Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being

Illustration by Jacqueline Ayer from The Paper-Flower Tree “I am grateful, not in order that my neighbour, provoked by the earlier act of kindness, may be more ready to benefit me, but simply in order that I may perform a most pleasant and beautiful act.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes,” Annie Dillard wrote in her beautiful case for why a generosity of spirit is the greatest animating force of creativity. Two millennia earlier, great Roman philosopher Seneca examined this notion and its broader implications for human life in … Continue reading Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being

Here’s What Happens to Your Body And Brain if You Stop Drinking Water

Don’t try this at home. BEC CREW What would actually happen to your body if you stopped drinking water, including all beverages that contain water, like juices, soft drinks, and tea? Well, let’s start by saying it wouldn’t be pretty – your body is made up of 60 percent water, which is reason enough to make sure you’re constantly replenishing your supply. All that water works really hard to ensure that you continue functioning properly, by transporting vital nutrients and hormones to where they need to go, cushioning our joints, regulating our internal temperature, and lubricating our eyeballs. But we lose … Continue reading Here’s What Happens to Your Body And Brain if You Stop Drinking Water

Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?

YUSUF AHMAD / REUTERS On the fear that too much processing power will make us cease to be human by RACHEL GUTMAN Faster, more powerful computing has the potential to revolutionize fields from drug delivery to freight transportation. But some are also worried that the computers of the future could also upend what it means to be human. Quantum computing capitalizes on the quantum-physics principle that a particle may be in two states at once, as long as it does not leave a record of either state. Unlike traditional computers, which are made of bits restrained to values of zero or … Continue reading Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?