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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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Magazine / science
We’re Living in a Cosmic Dream
We’re Living in a Cosmic Dream
Magazine / science

According to a recent theory in quantum mechanics, the universe is one big simulation – just like in “The Matrix”. Will you take the red or blue pill?

Paul Ratner

Magazine / society
Socialism in Cusco?
Socialism in Cusco?
Magazine / society

The Incan Empire was driven by many surprising yet successful ideas – such as managing a powerful political entity without a market economy.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / science
Trees Are Friendlier Than You Think
Trees Are Friendlier Than You Think
Magazine / science

Somewhat surprisingly, trees that grow close together form sociable communities, where they ‘talk’ to each other, share information and look after themselves.

Jonny Thomson

Magazine / society
Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose By Not Experiencing the Outdoors Enough
Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose By Not Experiencing the Outdoors Enough
Magazine / society

Research explains the positive impact and health benefits of children spending more time in nature.

Jaimee Bell

Reading / science
Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized
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

Reading / science
When Worldviews Collide: Why Science Needs To Be Taught Differently
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

Reading / science
This Brain Balancing Act Allows Consciousness
This Brain Balancing Act Allows Consciousness
Reading / science

Two types of thinking have a time-sharing deal going on in your brain.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
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

Reading / society
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
Reading / society

It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
‘Time Is Elastic’: Why Time Passes Faster Atop a Mountain Than At Sea Level
‘Time Is Elastic’: Why Time Passes Faster Atop a Mountain Than At Sea Level
Reading / science

The idea of 'absolute time' is an illusion. Physics and subjective experience reveal why.

Stephen Johnson

Magazine / science
Scientists Find the "Magic Number" That Links Forces of the Universe
Scientists Find the "Magic Number" That Links Forces of the Universe
Magazine / science

Researchers dramatically improve the accuracy of a number that connects fundamental forces.

Paul Ratner

Magazine / science
By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns
By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns
Magazine / science

Fractal patterns are noticed by people of all ages, even small children, and have significant calming effects.

Jaimee Bell

Magazine / science
Science Says You Should Pet Your Dog Before Leaving
Science Says You Should Pet Your Dog Before Leaving
Magazine / science

A study explores how your dog does when you're not home.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
Why It’s So Hard To Stop Obsessing About Things — And What To Do About It
Why It’s So Hard To Stop Obsessing About Things — And What To Do About It
Reading / science

Try not to think about your hands. Now enjoy a few minutes of not being able to stop thinking about them.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
The Universe Works Like a Huge Human Brain, Discover Scientists
The Universe Works Like a Huge Human Brain, Discover Scientists
Reading / science

A new study found similarities between the human brain and the cosmic network of galaxies.

Paul Ratner

Reading / science
What Ended the Black Death, History's Worst Pandemic
What Ended the Black Death, History's Worst Pandemic
Reading / science

The bubonic plague ravaged the world for centuries, killing up to 200 million people.

Paul Ratner

Reading / science
'Muscular Bonding': The Strange Psychological Effects of Moving Together
'Muscular Bonding': The Strange Psychological Effects of Moving Together
Reading / science

Synchronous movement seems to help us form cohesive groups by shifting our thinking from "me" to "we."

Stephen Johnson

Reading / science
What Will 'Psychedelic Therapy' Look Like When It's Legalized?
What Will 'Psychedelic Therapy' Look Like When It's Legalized?
Reading / science

Psychedelic therapy will become legal in Oregon in 2023. That's thanks largely to a renaissance of psychedelic research that's changing attitudes on the substances' medical potential.

Stephen Johnson

Reading / science
Serotonin Plays a Key Role In Patience and Impulse Control, Research Says
Serotonin Plays a Key Role In Patience and Impulse Control, Research Says
Reading / science

There is a neurological link between serotonin levels and the brain’s ability to control impulses and patience levels.

Jaimee Bell

Reading / science
Isolated Island Group Is Now One of the World’s Largest Animal Sanctuaries
Isolated Island Group Is Now One of the World’s Largest Animal Sanctuaries
Reading / science

One of the world’s most isolated island groups has just been made one of the world’s largest ocean reserves.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / society
5 Big Predictions for 2021
5 Big Predictions for 2021
Magazine / society

A deeper appreciation for science and less unnecessary spending could be in our future.

Derek Beres

Reading / science
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
Reading / science

A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.

Scotty Hendricks

Reading / society
How Psychedelics Help You "Die Before You Die"
How Psychedelics Help You "Die Before You Die"
Reading / society

The heart of the religious ritual is mysticism, argues Brian Muraresku in "The Immortality Key."

Derek Beres

Reading / science
Lonely? Hungry? The Same Part of the Brain Worries About Both
Lonely? Hungry? The Same Part of the Brain Worries About Both
Reading / science

MRI scans show that hunger and loneliness cause cravings in the same area, which suggests socialization is a need.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / science
Doctors in Scotland Can Now Prescribe Nature to Their Patients
Doctors in Scotland Can Now Prescribe Nature to Their Patients
Magazine / science

Take one long stroll, four times a week.

Evan Fleischer

Reading / science
Brain Study Finds That Humans Are Born Wired for Reading Letters and Words
Brain Study Finds That Humans Are Born Wired for Reading Letters and Words
Reading / science

The area of the brain that recognizes letters and words is ready for action right from the start.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth
Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth
Reading / science

The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system.

Robby Berman

Reading / society
Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does
Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does
Reading / society

Eastern traditions have complex views on how karma affects your life.

Paul Ratner

Reading / science
Colors Evoke Similar Emotions Around the World, Survey Finds
Colors Evoke Similar Emotions Around the World, Survey Finds
Reading / science

Certain colors are globally linked to certain feelings, the study reveals.

Jaimee Bell

Reading / science
Handwriting Shown to Be Better for Memory Than Typing, at Any Age
Handwriting Shown to Be Better for Memory Than Typing, at Any Age
Reading / science

A new study collected 500 data points per second. Handwriting won out.

Derek Beres

Reading / science
The Universe Keeps Dying and Being Reborn, Claims Nobel Prize Winner
The Universe Keeps Dying and Being Reborn, Claims Nobel Prize Winner
Reading / science

Sir Roger Penrose claims our universe has been through multiple Big Bangs, with more coming.

Paul Ratner

Reading / science
How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
Reading / science

Move over, forest bathing.

Derek Beres

Reading / science
Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists
Paradox-free Time Travel Is 'Logically' Possible, Say Physicists
Reading / science

Grandfathers, take heart. You'll survive the paradox that's been gunning for you since the 1930s.

Kevin Dickinson

Magazine / science
The Basis of the Universe May not Be Energy or Matter but Information
The Basis of the Universe May not Be Energy or Matter but Information
Magazine / science

For centuries, people have wondered what the universe is really made of. According to some radical scientists, information data are at the root of all that exists.

Philip Perry

Magazine / science
The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists
The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists
Magazine / science

The human brain creates multi-dimensional nervous structures that grow and disintegrate like castles made of sand.

Paul Ratner

Reading / society
7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
Reading / society

The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level?

Mike Colagrossi

Magazine / society
Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing
Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing
Magazine / society

In America, one in five women choose not to be mothers. Contrary to appearances, the reason for this decision is rarely egoism.

Derek Beres

Magazine / science
Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
Magazine / science

Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty.

Jaimee Bell