Jules Shapiro

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There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions

A generous reminder that we must aim for “a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense.”<p>Trained as a poet and ordained as a Buddhist monk, <b>Leonard Cohen</b> (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) is our patron saint of sorrow and redemption. He wrote songs partway …

Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

“It’s also very difficult to untangle influences because you represent the sum of everything you’ve seen or heard or experienced.”<p><i>“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,”</i> <b>Leonard Cohen</b> (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about …

Chinua Achebe on How Storytelling Helps Us Survive History’s Rough Patches

“There is no one way to anything.”<p><i>“Those who tell you ‘Do not put too much politics in your art’ are not being honest,”</i> beloved Nigerian novelist <b>Chinua Achebe</b> (November 16, 1930–March 21, 2013) observed in his forgotten 1980 conversation with James Baldwin. <i>“If you look very carefully you will see</i> …

Literature

Four Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

Learning is no longer something we just do in schools.<p>The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning new things.<p>Learning is no longer something we just do in schools. We can't rely on just the …

Learning

Amal Clooney Thinks Donald Trump's Ideas Could Cost America Its 'Moral Standing' Internationally

The human rights lawyer and activist has a serious warning for the president-elect.<p>Leaders around the world should know better than to cross Amal Clooney. The high-powered international human rights lawyer, who has represented ISIS survivors and Julian Assange alike, knows a thing or two about how …

Donald Trump

An ancient Buddhist strategy for overcoming paralyzing fear

The first step in taming all-consuming dread of a Trump presidency is to get calm.<p>In the days since November 9, an oppressive cloak of fear and dread has descended upon a great many Americans.<p>The causes are endless: Our government is at risk of becoming “systemically corrupt” under President-elect …

Meditation

Your favorite messaging apps, ranked by privacy from best to worst

If you’re using BlackBerry Messenger to relay private messages, you might want to switch apps.<p>Amnesty International assessed 11 companies behind some of the most popular messaging apps in the world on how well they use encryption to guard your privacy.<p>Facebook is the clear winner with 73 out of a …

Privacy

How to Buy Happiness (Yes, Literally)

You can buy your way to happiness, but lets consider exactly what you're purchasing.<p>There are many paths to finding happiness. It could be as easy as asking this <i>one</i> powerful question I wrote about here. Or as simple as a 5-step process that's been proven by science (and hey, Oprah, digs it too.)<p>But …

Happiness

Colonising Mars could put astronauts at 'risk of chronic dementia'

Astronauts travelling to Mars and beyond could be at risk from chronic dementia according to research from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).<p>…

Neuroscience

Kristen Stewart: 'I'm not ashamed and I'm not confused'

Kristen Stewart has nothing to hide! Though the 26-year-old actress is notoriously private, she is currently in a committed relationship with girlfriend Alicia Cargile, and she doesn't care who knows it.<p>As one of the stars featured in Elle magazine's "Women in Hollywood" issue, Stewart got candid …

Working Over 25 Hours Per Week After Age 40 Could Lead to a Decline in Cognition, Study Finds

Another reason not to spend more time at work than you need to.<p>A new study from the University of Melbourne finds that working the standard 40 hours …

The Brain

David Foster Wallace Empowered a Generation to Talk About Mental Health

He wrote. We tweet.<p>Today, on World Mental Health Day, everyone should take the time to read David Foster Wallace's "The Depressed Person."<p>Published in <i>Harper's</i> in 1998, "The Depressed Person" is a short story about an unnamed woman with major clinical depression who attempts to dissect her …

Mental Health

How to spot if you’re suffering from mental health issues

<i>On World Mental Health Day, we explain the signs and symptoms that you need to know</i><p>One in three “sick notes” handed out by GPs are now for mental health problems, reported The Telegraph last month, amid soaring levels of anxiety across Britain.<p>The official data – from the first such investigation …

Flamingo Chicks Emerge From Nests in Turkey: Pictures

Salt Lake City

Ward Off Anxiety With This Simple Breathing Trick

When your mind is spinning, your heart is racing and the weight of the world decides to perch on your shoulders, one deep breath may be your saving grace.<p>But not all breaths are created equal. Behold, the "power breath":<p>In the video above, Jane McGonigal, senior researcher at the Institute for the …

The Invictus Games Begin: Pictures

Canada

15 Things You Didn’t Know Leonardo da Vinci Influenced

Leonardo da Vinci wore many hats—painter, mathematician, inventor, and paleontologist were just some of the titles that might describe him. Here are …

Why Jackie Robinson’s Legacy Matters Today

J. R. Eyerman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty …

Baseball

Moleskine’s Smart Pen Will Digitize Your Drawings in Real Time

Nothing says “I’m an early adopter but I still want to look cool and analog” like a Moleskine smart notebook. The hip office supply company has been …

FBI spills iPhone hacking secret to senators

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has a briefing with the FBI about how it got into the iPhone in the Apple vs. FBI saga. And she's not the only one offered a meeting.<p>The FBI may be keeping Apple in the dark about how it broke into an iPhone used by a terrorist. But now it's letting some members …

Cybercrime
Health Care
Mental Health

A Future Scientist, Neil Degrasse Tyson, & Supergirl

On October 10, 2015, famed astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) hosted an astrophysics lecture in New Orleans, and a 7-year old named Ava …

Saturn and its moon Tethys in a Cassini picture of the planet and its rings

On Aug. 19, 2012, the hardest-working spacecraft in the solar system, Cassini, was 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn when it …

Tiny Tethys (NASA Cassini Saturn Mission Images)

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