Why You Should NOT Kill Yourself

  Public remorse about the recent death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, made me think about the subject of suicide. He killed himself, and it seems like there have been a fair number of other celebrities who have recently done the same thing. These include Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Audioslave, this year, and Robin Williams,...

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The Memory Palace: A Mixed Mental Artist’s Secret Weapon

A good memory is a superpower because the more knowledge you possess, the more easily you can navigate the mental arts, and the world in general. Many people seem to think that a good memory is genetic, and that you can’t improve your natural ability. However, as with any cognitive or physical skill, the more you train it, the better it becomes. I learned...

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Geniuses are NOT Superhuman

I have a profound envy for geniuses. I always wish that I was as smart as characters on T. V. shows, like House or Sherlock. Whenever I watch them, I often say that I want to be so incredibly smart, even if it makes me an antisocial asshole, like those characters. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I wouldn’t want to pay the price of being a...

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When Altruism Shines Through the Darkness of Tragedy

by Andrew Meintzer Almost everyone in my home town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada recently underwent disastrous wildfires. The largest scale of destruction in the entire history of our province has coincided with the mandatory evacuation of the city. I consider myself among the lucky people because I so far have a home to go back to, and I found a place to...

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Meta Learning: How to Accelerate Understanding

Learning doesn’t have to be a chore, filled with mindless tedium and rote memorization. It can be fun, and much easier than conventional wisdom would claim. Malcolm Gladwell is the famous author of many excellent books, including Outliers, and the Tipping Point. He said that it takes 10 000 hours to achieve mastery in a vocation or career. Proponents of...

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Who is the Iceman?

Human beings can climb Mount Everest, run a marathon in -20 degrees Celsius, run a marathon in a desert with no water, (all in done in shorts) hang off a ledge with one finger for 25 seconds, stay in a tank full of ice for over an hour, and swim for 50 meters (164 feet) under solid ice, finding the hole to get out in spite of frozen retinas. These sound like...

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