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This Poignant PSA Is Here To Shatter The Stigma Attached To Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Imagine a world where having a mental illness is as commonly accepted as having the flu. It's hard to fathom given the obvious stigma attached to m...

Got Stage Fright? This 'Invisibility' Trick Could Help

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.27.2015 | Science

If you want to ease your stage fright, take a few deep breaths and imagine the audience in their underwear. But if that doesn't work, here's another t...

A God That Scientists And Philosophers Can Believe In

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) When she was a teen, Nancy Ellen Abrams told her rabbi that humanity created God. She’s still at it. And according to her new...

One Word Could Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

HopeLab | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
HopeLab

If the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can't be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for yourself and others.

John Muir Was Right: Climb the Mountains

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...

How Do You Live the Life of Utilitarianism?

Quora | Posted 04.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. "Best consequences" generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness, and the reduction of suffering, or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

What's In a Name? Great Expectations. Just Ask Your Baby.

Christopher Phillips | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Does it really matter what name we're given, or give ourselves? As I was holding dialogues for my newest philosophy book one of the questions that came up on more than one occasion -- especially when I was holding dialogues with expecting parents -- was, "What should a newborn expect?"

Learning Gratitude With Yoga

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Preetam Kaushik

So in a world that is getting quite complex, thankless and violent, yoga exercises can help to pull things back into shape. One of its interesting benefits is that it helps to boost your gratitude meter.

Tomorrow?

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.17.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

Tomorrow?

7 Pieces of Advice I'd Like to Give to My Younger Self

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Mo Seetubtim

Looking back to my younger years, I am sometimes amazed at how life has turned. Nothing is exactly what I had originally planned for. The only thing that stays the same is who I am, my values, and my interests.

Emergency Wisdom

Tom Morris | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

So: Don't wait for trouble. Seek wisdom now. Remember, I don't really have the flashing lights and siren. It was just in my imagination. Then again, if things get bad enough, at least chaplain apparently does.

The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Over the last few years, I've received various reactions from the public about my articles on transhumanism. Those reactions have ranged all across the board--from spewing hatred to mocking skepticism to genuine interest.

What Is the Public Value of Philosophy?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 04.08.2015 | College
Keith M. Parsons

I am a professor of philosophy at a public university. What is the value of philosophy to the taxpayers who subsidize my teaching? Philosophy is an abstruse and difficult field.

Major Transhumanism Conference Features Both Rising and Seasoned Experts

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Increasingly, futurists are hoping that through politics, radical science and technology will gain a better foothold in society.

An Afternoon With Doug Carmichael

Patrick Daniel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Science
Patrick Daniel

The conversation talks of making your own judgment, appreciating the ordinary things in life and showing vulnerability. We began our conversation by questioning the motto of the conference.

How I Learned That "Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved But a Mystery to Be Lived" Over Dinner at Esalen Institute

Ira Israel | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Ira Israel

As I currently reside in a community where most inhabitants think that Heidegger is a cold press juicer, imagine my joy last Saturday evening at Esalen when I found myself breaking wheat bread with two of America's greatest living philosophers and intellectuals, Michael Murphy and Sam Keen!

Seymour: An Introduction

Hellin Kay | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Hellin Kay

"Music is like God. It's intangible," proclaims Seymour Bernstein. I couldn't agree more. Anyone that has ever had the hair on their arms raised by ...

Questioning Authority in the School of Athens

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 03.22.2015 | Travel
Meia Chita-Tegmark

On a recent trip to Rome, I was walking through the halls of the Vatican museums and after entering one of the Raphael rooms, I turned my head to discover, to my amazement, my favorite fresco: The School of Athens.

See Beauty. Let It Fill You. Live It.

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Gardiner

Maybe if we balance our stress with the beauty around us, it will spill out in our interactions, grant grace to ourselves and to others, and make the world a better place. Maybe. Let's try. See beauty. Let it fill you. Live it. Now.

How the 7 Habits Continue to Inspire Me

Clayton M. Christensen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Clayton M. Christensen

In the 7 Habits book we find our best selves, no matter who we are or where we come from. And we find out how to put in action in our own lives, the timeless truths that are inescapably the source of all human happiness and effectiveness.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown

Tom Morris | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Recently, I asked readers for some topics they'd like to see me blog on. I got lots of suggestions. I've written on two of them already. Today, I'll t...

Joan Wulf: Special Topics in Elemental Physics

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In both style and substance, Joan Wulf's artistic practice exists at a poetic nexus of nature and science. Her art has stemmed largely from her observations of the environment, both as an independent, self-governing system of matter and energy, and as an interdependent context for a range of cultural, scientific, philosophical, and industrial human activity.

A Collection of Gold Gowns Exploit Millennial Narcissism

Hannah Amundson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Style
Hannah Amundson

I think it's important for me to remember that that's all that art is really meant to do -- to start a conversation. Fashion is a way for me to interpret thoughts and feelings that I can't quite express any other way.

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

If Descartes And Crick Had A Conversation About The Mind

Scientific American | Christof Koch | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

In the Dutch countryside, a tall, older man, dressed in a maroon sports coat, his back slightly stooped, stands out because of his height and a pair o...