The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland.
With the help of a mysterious manual—and his vivid imagination—a biologist uses the metaphor of soup to explain how living cells are created.
The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggests a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death.
Edith and Frederic Clements were early pioneers in ecology and the holistic approach to nature – yet their work has not been fully appreciated until recently.
The life of Eugenie Peterson led her from Riga to Bombay and eventually Los Angeles, where – as Indra Devi – she became Hollywood’s first yogi.
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace.
In his time, Bruno Bettelheim was a leading authority in child psychology, psychoanalysis and autism. Years later, it turned out that his story was far from a fairy tale...
Born in the early 19th century, Ada Lovelace defied the gender norms of her time by making significant contributions to the field of computing – and becoming the first computer programmer.
Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months?
Alexander Lowen – the creator of bioenergetic analysis – developed a psychotherapeutic technique that placed equal focus on the importance of both mind and body.
The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality.
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.
Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process.
Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief.
Nadia Léger – also known as Wanda Chodasiewicz – is barely remembered today. Yet the painter practised a great many styles, playing a significant role in Polish art history.
Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. What significance does it hold for the Indigenous people who live on the lake?
John Seymour was a leading pioneer of self-sufficiency. His ideas can today be felt in the post-growth movement, as well as the WWOOF community.
Within his lifetime, Viktor Schauberger was often underappreciated. Yet today, the Austrian appears to have been a technological and ecological visionary.
From ancient history to the Middle Ages and beyond, the image of the tree of life has held great symbolism and significance for many cultures.
Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea.
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe.
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.
In Bhutan, citizens’ happiness is the measure of the country’s development, rather than GDP. How does this work in practice?
For almost three decades Mildred Norman – better known as Peace Pilgrim – walked continuously around the Americas. What spurred her spiritual awakening?
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.
The Czech herbalist Jan Mikolášek – hero of Agnieszka Holland’s latest film “Charlatan” – lived a fascinating life, healing Nazis, communists, and perhaps even kings.
The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness.
Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, is a key figure in existential and humanistic psychotherapy. He was also a Holocaust survivor.
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions.
Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success?
In 1704, Alexander Selkirk found himself exiled on the island of Más a Tierra, next to South America. Our author channels Selkirk’s voice to recount his seafaring life.
What analogies and metaphors might be useful in describing the processes of planets and stars in our solar system?
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth.
Kōji Kamoji was born in Japan, but shortly after graduating from art school he moved to Poland, where he has spent the rest of his life making paintings, drawings and installations.
Astrobiologist Janusz Pętkowski talks about whether extra-terrestrial life might exist on the planet Venus.
Ryan Nicodemus – part of the The Minimalists duo – talks about what minimalism means, how to stop craving new things, and the documentary “The Minimalists: Less Is Now”.
In Thessaloniki, life is difficult for both refugees and those seeking asylum. Yet there are plenty of local projects that inspire hope for these migrants in Greece.
The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians.
Xawery Dunikowski was the first in Poland to practise sculpture as an art; in fact, he remains one of Poland’s greatest sculptors.
What comes after death? From “Orphée” to “Beetlejuice”, these 10 films imagine the unknowable.
The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a pioneer in the study of dying and grief, paving the way for the hospice care movement.
The ancient Egyptians – quite unlike any other civilization – placed a huge emphasis on death in their customs, rituals and beliefs.
The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system.
Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity.
To some, she was known as Magna Mater; to many others, she was known as Cybele. She is, of course, the Mother Goddess of the ancient world.
Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist.
William Morris was a man of many talents – among which he revived traditional British textile arts and popularized socialist ideas in Victorian society.
The Jewish painter Mela Muter was born to a socialite family in Warsaw and died alone in France. Along the way, she created a remarkable variety of art.
Florence Nightingale was the pre-eminent pioneer of nursing. Her biography is equally remarkable, as a professional woman in Victorian Britain.