"Sunday evenings have a particular atmosphere, where nostalgia mixes with dread. A lot of the emotion is at heart about a background sense that we haven't found the meaning of our lives — and that time is running out for us."
With the technology to add new bases to DNA, scientists now have to figure out if it’s possible to improve on nature’s genetic code.
Here is a list of suggested moves for how to be a slightly nicer person to live around in the new year.
"It's miserable to be unhappy in your teenage years — but it is also profoundly important. It's hard to imagine adulthood going well if there haven't been quite a few tears at 15."
On the downsides of universal love.
"We often think of being a success in status and financial terms. But being a success just means doing anything well, and there are so many ways to be successful, once we break away from the status ideals of our societies."
"The fastest route to confidence is to stop being so attached to one’s dignity and seriousness; and plainly admit that one is – of course – an idiot. We all are."
"Life constantly forces us to make very big and often very painful decisions. When we are next facing such a choice, here is a small exercise that could help us to know our own minds more clearly."
To atone means, in essence, to acknowledge one's capacity for wrongness and one's readiness for apology and desire for change. It's a concept that every society needs at its center.
When you were a child, love was boundless and non-reciprocal. Love with a partner is far more complex, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the pursuit.
California's inclusive curriculum raises questions on the ethics of teaching about sexual orientation.
"It's often a sign not that we have stopped caring, but that we are — somewhere deep down — furious or hurt."
We sometimes assume that good thinking happens in quiet rooms at large desks with views. But really, for a variety of fascinating reasons, it happens most often in the shower.
It happens to everyone at some point. Here's how to negotiate the pain.
We live in a society that seemingly mandates everyone pair up. Here's why that is a load of hogwash.
"We think we want happiness but what we really want is what we're used to."
"It's almost certain that people who have devoted themselves to self-honesty and self-observation have an above average chance of meeting with incomprehension, irritation, censorship or boredom when they try to share the data from their own minds frankly."
The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.
Confused and alarmed, the medical staff chose to ignore the apparent DNR request — but not without alerting the hospital's ethics team, who had a different take on the matter.
Conservative French intellectuals say they like diversity, but not in the way you might think.
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