The Science of Facial Hair: What Signals Do Beards, Stubble, and Mustaches Send to Others?

 by Antonio Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a yes or no answer to every question of aesthetics? It’s certainly how magazines and pop culture presents things when it comes to how a man should or shouldn’t look. But that’s rarely how the human brain works. As we’ve discussed before in regards to style, there are definitely some black/white rules, but for the most part each man needs to discover what works best for him. He needs to express himself through his style choices, within some basic frameworks. One fascinatingly complex issue that has come back into the spotlight recently … Continue reading The Science of Facial Hair: What Signals Do Beards, Stubble, and Mustaches Send to Others?

Unpacking the Fictional Japan of Isle of Dogs

  Fox Searchlight Wes Anderson’s film uses elements of the country’s language and culture to create a fraught sense of unfamiliarity. by NINA LI COOMES One of the best sequences in Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion film Isle of Dogs is of a sushi chef preparing a boxed lunch. In a bird’s-eye shot, we see the chef’s hands pin a still-living fish, chop off its head and tail, set it to the side in a shallow bowl, and fillet the carcass. A wriggling octopus leg is held deftly, cut into neat rectangles, and pressed onto handfuls of vinegar rice. The chef dots vivid-green … Continue reading Unpacking the Fictional Japan of Isle of Dogs

A ZEN MASTER EXPLAINS THE ART OF ‘LETTING GO’, AND IT ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK

by Christina Sarich, Guest Waking Times  Thich Naht Hanh, the Zen Buddhist master, has some interesting advice about what it means to truly let go. Many people mistake detachment or non-clinging to be a form of aloofness, or emotional disconnect from others, but as Hanh explains, truly letting go often means loving someone more than you have ever loved them before. The Buddha taught that detachment, one of the disciplines on the Noble Path, also called ariyasaavaka, is not a physical act of withdrawal or even a form of austerity. Though the Buddha teaches of a “non-action which is an integral part of the Right … Continue reading A ZEN MASTER EXPLAINS THE ART OF ‘LETTING GO’, AND IT ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK

Five Things You Can Catch From Other People (That Aren’t Herpes)

by Ian Lecklitner Watch out: Obesity, stress and even the feels are contagious On the lengthy list of things that you might worry about spreading to your good friends (e.g., the common cold, stomach flu and super gonorrhea), a few extra pounds and your work-related stress don’t usually don’t make the cut. But as it turns out, science is constantly finding more and more stuff to be contagious. Here, in fact, are five surprising things that can spread via close proximity… Obesity A new study of 1,519 military families suggests that obesity is actually quite contagious. The research, published in the peer-reviewed medical … Continue reading Five Things You Can Catch From Other People (That Aren’t Herpes)