American Philosophy

18 Irresistible Books That Grab You With Their Titles and Never Let You Go

If you've ever spotted the spine of a book with a title so irresistible you bought it blindly, then you know it's not always such a bad idea to judge …

Books

Stop using Bill Clinton to hammer on liberals. Sexual harassment is a man problem, not a partisan one.

Listen up, liberals!<p>This is a pep talk for anyone who feels backed into a corner by bullies who want to convince you that you are a hypocrite because you fervently supported Anita Hill, but had reservations about Paula Jones.<p>Or because you called for the head of Alabama Republican U.S. Senate …

Feminism

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” - Loch Garten osprey diary - Loch Garten ospreys

I worked late last night. That’s not unusual for me (or many others!), as doing a combination of long and short work-days means I can spend more time …

Nature

6 Short Life Lessons From Terry Crews

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore<p>The below profile is adapted from the new book, <b>Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World</b>, which …

Success

Daniel Horowitz - Events

Daniel Horowitz<p>presents<p><i>Happier?:<br>The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America</i><p><b>This event includes a book signing</b><p>Daniel</b> …

National Endowment for the Humanities

#596: Researching Empathy in VR with Cognitive Science & Phenomenology

Cognitive scientist and phenomenologist Lynda Joy Gerry got into virtual reality after seeing the body swap experiments by Machine to Be Another as …

Virtual Reality

40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance

Looking for a burst of motivation when the going gets tough? These inspirational quotes will help you keep pursuing your dreams.<p>Without a doubt, a key quality every successful person has is perseverance: the grit and drive and will to keep pushing forward in spite of challenges and …

Self-improvement

If you tax the rich, they won't leave: US data contradicts millionaires' threats

Does raising taxes on the rich really trigger their migration to more obliging states or countries? This study of every million-dollar earner in the US shows otherwise<p>In the classic Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged, the rich go “on strike” – withdrawing their services and disappearing from society in …

U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

How to choose a UX Master’s Program

Things to consider based on roads I’ve taken<p>It’s not a secret that UX is a booming field. Many people want to break into the this area and the first …

UX Design

The Only Time You Need to Flour and Grease a Cake Pan

I am finicky about a million baking details, including measuring, type and size of pans, handling chocolate, beating egg whites, oven rack position, you name it.<p>But I hate to grease pans. Greasing <i>and</i> flouring really annoys me—it’s two additional steps, and who needs extra flour scattered around the …

Baking

Dr. Rachel Traylor - Founder and lead researcher at The Math Citadel

Take the time to study some aspect of your field that you struggle with.<p>Dr. Rachel Traylor is the founder and lead researcher at The Math Citadel, an …

Dell EMC

Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body? Plus: Alan Watts on gain and loss, Thomas Merton's beautiful letter to Rachel Carson, and more

<b>donating = loving</b><p>I pour tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into <i>Brain Pickings</i>, which remains free. If you find any joy and stimulation …

George Eliot

Six Ideas from Western Philosophy

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

James K. Polk

Will it be darkness at noon for defiant Mugabe?

<i>Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit... short at noon, long at eve - Henry David Thoreau</i><p>HARARE, Zimbabwe - …

Africa

Fox’s ‘The Last Man on Earth:’ Genders 'Don't Exist,' But Sexism Still Does

<p>Fox’s <em>The Last Man on Earth </em>spent most of its Sunday, November 19 episode touting feminism and a lesbian relationship, then strangely …

Conservative View

Jean Hill, who led Concord’s plastic bottle-ban effort, dies at 90

Partway through her attempts to get her hometown of Concord to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles, Jean Hill paused to explain her …

Boston

Sexual harassment and worse will plague politics until we get past tribalism

Hollywood and the news media are facing reckonings. But from Bill Clinton to Roy Moore, that's yet to happen in politics.<p>At last, a harsh reckoning has come for sexual harassers and abusers.<p>Last month’s outing of the loathsome Harvey Weinstein triggered an avalanche of accusations, fanning out from …

News (U.S.)

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

<b>“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”</b> <br>—<i>Booker T. Washington, 1901</i>The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our …

Emily Dickinson

Experimental Autumn Perspectives

For a photographer, perspective means everything. Many photographers have their specialties, whether it is landscapes, macros, portraits, street, …

Photography

The link between Benjamin Netanyahu and extreme libertarian Ayn Rand

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, without doubt the biggest reformer in Prime Minister Benjamin...<p>Want to enjoy 'Zen' reading - with no ads and just …

Israel

Reconsidering “The Reactionary Mind” in the age of you-know-who - Salon.com

Conservative intellectuals have led the way in denouncing Donald Trump as not a "true conservative." Perhaps the most powerful rebuttal comes from the heavily revised second edition of political scientist Corey Robin's book "The Reactionary Mind," on whose cover Trump replaces Sarah Palin in the …

U.S. Politics

The Abominable Anomalousness Of The Anomaly Analogy

Argues that the stock market is not efficiently priced and that so-called “anomalies” are the precise opposite of what they’re called.<p>Proposes a …

Business

12 More Viral Photos That Were Totally Fake

We've been debunking fake photos at Gizmodo since 2013, but in the year 2017, the fakes seem to be spreading online faster than ever. Here are just a …

Technology (Australia)

AI-Gaps-PTAI

<b>Huge but unnoticed gaps<br>between current AI and natural intelligence</b><p><b>Aaron Sloman <br>http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~axs/ <br>School of Computer Science, University</b> …

Machine Learning

Sutherland Springs, gun control, ammunition, MADD, Dallas ISD, education, Jerry Jones

We must stop the killing<p>As I read the 26 names on the front of the Points section on Sunday, tears ran down my face. Though I listened to all the …

Opinion

Our City Charities

<b>Margaret Fuller (1810–1850)</b><br>From <i>Writing New York: A Literary Anthology</i><b><br>Interesting Links</b><br>“Margaret Fuller’s Thanksgiving Day revelation” (<i>Reader’s</i> …

Western Philosophy

The myth of political parties

<i>“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures</i> …

Conservative View

The life and career of Steve Jobs' mysterious widow Laurene Powell Jobs, who has become a powerful investor with a net worth of $20.7 billion

<b>• Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.</b><p><b>• She has become a powerful investor and has a net worth of $20.7 billion, according to Forbes.</b><p><b>• Some of her projects range from environmental committees to acquiring a majority stake in an influential US magazine.</b><p>Laurene Powell Jobs …

Business

Are our dreams trying to tell us something – or should we sleep on it?

Night after night, elaborately crazy stories plant themselves in your mind through no choice of your own. Don’t tell me something intriguing isn’t going on<p>What are dreams for? It’s one of those bottomless questions where the answer tells you mainly about the person doing the answering. Those who …

Neurophilosophy

3 Ways to Have a Happy Retirement, According to People Who've Already Retired

"Happiness is like a butterfly," Henry David Thoreau reportedly said. "The more you chase it, the more it will evade you." In other words, …

Retirement Planning