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If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?
'We made this mess, and if we want to still be around this planet, we fix it'
Here are just some ways we can turn the crowd to work for a better normal
'What if your favorite performing artist showed up in your house through some abracadabra of digital technology? How will that change the quality of your day?'
'If you lost your job because of the pandemic, did you lose your passion too?'
'Time can run out on us but what it cannot do is fill it for us. What if we intentionally live out wisdom in the wait so that we can have an even better normal?'
'[We have to] help young people realize that the screen is their slave – a tool – and not their master'
'The next normal is not a magical tomorrow that is independent of our actions today or in the past'
'Our human nature will not banish our sense of touch despite what we have experienced during the pandemic. We will find new ways to feel each other.'
'Our lives are too small, our minds so closed, our interests so shallow, our existing social and political ideologies too narrow, to recognize that we invited this non-living thing into our lives, into our normal'
This virus is new, and science is doing a parallel course of getting to know it while fighting it. Which is a very tricky thing.
Here is a curated list of actions that could prevent, solve, or manage those inner crises or conflicts that can arise because you cannot go anywhere
'You do not need a PhD to understand what the scientists are saying and also what they are NOT saying'
'Before we even know we are being distracted by something, another distraction comes along'
Traumatic childhood experiences, especially in pre-school, can stunt children’s brains in ways that would be most difficult to overcome
When you tell someone who is stressing you that they are responsible for your hair prematurely turning grey or white, you can say you have scientific backing
Self-control is as scarce as face masks during panic mode. But can music help?
'Learning music is like having your own personal Big Bang – you do not explode and expand into a space but rather, you make the space as you grow'
Did you know that the Greeks have a word that means 'a hunger for disaster?' Or that the Germans have a term for when you dread getting what you want?
Science writer Maria Isabel Garcia shares her 'hope finds' – a list of actions that will hopefully lift up our spirits and move us to act
We cannot lie down in the face of the overwhelming climate crisis because science can pull us up with the mental muscle that can reinvigorate the resistance
We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live
Art could inspire that sense of awe that moves us to step into the world – the real world with a more robust inner life
The lines between our emotional and physiological states are as blurred in our biology as in our experiences
What if we can make selfies more meaningful – if not for the one posting it, then for others who would probably not even see your selfie online?
In terms of the fundamental wiring of human brains, science knows why we pay more attention to negative news
We thrive as humans because we are diverse. None of us is normal.
We have to acknowledge that we are not machines – that we break, and when we do, they strike a blow to our organs too, such as our hearts
If we knew more about more kinds of foods and their impact, then we could make better individual and community judgments as well as national policies that will affect our food security
Time will always move regardless of what we do. But this tyranny of the present is cutting us off from the future we want.
Emotions do not stay still. They move in multilateral paths and, at times, they even run.
Heavy multitasking really disrupts attention, and attention is essential to sustain a path towards a goal
I feel that we should first seriously think about the possible costs of another wave of technology, this time targeting the human brain itself
What is the latest happening on the ground with ordinary mortals who are doing science to try to read people's minds?
We seek advice because we want to hear from other people and find possible solutions to our problems, or new ways of looking at challenges. But what does it do to the one who gives the advice?
Whether you are creating the art or beholding it, art changes you – by rejoicing, awakening, rethinking, or healing
Music is not an insertion in our lives but a fundamental wiring that, once awakened, will help shape the humans that we are
We cannot grow more oceans but we can grow more forests. A return to the forests should now capture human imagination.
Hello human marauder. The nature you knew, the one who served you and your ancestors, is now down to her endlings.
In the case of lost wallets, it would seem that most of us are not willing to pay the mental cost of feeling like a thief
Studies suggest that just as there is no one simple cause to political, religious, or social radicalization, there is also no one strong hand punitive measure to solve radicalization
Normally, when you think of nature, you do not think of structure. But the work of people like mathematician and science writer Margaret Wertheim will convince you otherwise.
The science and art of the power of music to help us become better human beings are solid and irrefutable
To be an advocate for science is to be an advocate for the best of what our species can do in terms of understanding the world, others, and ourselves