I don’t want children — stop telling me I’ll change my mind | Christen Reighter

I don’t want children — stop telling me I’ll change my mind | Christen Reighter

I recognized the roles that were placed on me very early. One persistent concept that I observed — existing in our language, in our media — was that women are not only supposed to have children, they are supposed to want to. This existed everywhere. It existed in the ways that adults spoke to me

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Hello. My name is Simone. You know how people tell you if you get nervous when onstage, picture people in the audience naked? Like it’s this thing that’s supposed to make you feel better. But I was thinking — picturing all of you naked in 2018 feels kind of weird and wrong. Like, we’re working

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

I have a confession to make. But first, I want you to make a little confession to me. In the past year, I want you to just raise your hand if you’ve experienced relatively little stress. Anyone? How about a moderate amount of stress? Who has experienced a lot of stress? Yeah. Me too. But

Are we born to run? | Christopher McDougall

Are we born to run? | Christopher McDougall

Running: it’s basically just right, left, right, left, yeah? I mean, we’ve been doing it for two million years, so it’s kind of arrogant to assume that I’ve got something to say that hasn’t been said and performed better a long time ago. But the cool thing about running, as I’ve discovered, is that something

What you don’t know about marriage | Jenna McCarthy

What you don’t know about marriage | Jenna McCarthy

Every year in the United States alone, 2,077,000 couples make a legal and spiritual decision to spend the rest of their lives together — (Laughter) And not to have sex with anyone else. Ever. He buys a ring, she buys a dress. They go shopping for all sorts of things. She takes him to Arthur

Teach every child about food | Jamie Oliver

Teach every child about food | Jamie Oliver

Sadly, in the next 18 minutes when I do our chat, four Americans that are alive will be dead through the food that they eat. My name’s Jamie Oliver. I’m 34 years old. I’m from Essex in England and for the last seven years I’ve worked fairly tirelessly to save lives in my own way.

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed. Folks who

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

What is going on in this baby’s mind? If you’d asked people this 30 years ago, most people, including psychologists, would have said that this baby was irrational, illogical, egocentric — that he couldn’t take the perspective of another person or understand cause and effect. In the last 20 years, developmental science has completely overturned

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

Do you remember a time when you felt hormonal and moody? Your skin was breaking out, your body was growing in strange places and very fast, and at the same time, people were expecting you to be grown-up in this new way. Teenagers, right? Well, these same changes happen to a woman when she’s having

Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

Mark Twain summed up what I take to be one of the fundamental problems of cognitive science with a single witticism. He said, “There’s something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment in fact.” (Laughter) Twain meant it as a joke, of course, but he’s right: