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Steinbeck and the Difficult Art of the Friend Breakup

“I can’t consider you a friend when out of every contact there comes some intentionally wounding thing.”<p><i>“A friend,”</i> wrote the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue in his beautiful meditation on the Ancient Celtic notion of <i>anam cara</i>, <i>“awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within</i> …

Literature

Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives.<p>Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "secularization thesis." Now, …

Atheism

What Paul Thomas Anderson Movies Really Have to Say About Finding Purpose in Life — Watch

An amazing 22-minute deep dive into the filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson explores how change is a blessing and a curse.<p>A high-school dropout …

The Mind-Scrambling TED Talk I Won’t Stop Sharing

Public Speaking

New human rights to protect against 'mind hacking' and brain data theft proposed

A response to advances in neurotechnology that can read or alter brain activity, new human rights would protect people from theft, abuse and hacking<p>New human rights that would protect people from having their thoughts and other brain information stolen, abused or hacked have been proposed by …

The Brain

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities – Ahmed Alkhateeb

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and</i> …

Consciousness

Alejandro González Iñárritu Tells Marina Abramovic Why He Loves Virtual Reality — Tribeca 2017

At the Tribeca Film Festival, Iñárritu spoke with the performance artist about his interest in the medium on the verge of premiering his new work at …

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it?

Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done before<p>About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own planets. However, according to Nasa, the …

Atheism

The 1 Book Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Should Read to Succeed

Wondering what one thing could be the key to helping you succeed in business? Well, you might be in luck.<p>Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett--two of the most successful businessmen of our time--have said that <i>Business Adventures</i> by finance journalist John Brooks is the read that brought them …

Success

A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History

In 1993, construction workers building a new freeway in San Diego made a fantastic discovery. A backhoe operator scraped up a fossil, and scientists …

Anthropology

Mastodon Bone Findings Could Upend Our Understanding of Human History

Paleontologists have dug up a 130,000-year-old mastodon skeleton that looks like it was smashed apart by humans. But they found it in America, where people were not supposed to have arrived for another 100,000 years.<p>How could that have happened?<p>The researchers say they think early humans must have …

Anthropology

Tribeca Film Festival: Thirst Street | The House Next Door

Nathan Silver tackles melodrama in <i>Thirst Street</i>, fusing its emotional bigness with his unique form of quotidian portraiture without one cancelling …

Tribeca Film Festival

Julian Fellowes on the Paradox of Infatuation and How the Delicious Delusion of Lust Hijacks Our Experience of Love

“Lust, that state commonly known as ‘being in love’ … is a distortion of reality so remarkable that it should, by rights, enable most of us to understand the other forms of lunacy with the sympathy of fellow-sufferers.”<p><i>“At a certain point in every person’s amours,”</i> E.B. White and James Thurber …

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick<p>The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: …

Terrence Malick

Self-driving cars should leave us all unsettled. Here’s why.

It is a warm autumn morning, and I am walking through downtown Mountain View, Calif., when I see it. A small vehicle that looks like a cross between a golf cart and a Jetson-esque, bubble-topped spaceship glides to a stop at an intersection. Someone is sitting in the passenger seat, but no one …

Intelligence

Can AI Predict a Movie's Success? Algorithmic Screenplay Service 'Scriptbook' Causes Major Backlash

Is AI the future of screenwriting? Not if screenwriters can help it.<p>"Subjective decisions lead to box office failure," reads a tagline from the new …

Filmmaking

Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, visited Apple’s headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook, who runs the iPhone maker. It was a session that Mr. Kalanick was dreading.<p>For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to …

THE TATE BRITAIN COMMISSION 2017 - Exhibition at Tate Britain | Tate

<i>Forms in Space…by Light (in Time)</i><p><i>Forms in Space…by Light (in Time)</i> is the 2017 Tate Britain Commission in which we invite a contemporary British …

Tate Britain

10 Great Hikes Around NYC That You Can Get To Without A Car

No car, no problem. Take a break from the city and reach new heights with Poland Spring! Greatness springs from here.<p>1. Anthony’s Nose<p><b>The deets:</b> If you’re thinking that this mountain doesn’t <i>exactly</i> resemble a nose, you’re not wrong. Strangely, Anthony’s Nose actually gets its name from the man who …

Trails

Absolute Submission: Top Programmers Share the Secrets to Getting Into the Festivals of Your Dreams

Dear moviemakers, I want you to know this: I love you. Or at least, I really want to love you.I know that’s forward, but it’s why I spend months of …

Filmmaking

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule

In the article “Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong,” the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require …

Success

Google exec, Mark Cuban agree that these college majors are the most robot-resistant

If self-made billionaire Mark Cuban was starting college right now, he'd choose philosophy as his major over accounting.<p>That's because he strongly …

College & University

Shot on Lytro’s Light-field Camera, ‘Hallelujah’ Is a Stunning Mix of Volumetric Film and Audio

<i>Hallelujah</i> is a new experience by VR film studio Within that’s captured using Lytro’s latest Immerge light-field camera which captures volumetric …

Augmented Reality
Climate Change

Naked mole rats have a superpower that can save human lives

The creatures may have the ability to survive by behaving like plants when deprived of oxygen.<p>Humans could learn a few things from naked …

Biology

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

At this week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his crazy ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.<p>Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg this week:<p>Basically, Zuckerberg's uses this roadmap to demonstrate …

Augmented Reality

The Universe May Not Have a Purpose — But You Do, Thanks to Science

The universe doesn't care about you, and the future is miserable. So begins theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss' guide to optimism. Optimism? You …

Atheism

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome VR apps will change your mind

If there’s anything we’ve learned from Hollywood movies, it’s that there’s only a matter of time before the machines inevitably become sentient, take …

Virtual Reality