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J.K. Rowling and Ricky Gervais join forces to shut down Donald Trump

It's another week, folks, and that can only mean one thing — a fresh new chapter in the ongoing Twitter saga that is J.K. Rowling vs. Donald …

Study Shows The U.S. Attracts An Elite Muslim And Hindu Population

Hindus and Muslims who have migrated to the United States in recent years are especially well-educated, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. On average, Hindus in the U.S. have nearly 16 years of schooling, significantly more than Jews, the next most highly-educated U.S. …

Demographics

How To Count Past Infinity

Your 9 Top Defense Mechanisms, Revisited

When you think of defense mechanisms, you probably think back to what you learned about Freud, and you can likely list many of them off the top of …

Successful Companies Don’t Adapt, They Prepare

In 1960, Harvard professor Theodore Levitt published a landmark paper in <i>Harvard Business Review</i> that urged executives to adapt by asking themselves, “What business are we really in?” He offered the both the railroad companies and Hollywood studios as examples of industries that failed to adapt …

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

America has a long and storied history with marijuana. Once grown by American colonists to make hemp rope, by 1970, it was classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic. Possession of it was — and is — a federal crime, despite the fact that in recent years 25 states have legalized medical marijuana and four …

Cannabis

How curiosity can protect the mind from bias

Neither intelligence nor education can stop you from forming prejudiced opinions – but an inquisitive attitude may help you make wiser judgements.<p>Ask a left-wing Brit what they believe about the safety of nuclear power, and you can guess their answer. Ask a right-wing American about the risks posed …

Psychology

The woman who is allergic to water

Rachel’s rare condition means that a bath is agony; even her own tears will scorch her face. How can the human body reject life’s most basic necessity?<p>Rachel wakes up – and drinks a kind of poison that feels like a glass of stinging nettles. As it slips downs her throat, she can feel it blistering …

Swimming Pools

Anil Ananthaswamy’s analysis of the self

In a science journalism workshop at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, Anil Ananthaswamy demonstrated to us—a motley batch of …

Consciousness Is Made of Atoms, Too - Facts So Romantic

In his first lecture on physics to freshmen and sophomores at the California Institute of Technology, in 1961-62, Richard Feynman said:<i>If, in some</i> …

Physics

100 Great Translated Children's Books from Around the World

Image courtesy Elina Braslina.<p>September is #WorldKidLit Month. This is a month to celebrate, discover, and discuss the state of literature for …

Books

How Bookstagramming Returns Made me a Better Librarian

Book returns are a part of every librarian’s life. Some people might think that sorting through book returns is a dull, arduous task. It certainly …

Social Media

Some Fruits of Meditation

Odin with the ravens Thought and MemoryAs regular readers know, I’ve been meditating for some time, with some useful results.A lot of modern …

Happiness

The very thing that terrifies you is where your treasure lies

In 2009 I had "tinnitus," i.e. ringing in my ear. I went through a battery of tests -- hearing tests, even an MRI scan. The doctors couldn't help me. Thank God it eventually went away on its own, but it took months. It scared the hell out of me in the meantime.<p>That same year I took a class in …

Maybe We Should Just Rent Our Gadgets

A startup called Grover attempts a hardware-for-rent model as ownership starts to feel meaningless.<p>By now, consumers of modern electronics should realize that they don’t entirely own the hardware they buy.<p>In an age of persistent, automatic software updates, only the newest devices are guaranteed to …

Dropbox’s New Headquarters Has A Room For Every Mood

Focused? Chatty? Annoyed? The new San Francisco office is designed to suit all the moods employees cycle through in a day.<p>The mission of the popular file hosting and sharing platform Dropbox is to make it easy for people to work comfortably from anywhere. So when it came time to design its new …

Here's Why Apple Is Bringing Meditation To Your Wrist

Breathe, an app coming soon to the Apple Watch, is designed to help you chill out. But so far there’s little evidence that “mindfulness” apps have health benefits.<p>Apple wants you to take a deep breath, savor the moment, and slowly let it go. Preferably while wearing an Apple Watch.<p>Last week, Apple …

Mindfulness

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and <i>Finding Nemo</i>. We race to get all our ground work done: packing, going through TSA, doing a last-minute work call, calling each …

Sometimes Embracing Emotional Distress Is the Best Medicine

An unfortunate side effect of the biological revolution of psychiatry is in perceiving emotional discomfort as undesirable or bad, something we …

Managing to Lead

Every week I have to get ready for my call with my coach and it is unlike almost everything else I do. Every other conversation I have is, if not …

Project Management

The Future Of HR And Why Startups Shouldn’t Reject It

Many startups built their culture without the bureaucracy of human resources, but replacing a person with software can lead to problems.<p>In 2012 a curious person on the web–likely an enthusiastic entrepreneur–asked a simple question on Quora: Does a startup need an HR person? This was in the infancy …

Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life

“When you’re dead, the pond will be gone, too — at least for you.”<p><i>“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,”</i> Rilke wrote in contemplating how befriending our mortality can help us feel more alive. …

Literature

Offend Responsibly

<i>The thing I always like to stress is that although academics have the right to offend, they must do so responsibly, and they must to be able to</i> …

Accessing the Universal Energy of Qi

Mainstream science does not yet acknowledge the existence of qi (chi), the invisible life energy of the universe that is said to flow through all things. Qi, also called prana by yoga practitioners, seems to exist somehow between the worlds of mind and body. The ancient masters speak of it as a …

Cutting This Word From Your Vocabulary Might Just Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

It’s a lot easier to say “that’s interesting” than to explain why.<p>A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a brainstorming meeting. After one particularly important idea was mentioned, someone responded with, “That’s a really interesting point.” And then . . . crickets.<p>As I watched this person try to …

Books aren’t medicine. They’re more powerful than that

If we accept that literature can heal, we have to admit that it can harm, too<p>Listen<p>Who can forget the terrible climax of <i>Howards End</i>, when Leonard Bast is killed by a deluge of books? Death by books holds a horrible irony for poor Bast, as he had thought they were his salvation, seeking to escape …

Pineapple Leather Could Replace the Cheap Plastic Crap We're All Currently Wearing

Vegan fashionistas may have received one of the greatest gifts: sustainable leather that's both animal-friendly and, well, not plastic crap. …

The "Power Breath" Is Better Than Deep Breathing for Relaxing Mind and Body, with Jane McGonigal

<b>Jane McGonigal:</b> A lot of people are very familiar with the technique of slow breathing or deep breathing to try to relax. But it turns out there’s a …

Greek yogurt billionaire fills his plants with refugees

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List: Showing Them How It Feels: A TA Evaluates His Students

“Enunciates too much, usually when explaining the intricate mythology behind his short stories. References fan fiction in class. Writes sex scenes …