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MIT Physicist Proposes New "Meaning of Life"

MIT physicist Jeremy England claims that life may not be so mysterious after all, despite the fact it is apparently derived from non-living matter. …

Calm and Confidence Will Slay the Toxic People in Your Life

According to psychologist Margarita Tartakovsky, the best way to overcome the toxic influence of overly critical people is to disassociate with them. …

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Break Your Procrastination Habit in 9 Easy Steps

Everyone procrastinates. Sometimes it’s fun to procrastinate. Sometimes waiting until just before a deadline is very motivating. And sometimes …

Once a Destroyer of Privacy, DARPA Wants to Make It Invincible

Seeking to right past wrongs and bring privacy back into the hands of the people.<br>Read More

Computer Diagnoses Depression with 85 Percent Accuracy

Researchers have developed computer software that can accurately diagnose clinical depression by noticing how people behave during psychiatric …

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

David Foster Wallace on Ambition, Animated

On March 4, 1996, WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate sat down with <b>David Foster Wallace</b> (February 21, 1962–September 12, 2008) — cultural critic, articulator of the ineffable, tragic prophet of the meaning of life — to talk about <i>Infinite Jest</i>, the 1,079-page, three-pound-three-ounce novel that …

How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling

<i>“I pray to Jesus to preserve my sanity,”</i> Jack Kerouac professed in discussing his writing routine. But those of us who fall on the more secular end of the spectrum might need a slightly more potent sanity-preservation tool than prayer. That’s precisely what writer and psychotherapist <b>Philippa Perry</b> …

Peel-And-Stick Wood Panels Provide An Instant Reclaimed Look

Now available from West Elm, Stikwood panels are ultrathin planks that use less energy and material than ordinary reclaimed wood.<p>“I love the smell of wood. The feel of wood. I love everything about wood,” Jerry McCall says. “But I’ve always been a bit upset about how wasteful it can be.” The master …

Articles about jens risoms block island family retreat on Dwell.com - Dwell

Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation.<p>The designer's granddaughter muses on growing up and living with his well-loved creations.<p>A tribute to honor the 100th birthday of midcentury master Jens Risom.<p>Jens Risom …

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<i>Wooden you like to learn something new? In this week’s How-Tuesday post, Australian designer Beci Orpin shares a tutorial from her bright colorful new book,</i> Find & Keep: 26 Projects to Spark the Imagination. <i>Read on for her creative tips on making painted wooden blocks full of personality to use as</i> …

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“My lingerie is for people who break the rules, who have character and who assert themselves as individuals,” says designer Virginie Rouffignac. And she’s right. Her saucy collections of limited edition lingerie embody her ideas of gender politics, creative expression, and social provocation. Sexy, …