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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
Magazine
Magazine / culture
The Queen’s Lily
The Queen’s Lily
Magazine / culture

In the 19th century, the giant lily was brought from Guyana to Victorian Britain. There, gardener Joseph Paxton displayed the plant’s remarkable architectural properties.

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

Magazine / science
Let’s Swarm
Let’s Swarm
Magazine / science

In May and June, honeybees migrate to a new nesting site. How do scout bees communicate potential sites in order for the colony to make a collective decision?

Łukasz Kaniewski

Magazine / science
Cosmic Transmissions (Spring 2022)
Cosmic Transmissions (Spring 2022)
Magazine / science

Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded.

Łukasz Kaniewski

Reading / science
Partial Recall
Partial Recall
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

Reading / society
An Incomprehensible Intelligence
An Incomprehensible Intelligence
Reading / society

The mysterious intelligent ocean in Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris” has been interpreted as a metaphor for the subconscious, God, modern technology, and more. But what if we saw it as an emblem of social media?

Aleksei Morozov

Reading / science
Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
Reading / science

From free jazz to Bach, both music therapy and self-directed listening can have multiple health benefits for the human brain and mind.

Enis Yucekoralp

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 / culture
Lematrix
Lematrix
Magazine / culture

The books of science fiction writer Stanisław Lem contain interesting – if disturbing – visions of the world around us as a mere illusion.

Piotr Paziński

Magazine / culture
Lem, the Prophet
Lem, the Prophet
Magazine / culture

More than half a century ago, the Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem predicted a great deal of the gadgets and technology that we regularly use today.

Mikołaj Gliński

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 / science
To Know Beautifully
To Know Beautifully
Magazine / science

Art and science might seem unconnected and dissimilar, yet the combination of these two disciplines is as wonderful as it is surprising.

Szymon Drobniak

Magazine / science
Cosmic Transmissions (Autumn 2021)
Cosmic Transmissions (Autumn 2021)
Magazine / science

Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including cosmic holograms, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, and tardigrades on the moon.

Łukasz Kaniewski

Reading / literature
137 Seconds (Part I)
137 Seconds (Part I)
Reading / literature

“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Stanisław Lem

Reading / literature
137 Seconds (Part II)
137 Seconds (Part II)
Reading / literature

“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Stanisław Lem

Reading / literature
137 Seconds (Part III)
137 Seconds (Part III)
Reading / literature

“137 Seconds” is a short story by Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, translated into English for the first time by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Stanisław Lem

Reading / culture
What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
Reading / culture

What would be the result if some other popular sci-fi and fantasy writers were to try their hand at Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”? All sorts of great books!

Grzegorz Uzdański

Magazine / science
Earthworms on the Piano
Earthworms on the Piano
Magazine / science

Cultural scientist and philosopher Justyna Schollenberger explains what Charles Darwin taught us about empathy, cooperation and animals.

Aleksandra Gosk & Tomasz Sitarz

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 / culture
Nobody Home
Nobody Home
Reading / culture

In her latest book “The Next Great Migration”, American science journalist Sonia Shah presents an evidenced picture of how migration has always been with us – for the better.

Paulina Wilk

Reading / culture
Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Reading / culture

A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day.

Dariusz Kuźma

Magazine / society
A Discreet Genius
A Discreet Genius
Magazine / society

The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / society
Children Are Not Filing Cabinets
Children Are Not Filing Cabinets
Magazine / society

Educational neuroscientist Marzena Żylińska talks about the lessons the school system should be learning – such as moving away from a culture of testing and correcting.

Berenika Steinberg

Magazine / society
Are You Sleepwalking Now?
Are You Sleepwalking Now?
Magazine / society

Given how little control we have of our wandering minds, how can we cultivate real mental autonomy?

Thomas Metzinger

Magazine / science
Between Control and Hallucination
Between Control and Hallucination
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

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 / culture
An Old Writer Looks at the New World
An Old Writer Looks at the New World
Reading / culture

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel laureate in Literature, talks about his latest novel “Klara and the Sun”, and what advances in technology might mean for humanity.

Sylwia Stano

Reading / science
In Search of the Perfect Snowflake
In Search of the Perfect Snowflake
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

Magazine / science
Mythology and Mitochondria
Mythology and Mitochondria
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

Reading / literature
My Three Wishes
My Three Wishes
Reading / literature

In 1980, the Polish science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem was asked by a German publisher to list his three most personal wishes. He reveals them in this exclusive translation.

