does classical music really make you smarter?

Some time during my childhood, there was buzz about classical music making you smarter.  Was it a scheme cooked up by classical music enthusiasts feeling neglected in the modern frenzy? Or disgruntled violin teachers looking to make extra profit?  I don't know who started it, but it is a rumour with endurance.   I latched onto ...

can you dope with coffee?

Coffee’s special powers are discovered early in life. Due to its legality and ubiquity, coffee has grown into an uncontested fixture of modern life. Coffee tantalizes the senses, with avid coffee drinkers seeking its sumptuous aroma and smooth taste. Of course, coffee, via its caffeine, also offers some other obvious benefits. Are these gains grounds ...

how to be great in 10000 hours or less

Most of us want to be great at something. It's a simple desire but its execution is obscured by complexities. Some people religiously believe in innate ability over nurtured talent.  Others are more hopeful in self-determination and conclude that people can become great through their own hard work.  I like the idea of the latter, ...

for fluff

One’s fodder is another’s feast and some things don’t need existential justification. I use this rationale after squandering hours scrolling through feeds or ping-ponging between anxieties before concluding neither were real. Recently, I chanced upon a romantic-comedy that did nothing to improve its poor reputation. At the film’s end, I was mad over its lack ...

horoscope hopes

My fascination with horoscopes likely started the day I was born, since I was born on a day where the Sun was in a certain spot of its wobble. This set in motion days that start with the Sun and end with the Moon, illuminating my every move, when appropriate. I know horoscopes are not ...

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