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A young man I’ll call Alex recently graduated from Harvard. As a history major, Alex wrote about a dozen papers a semester. He also ran a student organization, for which he often worked more than forty hours a week; when he wasn’t on the job, he had classes. Weeknights were devoted to all the schoolwork that he couldn’t finish during the day, and weekend nights were spent drinking with friends and going to dance parties.
Big questions always strike unexpectedly, when our guard is down. I was watching my toddlers splash in the pool last summer when a fellow dad plunged me into revisiting the meaning of home in a globalized world. He didn't mean to.
Stéphane Hessel en 2010 (Audrey Cerdan/Rue89) « Stéphane Hessel, l’homme d’un siècle » , « Je l’aimais » , « Il a dansé avec le siècle » , « Le pays est endeuillé » . Vivant, Stéphane Hessel était admiré ; sa mort, mercredi 27 février 2012, l’a presque sanctifié. Son entrée au Panthéon est même proposée par quelques personnalités comme Eva Joly. Son court pamphlet « Indignez-vous !
You know what my least favorite part of Coming Out Day is? The straight people who appropriate it. And never has that feeling flared up so strongly as yesterday when ABC News published an article about Timothy Kurek , a 26-year-old straight Christian man who lived for a year as a gay in order to understand the gay plight. Also: his memoir about the experience and his subsequently acquired empathy, Cross in the Closet , came out on Coming Out Day. Maybe I'm just grumpy and jaded.
A Nepalese Hindu pilgrim prays after taking a holy bath in the Sundarijal river on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA Robert Bellah's book is dense with theories and examples.
The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless. Thanks to recent trends like the paleolithic diet and barefoot running , many are familiar with the theory that modern physical maladies from diabetes to tendonitis can be blamed more or less on the fact that our bodies are adapted to the conditions of hunter-gatherer societies in the Pleistocene. In an essay at Philosophy Now, Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson go further, arguing that our minds are analogously outdated, leaving us vulnerable to catastrophe on a global scale. Because our moral psychology is adapted to living in “groups the size of a small village or a nomadic tribe,” and with a “bias towards the near future” it is unable to handle long-term challenges like climate change.
Anxiety: We worry. A gallery of contributors count the ways. If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “ So busy.” “ Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint.
Illustration by Tiffanie Tran. If you hang out with industrial designers, one thing you may have noticed is that they’re really into chairs. In fact, tastes are predictable enough that you can often tell a designer’s favorite chair maker from his or her shirt. Black button-down? Mies van der Rohe.
Being single and being lonely are not the same thing: An excerpt from Michael Cobb’s Single: Arguments for the UncoupledLoneliness will not brand the single as much as aloneness does Photograph courtesy Hemera/thinkstock photos. The following article is adapted from Michael Cobb’s Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled , out now from New York University Press.
You’ve made it to college and you meet a guy, he’s pretty cool, but neither has officially earned the title of “bro” yet. You’re testing the water, making sure that everything about this dude checks out. So far, he doesn’t have a collection of knitting supplies, Angry Birds stuffed animals, or play minecraft. In general, you two have fun and will hang out in the future, “fo sho.” 1.
post written by: Marc Email When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
by Maria Popova Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness , “and dedicate your life to it.”
But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist.
While Hunter has a genuine need for ADHD medication, many of the people taking meds like his may not need them Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images I understand the chill that Ted Gup felt when he learned that 6.4 million school-age children in America have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.