Can Game Theory Help to Prevent Rape?

RYGER / Shutterstock A new app gives college students the option to only report a sexual assault if someone else is raped by the same person. by OLGA KHAZAN One in five women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll published this summer, but only 11 percent told police or college authorities. The reasons for the underreporting vary, but there seem to be four main pitfalls: Victims don’t want to draw attention to themselves or their assailants, don’t know if the incident truly constituted “rape,” are worried … Continue reading Can Game Theory Help to Prevent Rape?

Women largely equate self-worth with appearance, explaining their hypersensitivity to aging

 by: Julie Wilson staff writer (NaturalNews) The following is an excerpt from Denise Foley and Eileen Nechas’ book, Women’s Encyclopedia of Health & Emotional Healing, available for purchase here. Some women develop a sense of their own aging and begin the transition from youth into middle age in their thirties. Some begin in their forties, some even as late as their fifties, says Mary M. Gergen, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University. “My daughter is 29 and already checking the mirror for wrinkles,” says Dr. Gergen. She’s looking for the physical signs of aging that will … Continue reading Women largely equate self-worth with appearance, explaining their hypersensitivity to aging

6 Stupidly Simple Ways To Shorten Your Lifespan

By Amanda Froelich Those who take up all six deadly habits are 5 times more likely to die an early death. By now, you’re well aware that smoking will shorten your lifespan by about a minimum of 10 years. But did you also know that other unassuming habits, such as sitting too long and drinking too much alcohol, will also increase your odds of dying early? According to scientists from the University of Sydney, there are six habits that are proven to shorten one’s lifespan, and they follow: Alcohol consumption Poor diet Inactivity Smoking Sitting for more than 7 hours … Continue reading 6 Stupidly Simple Ways To Shorten Your Lifespan

The Immortality Hype

FOREVER AND DE GREY: The British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, from the 2014 documentary, The Immortalists, is often the subject of aging scientists’ ire, for comments like the one he made in BBC News in 2004: “I think the first person to live to 1,000 might be 60 already.”The Immortalists Despite the hyperbole, private funding is changing the science of aging for the better. BY ADAM PIORE It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the … Continue reading The Immortality Hype

Dieting Failure: The Real Reason It Is So Hard to Keep Weight Off Once Lost

banksy image edited by Web Investigator  Why do newly thin people often regain the weight they struggle so hard to lose? By Larry Schwartz / AlterNet It’s a familiar tale told countless times. A woman (or a man) is overweight. She joins Weight Watchers and exercises and watches the calories and through sheer hard work and discipline she loses the weight she was aiming to lose. She looks and feels great. A year later, despite all her best efforts, she is overweight again. She feels terrible and blames herself for her failure to remain fit. But here’s the thing. It … Continue reading Dieting Failure: The Real Reason It Is So Hard to Keep Weight Off Once Lost

Is commercial aviation as safe and secure as we’re told?

image edited by Web Investigator  by Frederic Lemieux  F.L. – Professor and Program Director of Bachelor in Police and Security Studies; Master’s in Security and Safety Leadership; Master’s in Strategic Cyber Operations and Information Management, George Washington University On Thursday, May 19, EgyptAir flight MS804, traveling from Paris to Cairo, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All 66 passengers and crew members aboard were killed. Terrorism is suspected. This is the fifth major airline crash since the beginning of this year, a fact that may cause some people to wonder if flying is as safe as we’ve been taught to believe. As … Continue reading Is commercial aviation as safe and secure as we’re told?

The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity

BEAUTIFUL CHAOS: A fractal (above) is a pattern that is self-similar across different scales. It is infinitely complex—a kind of chaos. Our physiological processes become increasingly simple as we age. BY LEWIS A. LIPSITZ Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoirWalden, in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint Thomas Aquinas preached that simplicity brings one closer to God. Isaac Newton believed it leads to truth. The process of simplification, we’re told, can illuminate beauty, strip away needless clutter and stress, and help us focus on what really matters. It can also be … Continue reading The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity

Are your friends really your friends?

Illustration: Thomas Pullin for the Guardian I knew lopsided friendships existed; I’ve got several, and I’m sure you have, too. But I’m not supposed to be the desperate one by Oliver Burkeman I’m having a bit of an existential crisis. According to new research, if I’m anything like the average person, around half the people I consider my friends don’t consider me theirs in return: that’s how chronically bad we are at judging the reciprocity of friendship. Of course, I already knew lopsided friendships existed; I’ve got several, and I’m sure you have, too. But in every case I can think of, … Continue reading Are your friends really your friends?

The Mindfulness of the Buddha

Image by Julia Hirsch The Buddha’s mindfulness has one purpose—the end of suffering. Do secular programs do the same thing? By Phillip Moffitt As secular mindfulness continues to expand into many layers of our society, from psychotherapy offices and schools to corporations and the military, I welcome its spread. Regardless of the context in which it is learned, mindfulness reduces suffering when practiced diligently and ethically. Moreover, applying mindfulness to daily life situations is a fundamental dharma teaching. So I experience mudita [sympathetic joy] when I see that mindfulness has become available to many more people. But do secular programs … Continue reading The Mindfulness of the Buddha

Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree

SANDS OF TIME: Tibetan Buddhist monks create a mandala of colored sand, a symbol of impermanence.DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images Understanding the impermanence of everything—including ourselves. BY DAVID P. BARASH Iremember my grandfather commenting—wry amusement tinged with grim resignation—that what made him finally feel old was seeing his children reach middle age. I was a child then. Now I see my own children, not quite middle aged, starting to have children of their own. Becoming a grandparent is quite lovely, an affirmation of continuity and a front-row-seat to watch (and even, on occasion, participate) as life itself is conveyed into the future. … Continue reading Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree