Why Your Brain Hates Other People

ILLUSTRATION BY IGNACIO SERRANO  BY ROBERT SAPOLSKY And how to make it think differently  As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing chimps and those playing gorillas ate in separate groups. It’s been said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” In reality, there’s lots more of the former. And it can be vastly consequential when people are … Continue reading Why Your Brain Hates Other People

How the Diamond Industry Scammed Us Into Spending Two Months’ Salary on an Engagement Ring

by John McDermott I was recently shocked to learn one of my friends spent two months’ salary (“three months, post-tax”) on a diamond engagement ring for his fiancée. Not that the practice is unusual. It’s the cultural norm, especially among our immediate group of friends, all of whom threw down (at least) two months’ salary on a rock for their fiancées/wives. But I was surprised about this friend in particular. I’ve always known him to be a defiant anti-conformist. He spent the better part of our college years railing about “The Man” and consumer culture, and openly wondering whether our … Continue reading How the Diamond Industry Scammed Us Into Spending Two Months’ Salary on an Engagement Ring

TOP 7 PIECES OF MODERN DAY GEOPOLITICAL PROPAGANDA

by Makia Freeman, Contributor, Waking Times Modern day propaganda is all around us. However, people have usually become so numb to it that they can no longer perceive it. Many people choose ignorance, complacency or apathy to deal with it. Often you can observe groups developing societal Stockholm Syndrome, where they praise they captors out of a forlorn hope that by doing so that may somehow change things or alleviate the pain. The control system uses all of its tentacles to keep people conditioned to a more a sheeplike and unconscious state. It is the politician’s job to lie, the MSM (mainstream media’s) … Continue reading TOP 7 PIECES OF MODERN DAY GEOPOLITICAL PROPAGANDA