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'The Winter Girl,' a Conversation With Matt Marinovich

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.19.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The Winter Girl, his second novel, finds Scott and Elise, a young married couple, living in a house owned by Elise's father who is in the hospital, dying of cancer. While Elise spends her days at the hospital, Scott becomes fixated on the summer house next door.

Is it Humanly Possible to Fully "Appreciate?"

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 01.18.2016 | Women
Brett Murphy Hunt

Yesterday, I found an old draft of a blog entry I never published. It contained a few phrases about my desire to consciously appreciate the fortunes of life. Love, prosperity, family, etc. I thought about this for a bit.

A Catechism of Confucianism: The Scientific Foundation of Confucian Religiosity and Morality

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

(Image Courtesy from http://tourismaesthetics.com/confucian-aesthetic-beliefs/) What is the scientific foundation of Confucian religiosity and moral...

What Travel Photography has Taught Me About the World

Aaron Lurth | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

I have been fortunate enough to do a bit of traveling in my life. Starting with my first international trip in college, armed with my camera and a cur...

Ancient, Nature-Based Style of Dream Work

Erin McElroy | Posted 12.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Erin McElroy

If you look at ancient and indigenous cultures across the globe, there are many things in common... including, but not limited to: collaborative commu...

But They Said He Was Good With Other Animals and Kids

Julie LeRoy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

Of course we all know a dog is more adoptable if he gets along with kids and other animals, and we don't want to withhold important information from potential adopters, but is it possible that we judge the dog based on an initial surrender evaluation?

3 Reasons Why Only a Strong Person Is Capable of Forgiveness

Donna Labermeier | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

The act of forgiving someone is, in essence, your refusal to let anger and hatred prevent you from moving forward. You are taking a stand against allowing the actions of others to alter the course of your life or who you are.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.26.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

Those Creatures Called Humans: 5 Steps to Being a 'Better' One

Paula Jane | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Jane

Sometimes, we cannot see our worth; may feel unworthy and do not value ourselves, our expertise and talents. If we do not value ourselves, we certainly cannot expect others to value us

How to Be at Peace When the World Isn't

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

We seem to be living out the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." The curse is probably mythical, but our interesting times contain muc...

Human Nature's Toby Allen's Coming Out Party: The Singer Opens Up About His Professional and Personal Life

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dustin Fitzharris

While much has been written about the group, little is known about the individuals who make up the soulful harmonies. In one of his first American, solo interviews, Toby Allen is opening up about his sexuality and his family.

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

With the NRA now publicizing its 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, it seems like a good time to revisit last year's frenzied, speaking-in-tongues tent revival, along with some of the ideas on the relationship between guns and freedom prompted by NRA nuttiness.

Being Kind Matters

Sarah Walton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Walton

We love it when someone is kind to us. It's free -- hello. How much in life is free these days? When we're kind, we receive the same does of "happy" that the recipient receives. It's truly a win-win.

Understand Human Nature, Protect Human Rights

Luna Atamian | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Luna Atamian

"Compassionate empathy" is what the advocates for any cause want to ignite in their supporters. That's also the biggest challenge in advocacy: taking supporters from just caring about a cause to actually doing something about it.

Sneaky Ways to Find Out If You Really Know Your Significant Other

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Weddings
Stephanie D. Lewis

Every time I hear a couple's relationship has fallen apart because "she isn't the same person she was when we dated," I nod my head knowingly. She (or he) did NOT change. They simply couldn't keep the lovely sales presentation going forever.

Trying to Deal With the World's Most Annoying Individual

Greg Schwem | Posted 01.05.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I often wonder what it would be like to meet that guy from the beer commercials, dubbed the "World's Most Interesting Man." Would we discuss politics? Cooking? Opera? Definitely not opera because that's a subject I know nothing about and, out of boredom, he would probably leave with that posse of women who accompany him in every ad.

Daydreams by Any Other Name Taste as Sweet

Linda C. Smith | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda C. Smith

Sometimes writers state the obvious, like this statement: We live in a scary world. The evidence of this "scariness" can be found in the headlines o...

Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps at the heart of this question are really two deeper questions. First, are humans special and unique, above and beyond other animals? Second, is the specialness or unique nature due to a God? In other words, is there a God?

ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought. But unfortunately, there were so many missed opportunities in Dawn that I left feeling disappointed.

Tinder and Human Nature: How and Why Tinder Works

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

"Chemistry" is not just the inexplicable adrenaline-charged sensation when two would-be lovers meet. It is the igniter, the catalyst for all forms o...

The Power of a Smile

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

It's pretty amazing to feel its power; I would urge you to try it. As you sit reading this, my guess would be that you are not smiling. Take a few seconds and smile. Do you feel that?

And We Are Magnificent!

Robin Korth | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

What remarkable pieces of life we human beings are. We are blood and bone -- an earthy physiology of cells conglomerated into sinew and tissue, powere...

An Anthropologist Looks at the Positive and Negative Reactions to "The First Kiss" Video

Bob Deutsch | Posted 05.18.2014 | Media
Bob Deutsch

Last week the Wren Clothing Company produced a video showing 10 separate couples -- people who were strangers to each other -- kissing for the first t...