California’s surf wars: wave ‘warlords’ go to extreme lengths to defend their turf

Don’t let the friendly atmosphere fool you – try to surf on their turf and these guys probably would have kicked your ass. Photograph: Tom Kelley/Getty Images by Rory Carroll in Palos Verdes, California Popular culture imagines a laid-back vibe, but certain surfers’ intimidation tactics, known as ‘localism’, make the experience feel more like Lord of the Flies Lunada Bay is a legendary surfing spot at the base of cliffs on the Palos Verdes peninsula, just south of Los Angeles. After clambering down a steep, crumbling path, visitors encounter a smooth beach, a vista of the Pacific Ocean and waves breaking … Continue reading California’s surf wars: wave ‘warlords’ go to extreme lengths to defend their turf

The abuse of disabled people is a hidden crime we must face up to

‘The uncomfortable truth is that being disabled makes someone vulnerable to abuse.’ Photograph: Imagewerks/Getty Images/Imagewerks Japan Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years. With cuts to services biting, more must be done to protect them by Frances Ryan Almost 5,000 disabled adults – across 106 councils – have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, new figures show. As the NSPCC put it, this is the “visible peak” of what could be a bigger problem of sexual assault against disabled people. People with learning difficulties were the victims of almost … Continue reading The abuse of disabled people is a hidden crime we must face up to

DYNASTIES – The power of families

The enduring power of families in business and politics should trouble believers in meritocracy “AS A democracy the United States ought presumably to be able to dispense with dynastic families,” wrote Arthur Schlesinger junior, one of America’s best-known historians, in 1947. Yet almost 70 years on, next year’s presidential election could well become a family affair. A Clinton or a Bush has been on the ticket in seven of the past nine races. Hillary v Jeb may offend against equal opportunity, but not the laws of statistics. How, people wonder, can this happen in a country that went to war … Continue reading DYNASTIES – The power of families

The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

Brain scientists are working to turn on and off behavior with electricity—and possibly motivation and optimism, too. How a few amps of electric current could change your life. by David Ewing Duncan “You do look glum! What you need is a gramme of soma.” — Aldous Huxley,Brave New World Let’s say you’re feeling blah, and need a jolt of something to pep you up. Or you just berated a barista for no good reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if a technology existed that could shut down these unwanted behaviors as easily and safely as flipping a light switch? Perhaps more crucial … Continue reading The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

Acceptance of reality is key to ending the suffering of emotional pain

Photography by Noell S. Oszvald by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., PsychCentral All of us experience pain. This pain might stem from losing a loved one, losing a job, ending a relationship, being in a car accident or undergoing any other kind of trauma or situation. Pain is inevitable. It is part of being human. Often, however, we add to our pain and create suffering, according to Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, in her bookCalming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life. In the book, Van Dijk focuses on four sets of skills in dialectical … Continue reading Acceptance of reality is key to ending the suffering of emotional pain

‘Islam must be banned’: French Mayor in trouble after extreme tweets, calls to deport Muslims

© Reuters / Jean-Paul Pelissier by RT A mayor of a French town has been suspended from former president Nikolas Sarkozy’s UMP party after urging a ban on Islam in the country and the immediate “escorting to the border” of those practicing the religion. “The Muslim religion must be banned in France,” Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, wrote on Twitter earlier this week. All followers of Islam should be “immediately escorted to the border,” the mayor added, forecasting that the Muslim faith will be banned in France by 2027. The controversial tweet was made by Chardon … Continue reading ‘Islam must be banned’: French Mayor in trouble after extreme tweets, calls to deport Muslims

Obsession and Madness on the Path to Enlightenment

Retreat Yurts at Diamond Mountain Arizona.  In pursuit of a story about the enigmatic death of a Buddhist retreatant, a writer risks his own mind as he digs into the heart of the mystery. by Scott Carney How much should someone strive to know their own soul? It is a question I have struggled with for the better part of a decade after an incident that taught me that intensive meditation has the potential to unleash unexpected consequences. In 2006, I took a job leading American college students on an abroad program through holy sites in North India. The highlight … Continue reading Obsession and Madness on the Path to Enlightenment

The Extended Mind and the Coupling-Constitution Fallacy

By John Danaher This was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions.  The extended mind hypothesis (EMH) holds that the mind isn’t all in the head. While it is no doubt true that the majority of our cognitive processes are situated in our brains, this need not be the case. For example, when performing the cognitive act of remembering, I may rely entirely on the internal activation of particular neural networks, or I could rely on some external prompt or storage device to assist my internal neural network. According to some philosophers, the extension of cognitive processes into the external environment is … Continue reading The Extended Mind and the Coupling-Constitution Fallacy

5 Most Mysterious Sounds Ever Recorded

by Waking Times Video – From mysterious sounds in the sky to strange sounds in the sea, unexplained sounds are being reported worldwide. Where do they come from? Are they extra-terrestrial in nature? You decide – check out the video below of the top strange noises reported around the world. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/05/17/5-most-mysterious-sounds-ever-recorded/   Continue reading 5 Most Mysterious Sounds Ever Recorded

The Most Common Mental Health Problem is ‘Contagious’

(CC BY-NC 2.0) By Marcie Gainer via Psyblog: Anxiety is ‘contagious’ and can be passed from parents to children and the other way, a new study finds. The ‘catching’ nature of anxious thoughts and behaviours exists over and above the effects of genetics. That’s the conclusion of a new study of twins conducted by researchers in the UK. Professor Thalia Eley, who led the study, said that anxious parents should avoid passing it on to their children through their behaviour: “Our research shows that even if you have had to cope with high levels of anxiety yourself, it is not … Continue reading The Most Common Mental Health Problem is ‘Contagious’