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One Book, Many Worlds

Readings to help you with the 'One World Evidence' according to themes
The Choice Is Yours: The Fate Of Free Will
We seem to make our own choices all the time: chicken instead of steak, a book instead of a movie, the beach instead of the mountains. But free will is an illusion in the eyes of some researchers. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser gives it some thought and decides he's not buying that argument.
How revamping traditions can facilitate success
Tradition is safe, easy and has brought your business success at some point. So why change it now? All too often, the urge to uphold existing methods can be detrimental to a company's growth. Times change, and if you want your business to stay current it has to change with them or risk being left behind.
How technology has revolutionised tennis
A game once played by kings, queens and the ancient Egyptians, tennis is steeped in both history and tradition. While the core principles of the sport have remained broadly the same, the character of the game has changed.
How emoji became the first truly global language
I sent one this morning. My pal texted to say that she was in that most invidious of contemporary social tangles: someone was offering her a Kate Bush spare but she had already committed herself elsewhere. Me, I was busy thinking about emoji.
Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health
by Posted on " Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health" Share: CREDIT: Shutterstock Raising children in societies that adhere to rigid gender roles, with fixed ideas about what should be considered "masculine" and "feminine," can actually be detrimental to their physical and mental health, according to a study that observed 14-year-olds' interactions over a three month period.
Will Millennials Be Trapped By Traditional Gender Roles?
Millennials are too cool for archaic gender norms, or at least that's what self-reported survey results and anecdata would have us believe. An Intelligence Group survey from 2013 found that more than two-thirds of Millennials believe gender no longer defines a person as it once did. NPR hopped on the Millennials are [...]
Nigeria is failing its citizens over Boko Haram | Letters: Sami Akaki and others
The question raised in your headline (Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks?,, 12 January) implies the usual western conspiracy and/or neocolonial design, which is often used by some of my fellow Africans to explain away our failure to sort out our own problems. While we strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in both France and Nigeria, the question about Boko Haram should be aimed directly at the Nigerian authorities and the African Union, who have the primary responsibilities for maintaining peace and security in Nigeria and the continent respectively.
Jihadists are not the only ideologues. We are all ruthless about our beliefs | Tim Lott
What is the connection between a multi-millionaire and an Islamist terrorist? The answer struck me as I watched Jacques Peretti's documentary The Super-Rich and Us this week. Peretti catalogued how the rich and privileged live in a world of fantasy - of symbols, just as religious fanatics do.
Yes, You Have Free Will. This Is Why.
It has become fashionable to say that people have no free will. Many scientists cannot imagine how the idea of free will could be reconciled with the laws of physics and chemistry. Brain researchers say that the brain is just a bunch of nerve cells that fire as a direct...
The Essence of Gender Roles in Action Movies, in One Supercut
It's been more than a century since movie bad guys first started tying ladies to railroad tracks, but the damsel in distress is still a movie mainstay. And who can save them but a big, strong man and his big, pointy gun? As chronicled at length by this supercut, this...
Do Kids Care If Their Parents Adhere to Traditional Gender Roles?
It's not often that a work-at-home father finds himself in the crossfire of opinion writers. Yet, in between Taylor Swift dance parties with my daughters, that's where I've spent part of this month, the subject of two essays published in these very (virtual) pages.
Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within
Science doesn't just further technology and help us predict and control our environment. It also changes the way we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. This understanding can inspire awe and a sense of grandeur.
For These Millennials, Gender Norms Have Gone Out Of Style
Cameron Finucane, a burly, 26-year-old technology consultant in Ithaca, N.Y., started painting his nails a few months ago. He has just started dating Emily Coon, a 24-year-old writer who has sworn off nail polish. Finucane and Coon, as well as many other millennials, say they find traditional notions of gender too confining, even ill-fitting.
Tradition vs. Change in 'Lhasa Vegas'
Many refugees, including the Dalai Lama himself, settled in northern India after China invaded Tibet in 1950. Beijing says Tibet is historically part of China, not an independent nation. For years, Tibet has been a difficult place to get to for most Westerners, because of visa restrictions - though these rules may soon be eased to facilitate tourism, according to a recent announcement by a communist party leader in Tibet.