5 Questions You Won’t Be Able To Answer

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Is it possible to know anything is Absolutely True?

In “hard fields” like science, we assume that we are dealing with hard truths because they are tested and learned through the scientific method.

We can verify that something is true by using the scientific method, but we cannot apply that same question to the scientific method itself. If we could verify the truth of the scientific method with something else, we would have to yet another set presuppositions to question. Our argument would regress infinitely, rely on circular reasoning, or rest on unproved assumptions. This is called the Münchhausen trilemma.

Do we all see the same colors?

We know the color of the sky is blue. But what if what you perceive as “blue” is actually what your best friend sees as “red.” All we can communicate to each to other is that there is a “blue” and…

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32 People Reveal The One Book That Blew Their Minds

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There are probably a handful of books out there that have changed the way you see everything — fiction and non-fiction. Some of them you read in high school or earlier, and others you discovered or rediscovered in your adult life. I went to AskReddit to learn what books have changed people’s lives. Consider this your Spring reading list.

1. One full of intellectual surprises

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Thinking Fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

2. Being intelligent is so hard

Flowers for Algernon absolutely hit me hard.

It really made me think about intelligence and knowledge as a blessing and a curse. The whole “ignorance is bliss” versus “once you see, you cannot un-see” concept really made me think about knowledge in a whole new light.

Also, it completely twisted my brain with the internal debate of whether romance is based more on personality match or intelligence match.

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20 Little, Beautiful Things

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1. Your favorite jeans.

2. Looking back and understanding why certain things happened the way they did.

3. Your favorite food, delivered to you by surprise by your favorite person.

4. Unprecedented peacefulness.

5. A hot shower.

6. A nap when you desperately need one.

7. Newborn animals.

8. When kids say they love you.

9. Running to greet someone you love at the train station.

10. When your parents tell you that you’ve made them proud, or that you inspire them (my dad actually told me that recently…).

11. Feeling attractive just as you are. Not because you’re dressed or made up a certain way.

12. Comfy clothes, a comfy bed and your favorite movie.

13. When you pay attention to your breathing and you’re able to calm yourself.

14. Swings at playgrounds.

15. The feeling of the sun on your back.

16. When your favorite song from…

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5 Poems That’ll Make You Fall in Love With Poetry

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I started to write poetry when I was 6-years-old. Back then, I thought it was a requirement to that poetry had to rhyme. And so I wrote about staring contests I had with lizards crawling up the marble blocks of my bath tub or about a blonde haired princess, who refused to take off her glittery tutu when it was time to go to bed.
When I grew up, I was surprised to learn that poetry has no rules. You can do what you want, if you please. Break lines in the same harsh, cruel way your heart was once broken. Throw out any and all punctuation because your thoughts are just one jumbled, chaotically gorgeous run on sentence disastrous mess. It doesn’t matter, my friends, unless you agree to tell a story with every ounce of courage that you have.
Here are a few of my favorites:

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18 Things I’m Grateful For Today

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Sometimes I find myself taking things for granted, or comparing myself to those who seem to have it all. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I also have it all, and I am infinitely lucky that this is the life that was given to me.

1. Being alive.

116,549 people have died today.

2. Having access to clean water.

775,455,231 people have no access to clean water.

3. The food in my fridge.

22,893 people have died of hunger today.

4. Being literate.

Approximately 1 billion people are illiterate.

5. Having a home.

An estimated 100 million people are homeless.

6. My safety.

5,000 people die in Syria each month.

7. Having electricity and running water.

Over 1.4 billion people still have no electricity.

8. The clothing in my closet.

1.5 billion people live in extreme poverty.

9. Being mentally and physically healthy.

4,516,760 deaths caused by cancer this…

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The Happiness To-Do List

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1. Hug more people because you absolutely adore them, and since time changes everything, make sure to hug them now—make sure to hug them more often. It’s a universally free way to tell them that you care. That you’re sorry; that your heart aches and craves and desires them. Hug them because it’s Wednesday. Because you don’t want to say goodbye. Because after three months of silence, you finally have the courage to forgive them. Hug them for no reason at all.

2. Talk to strangers: when you’re out at a bar and a guy wearing a checkered button down shirt approaches you with a splash of confidence, give him the time of day. Talk to him, and the stranger on the park bench eating a raisin bagel. Talk to the women with the bedazzled nails ringing up your produce at the grocery store. The guy devouring some Vonnegut at…

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61 Hilariously Honest Jennifer Lawrence Quotes That Will Make Your Day

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If Jennifer Lawrence isn’t already your power animal, she should be. America’s motor-mouthed sweetheart is a forever quotable and gifable treasure, whose penchant for off-the-cuff honesty is second only to how down-to-earth and relatable she is. Without further ado (or more ass-kissing), these are the just some of the most awesome Jennifer Lawrence quotes. It’s not a best list by any means, because every Jennifer Lawrence quote is the best Jennifer Lawrence quote.

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1. “I wish this was like Mean Girls and I could just break this up and throw it at all of you!” – referencing Mean Girls while accepting her People’s Choice Award

2. “Teenagers only have to focus on themselves – its not until we get older that we realize that other people exist.” – via Brainy Quote

3. “I just went to the doctor today, I got a chest X-ray of my lungs and discovered that…

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