Some Cognitive Skills Peak At Age 70: New Views On Intelligence Bring Hope For Lifetime Of Ability

Aspects of our intelligence peak at different ages and stages, with some of our abilities rising to their heights only once we have reached our 70s. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.       By Susan Scutti Many recent studies place a cap on our mental abilities at ridiculously young ages — some of the most current research reports cognitive peaks in young adulthood, and, no exaggeration, some go so far as to say late adolescence. From there, many scientists imply, it’s just a slow and exhausting descent into dementia. It’s refreshing, then, to learn of a team of researchers who … Continue reading Some Cognitive Skills Peak At Age 70: New Views On Intelligence Bring Hope For Lifetime Of Ability

What Classical Music Does To Your Genes

New research determines the way classical music affects listeners on a molecular level. Royal Opera House Covent Garden/CC BY 2.0 Listening To Classical Music Enhances Gene Activity: An Update On The Mozart Effect By Stephanie Castillo For all the effects music is thought to have on the brain, classical music seems to fall in a gray area. One side seems to think it makes children smarter, while others file this notion under the psychological myths we fall for. A new Finnish study aims to clarify this classic connection. “Although brain imaging studies have demonstrated that listening to music alters human … Continue reading What Classical Music Does To Your Genes

“No Child Is Safe from Sinister Cult of Emo!” America’s Eternal and Insane Meltdowns Over Music

Music and moral meltdowns have been entwined throughout history. By Evan McMurry The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. On Morning Joe this week, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol finally found someone to blame for the racist SAE chant that had been caught on video: rap music. “Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing,” he said. The fear that pop … Continue reading “No Child Is Safe from Sinister Cult of Emo!” America’s Eternal and Insane Meltdowns Over Music

How did Jesus get to be so hot? The fascinating history of depictions of the savior

Wallpaper screenshot from the film “Son of God” (20th Century Fox) by Valerie Tarico Lyrics for the rap song, B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), include the following line: “The white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia.” The idea that our modern image of Jesus could be based on a ruthless power-hungry illegitimate son of a 15th century Pope (and star of the bloody mini-series Borgia) is startling and farfetched. But it is no more bizarre or fanciful than many other ideas about who Jesus was or what he looked like. And it does have an interesting tale behind … Continue reading How did Jesus get to be so hot? The fascinating history of depictions of the savior

Vodou in powerful works of art

By 5T1V VODOUN, VODOU, CONJURE: THE ANIMISTIC ARTS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA The Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York presents an exhibition of magic and spirit expressed in intense and powerful works of art from Africa, Haiti, Jamaica and the United States. Stereotypical language falls apart when speaking about this kind of magic. The end product of the piece is less important than the means by which it was made. It is all about process and intention. It is an animistic magic that relies on Nature for its material and spiritual sources for healing, for love, for midwifery, for remembrance, for … Continue reading Vodou in powerful works of art

Depression: Why not start with a nutritional solution?

by Dr. Davis If you experience depression, you will typically be prescribed an antidepressant, an SSRI or other agent. If you consult a psychologist or counselor, the underlying psychological underpinnings (if any) are explored, strategies devised to cope. But there will almost never be talk about your diet, nutritional deficiencies that amplify dark moods, the life habits that allow demons to emerge. Yet there are some very powerful strategies available that have potential to substantially lift mood. Such solutions won’t, of course, erase the effects of childhood trauma or grieving from personal loss, but they can help smooth the emotional … Continue reading Depression: Why not start with a nutritional solution?

A New Way To Be Human: The Plan Is To Replace Existing Humans With ‘Transhuman’ Hybrids

by Michael Snyder Transhumanists believe that the time has come for humans to take control of their own evolution. Many of them are fully convinced that we can use emerging technologies to “fix” the flaws in the human race and ultimately eradicate sickness, disease, poverty and war. So would you like to have the eyesight of an eagle? Would you like to download an entire library of information directly into your brain in just minutes? Would you like to rid your family line of all genetic diseases? Would you like to extend your lifespan to 500 years or even longer? … Continue reading A New Way To Be Human: The Plan Is To Replace Existing Humans With ‘Transhuman’ Hybrids

C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Qaeda Coffers: The United States has financed the very militants it is fighting as it spends hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq

Source: NY Times In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money. They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund. Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided … Continue reading C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Qaeda Coffers: The United States has financed the very militants it is fighting as it spends hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq

Obama admits space aliens control the USA: was he joking?

By Michael Salla On Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Barack Obama made a strange UFO admission. He said space aliens control the USA, and they are responsible for government secrecy about UFOs. According to the LA Times and New York Magazine, Obama’s admission was nothing more than a joke made in a late night comedy show highlighting his dry sense of humor. But was it? A recent disclosure about UFO secrecy by John Podesta, Obama’s former White House Counselor for Climate Change and Energy Policy, suggests that Obama was serious about a situation he had no control over. Here is what … Continue reading Obama admits space aliens control the USA: was he joking?