How to Stay Sane in the Notification Age

by Navneet Alang When I slip on my headphones, the clatter and chatter of the subway becomes an oasis of calm. This is the way personal technology has always made sense to me: not as a barrier between me and the world, but as a buffer, a temporary escape. Most modern mobile technology, however, is now seen as the inverse. The glare of the smartphone screen and its tendency to distract is seen to represent an excess of escapism, or a surfeit of inwardness. But now, with the Apple Watch—an object literally tied around your wrist and designed to inform … Continue reading How to Stay Sane in the Notification Age

I secretly lived in my office for 500 days

(Credit: Jaymast via iStock) Unable to pay rent in L.A., I slept behind my desk. But what began as a quick financial fix soon became a lifestyle by TERRY K. I was asleep when I heard the door rattle against the frame. My eyes flashed open and I sprung upright in my under-desk sleep space. Was it all over? Had someone come to work early? I peered over my desk, afraid of what I might see. The morning sun burned through the chicken-scratch graffiti of the office’s front door, spilling across the labyrinth of desks spread out before me. There wasn’t … Continue reading I secretly lived in my office for 500 days

How We Learn Quickly: Prefrontal Cortex Turns To Another Brain Region For Help

When we feel uncertain, our brains predict the need to learn quickly and will switch modes in order to quickly link two things together. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. By Susan Scutti You meet someone new who treats you badly, so you never go near that person again — this is an example of one-shot learning. A new Caltech study focuses on these moments in order to understand the bigger picture of how the brain processes information. When we feel uncertain, our brains predict the need to learn quickly and will switch modes in order to quickly link two things together … Continue reading How We Learn Quickly: Prefrontal Cortex Turns To Another Brain Region For Help

Here’s How Psychedelic Drugs Could Radically Change Society For The Better

. Stating the case for the decriminalization of mind-altering substances by Sophie McAdam Terence McKenna, self-styled ‘psychonaut’, ethnobotanist, writer, lecturer, freedom fighter and culture-doubting intellectual, was arguably one of the greatest minds who ever lived. He believed passionately in a basic human right to explore one’s own consciousness, and he advocated the use of psilocybin (the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms) and other natural psychedelic drugs to do so. Controversial until his untimely death in 2000, McKenna was dubbed the ‘Tim O’Leary of the 90s’. Ground-breaking books such as The Archaic Revival, Food of The Gods and The Invisible Landscape inspired a generation to … Continue reading Here’s How Psychedelic Drugs Could Radically Change Society For The Better

Report Exposes American Psychological Association Complicity in US Torture Program

“There is no evidence that any APA official expressed concern over mounting reports of psychological involvement in detainee abuse,” states report. (Photo: casmaron/flickr/cc) APA ‘secretly coordinated’ with CIA, White House, and Department of Defense to legally and ethically justify post-9/11 atrocities by Sarah Lazare, staff writer A new report from human rights investigators and medical professionals reveals that the prestigious American Psychological Association secretly helped the administration of former President George W. Bush legally and medically justify its post-9/11 torture program. The findings are based on emails obtained by James Risen, the New York Times reporter and author who has found … Continue reading Report Exposes American Psychological Association Complicity in US Torture Program

This Map of Consciousness May Change Your Life

by Waking Times Meme – According to Gary Douglas, founder of Access Consciousness and author of Right Body For You: How to have a healthy relationship with your body, the activation of 32 points, or “Bars”, around the head through light touch will delete or release thought patterns that no longer serve a person. This purging process can affect all areas of one’s life – healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, power, aging, money, and more. This image shows the location of these access bars and how each will affect different aspects of our lives. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/05/01/how-access-bars-can-help-change-your-life/ Continue reading This Map of Consciousness May Change Your Life

The Slow Burn

Sesse Lind/Gallerystock Is smoking cigarettes un-Buddhist? by Alex Tzelnic Bernie Flynn, a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa, recently told me about the time he and the Rinpoche tried to quit smoking cigarettes. A few days in, he was driving the Rinpoche to a meeting. Antsy and in withdrawal, Bernie couldn’t help but notice his teacher sitting calmly in the passenger seat. Finally, his nerves on edge, Bernie turned to Trungpa and asked how the whole quitting thing was going. “It’s easy,” said Trungpa. “Either you smoke, or you don’t smoke.” Ah, so simple. Later that evening, Bernie entered a room … Continue reading The Slow Burn

The Forbidden Secrets of the Church

by Pao L. Chang, Contributor, Waking Times Religion is a very powerful system to use for shaping cultures and societies. Throughout human history, religion has played an important role for helping the human race evolve. Unfortunately, most of the knowledge in religion has been heavily distorted. To make matters worse, the enlightening and empowering knowledge in religion is encoded to prevent us from knowing the “forbidden” secrets of our history. In the right hands, religion can be used to empower the people. However, in the wrong hands, it can be used to enslave the minds of the people. The unwanted truth … Continue reading The Forbidden Secrets of the Church