‘Knowing how’ is in your brain

by Carnegie Mellon University Although we often think of knowledge as “knowing that” (for example, knowing that Paris is the capital of France), each of us also knows many procedures consisting of knowing how, such as knowing how to tie a knot or start a car. Now a new study has found the brain programs that code the sequence of steps in performing a complex procedure. In a just published paper in Psychological Science, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to find decode the procedural information required to tie various knots, with enough precision to identify which knot is … Continue reading ‘Knowing how’ is in your brain


by Miles Klee  When doing the right thing is too hard, we give up and let fate run wild To outsiders, the way Americans have resisted all measures for controlling the spread of COVID-19 — and successfully pushed for “reopening” in a good many states, despite testing failures and the absence of a vaccine — must seem ludicrous. Has any culture lived in such denial, or appeared so bent on self-destruction? I can’t say for sure. But I also know that this attitude is far from unprecedented. We are a people who face danger with reckless abandon, just drunk enough … Continue reading AMERICA IS OFFICIALLY IN ‘FUCK IT’ MODE

The Authenticity Trap

Trying to define what is truly Buddhist is probably a waste of time. By Jay L. Garfield, Illustrations by MCKIBILLO In conversation, in the lecture hall, and in the dharma center, Buddhists and students of Buddhism worry about authenticity. Is a doctrine or is a particular textual interpretation authentic? Is a particular teacher authentic? Is a particular practice authentic? Is the subject of a scholarly research project authentically Buddhist? If the doctrine, teacher, practice, or phenomenon is not authentically Buddhist, we worry that it is a fraud, that our scholarship, teaching, or religious life is vacuous, or at least that it … Continue reading The Authenticity Trap


by Zen Gardner, Guest Waking Times I find it especially ironic that this latest round of draconian clampdown is based on a media perpetuated invisible virus meme. No big war, no attacking enemy, no material weaponry, staged boogeymen or concocted “terrorists”. Yet this barrage of propaganda worked like a charm. Well, there are terrorists, as usual just the same old perpetrators. The overarching enemy within the gate, its very rulers managing the human farm, now draping a shroud of containment and despair on seemingly helpless humanity. Isn’t this surreally strange? Yet everyone worldwide responded more than they did to the phony … Continue reading THE IRONY AND THE ECSTASY

Two Magic Words That Diffuse Any Argument, According to a Mediation Expert

TWENTY20 By Lindsay Champion You and your partner consider yourselves pretty good communicators, but let’s face it—occasionally you both lose your tempers and sometimes, you wish you could have a professional mediator in the room with you. The new book Ask For More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything by mediation expert Alexandra Carter is the next best thing. Our favorite tip from the book? There’s a two-word phrase that Carter uses daily with her husband that she calls “the ultimate open question.” And she not only loves using this phrase in relationships, but she says it works with kids, at work and in any other situation … Continue reading Two Magic Words That Diffuse Any Argument, According to a Mediation Expert

My Anger Was Actually Depression – Why Did No One Warn Me?

by JESSICA MORGAN Trigger warning: This article includes themes of suicide, self-harm and depressive thoughts. I’m a manic depressive. Getting out of bed most days is a chore, at weekends I sit at home staring at the wall for hours at a time, sometimes I even forget to eat. And every so often, usually once a fortnight, I fly into a blind rage over the smallest of things.Growing up, I was pretty angry. I spent the first few years of my life in the care system before being adopted, and carried my childhood trauma into adulthood. During adolescence, my fits of rage (throwing … Continue reading My Anger Was Actually Depression – Why Did No One Warn Me?

We’re Going To Be Living In A Liquid World

by Enrique Dans Senior Contributor If one thing is clear from observing the highly disruptive impact COVID-19, it’s that we are heading toward a liquid world, one characterized by the virtues of flexibility, versatility and resilience. The recent report by the Cross Innovation Strategy Group, organized by NASA, which I have had the opportunity to work on over the last few weeks and which will continue as an open platform, predicts that whatever we may hear about the development of a vaccine in the near future, it is extremely unlikely that it will be available for at least 12 months to … Continue reading We’re Going To Be Living In A Liquid World