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- Feb 2 20179 minutes
Against Willpower: Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.
Thomas1 was a highly successful and mild-mannered lawyer who was worried about his drinking. When he came to see me at my psychotherapy practice, his wine intake had crept up to six or seven glasses a night, and he was starting to hide it from his fa
- Apr 1 20141 minute
3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People
Unfortunately, you can't change them. But you can change the way you interact with them.
- Feb 2 20178 minutes
What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments: Math won’t solve quantum gravity. Experimentation will.
In the mid-1990s, I studied mathematics. I wasn’t really sure just what I wanted to do with my life, but I was awed by the power of mathematics to describe the natural world. After classes on differential geometry and Lie algebras, I attended a semin
- Feb 16 201711 minutes
The Anatomy of Charisma: What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary.
For weeks I had been researching what science has to say about the power of charisma. Why do some people so clearly have it and others don’t? Why do we fall so easily under its influence? Charismatics can make us feel charmed and great about ourselve
- Feb 22 20176 minutes
5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World
I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday.Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what it means. But what does it actually tell you—or, more to the point, what does it not tell you? It do
- Feb 14 20172 minutes
Love Can Make You Smarter
Love is supposed to make you stupid. We’re used to seeing the lover as a mooning fool, blind to his lover’s faults and the goings-on of the outside world, or even as a person who has lost all sense of rationality or propriety, driven to a kind of mad
- May 1 20162 minutes
How to Handle Personal Conflicts Professionally
Whether it's a betrayal, a personal dislike or a choice between public or private acknowledgement, personal conflicts can arise at work. Find out the right way to navigate these situations.
- Jan 5 20175 minutes
Pop Culture Is Having a Metaphysical Moment
The OA, Westworld, Stranger Things, and other recent works toy with the idea of multiple realities—and bring the thrill of new religion.
- Feb 21 20173 minutes
New Evidence For The Strange Idea That The Universe Is A Hologram
One of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is how our universe can be so thermally uniform—the vast cosmos is filled with the lingering heat of the Big Bang. Over time, it has cooled to a few degrees above absolute zero, but it can still be seen
- Feb 6 20176 minutes
Minority Groups Lose When They Collaborate with Power
Cailin O’Connor—a philosopher, scientist, and mathematician—may not enjoy tense situations, but they fascinate her. Last year, in a Huffington Post article titled “Game Theory and The Walking Dead,” she wrote that the zombie show’s “plot lines are ri
- Jan 5 20174 minutes
What Sea Slugs Taught Us About Our Brain: Neuroscience:The simple nerve cells of sea creatures helped scientists fathom human memory.
When Leonid Moroz, a gregarious Russian-born neuroscientist and geneticist at the University of Florida, began studying ctenophores nearly a decade ago, he had a fairly simple goal in mind. He wanted to determine exactly where the blobby marine creat
- Jan 26 201711 minutes
The Multiple Multiverses May Be One and the Same: Physics:If multiverses seem weird, it’s because we need to revamp our notions of time and space.
The name of the image—the “Flammarion engraving”—may not ring a bell, but you’ve seen it many times. It depicts a traveler wearing a cloak and clutching a walking-stick; behind him is a varied landscape of towns and trees; surrounding all is a crysta
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Sep 1 20152 minutes
The Truth About Work-Life Balance
Defining and understanding the kind of life you want to lead is the first step to making it happen.
- Feb 3 20175 minutes
It’s Ridiculous to Use Virtual Reality to Empathize With Refugees
The technology isn’t the moral game-changer that some make it out to be.
- Nov 27 20162 minutes
Sucking at Stuff
Where, how, and why to play piano, bake sourdough, and learn Thai massage in spite—and because—of the fact that you’ll be very bad at it. At least at first.
- Aug 1 20152 minutes
Don't Just Build a Business -- Build a Business With Soul
You need more than brains to create and sustain a business that has a lasting impact.
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
Love it or loathe it, brainstorming is a ubiquitous part of office culture. Whether it is an effective tool for generating ideas and solving problems is up for debate. And since we love a good debate, we invited 50 leaders in the design community—typ
- Feb 22 20173 minutes
The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You
You can tell a lot about a person from how they react to something.That’s why Facebook’s various “Like” buttons are so powerful. Clicking a reaction icon isn’t just a way to register an emotional response, it’s also a way for Facebook to refine its s
- Oct 10 20165 minutes
Framing the World in Terms of “Left” and “Right” Is Stranger Than You Think
Sometimes it’s the simplest studies that reveal how deeply culture shapes our thinking.Take a 2009 experiment involving only a researcher, a child, and a two-word instruction.1 The researcher announces, “Let’s dance!” and demonstrates a series of mov
- Feb 23 20173 minutes
Why The Dark Side Of The Force Had To Be Dark: The innate meanings of color and intensity.
You don’t have to look very hard to see that our culture has some pretty powerful associations between colors and feelings. As a recent example, the new Pixar film Inside Out has characters representing emotions, and the color choices for these chara
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Closing a Deal at a Bar? This Research Can Help.
Rule No. 1: Get to the bar early, so you control who sits where.
- Sep 1 20142 minutes
A Yoga Franchise for Kids Stretches Bodies and Minds
Imagination Yoga uses storytelling to encourage kids to move through a series of yoga positions.
- May 30 20133 minutes
A Crowdsourced Expert Interview: Nautilus readers delve further into the idea that metaphors make us human.
In “Metaphors Are Us,” biologist and neurologist Robert Sapolsky made a good case for why symbolic thinking may be the key feature separating humans from our nearest animal relatives. But that essay didn’t end the discussion, which spilled onto socia
- Jan 19 20171 minute
The Poetry-Free Inauguration Makes a Comeback
No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
- Nov 7 20161 minute
The Danger of Having Too Many Experts
IN OUR GLOBALIZED, TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN world, we have convinced ourselves that the route to excellence and progress lies in specialization. Consider entrepreneur Peter Thiel’s recent argument that workers should make a lifelong commitment to a single c
- Feb 1 20161 minute
How Perfectionism Is Sabotaging Your Business
Author and researcher Jane Bluestein explains the problems with chasing perfection, and how to avoid them.
- Mar 1 20131 minute
How to Stay Excited About Your Business
A motivational psychology expert suggests strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm about your startup starts to waver.
- Jan 20 20174 minutes
The Otherworldly Genius of The Good Place
After a promising debut last fall, NBC’s quirky, metaphysical comedy enjoyed a terrific first season—only to brilliantly upend its entire premise in the final episode.
- Jun 1 20161 minute
The Celebrity Tutor
interview by CHRISTY CHOI KELLY MOK’S FACE graces magazines, billboards, and bus decals throughout Hong Kong. She makes more than $128,000 annually. She owns two luxury cars and wears shoes that cost a third of Hong Kong’s average monthly salary. Th