iStockphoto by Nick Romeo It’s increasingly difficult to pay attention in the blooming, buzzing confusion of the modern world. Matthew Crawford argues persuasively that it’s time to fight back. The ghosts of many philosophers haunt the pages of Matthew Crawford’s new book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Rather than embracing the standard coffee-mug view of philosophy as a repository of sage aphorisms to be summoned while sipping warm beverages, Crawford respects past thinkers enough both to argue with them and to notice their legacies in diverse cultural strata. He clashes with Kant … Continue reading Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?
by EMILY DREYFUSS I WAS 21 and they wanted to pay me $21,000 a year to be a full time staff writer. A thousand bucks for every year of life. That sounded decent. How much did life cost? Who knew. I hadn’t lived any yet. What did staff writers at a paper make? I had no idea. I signed on the dotted line without a hesitation. Late last week, using the hashtag #talkpay, people began tweeting about how much money they make—a radical thing to do in a culture that treats disclosing your salary as the ultimate taboo. The movement was … Continue reading My Struggle With the Last Great Taboo: Admitting My Salary
by ZenGardner.com Marc and Angel are the authors of 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently. Here’s their amazing list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. #1. Start spending time with the right people. — These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally. #2. Start facing your problems head on. — It isn’t your problems … Continue reading 30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself
From: thelocal.se Editor’s Comment: As usual, the power in Sweden is behind the scenes, unelected and weaved into the bureaucracy so that Swedes have no control or influence over what happens in the country. Sweden has long been seen as the epitome of a healthy democracy. But in this week’s debate article, three researchers argue that an increase in unelected behind-the-scenes operators is threatening accountability in the Swedish political sphere. Who has the power over Swedish politics and who decides how to shape tomorrow’s politics? The answer to these questions has long been a given, both in the public debate … Continue reading “Sweden is ruled by unelected policy plotters”
Octopuses can tell humans apart, even when the people are dressed identically. Photograph: Papilio / Alamy/Alamy From taking photographs to unpicking locks, there’s no end to octopuses’ talents by Sy Montgomery “I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange,” says naturalist and author Sy Montgomery. Her new book, The Soul of an Octopus (out 21 May, Simon & Schuster £12.99), explores the “emotional and physical world of the octopus – and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans”. Here she gives five compelling reasons for diving in and taking a tentacle. 1 An … Continue reading Two legs good, eight legs best: five reasons to love octopuses
BY GEORGE MORTIMER “God gave us two ends: One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Heads you win, tails, you lose.” – Anonymous Let me guess. You’re in the midst of chasing your desires. You’re unsure of what exactly you’re chasing, but you’re after dreams larger than yourself. Greatness awaits you, and you know it. You’re a diamond in the rough waiting to be uncovered from the final layers of soil. But you’re unsure of how to escape the darkness of the dirt and breach into the light. You come to … Continue reading The Horrible Reality Of Online Success Advice (And How To Be Successful For Real)
I really hope this is the right flag. NASA/flickr, CC BY By Marcie Gainer Magdalena Ietswaart, University of Stirling and Paul Dudchenko, University of Stirling There is bad news for those planning to go to Mars in the near future: a study in mice has suggested that radiation in space could cause cognitive decline in astronauts. However, we know from past research that mental, social and physical exercise can boost cognitive functions. With planned Mars missions moving ever closer, it might be be worth exploring activity as a way to counter radiation damage. There are many hurdles to overcome to … Continue reading Space travel may be bad for your brain – here’s why
The unidentified object appeared on live footage streamed from the International Space Station. The clip has since been posted on YouTube by user Streetcap1 and shows what appears to be a small white disc flying near to the space station. This isn’t the first time that the space station cameras have captured mystery objects. The web cams have led to a string of YouTube uploads from alien hunters claiming to have captured images of alien craft. However, sceptics claim the alleged UFO sightings on the live feed are simply down to NASA’s poor camera and this latest sighting is … Continue reading Space experts baffled as mystery object filmed passing space station