The Polish photographer discusses the importance of memory and childhood in the visual arts.
White Tara is a mother deity who represents love and compassion—and can grant believers health and longevity.
In 1947, a trio of Bedouin shepherds came across a remarkable find near the Qumrān ruins in Palestine—or so the sensational story goes.
Originally conceived in China and Polynesia, these two concepts are ubiquitous in Western popular culture. They might also reveal something universal about the human experience.
Truly hearing what someone else has to say—or even the birds outside the window—is a rare skill. Yet it can benefit everyone’s health and wellbeing.
Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture.
Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to preventing disease and treating the body.
Musician Marcin Dymiter discusses his field recordings of the natural world and the importance of getting away from human-made sound.
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.
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...
In contemporary Western culture, death is taboo. Yet Buddhism illustrates how we can take a different approach to death; one that is not as dissimilar as we might expect.
The Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique of ‘tummo’ allows monks to generate inner yogic heat. This practice could have benefits for body and mind alike.
Psychologist Piotr K. Oleś talks about how we mature, the difficulties with making life decisions, and whether our personalities can change in later life.
In a world of social media and internet scrolling, information is everywhere. How can we turn off and avoid overstimulating our brains?
Three teenage girls from the Indigenous communities of the Americas are raising environmental awareness all around the world.
Cultural scientist and philosopher Justyna Schollenberger explains what Charles Darwin taught us about empathy, cooperation and animals.
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes.
Michel Laub – author of “Diary of the Fall”, among other books – talks about inheriting trauma, the situation of Jewish people in Brazil, and the mechanisms of violence.
Psychologist and psychotherapist Agnieszka Carrasco-Żylicz talks about the pressures that today’s youth are facing, and how this impacts their mental health.
Isotype – the set of pictorial symbols developed by Otto and Marie Neurath – was an egalitarian project, aimed at developing a universal language for communicating social-scientific data.
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success?
We can all be inspired by those remarkable few who dedicate their lives to the struggle for equality and social justice.
Social historian Marcin Kula talks about burial traditions, the moral dilemmas surrounding the extension of life, and ‘shaking the coconut trees’.
Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar talks about how to live with a healthy heart, the importance of family doctors, and why his profession needs a new paradigm.
Woodworking is not only a profession – it is also a hobby for those interested in the creative possibilities of wood. It can also have a positive impact on its practitioners’ mental health and wellbeing.
Journalist Aleksandra Lipczak talks about her latest book, “Lajla znaczy noc” [Layla Means Night], which tells the story of Al-Andalus, the southern part of Spain, which was once under Arab rule.
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.
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures.
Anne Applebaum talks with Aleksandra Lipczak about being a ‘Polish mother’, and her fascination with Poland, politics and history.
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”.
The teachings of the Buddha (and the writing of secular journalist Robert Wright) can help us understand how to free ourselves from the captivity of the brain.
Uluru – the sandstone rock formation in Australia that white colonialists named Ayer’s Rock – is a place of deep cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal peoples.
The Italian artist Bruno Munari has had an indelible impact on the imaginations of many, but especially those of children, whose curiosity and flexibility he encouraged throughout his work.
The physicist Richard Feynman was not only a stunning scientific talent. He also embodied those essential intellectual qualities: a curious approach to the world and a love for learning.
Iranian archaeologist and academic Leila Papoli-Yazdi talks about being a female archaeologist in Iran, the history of Polish refugees in Persia, and learning about taboo sexualities by excavating ruins.
Man’s best friend has loyally accompanied us through the ages, as evidenced by their depiction in fine art. But what can such paintings tell us about the dog owners of yore?
Anna Grąbczewska, President of the Children’s University Foundation in Poland, talks about the curiosity of children, why school doesn’t work for everyone, and how we can change teaching methods for the better.
Sometimes, our modern lives become cluttered with too much psychological noise. That’s when it’s nice to step away, perhaps to a convent, for a silent retreat.
Contrary to stereotype, cats and dogs can live together in harmony – if you follow this dog trainer’s straightforward suggestions.
The writer Almudena Grandes talks about the exhumation of Franco, her best-selling novel “The Ages of Lulu”, and why Spain must confront its fascist past.
In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines.
Almost 50 years ago, the World3 computer program at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that a rapid collapse of global civilization would begin around 2040. Was it right, after all?
Óscar Martínez talks about criminal control of migration in Mexico, the realities of life in El Salvador, and why the subjects of reportage are its real heroes.
The singer-songwriter Violeta Parra pioneered the renewal of traditional folk music in her native Chile. She left behind a number of albums, as well as a trail of heartbreak.
Princess Kaʻiulani was born in 1875 on Hawaii. Over just 23 years, the young royal saw and struggled against the American annexation of her Pacific island home.
The practice of bathing and the intimacy it entails is important in Japanese society, as evidenced by the culture of ‘sukinshippu’.
Sand is a basic ingredient of modern life, most notably as a component of concrete buildings. Our consumption of sand is growing by 10% a year, bringing with it dire ecological consequences.
The Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof’s holoptropic breathwork technique enables people to experience altered states of consciousness, simply through taking a series of quick, deep breaths.
In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug.
Wilfred Thesiger spent years travelling with Bedouins across the vast, harsh Arabian deserts. His journeys are an example to those seeking to practise sustainable tourism today.