“5 stages of grief” is a myth — and knowing that helps us better cope with loss
The “monomyth” model of grieving offers closure and recovery, but in most traditional cultures the dead never leave the living.
Why death matters
Reframing life in terms of death reveals some of the biggest philosophical problems with how we think about living systems.
Neuroscience shows that speed reading is bullshit
Speed reading programs claim to teach students how to read more quickly without reducing comprehension. Research shows that they don’t work.
Laser scans reveal ancient cities hidden in the Amazon river basin
How to be happy: Aristotle’s 11 guidelines for a good life
How these schools create problem-solving optimists
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Can this school change the world?
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Widom of Daoism: why Yin-Yang is so much more than a tattoo
The Four Enemies to a happy life and how to defeat them
A historian identifies the worst year in human history
“Read 2,000 books”: Werner Herzog’s advice on reading
How the brain responds to surprising events
Why Africa’s newest super-bridge is in the continent’s weirdest border zone