by Andrew Fiouzi Coaches—from Pee-Wee to the NCAA—on what fires us up Back in November, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston tried to give his team a fiery, “Eat a W!”-centric pregame speech to pump them up. It was…not entirely successful? It’s always a surprise to see a bad motivational speech, because whether it’s Al Pacino moving beefy foot players to tears in the locker room or Kyle Chandler doing, well, the exact same thing, we’ve become accustomed to coaches in movies and TV shows delivering rousing last-minute speeches to inspire their team to victory. But since most real-life coaches don’t have access to … Continue reading What Makes a Good Pregame Speech?
The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Studies suggest the Y chromosome is on its way out, so what does that mean for the future of the human race? by Darren Griffin Peter Ellis Although it carries the “master switch” gene, SRY, that determines whether an embryo will develop as male (XY) or female (XX), it contains very few other genes and is the only chromosome not necessary for life. Women, after all, manage just fine without one. What’s more, the Y chromosome has degenerated rapidly, leaving … Continue reading The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?
The brains of close friends react to the world in similar ways, so does this mean we form natural echo chambers? by Thomas McMullan You may have a lot of things in common with your friends and brain activity could be one of them. According to a new study that investigated the neural responses of those in real-world social networks, you are more likely to perceive the world in the same way your friends do and this can be seen in patterns of neural activity. The investigation by scientists at Dartmouth College, published today in Nature Communications, examined the brains of … Continue reading Your brain can reveal who your true friends are: Study shows how similar neural responses predict friendships
“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn BY SUSIE MOORE Do your closest five friends reflect the real you—your goals, ambitions, values? You’d be surprised how often the issue of friendships timing out comes up in my sessions as a life coach. It surfaces in the form of questions like, “I find myself wanting to spend less time with my BFF. Why is that?” or “I don’t want to do happy hour with my co-workers anymore. Is that cool?” So why is this such a common topic? Because I work with a … Continue reading How to Break Up With a Friend (and Not Feel Guilty)
To help build trust, keep a pleasant, positive expression. Suddenly switching from a downbeat expression to a giant smile is likely to undermine trust. ILLUSTRATION: MARK MATCHO People will make snap judgments as soon as they meet you, but you can turn this to your advantage By Sue Shellenbarger Hilary Blair has acted professionally and served as chief executive of her own communications-coaching company for the past seven years. She oversees a staff of 13 and counts Staples and Boeing among her clients. She says her success comes despite the first impression she makes on some people, not because of it. “I … Continue reading The Mistakes You Make in a Meeting’s First Milliseconds
by Buck Rogers, Staff Writer Waking Times Among the many strange and suspicious statues, fountains, facades and structures that occupy Vatican City, the Pope’s Audience Hall stands out for its uncanny resemblance to a snake. Completed in 1971, the peculiar structure sits only partly within the actual boundary of the City/State, and the whole building, inside and out is unmistakably reptilian. It’s officially named the Paul VI Audience Hall, after Pope Paul the Sixth, who reigned from 1963 to 1978. Apparently he was a decent Pope, although he has been implicated in covering up or ignoring the sexual abuse of young boys … Continue reading INSIDE THE POPE’S REPTILIAN AUDIENCE HALL IN VATICAN CITY
image edied by Fernando Kaskais by Chelsea Gohd NICHD Human Entropy Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience consciousness? Now, a new study has uncovered a clue in the hunt for answers, and it reveals that the human brain might have more in common with the universe than we could have imagined. According to a team of researchers from France and Canada, our brains might produce consciousness as something of a side effect of increasing entropy, a process that has been taking place throughout the universe … Continue reading New Study Links Human Consciousness to a Law That Governs the Universe
Photograph by Doug DuBois for The New Yorker When Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead by the hospital, her family disagreed. Her case challenges the very nature of existence. By Rachel Aviv For the past four years, Jahi McMath has breathed with the help of a ventilator. A neurologist described her as “an extremely disabled but very much alive teenage girl.” Before having her tonsils removed, Jahi McMath, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl from Oakland, California, asked her doctor, Frederick Rosen, about his credentials. “How many times have you done this surgery?” Hundreds of times, Rosen said. “Did you get enough sleep last … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Die?
by Vladimir Migutin We always hear praises of the might of Mother Nature, how it renders useless mans’ creations, and bears life above the ruins. Well, it’s something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale. This place IS the place for these contrasts. It’s pretty hard to describe the overall atmosphere I experienced during this trip. Despite the events of 1986, the ruins, and the rust, I didn’t have grim feelings while traveling there. On the contrary, it felt like I was in a “kind of” paradise on a different planet. Thirty years after the fallout, while … Continue reading I TOOK A TRIP TO CHERNOBYL’S EXCLUSION ZONE AND PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN INFRARED
The writer Leo Tolstoy at his desk. Getty Images by Jeffrey Somers There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: Old and complex. After all, this week’s hot new bestseller is often an easy read for the simple reason that it’s part of the current zeitgeist—you don’t have to work very hard to get the references and understand the relationships more or less intuitively. Even the most ambitious books on the store shelves right now are easy enough to ‛get’ because there are familiar aspects … Continue reading The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read