Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

by Elizabeth Picciuto If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on Netflix, don’t worry. I am one of those people who will be unlikely to finish writing this paragraph without checking my Twitter account, staring out the window blankly, changing my mind about what to have for dinner, and mentally rewriting what I will say three paragraphs from now. Once I ordered a book called Mindfulness to try to conquer my eruptive mind. I eagerly tore open the cardboard package, only to realize that I … Continue reading Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Incredible Body Painting Turns Torsos into Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Posted by Sara Barnes Amazingly, these mind-bending optical illusions aren’t made with the help of projections or Photoshop. Artist Natalie Fletcher painted them directly on human skin! The Oregon-based body painter created this impressive series completely freehanded with an airbrush. She calls it Just an Illusion, and the “canvases” feature bright base colors of fuchsia, cyan, green, and yellow. Black contour lines help fool our eye into thinking that parts of a torso are popping out at us. It was serendipitous that Fletcher became a body painter. She started her career a few years ago after moving to Bend, Oregon … Continue reading Incredible Body Painting Turns Torsos into Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Unmasked, Edward the Nazi King of England: Princess Diana’s biographer reveals the Duke of Windsor’s collusion with Hitler… and a plot to regain his throne

The book claims that the Duke, center, was angered at being forced to abdicate the throne in 1936 and was willing to work with Adolf Hitler, right, to regain it Unique microfilm revealed the innermost workings of the Nazi regime Found incriminating correspondence relating to former King of England New book by Diana biographer reveals the Duke of Windsor was willing to deal with Hitler to win back his throne Called Hitler a ‘great man’ and openly criticised Churchill the ‘warmonger’ Was convinced conflict could’ve been avoided if he stayed on the throne The Nazi leader would put the Duke … Continue reading Unmasked, Edward the Nazi King of England: Princess Diana’s biographer reveals the Duke of Windsor’s collusion with Hitler… and a plot to regain his throne

Empty Man Syndrome

Why some men get stuck in depression  by Alex Korb Ph.D. The old hospital at UCLA is a sprawling brick complex built in the 1950s. Its rambling hallways stretch out longer than any non-military building in the US. Only the Pentagon has more hallways. Lost somewhere up on the third floor, in a corner by myself, is where I spent most of grad school – sitting at a computer, running statistical models for neuroscience research on depression. The lab studied biomarkers of antidepressant treatment response. That is, we aimed to see if there was something we could measure about brain … Continue reading Empty Man Syndrome

The Mindfulness Solution

  Image: Head of Buddha. Pakistan, Gandhara Area. Kushan period, late 2nd-3rd century CE. Many point out the pitfalls of mindfulness. But the problem is in the approach, not the practice. by Andrew Olendzki (Andrew Olendzki, PhD, is the former senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the author of Unlimiting Mind.) A lot of concerns have been voiced lately about the possible harmful effects of meditation practice. The pendulum is swinging back against the story that mindfulness is universally beneficial, and researchers are increasingly cautioning us to look honestly at the cases where people have suffered … Continue reading The Mindfulness Solution

Human Life and the Quest for Immortality

This was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions. By John Danaher (John Danaher is an academic with interests in the philosophy of technology, religion, ethics and law. He blogs at http://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com.) Human beings have long desired immortality. In his book on the topic, cleverly-titled Immortality, Stephen Cave argues that this desire has taken on four distinct forms over the course of human history. In the first, people seek immortality by simply trying to stay alive, either through the help of magic or science. In the second, people seek resurrection, sometimes in the same physical form and sometimes in an altered plane … Continue reading Human Life and the Quest for Immortality

‘The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one’

thierry ehrmann (CC BY 2.0) By Marcie Gainer Robert Frisk writes at The Independent: Uri Avnery is without doubt the most intellectual, philosophical, prescient leftist Israeli seer I have ever met. Like TS Eliot, he has a habit of using the fewest words to tell the greatest truth. Every essay he writes, this reader always says the same thing: Exactly! Yet, for the first time in 40 years, I disagree with the great man. He has just suggested that Benjamin Netanyahu’s agreement to address the US Congress at the invitation of Republicans tomorrow– two weeks before an Israeli general election … Continue reading ‘The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one’

Alleviating Suffering

Image: Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig), Central Tibet, 1900-1959. Ground mineral pigment on cotton. Courtesy the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC. Can working to treat pain help us tackle the fundamental causes of human distress? by Pamela Gayle White It’s three a.m. when the on-call pager goes off, rousing me out of a fitful sleep. By the time I arrive on the geriatric wing to answer the “obstreperous patient” page, the floor is quiet. “We’re fine,” a nurse tells me. “She’s calmed down. We just have to watch for the flying tray.” One busy week later, I still haven’t visited this patient. Often, … Continue reading Alleviating Suffering