5 Things That Could Help Your Brain Work Better

Victor Habbick Visions / Getty The brain isn’t literally a muscle, but its function can be positively and negatively affected by the behaviors we engage in every day. Unlike a bicep or a quadricep, we can’t see or feel when our brain is turning into mush through either disuse or misuse. Instead, any atrophy will instead make itself known when we’re struggling to remember a very common word, getting hopelessly lost in a part of town we’re intimately familiar with, or being driven to tears trying to figure out how to set up a personal hotspot. That last one happened … Continue reading 5 Things That Could Help Your Brain Work Better

The telling

Photo by Annie Otzen/Getty When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and loss by Jesse Bering is a research psychologist and director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His most recent book is Suicidal: Why We KillOurselves (2018). Edited by Pam Weintraub A frayed leather wallet. A broken watch. Some coins. A ballpoint pen missing a screw. For 11-year-old Maddy Reid, this was all that remained of her soft-spoken accountant father … an assortment of 59-year-old George Reid’s meagre belongings emptied … Continue reading The telling

The Year of the Whale: A Lyrical Illustrated Serenade to Our Planet’s Largest-Brained Creature

“Moving through a dim, dark, cool, watery world of its own, the whale is timeless and ancient; part of our common heritage and yet remote, awful, prowling the ocean floor a half-mile down, under the guidance of powers and senses we are only beginning to grasp.” BY MARIA POPOVA “The great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open,” Herman Melville wrote in Moby-Dick as he was falling in love with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he would dedicate the novel, “and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, … Continue reading The Year of the Whale: A Lyrical Illustrated Serenade to Our Planet’s Largest-Brained Creature