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How The Exclamation Mark Went From :-O To ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Image by Tiara Chiaramonte<p>A friend of mine who I occasionally Gchat with messaged me last night about a guy she’s been seeing on and off for over a year. The nature of their relationship is precarious because this guy is non-committal. While he seems to enjoy her company -- they spend Saturdays at …

A Rare Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

While the world is only too aware of what North Korea’s leader thinks about a certain Sony comedy, less is known about his dynasty’s long history with—and love of— the cinema. Assessing the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival and touring the vast “Cholliwood” studio complex, built in 1947 by …

The Alarming Reason Why We May Be Alone in the Universe - Unbound Worlds

Lee Billings, author of <i>Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars</i>, has bad news: We’re almost out of time in which to make …

The sharing economy has a race problem

Heralded as the future of commerce, apps like Uber and Airbnb still aren’t immune to the same old prejudices<p>The sharing economy is here to stay. Defined as a socioeconomic ecosystem built around the shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services, the sharing …

Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman”

Celebrated poet, memoirist, dramatist, actor, producer, filmmaker, and civil rights activist <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) is one of the most influential literary voices of our time and a testament to the tenacity — creative, social, spiritual — of the human spirit. From her …

The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases

Biases often work in surreptitious ways — they sneak in through the backdoor of our conscience, our good-personhood, and our highest rational convictions, and lodge themselves between us and the world, between our imperfect humanity and our aspirational selves, between who we believe we are and how …

Why There Was No First Human

We live in a culture where 40% of people don’t believe the world is more than 6,000 years old. And yet how can an intelligent being hold such beliefs when faced with a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree or an 80,000-year-old aspen? But even when we embrace science completely, one of the most baffling …

Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit: A Heartening Illustrated Parable of Self-Actualization by a Young Indian Artist and Storyteller

Amid a children’s book ecosystem marked by a lamentable lack of ethnic diversity and gobsmacking presence of female protagonists in only 31% of books, here comes <b>Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a heartening antidote from the young artist-storyteller <b>Amrita Das</b> and Tara Books, the …

The Greatest LGBT Love Letters of All Time

What is love? This question haunts the human psyche perhaps more persistently than any other. It has occupied our collective imagination for millennia, it has baffled scientists, taunted philosophers, and tantalized artists. So mystified by love were the Ancient Greeks that they itemized six types …

How to Read a Poem: “Stored Magic,” Total Transformation, and the Capacity for Creative Wonder

“The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation — however minute,” wrote Susan Sontag in her diary. “I want the encounter with a person or a work of art to change <i>everything</i>.” For the literary idealist, the same resolute demand can be applied to encounters with the written …

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

<i>“The analogy between the artist and the child is that both live in a world of their own making,”</i> wrote Anaïs Nin in her diary in 1945. Four decades later, 23 years after Sylvia Plath took her own life at the age of 30, <b>Ted Hughes</b> (August 17, 1930–October 28, 1998) wrote to their 24-year-old son, …

David Bowie’s Formative Reading List of 75 Favorite Books

—<br>Published October 3, 2013<br>—<br>https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/10/03/david-bowie-reading-list/<br>—<p>www.brainpickings.org<p>View Full Site<p><i>Brain Pickings</i> participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by …

7 Must-Read Books on Time

Time is the most fundamental common denominator between our existence and that of everything else, it’s the yardstick by which we measure nearly every aspect of our lives, directly or indirectly, yet its nature remains one of the greatest mysteries of science. Last year, we devoured BBC’s excellent</i> …

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

All gratifying things must come to an end: The season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists — which covered writing and creativity, photography, psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, science and technology, children’s literature, and pets and animals — comes …

The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated

As if the science of sleep and the emotional function of dreaming weren’t fascinating enough in and of themselves, things get even more bewildering when it comes to lucid dreaming — a dream state in which you’re able to manipulate the plot of the dream and your experience in it. But how, exactly, …

E. B. White’s Love Letter to His Wife on the Occasion of Her Pregnancy, “Written” by Their Dog

<b>E. B. White</b> — beloved author, celebrator of New York, champion of integrity, upholder of linguistic style — topped the ranks of literary history’s famous pet-lovers as he made room in his home and his heart for a dozen dogs of various breeds over the course of eight decades. Indeed, dogs, alongside …

The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain, Animated

The profound connection between music and the brain has long fascinated scientists and philosophers alike, and has even shaped the course of our evolution. The wonderful duo Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, better known as AsapSCIENCE, breaks down music’s ability to create a state of arousal by …

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What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

After those collections of notable definitions of art, science, and philosophy, here comes a selection of poetic definitions of a peculiar phenomenon that is at once more amorphous than art, more single-minded than science, and more philosophical than philosophy itself. Gathered here are some of …

The Overview Effect and the Psychology of Cosmic Awe

Since the dawn of recorded history, humanity has been mesmerized by Earth’s place in the cosmos. <b>Overview</b> is a fascinating short film by Planetary Collective, written by <b>Frank White</b>, exploring the “overview effect” — the profound, shocking feeling that grips astronauts as they see our planet hang in …

Asylum: Inside the Haunting World of 19th-Century Mental Hospitals

One of the 19th-century’s most notorious socioarchitectural phenomena were the “insane asylums” that housed the era’s mentally ill — enormous and stunning buildings whose architecture stood in stark contrast with the ominous athmosphere of their inner workings. Fascinated by this phenomenon and its …

At The Space Review, which bills itself as an online journal devoted to the final frontier, Jeff Foust takes a look at THE PIONEER DETECTIVES, our new e-book by Konstantin Kakaes. The verdict? “It’s a fascinating reminder of how complex and challenging the scientific process can be.” http://www.themillions.com/2013/07/on-wtf-moments.html

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Missed Connections Illustrated: Artist Sophie Blackall’s Touching Visual Odes to Modern Love

You might recall Sophie Blackall, known for her distinctive children’s book illustration, as one of the brains and brushes behind these brilliant design makeovers of the mundane. Since 2009, she has been capturing Craigslist missed connections in her delightful illustrations and unmistakable style …