Last hominin standing

The Tollund Man, Denmark. Photo by Christian Kober.Corbis by Dan Falk (Dan Falk is a science journalist based in Toronto. His books include The Science of Shakespeare (2014) andIn Search of Time (2008). He also co-hosts BookLab, a podcast that reviews popular science books.) Was human evolution inevitable, or do we owe our existence to a once-in-a-universe stroke of luck? In the movie Sliding Doors (1998), a woman named Helen, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, rushes to catch a train on the London Underground, but just misses it, watching helplessly from the platform as the doors slide shut. The film explores … Continue reading Last hominin standing


Image Credits: 2bgr8 / Wiki (Base image). by MICHAEL SNYDER As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States.  Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors.  Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been … Continue reading 16 FACTS ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS FINANCIAL DEVASTATION THAT WE ARE SEEING ALL OVER THE WORLD

We Live in a World Where Everything is Connected

by Waking Times Video – If we take a closer look at what’s happening around us, we will begin to understand that there are recurring patterns – in our brains, coral reefs, ant colonies – that show how everything in this world is connected. Here, Jason Silva shares his ideas about the thoughts of Albert-László Barabási, Steven Johnson, Geoffrey West, Paul Stammetts, and Adrian Bejan. Continue reading We Live in a World Where Everything is Connected

Is our Universe a Hologram? Some physicists think so

By Joshua Krause | The Daily Sheeple It’s strange to think that not too long ago, the idea that time is an illusion wasn’t taken seriously by the scientific community. Now it’s a widely held belief, especially among physicists. Time may indeed be nothing more than a mental construct; a mere perception. But what if other aspects of our reality are equally illusory? What if something as fundamental “space” is also the product of our perceptions? What if what we see and feel in our everyday lives, or even what we can see under a microscope, is only scratching the … Continue reading Is our Universe a Hologram? Some physicists think so

This is How the Matrix Invades Your Body, Mind and Soul

by Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer, Waking Times Stress is a genuine pandemic, a full spectrum attack on the nervous and immune systems that greatly contributes to the unhealthiness and unease in our world. Few would disagree that modern life is far more stressful than it should be, and when you consider its main sources, it appears to be a built in feature of contemporary society that targets us, the masses, in order to create disharmony, debilitation, agitation, apathy and dependency. It comes at us from every angle in the matrix, and at its root is our enslavement to an economic system that guarantees eternal collective … Continue reading This is How the Matrix Invades Your Body, Mind and Soul

Are You an Illusion?

Why today’s neuroscientists could do with a little more philosophical training. Mary Midgley | Moral philosopher, author of Beast and Man and Wickedness Mary Midgley, a moral philosopher and author, has been described as “the UK’s foremost scourge of scientific pretension”. At the venerable age of 94, she has published a new book, Are You an Illusion?, which examines contemporary approaches to the question of consciousness. As in previous books, such as Science as Salvation and The Solitary Self, Midgley seeks to challenge what she sees as the materialist dogmatism that dominates much of modern scientific thinking. Here, Midgley explains … Continue reading Are You an Illusion?

Nomads and Neoliberal Society

Can the nomadic lifestyle resist neoliberal consumer values, or merely extend them? by Marcel Theroux | Screenwriter, broadcaster and award-winning novelist Do you think that the nomad is an occidental myth invented by Romantic philosophers? I think we have to be a bit careful because people mean different things when they use the word “nomad”. It’s come to mean something like “rootless wanderer”, with connotations of freedom and rebellion and living outside society. But to an anthropologist, or a historian, nomadism describes a particular way of life: the way of life of people who have no settled home. Historically, nomads … Continue reading Nomads and Neoliberal Society

Why Are Beggars Despised? by George Orwell

Sandra Druschke (CC BY 2.0) by Marcie Gainer via Reddit (r/books): It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them. People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary “working” men. They are a race apart–outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes. Working men “work,” beggars do not “work”; they are parasites, worthless in their very nature. It is taken for granted that a beggar does … Continue reading Why Are Beggars Despised? by George Orwell

Paedophilia: Everybody’s Business

One in six people are survivors of child sex abuse. It’s time to stop responding hysterically, says a leading sociologist, and adopt sensible and effective strategies. by Sarah Goode | Researcher and author of ‘Understanding and Addressing Adult Sexual Attraction to Children’ and ‘Paedophiles in Society’ If research is right, 20% of men are capable of feeling sexual arousal to children below the legal age of consent. That is an eye-opening statistic. One in five men: in this country, that’s around six million men. This claim is backed up by eight different studies conducted between 1970 and 2006 in Europe … Continue reading Paedophilia: Everybody’s Business

Truth and Reality

The truth is important to all of us. But how can we know which truths really matter? by James Williams | Professor of Philosophy at University of Dundee It is well known that in his masterwork, Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze argues for extending the concept of ‘true’ with the concept of ‘interesting’. It is less well known, but perhaps more important, that he claims we should not confuse the real with the actual. Instead, we must expand the real to include the virtual, which can be understood, initially, as latent abstract potential, where abstract means potential not strictly associated … Continue reading Truth and Reality