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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!

Science

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The Power of Moxa

The Power of Moxa
A Chinese Medicine Therapist Explains Moxibustion

Magazine / science
In parts of East Asia, dried mugwort leaves are burned by folk doctors to prevent the sorts of illnesses that can arise in the winter months. Agnieszka Rostkowska

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Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances

Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances
An Interview About Birds

Reading / science
Author and naturalist Jacek Karczewski talks about the sexual habits of birds, their symbolism in Europe, and why we must strive to describe animals in empathetic terms. Stasia Budzisz
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Partial Recall

Partial Recall
A Neuroscientist Explains Memory

Reading / science
An expert in neuroscience talks about what memory is, whether we can train it, and if we might be able to read other people’s thoughts in the future. Aleksandra Pezda

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Simple Answers Don’t Exist

Simple Answers Don’t Exist
An Interview with Carl Zimmer

Magazine / science
Popular science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the multitude of ways in which we can define life and death, and what this means for us. Jan Dzierzgowski
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Faith in Imagination

Faith in Imagination
A Conversation About Cosmology and Philosophy

Magazine / science
Scientist and priest Michał Heller talks about the steam engine, theology, and physical problems with materialism. Wojciech Bonowicz

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The Smell of Fear

The Smell of Fear
An Interview with Jacek Dębiec

Magazine / science
Child and adolescent psychiatrist Jacek Dębiec talks about how we communicate fear and whether it is possible to inherit trauma across different generations. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Earthworms on the Piano

Earthworms on the Piano
On the Legacy of Charles Darwin

Magazine / science
Cultural scientist and philosopher Justyna Schollenberger explains what Charles Darwin taught us about empathy, cooperation and animals. Aleksandra Gosk & Tomasz Sitarz

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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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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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Script Hunting

Script Hunting
An Interview with Tomasz Bąk

Magazine / science
Neurolinguist Tomasz Bąk talks about the letters and symbols of various world alphabets, as well as how brain diseases can affect language. Jan Pelczar

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Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters
A Liquid Interview

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter tunes in to an interview with a particle of water, who explains everything we could wish to know about its structure and properties. Tomasz Sitarz
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There Will Be Life

There Will Be Life
An Interview with Janusz Pętkowski

Magazine / science
Astrobiologist Janusz Pętkowski talks about whether extra-terrestrial life might exist on the planet Venus. Piotr Stankiewicz

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What Is Dying All About?

What Is Dying All About?
An Interview with Marcin Kula

Magazine / science
Social historian Marcin Kula talks about burial traditions, the moral dilemmas surrounding the extension of life, and ‘shaking the coconut trees’. Aleksandra Pezda
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In Search of the Perfect Snowflake

In Search of the Perfect Snowflake
An Interview with Kenneth G. Libbrecht

Reading / science
Kenneth G. Libbrecht talks about why he became interested in snow, the physics behind snow crystals, and where to observe the best snowflakes. Katarzyna Rodacka

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How to Fall Asleep
healthy living

How to Fall Asleep
An Interview with Adam Wichniak

Magazine / science
Adam Wichniak, a psychiatrist from the Sleep Disorders Centre in Warsaw, talks about insomnia, smartphones and blue light, and how we can get better sleep. Aleksandra Pezda
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How the Brain Matures

How the Brain Matures
An Interview with Marek Kaczmarzyk

Magazine / science
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures. Aleksandra Pezda

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Mythology and Mitochondria

Mythology and Mitochondria
An Interview with Oren Harman

Magazine / science
Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science. Tomasz Sitarz
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What’s in a Joke?

What’s in a Joke?
An Interview with Marcin Napiórkowski

Magazine / science
Humour scholar Marcin Napiórkowski talks about jokes in antiquity, liberal and conservative humour, and the importance of laughter. Jan Pelczar

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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski