You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”




Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.




We’ve all been in this situation at least once: there’s this passenger on a bus who chooses to talk to us about their life and problems. It could also be a person we’re queuing next to, or a stranger on a park bench. It doesn’t really matter who this is and where this happens. What does matter is why this happens and what we can do in such situations!




Is it true that the longer you sleep, the more tired you may be? Let’s check this out!