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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Watch the Documentary “The Whale”!
The Whale

Watch the Documentary “The Whale”!

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Watch the award-winning documentary “The Whale” by debutant director Iza Pająk about some strange events that took place in Warsaw in December 2017. The film was produced by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation. Enjoy!
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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
Kurzgesagt

The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage

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A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.
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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
Kurzgesagt

Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument

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In future, it might become possible to simulate entire universes. But if this an option, how can we know that it’s not already happened?
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What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale
Kurzgesagt

What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale

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The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our home galaxy. In the milky way alone scientists assume there are some 40 billion earth like planets in the habitable zone of their stars. When we look at these numbers it is hard to imagine that there is nobody else out there.
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What Is Life? Is Death Real?
Kurzgesagt

What Is Life? Is Death Real?

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So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.

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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
Kurzgesagt

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

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Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.
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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
Kurzgesagt

Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?

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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. Should we be worried?
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What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
Kurzgesagt

What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry and pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.
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Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
Kurzgesagt

Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

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Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.
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Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?
Kurzgesagt

Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?

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In the last 10 years, milk has become slightly controversial. Some people claim that it’s indispensable, nutritious and crucial for healthy bones, while others tend to say it might cause cancer and lead to premature death. So who is right? And why do we keep drinking it?
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Loneliness
Kurzgesagt

Loneliness

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Everybody feels lonely sometimes. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?
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The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware
Kurzgesagt

The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

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Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In this video we explore the origins of consciousness and take a closer look on how unaware things became aware.
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Wormholes Explained – Breaking Spacetime
Kurzgesagt

Wormholes Explained – Breaking Spacetime

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Are wormholes real or are they just magic disguised as physics and maths?
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Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?
Kurzgesagt

Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

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With the breathtaking explosion of innovation and progress, for the first time in human history the concept of leaving our flesh piles behind and uploading our minds into a digital utopia seems possible.
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Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy
Kurzgesagt

Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy

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Throughout history, the definition of beauty has changed a lot. But beyond individual and contemporary tastes, some things have never really gone out of fashion. Here’s another video by Kurzgesagt.
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How Large Can a Bacteria Get?
Kurzgesagt

How Large Can a Bacteria Get?

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Living things need a lot of different materials to keep themselves going. And they somehow need to transport them from the outside to the inside.
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The Human Era
Kurzgesagt

The Human Era

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For some two million years, the lives of our ancestors basically remained unchanged. It was around 20,000 years ago that the behaviourally modern humans began a process that would change our lifestyles forever.
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An Antidote to Dissatisfaction
Kurzgesagt

An Antidote to Dissatisfaction

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People who are grateful, no matter what for, tend to be happier and more satisfied.
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Why You Shouldn’t Want To Live Forever
After Skool

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Live Forever

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We present you with another video by After Skool.
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The Largest Star in the Universe
Kurzgesagt

The Largest Star in the Universe

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Each of us sometimes looks at the starry sky at night. Have you ever thought about which stars are the largest in the universe? Here is the answer from Kurzgesagt.