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Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Buddhist Monks have known for thousands of years what science is just now learning: the mind can be changed by training it.

Proving that science and religion can, in fact, overlap, University of British Columbia researcher Evan Thompson has confirmed the Buddhist teaching of the not-self, or “anatta,” is more than just a theory.

“Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a constantly changing stream of consciousness,” he tells Quartz. “And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There’s nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.”

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UK Bar Has Exit Strategy for Patrons Suffering Through Bad Tinder Dates

The Brickyard never expected for its sign to go viral.

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The only thing worse than an ill-conceived Tinder match is being stuck on a date with one. But this isn’t a concern for the patrons of the Hertfordshire, England, watering hole St. Albans’ The Brickyard. If their dates take a turn for the worse, the bar has their backs. The only caveat is that the amenity is currently reserved for women, but since the establishment is receiving so much positive feedback over its new service, it plans to soon offer men an escape route as well.

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Medical Errors Are Now The Third Biggest Killer Of Americans

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care.”

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It turns out health care providers are as susceptible to mistakes as everyone else. A new study published in the BMJ on Tuesday found “medical errors” in hospitals and similar facilities to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.

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How To Use Your Smartphone Camera To Save Lives

A field guide for how to be a DIY documentarian and citizen activist

One night back in March of 2014, Kianga Mwamba was driving home and noticed several Baltimore police officers flanking a handcuffed man and beating him on the side of the road. Since she was already stopped at a red light, Mwamba decided to record the incident on her cellphone – until the police noticed what she was up to. When the officers realized they were being filmed they forced Mwamba out of her car and onto the ground. When she asked why she was being arrested one cop responded, “You just tried to run over an officer.”

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Nonprofit to Launch Experiment to See What the Poor Will Do If Guaranteed a Basic Income for Life

Proponents of universal income argue that it’s the most proficient way to help the poor.

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Studies have shown, in contrast to what conventional wisdom might suggest, that the poor don’t stop looking for work when they’re handed money, nor do they spend said money on booze. So what do they do with the no-strings-attached funds? That’s exactly what a new long- experiment, spearheaded by the organization GiveDirectly, is intending to find out.

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30-Something Women Are Not Quitting Their Jobs for the Reason You Think

Though study results show organization leaders assuming men care more about pay than women, it’s actually the other way around.

It turns out women have more in common with their male co-workers than previously believed: Both sexes’ top reasons for quitting jobs relate to insufficient compensation, lack of opportunities for learning and lack of meaningful work, reports the Harvard Business Review.

A recent study published by the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR) found sharp disparities between why leaders assume women in their 30s quit their job — a struggle to balance work and life, or a plan to have children — versus why women actually leave — fair compensation.

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