Stanisław Lem

Magazine / science
Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?
Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?
Magazine / science

A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other.

Sigal Samuel

Magazine / society
This Incredible Meditation Will Help Solve Your Existential Dread
This Incredible Meditation Will Help Solve Your Existential Dread
Magazine / society

Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / society
Why Go Barefoot?
Why Go Barefoot?
Magazine / society

Bare feet manifest many meanings – from the religious to health and the everyday.

Anna Berestecka

Magazine / society
Bathing in Trees
Bathing in Trees
Magazine / society

Green spaces – such as forests, parks and fields – have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, enabling us to cleanse ourselves of the dirt of modern existence.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / society
A Life in Flow
A Life in Flow
Magazine / society

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi talks about how he became interested in the positive potential of the psyche, what it means to be ‘mad’, and the importance of flow for humanity.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Magazine / culture
Days of the Gods
Days of the Gods
Magazine / culture

Naturally – for such a large country with such religious and ethnic diversity – the Indian calendar is quite different to ours in Europe. Here’s a list of all the Indian holidays you always wanted to know about, but were afraid to ask.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / science
Seven Lucky Bastards
Seven Lucky Bastards
Magazine / science

They say that fortune favours the brave, but sometimes, when the worst possible circumstances strike, you simply need a big slice of luck – as the stories of these seven hapless souls show.

Adam Węgłowski

Magazine / culture
Audubon’s Birds
Audubon’s Birds
Magazine / culture

Today, the 19th-century American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is considered one of the founding fathers of American ecology. But what makes his work so special?

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

Magazine / science
The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
Magazine / science

Approximately 541 million years ago, the Cambrian Period began. With it came an explosion of life, never before seen in the history of the world.

January Weiner

Magazine / science
Is That a Quantum in Your Nose?
Is That a Quantum in Your Nose?
Magazine / science

Fragrant perfumes, a freshly-baked loaf of bread, the odours of a summertime rush-hour bus – smells are all around us. But from a scientific perspective, what exactly are smells?

Maciej Świetlik

Magazine / society
Dreaming of Crystal Houses
Dreaming of Crystal Houses
Magazine / society

In the mid-19th century, the British were planning a world fair to consolidate their empire’s reputation on the global stage. They needed a pavilion to house the exhibition in, and Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace did not disappoint.

Zygmunt Borawski

Magazine / society
On the Carousel for 400 Years
On the Carousel for 400 Years
Magazine / society

The carousel – a staple of modern fun fairs – has a long history in Europe. In fact, we can trace its origin all the way back to the 17th-century Ottoman Empire.

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / literature
Eleos
Eleos
Reading / literature

One day, Jan Radecki, a doctoral student in neuroscience, discovers the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Ministry of War for an ambitious project involving mirror neurons. Will his project get the funding? And is the project itself ethical?

Michał Sosiński

Reading / society
Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Reading / society

The climate crisis is a reality, right now, that much is indisputable. But how do we adapt to such a difficult and devastating ecological truth?

Robert Rient

Magazine / culture
Neurons Take Over
Neurons Take Over
Magazine / culture

As humans, we all experience emotions between ourselves. Yet how is it that some inanimate objects – buildings and other feats of architectural design – can also influence our mood?

Łukasz Stępnik

Magazine / society
When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
Magazine / society

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.

Aleksandra Pezda

Magazine / science
Between Eye and Hand
Between Eye and Hand
Magazine / science

What are decisions, emotions and thoughts, from the perspective of neuroscience? An expert in this (grey) matter takes us on a journey through the brain.

Paweł Boguszewski

Magazine / science
Take Your Brain for a Walk
Take Your Brain for a Walk
Magazine / science

The human brain is a remarkable feat of natural engineering, capable of controlling our actions and emotions; responsible for our wildest creations. All of which also means that we should do our best to take proper care of it.

Magdalena Salik

Reading / science
Bedouins and Sandynauts
Bedouins and Sandynauts
Reading / science

In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines.

Agata Romaniuk

Magazine / literature
The Sloven
The Sloven
Magazine / literature

Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński.

Stefan Grabiński

Reading / literature
A Cold
A Cold
Reading / literature

In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief.

Wojciech Orliński

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