The future of wellness: Connected and customized

The wellness market is booming. Consumers intend to keep spending more on products that improve their health, fitness, nutrition, appearance, sleep, and mindfulness. In this edition, The Next Normal explores the fast-changing, fast-growing wellness industry.  

Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid

A few years before he died in exile from Nazism, the Austrian novelist Robert Musil delivered a lecture in Vienna, ‘On Stupidity’ (1937). At its heart was the idea that stupidity was not mere ‘dumbness’, not a brute lack of processing power. Dumbness, for Musil, was ‘straightforward’, indeed almost ‘honourable’. Stupidity was something very different and … Continue reading Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid

10 of the Best Final Lines in Literature

10 of the Best Final Lines in Literature April 19, 2021 Different authors take different approaches to ending their novels. The prolific Joyce Carol Oates, for example, believes “The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” Novelist and playwright Colm Tóibín, on the other hand, suggests that “Ending a novel is almost like putting a … Continue reading 10 of the Best Final Lines in Literature

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This is Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up, drawn from my fifteen-year archive of ideas unblunted by time, resurfaced as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don't yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it's free.) If you missed last week's archival resurrection — Tolstoy on … Continue reading Newsletters I love:

Did you know…

Did you know... ... that today is Phoenix Mars Lander Day? On this day in 2008, NASA's Phoenix completed its three-month mission studying Martian ice, soil and atmosphere. Data from Phoenix suggested liquid water had interacted with the Martian surface throughout the planet's history and into modern times. Trivia buffs: Phoenix studied the Martian soil … Continue reading Did you know…

Not for Diana- via Seth Godin newsletter

Not for Diana [ %5D Demetri Martin tells the story of seeing a necklace for sale. It says, “Diana” on it. “Wait,” he says to the owner of the jewelry store, “you'd probably sell more if it said 'Not Diana' on it.” After all, just about everyone isn't named Diana. The absurdity of this story is … Continue reading Not for Diana- via Seth Godin newsletter