Peace

Mind Reading: Steven Pinker’s Case for Why the World Is Heading Toward Peace

TIME: Amidst the headlines tallying the damage wrought by persistent economic decline, cataclysmic climate change and unbending political stalemate — among other things — Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker brings good news. In his new 802-page masterwork, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, the bestselling author and More

In pain? Try meditation

CNN: You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to experience the health benefits of meditation. According to a new study, even a brief crash course in meditative techniques can sharply reduce a person’s sensitivity to pain. In the study, researchers mildly burned 15 men and women in a lab More