What Buddhism and Dark Comedy Have in Common

Photo by Bragg’s Untrained Eye | https://tricy.cl/2qf3Z0N Much like the Buddha, comics can be a powerful medium for communicating the unsettling truths in life. By Julia Hirsch Comedians worth their salt know that neuroses, awkwardness, and dissatisfaction are often the best places to plumb for material. The Buddha knew it, too, although he wasn’t doing slapstick—Buddhism’s first noble truth is an acknowledgement of life’s inevitablesuffering, from the most trifling irritation to the greatest tragedy. Cue Christopher Kelley, a Buddhist Studies professor at Brooklyn College and the New School who explores the parallels between dark comedy and basic Buddhist tenets in … Continue reading What Buddhism and Dark Comedy Have in Common

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

by Paul Craig Roberts Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense. In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and … Continue reading Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

3 Proven Ways Smartphones and Screen Time are Harming Children’s Health

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer, Waking Times For years, the cell phone industry has fought litigation and has tried to prevent warning labels from being added to their products, and in a 2017 landmark case in an Italian court, a judge even ruled that excessive cell phone use can in fact result in brain cancer. While it may take a number of years to develop, cancer is not the only negative health effect using today’s smart phones, and for children, the impacts of handheld fixation technologies are rather broad. Even Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, is well-known for not permitting his own … Continue reading 3 Proven Ways Smartphones and Screen Time are Harming Children’s Health

You Can’t Upload Your “Self” Into Virtual Realit

Thomas Metzinger, in 2012Thomas Metzinger Thomas Metzinger on the nature of subjective experience. BY CODY DELISTRATY In his 2003 book, Being No One, Thomas Metzinger contends there is no such thing as a “self.” Rather, the self is a kind of transparent information-processing system. “You don’t see it,” he writes. “But you see with it.” Metzinger has given a good amount of thought to the nature of our subjective experience—and how best to study it. A fellow at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, he directs the Neuroethics Section and the MIND Group, which he founded in 2003 to … Continue reading You Can’t Upload Your “Self” Into Virtual Realit

Are You a Human Being or Just a Programmable Life Form?

by Dylan Charles, Editor , Waking Times There is no clear line dividing science fiction and reality. If we can think it, we can create it, and so the world becomes a stranger and more interesting place by the day. This applies both to our individual universes within, and with the outer world at large. We really have no idea at all what it means to be a human. We don’t know where we come from or how we got to this shining gem of a planet. We don’t know why the earth is covered with the mysteries of antiquity and the … Continue reading Are You a Human Being or Just a Programmable Life Form?

Researching How Manhood is Reclaimed When It’s Threatened

Illustration by Carly Jean Andrews by C. Brian Smith Being a man in America today could mean any number of things: Losing your blue collar job and your wife in the same year and picking up a smack habitalong the way; straddling a blurry line between chivalry and chauvinism. Maybe you’re a nurse; or a graphic designer wearing $425 jeans with fake, caked-on mud to work (and some under eye concealer). Or perhaps you’re a straight man in the rural Midwest who occasionally sucks your friend off after coffee — y’know, to help a bud out. One thing’s certain, though: This is not your … Continue reading Researching How Manhood is Reclaimed When It’s Threatened

Tweeting Teachers

Photo by Przemyslaw Reinfus | https://tricy.cl/2qbQJq1 How bird calls invite us back to ourselves and the present moment By Lauren Krauze In the park, a sharp screech cuts through the early morning silence. I glance overhead and spot a very large broad-winged bird. I stop walking and watch her swerve around a nearby oak tree, noticing the rich brown wings speckled with white, the rust-colored tail feathers. A red-tailed hawk. She sails through a space between two blossoming trees and then, with a single heavy wing beat, soars up into the open air above the hill. Her flight path is … Continue reading Tweeting Teachers