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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
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'
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