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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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The Man Who Measured the World

The Man Who Measured the World
The Life of Alexander von Humboldt

Magazine / science
Alexander von Humboldt spent most of his life observing and measuring nature across the world. In many ways, he is the godfather of ecology. Mirosław Wlekły
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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

Magazine / society
Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska
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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
baby you

“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
A new project presented by Przekrój Foundation

Reading / society
Imagine an infant sleeping soundly while floating in the air, just above our heads. How would you feel on seeing this peaceful sight? Przekrój Foundation will make this vision come true at Zomer Van Antwerpen (Summer of Antwerp Festival)!

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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski

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“I Ching: Book of Changes”

“I Ching: Book of Changes”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“The clouds pass and the rain does its work and all individual beings flow into their forms.” An excerpt from the ancient Chinese text “I Ching”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski

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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Revelations of Mr Rovelli

The Revelations of Mr Rovelli
Understanding Quantum Physics

Magazine / science
In explaining quantum mechanics, the physicist Carlo Rovelli tries to combine science with the everyday experience of the world. Łukasz Kaniewski

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We Are the Future!

We Are the Future!
The Russian Futurists

Magazine / culture
Russian Futurism developed alongside Italian Futurism, yet the two art movements ultimately took different directions. Maciej Świetlik
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk

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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

Magazine / society
The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek
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The Origins of Immortality

The Origins of Immortality
Prehistoric Beliefs in the Afterlife

Magazine / society
The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggest a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

Magazine / society
The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik
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Cosmic Transmissions (Spring 2022)

Cosmic Transmissions (Spring 2022)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded. Łukasz Kaniewski

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The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River

The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River
The Colour Yellow in China

Magazine / society
Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
healthy living

Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
An Interview with an Ayurvedic Therapist

Magazine / society
Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India. Maria Hawranek

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Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing

Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
The Role of Celtic Druids

Magazine / society
The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Natural Order

Natural Order
The Regular Patterns of Nature

Magazine / science
From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities. Mikołaj Golachowski