Mind & Body


Polar Extremes of the Islamic Spectrum

By Taner Edis

From conservative to modern, learn the appearance and speech codes of Islamic self-presentation to interpret the levels of extremes.


To Do the Holding

By Katie Prout, from North American Review

How acknowledging the pain of others can help us heal our own.


Faith on the Front Lines

By Louise Blum, from Fracture

"What sustains me here on this blockade is not religion but collective action—a faith not in the idea of heaven but in the immediacy of Earth"


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.


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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?


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.