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Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person

Cover: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images Sheril Kirshenbaum, Michigan State University For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during …

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How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?

How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good? ‘Jacob’s Dream’ by Salvador Rosa (c. 1665). artuk.org Aradhna Krishna, University of Michigan Leer en español Shortly after George Floyd’s death, one of my friends texted me that Floyd wasn’t necessarily a bad person, but, pointing to his prior stints in prison, added that “he …

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Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens

Cover: Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central pool. Carole Raddato/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central …

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The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time

Cover: Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images Philip Gable, University of Delaware Think back to life before stay-at-home orders. Does it …

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How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp

What’s not to like about gardening? It’s a great way to get outdoors, away from everyday routines, and to exercise your creativity. It’s good for your health, whatever your age, and gardeners tend to be happier on average. But gardening is more than just a relaxing hobby. Psychology research suggests that tending to a garden …

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Why do you believe what you do? Run some diagnostics on it

Cover: A public school serving the Mennonite community in Red Run, Pennsylvania, March 1942. Photo by John Collier Jnr/Library of Congress Many of the beliefs that play a fundamental role in our worldview are largely the result of the communities in which we’ve been immersed. Religious parents tend to beget religious children, liberal educational institutions …

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Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Cover: Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Samuel Cohn, University of Glasgow Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their …

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If machines want to make art, will humans understand it?

Assuming that the emergence of consciousness in artificial minds is possible, those minds will feel the urge to create art. But will we be able to understand it? To answer this question, we need to consider two subquestions: when does the machine become an author of an artwork? And how can we form an understanding …

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For the full life experience, put down all devices and walk

Pedestrian: a word fitted to the most drab, tedious and monotonous moments of life. We don’t want to live pedestrian lives. Yet maybe we should. Many of history’s great thinkers have been pedestrians. Henry David Thoreau and William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche and Virginia Woolf, Arthur Rimbaud, Mahatma Gandhi, William …

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The fashionable history of social distancing

Cover: Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images The fashionable history of social distancing Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Case Western Reserve University As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these …

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