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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
It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.
Why is it that the most urgent and important causes in our community, country, and planet seem to not benefit enough from this basic feature of our humanity?
Awakenings do not inflame tragedy or sorrow. Awakenings get you to a level that transcends your sorrows, fears, and frustrations.
We can delay death, of course, but we cannot run away from it. So we should really learn how to live and talk about death in our normal conversations.
Imagine if instead of photos, you have the sound of a crowded plaza, a parade, or a school reunion!
What if you were asked to trust someone for the first time? What would make you trust them?
Eye contact is more than just a laser alignment of the irises of two people
Learning is more complex than just going to school, getting a job, and playing Sudoku or crossword puzzles to keep your mind together later in life
Plants have a planet within our own planet, and that planet is keeping us alive. Losing plants in a massive scale such as when we decimate forests is literally pulling the ground from underneath us.
The real proof that you have learned is not what you know but what you do with what you know
Our childhood years quickly give way to the teenage years, and it is at this stage that the effects of childhood adversity usually take their toll
We wonder about many things when we are attracted to someone, and probably the list expands when we consider marriage. But are genes part of those considerations?
'Romance' in female brains generally takes on the form of language, while in male brains, it largely, so to speak, rises and falls as an 'act'
Instead of Facebook, I want a Forgetbook – a network of personal accounts with pixels gracefully and artfully degrading at random rates like real life, reminding us that not all matter, matters to all of us, all the time
This constant roar of the river of chat within us that rises to the surface and comes out as 'small talk' seems to be one of the most striking traits that define us as humans
There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?
The one thing that smartphones have taken away from us is the Stop Sign. This holiday season is the perfect time to press pause on social media and pay attention to our real lives.
Here are 5 conversational themes that could mend or fill in some gaps in your family and friend connections
What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media
Aside from medical prescriptions, there are 'social prescriptions' that play a significant role in healing
Books tear down the walls of what society assumed to be fixed, or at least, could largely be demolished only by political or economic policies. Books are revolutionary in themselves.
Your one and only life is worth the brainwork
How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?
We humans invented the disciplines so we can highlight various aspects of reality for a deeper understanding. It's time to unlearn the borders we made so we can see where the disciplines connect and where they diverge.
Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind
We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?
Air pollution is making us dumb and it will grow worse because we are urbanizing fast
Food has taken on a flavor that is much more than the tastes it elicits
It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives
There is probably no wall that food cannot melt and break down
Humans shake things up – not only when we act. It could start with how we think about something.
How many places do we really hold constant in our hearts at any time in our lifetime?
There is a deep, biological reason why we gravitate toward rural areas when we need a break from our frenzied city lives
Life and all its bits are connected. Knowing how those connections could work for your life is key to nailing your purpose.
How many generations of smoke does science need to uncover before we accept that tobacco is the most dangerous natural product we have invented?
It makes so much sense to go back to the most basic organized unit of life – the cell – if we want to treat diseases
Music is a powerful emotional glue. When played, it becomes entwined with your memories and a part of who you are.
There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers