by Miles Klee – Miles Klee is MEL’s resident tank-top dirtbag, shitposter and meme expert. He’s also the author of the novel ‘Ivyland’ and a story collection, ‘True False.’ This could be the most anti-toxic place to see nudity online The great challenge of the Age of Nudes — besides keeping your smutty selfies out of the wrong hands — is constant reinvention. The same has been true of carnal relations for a very long time, and while humans have proven their genius with each permutation of sexual behavior, our styles of visual sexting remain fairly limited. A mirror shot … Continue reading ON R/DRAWMENSFW, REDDIT PICASSOS TURN YOUR NUDES INTO PERSONALIZED ART
Cannabis plants in a lab at Niagara College in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. As marijuana use becomes more widespread and varied, some people worry that its more potent versions can cause or exacerbate mental illness.CreditCreditCarlos Osorio/Reuters By Benedict Carey As the drug becomes more popular, concerns have been raised that its use can lead to psychotic disorders. Here’s what scientists know for sure, and what they don’t. Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone. Experts now distinguish between the “new … Continue reading Does Cannabis Use Cause Schizophrenia?
Monk Mathieu Ricard prepares for an MRI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 4, 2008 under the supervision of technician Michael Anderle (left) and principal investigators Richard J. Davidson (center) and Antoine Lutz (right). | Photo by Jeff Miller ©UW-Madison University Communications https://tricy.cl/2H9oVjk A Buddhist scholar examines the assertion that Buddhism is more like a science of the mind than a religion. By John Dunne The following article is excerpted from one of the final talks in our upcoming online course, Buddhism for Beginners, which starts on January 14. John Dunne, a Buddhist scholar and practitioner, introduces the origins, teachings, and … Continue reading Is Buddhism Scientific or Religious?
Photo by Andia/UIG via Getty Images It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril Adam Frank is professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester in New York. He is the author of several books, the latest being Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth(2018). Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he is the Appleton professor of natural philosophy and professor of physics and astronomy, and the director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE). He is … Continue reading The blind spot
Keeping on top of daily stress isn’t only a win for your mental health, it might just avert a coronary by Chris Bourn One of the best tips on how to write an all-time classic work of fiction comes from E.M. Forster, whoadvised: “‘The King died, and then the Queen died’ is a story; ‘the King died and then the Queen died of grief’ is a plot.” It’s also, the novelist might be surprised to learn if he were alive today and up to speed on cutting-edge cardiology, an increasingly recognized medical reality. For centuries, people have intuitively grasped that extreme emotional … Continue reading YOUR CARDIOLOGIST SHOULD BE ASKING YOU ABOUT YOUR JOB — AND YOUR LOVE LIFE — BEFORE IT KILLS YOU
What happens when a person is simultaneously lost and found? BY SARA BATKIE Before Corrine’s husband abandoned her in Berlin, he liked to say that her name reminded him of the word “corrupt.” But ending in a twist rather than a split. Her last name was the French word for “swimsuit” but he never mentioned that. This seemed strange now that he was gone, as many of his behaviors did. Kind of like how the best view of a city is when you’re leaving it. They were in Germany on his business, which was diplomatic in nature and disclosure. It … Continue reading Echos
Photograph by Maria Popova “Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.” BY MARIA POPOVA “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” the young Nietzsche wrote as he contemplated what it takes to find oneself. Somehow, this man of stark contradiction, cycling between nihilistic despondency and electric buoyancyalong the rim of madness, has managed to inspire some of humanity’s most surefooted spirits — among them, the great German poet, novelist, painter, and Nobel laureate Hermann … Continue reading Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny