Mind & Body


Without Care There Is No Democracy: A Cognitive Approach to Beating Trumpism

By Utne Reader staff

Cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how President Trump gets his followers to believe what he says and how progressives can best combat the spread of Trump’s worldview.


Use Your Attention Wisely

By Donald Altman

Become aware of the damaging thought patterns in your day so that you can begin to experience them in new, more distant and less harmful ways. This will help de-clutter your mind.


Unlikely Stories and Exceptional Moments

By Joseph Mazur

There are moments when we are struck by magnificent coincidences in the universe. But a mathematical look at such flukes might prove them to be less chance-driven than they first seem.


Skyscraper in the Wind

By Cathy Krizik, from North Dakota Quarterly

If it moves you, does it matter what we call it?


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For Big Problems, Small Solutions

By Charles Eisenstein, from Scaling Up

The logic of largeness devalues the personal when it comes to making a difference.


The Giving Tree

By Julia Shipley, from Orion

The death and afterlife of a national treasure


On Turning 60

By Ian Brown, from Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year

The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?


The Mind is Like a Clear Mirror

By Will Johnson

Learn to use the senses with precision and clarity, like a mirror, in its richness, its rainbow of colors, its subtle nuances, with no distortions, life exactly as it is.




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