Science

French Artist Paul Sougy’s Stunning Mid-Century Scientific Illustrations of Plants, Animals, and the Human Body – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

On a recent visit with a friend and her newborn daughter, I was completely taken with an enormous scientific diagram of a snail hanging by the crib, aglow with the thrill of science and the unmistakable vibrancy of mid-century graphic design. I asked about it — she said it was a vintage French classroom poster she had acquired at the Oakland Flea Market. Determined to find out more about its creator, I had only the tiny inscription in the bottom…

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On Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™ – Meditation Article

November 25, 2019 Interaxon attributes its revenue growth to the successful launch of Muse 2 and the acquisition of Meditation Studio App. Interaxon announced it was included in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America, now in its 25th year.  Interaxon’s chief executive officer, Derek Luke, credits the successful launch of Muse® 2, the meditation headband, as well as the acquisition of the Meditation…

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Scientists Explain Why People Who Quiet Their Minds Live Longer – Positivity Article

Our brain is one energy-intensive organ. Though weighing just three pounds, it consumes about one-fifth of the body’s energy supply. The human mind is a beautiful, massively-complex piece of work comprised of billions of neurons and trillions of synaptic connections.The sheer processing power of the brain is on display wherever we look. Humans have built vehicles that can traverse space, create medicines to cure fatal diseases, and design tiny microchips capable of running just about everything imaginable.But all of this…

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New Study Unlocks Secret to Improving Your Golf Game – Meditation Article

July 24, 2019 Like many sports, golf requires intense focus. This is why it was only natural that we take a closer look at how meditation can not only improve your performance on the green but also on a variety of other surfaces from the hard court, to ice rinks and grass fields. Many of the world’s greatest athletes have been quoted saying they practice some form of mental conditioning in order to up their game. The perils of losing…

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Mental Health Experts Explain 14 Health Benefits of True Friendship – Positivity Article

“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love,” Hubert Humphrey once said. And he was correct, in more ways than one. Of course, we all know that spending time with friends makes us feel good. But not as many people know that having supportive friends has been scientifically shown to benefit our well-being and health in a multitude of ways.A plethora of psychological and scientific research has revealed a significant and essential relationship between having good friends and good health.…

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An Animated Explanation of the Greatest Unsolved Challenge to Our Understanding of Reality – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Reconciling the science of the very large with the science of the very small, with a sidewise possibility that everything we experience as reality is a holographic projection. By Maria Popova “It seems to be difficult for any one to take in the idea that two truths cannot conflict,” the trailblazing astronomer Maria Mitchell wrote in the middle of the nineteenth century as she contemplated the human search for truth. Since her era — a time predating the very notion…

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The Male Pregnancy of the Seahorse and the Fearless Trans Fish of the Coral Seas – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals,” the great nature writer Henry Beston insisted nearly a century ago. “In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.” Over the long sweep of evolution, our fellow creatures have developed wondrous forms and faculties far superior to our own — from…

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Muse Team Interview: Nicole from Research – Meditation Article

November 4, 2019 What do you expect when you head into work for the day? For many, you’ll expect to speak with some customers or crunch some numbers. For Nicole Proulx, however, going to work looks very different. Nicole is on the Muse Research Team. Being a Canadian neurotech company that specializes in processing the world’s largest volume of EEG data in new and unique ways, Muse takes research and development very seriously! From brainstorming new applications for biosensing technologies…

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Neil Gaiman Reads His Touching Tribute to the Lonely Genius Arthur Eddington, Who Confirmed Einstein’s Relativity – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“You have got a boy mixed of most kindly elements, as perhaps Shakespeare might say. His rapidly and clearly working mind has not in the least spoiled his character,” a school principal wrote at the end of the nineteenth century to the mother of a lanky quiet teenager who would grow up to be the great English astronomer Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (December 28, 1882–November 22, 1944) and who would catapult Albert Einstein into celebrity by confirming his relativity theory…

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Being More Mindful of the Types of Information We Consume – Self Improvement Article

If you consume a lot of junk food, your body is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. And if you consume a lot of junk information, your mind is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. In other words… we have to be just as mindful of what we consume with our minds as we are of what we consume with our bodies. The information that you consume on a daily…

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Whitman’s Immortal Words, Illustrated in Stunning Cyanotype – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

