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Nine Very Weird Ways Love Affects Our Bodies

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Science

Have you ever been crazy in love? Blind in love? Or just downright lovesick? Scientists will tell you that those idioms actually have a basis in fact....

Can Mobile Devices Help Consumers Feel More 'Situated?'

Bob Deutsch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Nowadays, more often than not, we feel that we live in a world that is too fast, too competitive and too unpredictable. It's not that people don't have answers. They rightly and often don't know what questions to ask.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.

Human Nature and Charity

Kevin Richberg | Posted 11.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin Richberg

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHuman nature is inexorably fused with any charity, no matter how it is run. And human nature's drivers of selfishness, greed, emotion, altruism, and society (the human predisposition for associated living) are biologically incapable of being removed from the equation.

My Downward Dog Is So Much Better Than Yours

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I made an assumption that being competitive with other people drove me to be better, but in actuality it distracted me from focusing on my own process. When I compared myself to others I wasn't honoring my own path.

Your Design Performance May Be Better Than You Think

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

Why can't everyone else see your genius and why do the experts seldom agree with you? If you are feeling misunderstood, relax, it may just be how we humans have evolved.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

Change Our Story: Poison the River, Part 3

Peter Buffett | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

You want progress? I'll give you progress --- human beings in respectful relation to themselves and the world they inhabit -- living as a part of an ecosystem. Forget tolerance. Respect.

The Joy in Life Is in Giving

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

I'm naturally a giver. But I don't take credit for it. It's not something I had to work at, it came naturally. It was imparted to me -- my legacy from my parents. I was pre-programmed to attend to the needs of others and do what I can to make them feel as good as possible.

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?

Noble Savages and the Nature of Human Nature

David Edmund Moody | Posted 06.16.2013 | Books
David Edmund Moody

A hundred years from now, after the dust has settled, the case of renowned anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon will surely rank high in the annals of science for the systematic persecution of scientific conclusions.

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

Why Is Forgiving People Hard For Many People?

Quora | Posted 05.14.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Frank Heile, Physicist, Software Engineer, Consciousness Theory This answer is dedicated to ...

The Conquest of Nature

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Lewis Lapham

Over the course of the last two centuries, animals have become all but invisible in the American scheme of things, drummed out of the society of their myth-making companions, gone from the rural as well as the urban landscape.

Taking Responsibility Is a Key for Doing the Right Thing

Jerry Burger | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jerry Burger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoMany of the ethical missteps we see in everyday life are made possible when we assign blame to other people ("The cashier gave me too much change, I didn't make her do it").

There's a Prison Guard In Each Of Us

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter A. Georgescu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a child in Romania, I watched the Communist authorities come into our house and pull my grandfather from my grandmother's arms -- taking him to a prison where he was eventually kicked to death by a guard.

Life, Oversimplified

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Sam Sommers

We may gravitate toward a world view based on stable personality type -- one populated by unambiguously good and bad apples -- but we don't know people as well as we think we do.

Is Monogamy Natural?

Stefanie Iris Weiss | Posted 12.05.2012 | Women
Stefanie Iris Weiss

After five, seven, or seventeen years, rest assured your wandering eye does not make you a bad person. It makes you human -- it makes you a woman.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Good and Bad

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.23.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

My husband and I have had a running argument and we've agreed to consult you as the final arbiter. I contend that people are basically good. My husband contends that people are basically bad. Who wins?

'Ruby Sparks' Reminded Me That Persuasion Marketing Sucks

Karen Leland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Old-school marketing was about persuading clients, pushing them as to why they should hire you or buy your product. New-style marketing is about inspiring potential customers to come out and play, pulling them toward you -- of their own free will.

Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green
Deepak Chopra

When resources become skimpy, human beings don't suddenly cooperate to conserve what's left. They fight to the last scrap for possession of a diminishing resource. We also know that man-made catastrophes that hurt everyone, such as war, don't come to an end even though peace benefits everyone.

Star Forking

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.24.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 The other night, I was dining at State Road, one of my favorite Martha's Vineyard restaurants. It's such a popular place ...