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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Science

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The World Is a Larch

The World Is a Larch
The Narrative Symbolism of Trees

Magazine / science
In many cultures and languages, trees – their roots, trunks and branches – carry great narrative significance. Michał Książek

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Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs

Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs
The Life Cycle of Stars

Magazine / science
The life cycle of stars is truly spectacular, often involving the creation of immense mass and the unimaginable movement of energy – at least from our earthly perspective. Piotr Stankiewicz
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The Minds Of Plants
aeon

The Minds Of Plants

Magazine / science
From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us. Laura Ruggles

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We Are Nature
aeon

We Are Nature

Magazine / science
Spinoza helps diagnose the bad ideas and sad passions that preclude us from a finer relationship with the natural world. Beth Lord
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Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized
big think

Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized

Reading / science
After decades of research and analysis of geoscience data, the seventh largest geological continent officially exists. Teodora Zareva

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Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light
Quanta

Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light

Reading / science
Recent experiments show that particles should be able to go faster than light when they quantum mechanically “tunnel” through walls. Natalie Wolchover/Quanta Magazine
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When Worldviews Collide: Why Science Needs To Be Taught Differently
big think

When Worldviews Collide: Why Science Needs To Be Taught Differently

Reading / science
Science doesn’t exist in a cultural and existential vacuum and its teaching shouldn’t either. Marcelo Gleiser

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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski
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Chatty Nature

Chatty Nature
Communication in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From mewing to singing and imitating human speech, the animal world is home to all sorts of communication methods. But can we really refer to this as language? Mikołaj Golachowski

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How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

Reading / science
Today’s information age is only possible thanks to the groundbreaking work of a lone genius. David Tse/Quanta Magazine
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Challenging Cities

Challenging Cities
Visions of Urban Utopia

Magazine / science
Utopian visions of future cities are often bold and exciting, yet for various reasons, these ambitious designs rarely realize their full potential. Paulina Wilk

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This Brain Balancing Act Allows Consciousness
big think

This Brain Balancing Act Allows Consciousness

Reading / science
Two types of thinking have a time-sharing deal going on in your brain. Robby Berman

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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
big think

How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?

Reading / science
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis. Jaimee Bell

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Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Reading / science
Joanna Ostrowska, author of a book about gay people during World War II, talks about why it is crucial to honour the memory of LGBT people in Poland. Paulina Małochleb 
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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma

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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski
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Mikołaj
Golachowski

We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher

Reading / science
In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
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Between Control and Hallucination

Between Control and Hallucination
An Interview with Anil Seth

Magazine / science
Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality. Maria Hawranek
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The Unbearable Fluidity of Being

The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
A Wet Trip to the Forest

Magazine / science
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory. Szymon Drobniak

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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski