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Lisa Feldman Barrett

The Surprising Origins of Emotion

The brain is “making thousands of guesses at the same time,” Barrett tells us, and she argues that emotions are guesses too. When you feel something in your body — a racing heart, sweaty palms — your brain has to predict its cause: Is it love at first sight, or test anxiety?

Existential Crisis COVID essay graphic

Crisis Mode

In lockdown, I felt like I was better able to see some things for how they were, but I was not always happy with the realities I had to confront.


Like a Man at a Museum

I could get lost in the jungle, so lost that no one would find me, and months later there would be some notice for a foreigner’s body found in the brush but it would just be a paper notice, stuck on a wooden wall in the village’s main hall, for a foreigner’s body found in the brush of the middle of nowhere. In a way, I feel more myself than I have ever felt before.

Lion Dance
Around Town

The New Kid in Chinatown

After decades of activism, the Chinatown Library finally has a place to call its own.

The Game
The Game

15 Texts You Tried to Send At The Harvard-Yale Game

1:43 p.m: Made it to the game!!! r u even getting these

ECHO Instagram

Harvard's Insta-Famous

“I’m not trying to be an ‘Instagram influencer.' I probably need a day job.”

Steph Burt

Hey Professor: Science Fictional Future

We need ways to imagine a future that is different from the present, because the present isn't really working out all that well and because we would like the future to be different.

Forbes 30 Under 30
Around Town

7,000 Under 30

“Do you have a LinkedIn?” one concert-goer yells at a girl. She nods. Both whip out their smartphones and add each other.