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Alhad Sapre's answer to What are the most surreal places to visit?

Pangong Tso, Himalayas (India - Tibet)<p>Situated in the upper reaches of Himalayan Mountain range in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, the most …

India

Answer to What are some horror stories about working at Google?

This was many years ago when Google was going through a hyper-growth period, where an engineer who stayed a year was longer-standing than 90% of all …

Burton Malkiel's answer to How should a young person invest money?

I recently answered this question at a Fireside Chat at Google in New York City together with some of my colleagues at Wealthfront.<p>[by the way, the …

What happens to ultra-smart children later in life?

Sharon Kong<br>I don't know very many stories about ultra-smart children, so I can't speak for all of them. I only know the story of one man, so that is …

Watch a tattoo created in incredible slow motion

Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes

Moscow-based photographer Alexey Kljatov is a keen macro photographer, and for the past couple of years he's been producing closeup shots of …

One of my favorite things to have done this year: I answered a 9-year-old girl's question about why we have books, part of this lovely project where scientists and writers – including Sir David Attenborough, Brian Cox, Noam Chomsky, Mary Roach, and Paul McCartney – answer children's questions about how life works: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/26/does-my-goldfish-know-who-i-am/

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

November 27, 1965: A Rare Recording of Stanley Kubrick’s Most Revealing Interview

In the spring of 1965, the physicist and prolific author <b>Jeremy Bernstein</b> wrote a short piece for <i>The New Yorker</i>’s “Talk of the Town” about of 37-year-old director <b>Stanley Kubrick</b>, who was accelerating towards the zenith of his cultural acclaim after releasing <i>Lolita</i> and <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> and was about to …

100 Ideas That Changed Art

On the heels of yesterday’s <i>100 Ideas That Changed Photography</i> comes <b>100 Ideas That Changed Art</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a succinct account of the most influential developments in the history of art, from cave paintings to the internet, compiled by art historian and broadcaster <b>Michael Bird</b>. From conceptual …

How our minds mislead us – Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman on the pitfalls of our intuition: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/30/daniel-kahneman-intuition/

The Sometimes Baffling Origins of 32 Superstitions

You know the superstitions. Do you know how in the world people came up with them?<p>Don't miss an episode of mental_floss on YouTube—subscribe</i> …

Pop Culture

Pioneering Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s Beautiful Love Letters to Her Soul Mate

<b>Margaret Mead</b> (December 16, 1901–November 15, 1978) endures as the world’s best-known and most influential cultural anthropologist, who not only popularized anthropology itself but also laid the foundation for the sexual revolution of the 1960s with her studies of attitudes towards sex. In addition …

Limbic Revision and How Love Rewires the Brain

Recently, at a dear friend’s wedding, the groom’s sister read an excerpt from one of my favorite books, <b>A General Theory of Love</b> (<i>public library</i>), which you might recall from pickings past. The passage framed beautifully the remarkable union we had gathered to witness, but also speaks powerfully to …

The Power of Introverts, Animated

In this short animated excerpt from Susan Cain’s RSA talk, based on her fantastic book <b>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</b> (<i>public library</i>) and illustrated by the darkly delightful Molly Crabapple, Cain explores how modern society evolved to glorify the qualities …

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain

Last year, Horizon’s fascinating documentary on how music works was one of our most-liked pickings of 2010. But perhaps even more fascinating than the subject of how music works is the question of why it makes us feel the way it does. Today, we try to answer it with seven essential books that …

14 Street Art Terms—Illustrated!

Street art has gone mainstream. Artists who started in the street now show in museums and galleries (rather than on them), and their stencils or …

Eleanor Roosevelt on Happiness, Conformity, and Integrity

<b>Eleanor Roosevelt</b> (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) endures as one of the most memorable thinkers and doers in modern history — a relentless champion of working women and underprivileged youth, the longest-serving American First Lady, and the author of some beautiful, if controversial, love …

Björk Announces Tour Dates For West Coast Residencies, to Include Educational Workshops

Come May, Björk will be performing in San Francisco and L.A. with three-night residencies in each respective city in support of her most recent …