by thinking. Water does not say, ‘I am water.’ Steam does not say, ‘I am steam.’” “To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry were
Human societies, at all times and places, have organised themselves around the will to live with others, not alone. But not any more. During the past half-century, our species has embarked on a remarkable
The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will
The scientists hope their long-awaited study on LSD in humans will open the floodgates to further research into psychedelics. Researcher, drug policy reformer, and Countess of Wemyss Amanda Feilding made
This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it. It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're
Air fresheners and cleaning products release chemicals that are harmful in enclosed spaces. But houseplants could help cut the risks The last bits of tinsel are down and the fairy lights are back in hibernation.
Mental toughness. It's the ability to push through difficult (and even painful) situations while maintaining peak performance. It's what separates the elite from the above average, and is only gained training
Anti-Education by Friedrich Nietzsche review – why mainstream culture, not the universities, is doing our best thinking
The long-misunderstood philosopher, a hater of nationalism but supporter of independent thought, disliked trends in higher education that are very evident today Throughout his life Nietzsche thought of
In some countries the idea of paternity leave - when a father takes time off work to stay at home with a new child - has yet to take hold. In Sweden, which has been encouraging fathers to take paternity
Memory erasing is just the beginning. As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible
And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone… I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control
(akindo via iStock) Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t? Lala Stone July 5, 2015 2:30pm (UTC) Christopher Obal used to be a Christian.