A charitable celebration of art, science, our shared belonging. By Maria Popova “Every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you,” Walt Whitman wrote in one of his profoundest verses, in a golden age of science and social change, yet an era at least as divisive as ours. The sentiment became a focal point for Figuring and inspiration for The Astronomy of Walt Whitman — the special pop-up edition of The Universe in Verse, taking place on Governors Island…

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What Is Interoception and How Can It Help You? – Meditation Article

August 16, 2019 Let’s try something: close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and feel the weight of your body in your chair or on the floor. For those of us who practice regular meditation, these steps are as easy as breathing, but how are we able to focus on our breathing? How do we “feel” the weight of our body? The answer is interoception. Most people would agree there are five senses – sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound.…

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Bill T. Jones Performs Poet Ross Gay’s Ode to Our Highest Human Potentialities – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“Before I was born out of my mother, generations guided me,” Walt Whitman wrote in Song of Myself, envisioning his unborn self as the product of myriad potentialities converging since the dawn of time — “the nebula cohered to an orb” and “the long, slow strata piled” to make it possible. A century and a half after Whitman, Ross Gay — another poet of uncommon sensitivity to our shared longings and largehearted wonderment at the universe in its manifold expressions…

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What Miss Mitchell Saw: An Illustrated Celebration of How 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell Blazed the Way for Women in Science – Self Improvement Article

“Mingle the starlight with your lives and you won’t be fretted by trifles,” Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818–June 28, 1889) often told her Vassar students — the world’s first university class of professionally trained women astronomers — having herself become America’s first professional woman astronomer, thanks to her historic discovery of a new telescopic comet on October 1, 1847, after sixteen tenacious years of sweeping the sky night after night. Mitchell (whose extraordinary life was the seed for what became…

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what we’ve learned … so far – Meditation Article

This post by sleep scientist Dr. Jason C. Ong is part of our Sleep Health course. You can experience the full 14-day course with a subscription to the Headspace app. Well done on making it all the way to the end of the Headspace Sleep Health course. I really hope that it’s helped you to reframe your approach to sleep. Let’s take a moment just to recap all that we have learned: Awareness is everything Looking for that sleepy feeling,…

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How to build a perfect wind-down routine for sleep – Meditation Article

This post by sleep scientist Dr. Jason C. Ong is part of our Sleep Health course. You can experience the full 14-day course with a subscription to the Headspace app. Sleep thrives on a regular routine. Building a great, consistent wind-down routine for the end of your day is the very best way to train your body to know that it’s time for bed. This will increase your chance of sleepiness, and make drifting off so much easier. As always,…

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Nobel Laureate and Quantum Theory Originator Max Planck on Science and Mystery – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it,” Carl Sagan wrote as he marveled at our relationship with mystery a century after Walt Whitman serenaded it in his poem “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.” Midway in time between Whitman and Sagan, another colossal mind clasped its tentacles around this slippery perplexity with equal parts scientific lucidity and poetic luminosity: the great German theoretical physicist Max Planck (April 23, 1858–October 4, 1947), laureate of the…

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When To Keep Your Mouth Shut and Preserve Your Energy – Self Improvement Article

When someone says a stupid or rude comment in front of you, it’s tempting to want to immediately respond to it. However, often it’s best to just keep your mouth shut and ignore it. Of course, practicing silence is easier said than done. We have a natural impulse to want to defend ourselves when we feel personally attacked or someone says something that offends us. But what good comes when you feel the need to always respond to others or…

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Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener’s Prophetic Admonition About Technology and Ethics – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“Intelligence supposes goodwill,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote in the middle of the twentieth century. In the decades since, as we have entered a new era of technology risen from our minds yet not always consonant with our values, this question of goodwill has faded dangerously from the set of considerations around artificial intelligence and the alarming cult of increasingly advanced algorithms, shiny with technical triumph but dull with moral insensibility. In De Beauvoir’s day, long before the birth of the…

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Cecilia Payne, Who Discovered the Chemical Fingerprint of the Universe, on the Science of Stars and the Muse of All Great Scientists – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

In his stirring poem “The More Loving One,” W.H. Auden asked: “How should we like it were stars to burn / With a passion for us we could not return?” It is a perennial question — how to live with our human fragility of feeling in a dispassionate universe. But our passions, along with everything we feel and everything we are, do belong to the stars, in the most elemental sense. “We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for…

