Curiosities

Culture, ideas and society.

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If each of us lives to be 80, we’ll have spent about four thousand weeks being alive on this planet — which isn’t really much time at all. So, how should we spend it?

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In early medical history, medical professionals — who were almost always men —expected women’s bodies to produce children. But women’s very ability to have children also helped convince these male physicians that women’s bodies were unwell.

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We can probably all picture the stereotype of cult members: glassy-eyed, dressed alike, fixated on their leader. And then we might feel smug, because we’re nothing like them. Right?

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How much can you know about someone just from hearing their voice? According to journalist John Colapinto, more than you might think.

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If you look at a forest, what do you see? It’s just trees, right? Well, when Suzanne Simard looks at a forest, she sees a community of social, cooperative, communicative creatures with lives very much like our own.

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In his latest book, the writer and adventurer Craig Childs writes that he dreams of canyons and was born to deserts — deserts ruled by a god of drought who leaves them dry on purpose.

Derek Kitchen

Before he was a Utah State Senator, Derek Kitchen was part of an important lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. But while he was open about his homosexuality, he chose not to talk about the polyamorous part of his life, because…it’s complicated.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, many conservatives worried that the law opened the door for polgamists and polyamorists to also have their unions sanctioned by law.

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Theoretical physicist Brian Greene has a special talent: He can explain complicated scientific principles in a way that makes them comprehensible to the layperson. 

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How much can you know about someone just from hearing their voice? According to journalist John Colapinto, more than you might think.

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