The original map of Treasure Island was lost - if it still exists, it must surely be worth a fortune now...
Can microdosing LSD enhance creativity and focus?
The word entrepreneur is tossed around a lot today, but it’s meaning changes depending on the context. The concept was first introduced in 1723 by French economist Richard Cantillon but […]
In order to be successful, you need to do more than just design a good product. You need to be persuasive.
After 70 years, "The Power of Positive Thinking" remains incredibly popular, even though its critics find the book to be mostly fluff.
Forensic researchers call such places “limited access environments.”
The unique light signatures of nautical beacons translate into hypnotic cartography.
Science was never the same after meeting ‘the particle who lived.’ Back in the early 1930s, there were only a few known fundamental particles that made up the Universe. If you […]
Christmas was banned in 1647 and rebellions broke out across the country.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
Like Stevenson, Tolkien and other creators of fantasy worlds, Ursula K. Le Guin was a cartographer as well as a writer
Some wildfires will always be unavoidable. But nature, thankfully, recovers relatively quickly. The past few years have brought some devastating wildfires to large parts of the American west. A wildfire […]
Just a few simple, common conditions can create the perfect storm. 80% of the time, humans are the trigger. “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure […]
The standard line against painter John Singer Sargent goes like this: a very good painter of incredible technique, but little substance who flattered the rich and famous with decadently beautiful portraiture — a Victorian Andrea del Sarto of sorts whose reach rarely exceeded his considerable artistic grasp. A new exhibition of Sargent’s work and the accompanying catalogues argue that he was much more than a painter of pretty faces. Instead, the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and catalogues challenge us to see Sargent’s omnivorous mind, which swallowed up nascent modernist movements not just in painting, but also in literature, music, and theater. Sargent the omnivore’s dilemma thus lies in being too many things at once and tasking us to multitask with him.
In times when going off to war was a badge of courage, deserting was tantamount to treason.
Terms of Service and end-user license agreements are difficult to read if not for the legal jargon then for the way they're typed up. Web companies shouldn't make it a chore to read these contracts before you click "Agree." But it's your job to demand them.
The next generation will have plenty of gadgets when it grows up, but will it be happier? We need to measure that more carefully.
Jim Kakalios: Personally, I’d like to be able to catch my thought every now and then.
"Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits." -Robert Louis Stevenson (born on this day in 1850)
The best argument for teaching poetry is to put a three-year-old or a four-year-old and read Dr. Seuss, or Robert Louis Stevenson, and to feel how the child and you are engaging in something that’s really basic to the animal, which is passing on in these rhythmic ways, something that came from somewhere.
Dull Flag, Tongue of Gangsta and dozens more strange toponyms dot these windswept Scottish archipelagoes
On the occasion of National Poetry Month, Big Think spoke to Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, about the value of using poetic language in everyday life. Pinsky […]