How Comedians Change The World

Humour is not just frivolous entertainment – it can help us cope with situations that are overwise impossible to understand (Credit: Alamy) After years spent in dark comedy clubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act. By Mary O’Hara From Mosaic Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see what life would be like if she stopped laughing at things that weren’t funny. Turns out it wasn’t as … Continue reading How Comedians Change The World

Psychopath And Narcissist: What’s The Difference?

The terms ‘narcissist’ and ‘psychopath’ have been used interchangeably. However, there are key differences between both the disorders. REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI By Mary Pascaline Dharshini Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has been called both a “narcissist” and a “psychopath.” And, while in common parlance, the two terms are often used interchangeably, there are key differences between both the disorders that one should know. It is quite difficult to identify someone as a psychopath. They can seem quite normal and even charming but their normalcy is a mere façade. Psychopaths lack conscience and empathy thus leading them to be calculating, manipulative, impulsive and sometimes, criminal. On the other hand, psychopaths are usually … Continue reading Psychopath And Narcissist: What’s The Difference?

The Science Of Lucid Dreaming

image edited by Web Investigator Posted By: David Jay Brown A lot of what our brain does is synthesize a hallucination, a model of the world that we proceed to live in. This is a model reality; the real reality is completely unknowable. – Dennis McKenna The earliest known descriptions of lucid dreaming come to us from Hindu scriptures dating back over 3,000 years ago, in the Upanishads and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, where there are instructions for how to direct one’s consciousness within a dream and during sleep. Other ancient descriptions of lucid-dreaming meditations, from the Tibetan Bön and Vajrayāna … Continue reading The Science Of Lucid Dreaming

STUDY SHOWS THAT IPADS HAVE DRUG-LIKE EFFECTS IN CHILDREN

by JOSHUA KRAUSE There’s a reason why mobile devices have been likened to a drug in recent years. We’ve all seen the addictive and stupefying effects that these devices have on people, especially children. But now the medical community is saying that they quite literally have a drug-like effect on patients. A study conducted by World Congress of Anaesthesiologists found that iPads work just as well at reducing pre-surgery anxiety in children, as a commonly prescribed sedative known as midazolam. One group of young patients was given the sedative for a surgery, while the other was allowed to play games … Continue reading STUDY SHOWS THAT IPADS HAVE DRUG-LIKE EFFECTS IN CHILDREN

The Anthropocene is here: Humanity has pushed Earth into a new epoch

(The Anthropocene era is defined as the age in which human activity has become a significant factor in shaping the planet.) image edited by Web Investigator  The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory By Deirdre Fulton The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group voted unanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene—a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen … Continue reading The Anthropocene is here: Humanity has pushed Earth into a new epoch

The Conservative Belief in Human Supremacy Is Destroying Our Planet

image edited by Web Investigator  The air around the world has recently been declared to be as carcinogenic as second hand smoke. By Derrick Jensen / Seven Stories Press The following is an excerpt from the new book The Myth of Human Supremacy by Derrick Jensen (Seven Stories Press, 2016):  “The modern conservative [and, I would say, the human supremacist] is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” —John Kenneth Galbraith I’m sitting by a pond, in sunlight that has the slant and color of early … Continue reading The Conservative Belief in Human Supremacy Is Destroying Our Planet

Objective Reality vs. Perceived Reality

by John Perkins, Evonomics Waking Times My success as chief economist at a major international consulting firm was not due to the lessons I learned in business school. It was not due to the competence of my staff of brilliant econometricians and financial wizards. Those things may have helped at times. But there was something else that made it all happen. That something else was the same something else that elevated George Washington, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, Steve Jobs, and other successful people to the heights of their success. That something else is available to … Continue reading Objective Reality vs. Perceived Reality