Weekly Roundup

Round out your week with these thought-provoking articles from around the internet.

Illustration by Anna Parini [How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body Gretchen Reynolds]
Illustration by Anna Parini

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

…  a study published in Biological Psychiatry brings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health.

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Illustration by Gizem Vural [How People Learn to Become Resilient MARIA KONNIKOVA]
Illustration by Gizem Vural

How People Learn To Become Resilient

… Whether you can be said to have it or not largely depends not on any particular psychological test but on the way your life unfolds. If you are lucky enough to never experience any sort of adversity, we won’t know how resilient you are. It’s only when you’re faced with obstacles, stress, and other environmental threats that resilience, or the lack of it, emerges: Do you succumb or do you surmount?

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10 Novels That Will Sharpen Your Mind

10 Novels That Will Sharpen Your Mind

… Novels may be made up, but the emotions they evoke are real. These feelings grow out of our connection to the novel’s characters and the relationships between a protagonist and others in the context of the broader society. As we follow the ups and downs of a carefully crafted story, we build connections within the social and emotional regions of the brain. The result, according to recent research, is a better understanding of other human beings and a deeper empathy for others, leading to improved social skills. Historians have also claimed that great works of fiction have lent support to the concept of human rights.

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World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt
World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt

‘World of Tomorrow’ Animated Short Explores What It Means To Be Human

… At first glance, it seems like a charming cartoon, stick figure animation featuring a tiny child’s voice. But the content is not childish. This short animated film, which is up for an Oscar, is called “World Of Tomorrow.” The message of this story, about a clone from the future speaking to her original, is difficult to describe, even for the creator, Don Hertzfeldt.

Read (or listen to) the rest of the article here.


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Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand

Can Canada Teach The Rest Of Us To Be Nicer?

… Canadian niceness is pure, and untainted by the passive-aggressive undertones found in American niceness (have a good day, or else!). It’s also abundant. Canada is to niceness as Saudi Arabia is to oil. It’s awash in the stuff, and it’s about time, I say, the rest of the world imported some.

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