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A Peek-Through Picture-Book About the Most Beloved Fixture of the Night Sky – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

Night after night at my telescope, I marvel with undiminished awe at what Margaret Fuller reverenced as “that best fact, the Moon.” How is it that our abiding nocturnal companion, which has stood sentinel and silent witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, to innumerable heartbreaks and triumphs, never loses its luminous mesmerism? It has inspired sonnets and love songs and religious reveries — an enchanted loom onto which humanity has woven entire mythologies and cosmogonies. Nothing else quite…

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Oliver Sacks on the Psychological and Physiological Consolations of Nature – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“I work like a gardener,” the great painter Joan Miró wrote in his meditation on the proper pace for creative work. It is hardly a coincidence that Virginia Woolf had her electrifying epiphany about what it means to be an artist while walking amid the flower beds in the garden at St. Ives. Indeed, to garden — even merely to be in a garden — is nothing less than a triumph of resistance against the merciless race of modern life,…

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The Animated Story of How Eddington’s Historic Eclipse Expedition Confirmed Relativity, Catapulted Einstein into Celebrity, and United Humanity – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

On May 29, 1919, the young English astronomer Arthur Eddington (December 28, 1882–November 22, 1944) catapulted Albert Einstein into celebrity by proving the most significant scientific model of the universe since Newtonian gravity: the general theory of relativity, completed four years earlier. For a quarter millennium, Newton’s conception of space as static and absolute had gone unquestioned. According to his instantaneous-action-at-a-distance theory, gravity is a force that, like magnetism, acts through space but not on space, and light travels only…

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Elisha Goldstein on Focusing Your Energy – Meditation Article

May 24, 2019 Guest writer, Elisha Goldstein, is a leading teacher for Muse, the creator of the six-month online coaching program – A Course in Mindful Living – and author of many best selling books. The most invaluable resource we have in life is our attention. Consider for a moment, what we pay attention to and how we pay attention determines where our energy goes and what we bring into our life. If you put your attention on your worries…

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Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“To soothe and spiritualize, and, as far as may be, solve the mysteries of death and genius, consider them under the stars at midnight,” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) wrote in his daybook upon receiving word of another great poet’s death. “Is there not something about the moon, some relation or reminder, which no poem or literature has yet caught?” he wondered as he approached the end of his own life. As a young man, Whitman had written…

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Meditation Tips from a Sleep Doctor – Meditation Article

May 21, 2019 Dubbed “The Sleep Whisperer” by Arianna Huffington, Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD has been involved in the field of sleep medicine for twenty-five years. A fully board-certified neurologist and double board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Winter has been helping individuals sleep better through his private clinic, group consultations, and work with professional athletes. His first book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It has received praise internationally as a fresh approach…

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103 Fascinating Science Quotes That Will Make You Curious – Self Improvement Article

Are you fascinated with science and the many intriguing mysteries it has already lifted? Then you will definitely like this list of brilliant science quotes that are absolutely thought-provoking. As a result of the ever-increasing speed of daily life and our busy schedules, we often forget how awe-inspiring and wonderful the world we live in really is. We get so consumed with meeting deadlines and following our busy schedules that we no longer have the time to pause and look…

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How We Learn From Our Parents How to Respond to Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

A lot of what we learn in life – including how we regulate our stress and emotions – is picked up by what we observe from others when we are developing at a young age. Our parents and upbringing can play one of the biggest roles in what habits persist later in our lives. This is why paying attention to family patterns is so essential for learning how to improve yourself and changing unhelpful behaviors. If you’re an easily stressed-out…

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Hangxiety = Social Anxiety + Alcohol – Self Improvement Article

Social anxiety and alcohol are a common combination, but they can lead to some destructive patterns that ultimately hurt us in the long-term. For many with social anxiety, alcohol can be an effective way to diminish their nervousness and inhibitions, making it easier to socialize with others. There’s an obvious reason alcohol is called a “social lubricant.” At the same time, using alcohol to overcome your social anxiety is a bad idea from many different angles. To start, using alcohol…

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Thinking Kind Thoughts About Yourself Boosts Both Physical and Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Self-compassion and kindness toward yourself is an essential factor in anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, thinking kind thoughts about yourself is not only good for your mental health, but can actually affect you at a physical and biological level. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford separated participants into 5 different groups and had each listen to a different 11 minute audio recording. Some of these…

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