Proposals encouraging readers to step outside of their comfort zone and try different activities and techniques to trigger out-of-box thinking. These pieces are often inspired by scientific, philosophical, or creative principles.
During a freestyle, the parts of your brain that monitor self-censorship switch off, while the regions related to emotional activity light up. It’s a flow state. Like the late night moves that come out on a sweaty dance floor, you never know what’s going to surface, but it feels close to your center.
When a son looks at his father’s convictions, he can choose to see certainties or see questions.
Routines are safe. They can be valuable. They are one less thing to think about in times of tension and transition. Rinse. Repeat. They can also can also be dangerous habits in which our agency is lost to the passive voice.
The sprawling members of the New York crew were devotees of chess, comic books, and various forms of eastern philosophies, often referring to their borough of Staten Island as ‘Shaolin Island.’ In southern France, far from its glamorous capital, most of IAM’s members took on the names of Egyptian pharaohs.