Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Unwind the mind with these thought-provoking Alan Watts quotes. by MIKE COLAGROSSI Quotes on the immediacy of experience and life. Learn a Zen Koan or two and scramble rationalist thought. Ponder on the meaning of life with Alan Watts. To this day, Alan Watts’s impactful and wise words circulate through the culture. We find them in the many books he left behind, countless lectures and pop-culture references galore. Renowned scholar and teacher, Joseph Campbell once said of him: “The pomposities of prodigious learning could be undone by him with a turn of phrase. One stood before him, disarmed — and laughed at … Continue reading Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Against ‘natural’ parenting

Children at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, England, in 1972. Photo by Bruce Dale/National Geographic/Getty We’re opportunistic, inventive and flexible animals, and there is no ‘natural’ or ‘right’ way to bring up our children by Olga Mecking is a blogger, writer and translator. Born in Poland, she lives in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. Edited by Pam Weintraub Motherhood has never felt natural to me. I wasn’t very good at understanding my babies’ needs or what their cries meant, something that other parents seemed to know without giving it too much thought. ‘She’s just tired,’ they … Continue reading Against ‘natural’ parenting


No matter which alien environment you’ve been living in — prison, outer space, marriage — if you’re not used to it, everyday life can be an intimidating thing to attempt by Chris Bourn “We catch lots of crabs, shoot a few rabbits, catch a few trout,” says Rob Fletcher, who has just arrived back in mainland Scotland from the Inner Hebridean island of Jura, where he and his family have been living in virtual isolation for the past four months. Now halfway back to civilization (“We’re still in decompression,” he says, on his parents’ sheep farm in rural Stirlingshire), Fletcher is telling … Continue reading THE ABSENTEE’S GUIDE TO REENTERING SOCIETY

A society’s cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain by University of Pennsylvania It’s unlikely that someone born today could independently think up all the necessary steps it would take to send a rocket to the moon. They would need to learn from those who came before them. “There are so many things you would need to learn, engineering and chemistry and astronomy,” says Marco Smolla, an evolutionary biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. “It’s the ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ idea.” Individuals can innovate, coming up with their own ways to advance a society’s knowledge, but, … Continue reading A society’s cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks


by Hussein Kesvani After El Paso, a generation of early chan users and lurkers are once again attempting to reconcile what they’ve wrought Sometime around 2007, from the childhood bedroom of my parents’ house in quiet suburban London, I texted a woman I didn’t know to call her a “fucking whore.” Another anonymous user in 4chan’s “Random” board (aka /b/) had posted that she’d broken up with him for a taller, more athletic man. I was among the dozens of people who responded by threatening her. In the dead of night — my desktop computer monitor setting my room aglow — … Continue reading GROWING UP ON THE RADICAL HATE INTERNET

Ozzy Osbourne is a genetic mutant, DNA research proves

Scientists have studied rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s genes, and as suspected he’s got super-boozer DNA. Alamy Stock Photo By Hailey Eber In 2010, when scientists at Knome Inc. were looking to study a remarkable human’s DNA, they didn’t ring up Steve Jobs or Beyoncé. Instead, the Cambridge, Mass.-based human genome company reached out to Ozzy Osbourne. They wanted to know what genes had kept the rocker alive through decades of heavy drug and alcohol abuse. Their findings did not disappoint. They discovered a never-before-seen mutation that may explain Osbourne’s ability to consume alcohol in great quantities and several genetic variations that predisposed … Continue reading Ozzy Osbourne is a genetic mutant, DNA research proves

Relationships Fall Into 1 of 4 Commitment Types — So Which One Is Yours?

By Gary W. Lewandowski For better or worse … or maybe never. Is he or she the one? You know … the one to introduce to my parents, the one to move in with, the one to start a family with, the one to marry? At some point in every dating relationship, you ask yourself some version of these questions. Of course, you’re invested in predicting the fate of your own relationship. Psychology researchers are interested as well. Are there recognizable signs that can foretell where a relationship is headed? Typically researchers have tried to puzzle out this question by measuring … Continue reading Relationships Fall Into 1 of 4 Commitment Types — So Which One Is Yours?