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7 Light (And Jewy) Books You Should Read This Summer — JTA - Summer's here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. So take our advice: Whether you're lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a subway car, take some time to retreat into a good, Jewy book.

Review: Jonah Lehrer’s ‘A Book About Love’ Is Another Unoriginal Sin — "But this description of love - the Romeo and Juliet version - is woefully incomplete," he writes in the introduction. Love is not just lust, madness, or a great tidal flow of dopamine, he is quick to tell us. "Love is a process, not a switch." Fine.

A Book about Love — Science writer Jonah Lehrer explores the mysterious subject of love. Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer s "A Book About Love" plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives.

A BOOK ABOUT LOVE — Journalist Lehrer addresses the power of human attachment. The author, two of whose earlier books were taken out of print for plagiarism and invention of quotations and who lost his job at the New Yorker as a result, avoids any such potential problems in a book that is as nebulous as its title suggests.

Contagious Habits: How Obesity Spreads — A few years ago, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler made a striking discovery about obesity: it spreads from person to person, much like a contagious virus. They were able to demonstrate this by mining the data sets of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), a longitudinal survey that has revealed many of the risk factors underlying...

Why Do We Like the Taste Of Protein? — For a long time, the mechanisms of taste seemed relatively straightforward. For one thing, it's been all about the tongue, that exposed sensory muscle lying limp in our mouth. Ever since Democritus hypothesized in the fourth century B.C. that the sensation of taste was an effect of the shape of food particles, the tongue has been...

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius — Bob Dylan looks bored. It's May 1965 and he's slumped in an armchair at the Savoy hotel in London. The camera filming the documentary Don't Look Back, about Dylan's tour, turns away - Dylan's weariness feels like an accusation - and starts to pan around the room, capturing the ragged entourage of folkies and groupies following the singer on the final week of his European tour.

The Educational Benefit of Ugly Fonts — A few months ago, I wrote a speculative blog post about e-readers. Although I love my Kindle, I worried that these new gadgets made the act of reading a little bit too easy, and that this visual ease might lead, one day, to a shallower engagement with our texts.

The Psychology of 'Making A Murderer' — Roughly ten hours into Making a Murderer, a Netflix documentary about the murder trial of Steven Avery, his defense lawyer Dean Strang delivers the basic thesis of the show: "The forces that caused that [the conviction of Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery]...I don't think they are driven by malice, they're just expressions of ordinary human failing.

Why we travel | Travel | The Guardian — It's 4.15 in the morning and my alarm clock has just stolen away a lovely dream. My eyes are open but my pupils are still closed, so all I see is gauzy darkness. For a brief moment, I manage to convince myself that my wakefulness is a mistake, and that I can safely go back to sleep.
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Feb 13, 2013

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Jun 13, 2012

RT @anniemurphypaul: RT @PsychToday: Want to learn something backwards and forwards? Teach it to someone else.

Jun 13, 2012

RT @JuddApatow: 20 Rules of screenwriting from Pixar. I need to laminate this.

Jun 12, 2012

RT @emilynussbaum: Seriously enjoying the Bill Simmons podcast with Lena Dunham:

Jun 12, 2012

RT @BetseyStevenson: Among top med researchers: women are 2.5x as likely to be unmarried, 50% more likely to be childless & still ea ...

Jun 12, 2012

@tnyfrontrow i think they're a reminder that we're still pretty bad at measuring many of the mental attributes that matter.

Jun 09, 2012

My latest Head Case column on how power protects primates from the toxic effects of stress:

Jun 07, 2012

RT @katiebakes: Sitting at hotel bar watching bball and wonderin if the question "so, how'd you get so into sports?" has EVER been asked ...

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