The quiet alarm

USA, 1955. Photo by Wayne Miller/Magnum Just like pain, boredom is an aversive and unpleasant experience that we need to have in order to truly live well by Andreas Elpidorou (Andreas Elpidorou is an assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His bookPhysicalism and the Spell of Consciousness is forthcoming in 2016.) Twice a day, for a total of 19 months during the 1920s, the American vaudeville performer Edward H Gibson would get up on stage and perform a death-defying routine. The man billed as ‘The Human Pincushion’ would ask a member of the audience to … Continue reading The quiet alarm

Immortality instinct

Photo by Paul Fusco/Magnum We have this powerful sense that death is a transition, not an end. Why can’t we imagine a world without us? by Natalie Emmons (Natalie Emmons is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University.) What happens to people after they die? Do the deceased live on eternally as spirits? Are loved ones reunited in heaven? Or do personal memories, feelings, thoughts, desires, goals and preferences cease forever, along with brain functioning, at the point of death? Scholars from theology to biology have attempted to answer these questions by carefully … Continue reading Immortality instinct

The Movement To Stop Food From Being Wasted Is Booming

New ways of dealing with the massive amounts of excess food which exacerbates drought and climate change. By Ari LeVaux Ron Clark is no stranger to food waste. After more than 20 years of working to supply fresh produce to California’s food banks, he knows every point along the route from farm to table where produce gets plucked from the human food chain, for cosmetic reasons, and composted, fed to pigs, or buried in a landfill.  Clark was filling 60-80 truckloads per week with recovered food, bringing 125 million pounds of perfectly healthy produce to hungry food bank clients, by … Continue reading The Movement To Stop Food From Being Wasted Is Booming

Decoding the symbols on Satan’s statue

By James Morgan A controversial statue unveiled by the Satanic Temple at a secret ceremony in Detroit has attracted protests. But who is the goat-headed figure? And what do the elements of the statue symbolise? The bronze statue is nearly 9ft tall and depicts a winged hermaphrodite known as Baphomet, flanked by two smiling children. It cost $100,000 (£64,000) to make and hundreds of Satanists turned out to see it unveiled. Long term, the Satanic Temple wants to move the piece 900 miles (1,450km) south-west and erect it opposite a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma City’s Capitol Building. The Baphomet … Continue reading Decoding the symbols on Satan’s statue

Video: Dr. Rima Laibow: “Doctors Are Being Assassinated For Taking On Big Pharma Corruption!”

http://rinf.com/alt-news/multimedia/video-dr-rima-laibow-doctors-are-being-assassinated-for-taking-on-big-pharma-corruption/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RinfAlternativeNewsMediaDailyBreakingNews+%28RINF+Alternative+News+Media%3A+Daily+Breaking+News%29 Continue reading Video: Dr. Rima Laibow: “Doctors Are Being Assassinated For Taking On Big Pharma Corruption!”

Do Entities From Another Universe Inhabit the Brains of DMT Users?

by Phillip Smith, AlterNet, Waking Times There is something strange, very strange, going on inside the heads of people using the fast-acting psychedelic. Machine elves, anyone? Have you encountered stick men, machine elves or other discarnate entities while tripping brains on DMT? If so, you’re not alone. The use of the powerful, fast-acting psychedelic dimethyltriptamine (DMT) generates reports of such entities on a regular basis. DMT has been around for a long time, although it’s never been that popular—and encounters with extradimensional critters may be part of the reason why. Back in the 1970s, it was known as “the businessman’s trip” … Continue reading Do Entities From Another Universe Inhabit the Brains of DMT Users?