Thought Provoking

By Ramesh Prabhu | Stories, articles and pieces that make you go... "wow", "hmm", "holy sh.."

7 Signs Your Phone Runs Your Life (and Not the Other Way Around)

Do you put your phone on the table next to you at meals? Do you check it every 10 seconds? Do you panic when it runs out of battery, or, <i>gasp</i>, you …

Why do Greek statues have such small penises?

Don’t pretend your eyes don’t hover, at least for a moment, over the delicately sculpted penises on classical nude statues. While it may not sound like the most erudite subject, art historians haven’t completely ignored ancient Greek genitalia either. After all, sculptors put as much work into …

Statues

Are We Raising Racists?

DES MOINES — Last year at this time, my 7-year-old was running around singing the praises of George Washington. I was happy to see her so engaged with what she’d learned at school. But I was dismayed that the peace- and diversity-centered curriculum she gets at her public school had left her with …

Racism

New Study

Of all the philosophical concepts Immanuel Kant is known for, the one I’ve had to struggle the least to grasp is his description of the <i>sublime</i>, a …

Cool Stuff

21 Thought-Provoking Books That Will Stay On Your Mind For Days

Prepare to make your bookshelf considerably heavier.<p>We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which clever books left them thinking for ages. Here are some of their suggestions.<p>1. <i>The Vegetarian</i> by Han Kang.<p>“That book was so out of my normal reading range. I really liked it and …

Literature

Who doesn’t read books in America?

About a quarter of American adults (26%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year. Who, exactly, are these non-book readers?

Pew Research Center

Hate Trump supporters? Hate liberals? Here's why

Deep in the brain, your amygdala generates a knee-jerk response to political enemies and other threats. But experiments show the divide can be bridged<p>I was walking back to my room on the ninth floor of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last October, and I happened to meet the guy in the room next door, …

Racism

Trump’s “America first” policy will promote monolingualism—which will be bad for the American economy

Top US economist Larry Summers recently tweeted in relation to America’s focus on its so-called special relationship with the UK. And he’s right. The economic impact on the US—or any other country—that closes off its trade barriers with countries that are different to it would be enormous.<p>Language …

Germany
Mind

Survival of the Richest

Why some of America’s wealthiest people are prepping for disaster.<p>Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure …

Survivalism

Democracy Index 2016

Register<p>Given name<p>Enter first name.<p>Last name<p>Enter last name.<p>Job title<p>Enter job title.<p>Company name<p>Enter company name.<p>Industry Please enter your …

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Exercising?

A new study shows that cerebral blood flow within the left and right hippocampus significantly decreases after just 10 days of without exercise.<br>Read …

Neurology

Ashley Judd on How to Put an End to Online Gender Violence

“It started the minute I went online.” Ashley Judd has been on Twitter for six years, and for six years she has endured unrelenting abuse at the …

Gender

What Your Pronunciation of These Words Tells Other People

Where do you put flowers? People are ready to infer a whole lot about you by the way you say your answer.<p>In a recent survey, over 1,000 participants …

Language

Breaking Digital Addiction

<i>The first step is admitting.</i><p>Digital addiction is quickly becoming this generation’s public health crisis. Space is the newest product to help you …

Bees Are Now Officially On The U.S. Endangered Species List

In what is obviously terrible news for anyone familiar with cinematic classic <i>Bee Movie</i> (and, you know, in possession of a minimum degree of knowledge with regard to overall environmental health), it's been announced that a species of bumble bee will be placed on the endangered species list for the …

Endangered Species

Hooked on Our Smartphones

The many men, women and children who spend their days glued to their smartphones and social media accounts might learn something from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the groundbreaking megahit “Hamilton.” Asked in an interview with Delta Sky magazine when and where he finds time to be creative, Mr. …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

How Trump Voters Who Say They Aren’t Racist Can Prove It

Trump voters who say ‘Not me!’ when racism charges fly should see the new film about the three black women at NASA—and how John Glenn treats them—and contemplate its lessons.<p>Since the election a seemingly never-ending debate has raged between those who voted for Donald Trump and those who did not. …

Racism

New York's incredibly expensive new subway explains why we can't have nice things

As President-elect Donald Trump is about to take office having promised a burst of infrastructure spending, it's worth taking a look at the newest, shiniest piece of infrastructure in Manhattan and what it says about why it's so hard to get anything big built in major American cities.<p>On January 1, …

Long Island

How going vegetarian would help save the world

Going veggie would cut global food emissions by two thirds and save millions of lives – new study<p>Marco Springmann, <i>University of Oxford</i><p>Eating more …

What You Need to Know About Authoritarianism

Amanda Taub was looking at her iPhone at 3 a.m. early this year — she was feeding her baby and just trying to stay awake. That’s when she stumbled on …

Democracy

An American Tragedy

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, …

Democracy

7 Reasons So Many Guys Don€™t Understand Sexual Consent

By David Wong Published: November 03rd, 2016 The following sentence applies regardless of when you read this: A famous man has recently been accused …

How Hitler went from fringe politician to dictator — and why it's a mistake to think it couldn't happen in the US

One reason many people find the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency scary is that Trump often sounds more like an authoritarian than a president.<p>Trump supporters argue that Trump's dictatorial rhetoric is a sales pitch and that Trump is more reasonable and less megalomaniacal than he sounds. They …

Democracy

A war correspondent's book perfectly explains why some Trump supporters welcome violence

As Election Day draws nearer, reports of violent rhetoric at rallies for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have reached a fever pitch.<p>"If she's in office" — Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — "I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That's how I feel about it," …

Big Ideas

Why You'll Be Deleting Your Twitter Account in the Next 6 Months

Stick a fork in the service, it stopped being viable a long time ago.<p>What does it mean when a major tech company starts slipping like a seal on wet rocks? Rumors about an acquisition start to rumble then quiet down, the CEO seems beleaguered and frustrated, there's more news about Internet trolls …

Social Media

Is the internet killing our brains?

The web gives us access to endless information. What impact does this have on our memory, and our attention spans?<p>Throughout history, people have always worried about new technologies. The fear that the human brain cannot cope with the onslaught of information made possible by the latest …

The Brain