Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • How Model Quannah ChasingHorse Is Fighting for Her Community and the Planet

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> When Indigenous activist and model Quannah ChasingHorse was three, her family moved to a small village in Mongolia, where her mother, Jody Potts-Joseph, had taken a job teaching English. During supply trips to a nearby town, Jody would often find Quannah in front of their hotel’s small television, transfixed,…

  • This Fall’s Best New Outdoor Books, Films, and Podcasts

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> This fall is packed with new outdoor media releases: books on calving glaciers and the surprising biology of asphalt, documentaries that will take you from the summit of Mount Everest to the hollers of Appalachia, and podcasts that offer thrilling tales and life lessons from outdoor mishaps. Here are…

  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Max Lowe has overcooked the short ribs. He announces this before I’ve taken my first bite. “Sorry, I forgot to turn the oven down,” he says glumly. I’m sitting at a table in Max’s backyard in Bozeman, Montana, at the house he shares with his fiancée, a sunshiny nurse…

  • My Friend Is Upset That I’m Dating His Brother. Is Our Friendship Doomed?

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Welcome to Tough Love. We’re answering your questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Our advice giver is Blair Braverman, dogsled racer and author of Small Game and Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Have a question of your own? Write to us at toughlove@outsideinc.com. This question is a…

  • Should I Get Paid to Crew for a Pro Athlete?

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Dear Sundog: For several years I’ve crewed for a semiprofessional ultrarunner. He isn’t a very close friend, but I like working with him. Sometimes I pace him, and the aid stations are a good time. A few others also crew—we don’t get paid, or ask to be paid, but do…

  • ‘Parched,’ ‘Mink!’ and Everything Else Our Editors Loved in August

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> In August, Outside editors braved the heat to run, bike, hike, and spend time outdoors before the days get shorter. In between late-summer adventures, we also found time for new films, must-listen podcasts, well-reported features, and memoirs. Here’s everything we loved in August. Parched (Photo: Courtesy Colorado Public Radio)…

  • Why I Will Never Trust the Boy Scouts with My Son

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> At first, Mark Eaton thought Thomas Hacker was just a nice older man, a community leader who’d taken an interest in him. In the mid-1980s, Eaton was a Boy Scout in the suburbs of Chicago. Hacker was a schoolteacher and a deacon at his church. He was also the…

  • 6 Rules for Dealing with Injury, Illness, and Aging as an Athlete

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> In the winter of 2022, I had just started working on my new book. The idea for it began with a small scribble: “What does it mean to stay strong and endure when everything is always changing, including us?” My goal was to research, report, and wrestle with this…

  • Meet the Endurance Athletes Racing to Beat Blood Cancer

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> When Bobby DeWees’s grandfather died of leukemia in March of 2022, he wanted to honor him. So, he decided to test his limits. He’d train to race Hawaii’s Lavaman Triathlon in under three hours—and he’d raise $67,000 for leukemia research along the way.  The challenge? While DeWees was an…

  • Can I Be a Dad AND a Mountain Hero?

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> In some of the more romantic fantasies I’ve had of how my life might look, I envision myself standing on a mountaintop, triumphant after a long struggle, the camera slowly zooming out with some dramatic music in the background, maybe rotating a little bit as if the footage was…

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