You Don’t Look Like Your Selfie

Students at Rabindra Bharati University, in India, take a selfie during Holi celebrations.Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters The closer your phone is to your face, the more it distorts your nose. by VERONIQUE GREENWOOD Your face is not flat. This might seem self-evident, but as people have begun to live richer, more selfie-filled lives online, a peculiar lacuna has formed around this point. In a recent survey of American plastic surgeons, more than 40 percent reported that patients came in asking for surgery to correct features they felt looked bad in photos posted on social media. Boris Paskhover, a surgeon … Continue reading You Don’t Look Like Your Selfie

What School of Buddhism Is Right for You?

Photo by Mark Daynes | https://tricy.cl/2I4D64W A psychologist and former monk explains how to find the tradition most suited to your personality. By Lobsang Rapgay It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here. People turn to Buddhism for … Continue reading What School of Buddhism Is Right for You?

Snarge

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Our insatiable desire for acceleration exacts a mortal toll on the animal world. It’s time for humans to slow right down Gary Kroll is professor of history at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. He is the author, most recently, of America’s Ocean Wilderness (2008), and a contributor to Future Remains (2018), edited by Gregg Mitman, Marco Armiero and Robert S Emmett. Edited by Brigid Hains This feather belonged to a Canada goose that summered in Labrador and migrated along the Atlantic flyway, to winter somewhere in New Jersey most likely. On a cold winter afternoon, 15 January 2009, the … Continue reading Snarge

The Surprising Relativism of the Brain’s GPS

Fer Gregory / Shutterstock How new data is transforming our understanding of place cells. BY ADITHYA RAJAGOPALAN The first pieces of the brain’s “inner GPS” started coming to light in 1970. In the laboratories of University College London, John O’Keefe and his student Jonathan Dostrovsky recorded the electrical activity of neurons in the hippocampus of freely moving rats. They found a group of neurons that increased their activity only when a rat found itself in a particular location.1 They called them “place cells.” Building on these early findings, O’Keefe and his colleague Lynn Nadel proposed that the hippocampus contains an invariant … Continue reading The Surprising Relativism of the Brain’s GPS

Fuelling the future

From George Griffith’s 1893 novel, The Angel of the Revolution. Photo courtesy Archive.org Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energise our own future? Iwan Rhys Morus is professor of history at Aberystwyth University in Wales. He is the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Science (2017), and his biography of the inventor of the fuel cell, William Robert Grove, is forthcoming. Edited by Marina Benjamin In his short story ‘Let There Be Light’, the science-fiction author Robert A Heinlein introduced the energy source that would power his Future History series of stories and novels. First … Continue reading Fuelling the future

TIME ENTANGLEMENT AND THE SUPERNATURAL

by Robert Torres, Guest Waking Times “When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” ~Nietzche I read this in the context of quantum entanglement: that as the observers we become part of a quantum system – one with the observed. More like-minded scientists are coming to the realization that we are the cause of many of our own phenomena. Have you ever felt like you’ve been here before or maybe you know what’s about to happen, or maybe even something does happen and it seems like it was meant to be? These things have happened to me many times … Continue reading TIME ENTANGLEMENT AND THE SUPERNATURAL

BEFORE YOU MAKE AN IMPORTANT DECISION, SCIENCE SAYS IT MAY BE BEST TO SLEEP ON IT

by Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times When it is difficult to make an important decision, especially about something that may impact your life, you may want to sleep on it. It’s logical to assume that it is easier for a rested brain to evaluate choices and make a decision. But come to find out, your brain actually makes some of its own decisions while you sleep. As well, sleep helps the brain process your emotions about a situation, so you are less irrational in your decision making. Parts of the Brain that Impede Decision Making During our awake hours, we are consistently making … Continue reading BEFORE YOU MAKE AN IMPORTANT DECISION, SCIENCE SAYS IT MAY BE BEST TO SLEEP ON IT

Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

  Friedrich Nietzsche “The drive toward the formation of metaphors is the fundamental human drive, which one cannot for a single instant dispense with in thought, for one would thereby dispense with man himself.” BY MARIA POPOVA “The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her incisive meditation on the vital difference between thinking and knowing. “Knowledge consists in the search for truth,” Karl Popper cautioned in considering truth and the dangers of relativism. “It is not the search for certainty.” But in an uncertain world, what is the measure of truth … Continue reading Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

How to see race

Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York, c1900. Photo courtesy Library of Congress Race is a shapeshifting adversary: what seems self-evident takes training to see, and twists under political pressure by Gregory Smithsimon is associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. His latest book is Cause … And How it Doesn’t Always Equal Effect (2018). Edited by Sally Davies We think we know what race is. When the United States Census Bureau says that the country will be majority non-white by 2044, that seems like a simple enough statement. But race has always been a … Continue reading How to see race

Can Electrically Stimulating Your Brain Make You Too Happy?

  A patient undergoes deep-brain stimulation at the National Neurology Institute in Budapest, Hungary.Bernadett Szabo / Reuters  When doctors can directly access patients’ cerebral reward networks, someone has to decide just how good people should feel. by LONE FRANK It is a good question, but I was a little surprised to see it as the title of a research paper in a medical journal: “How Happy Is Too Happy?” Yet there it was in a publication from 2012. The article was grappling with the issue of how we should deal with the possibility of manipulating people’s moods and feelings of happiness through … Continue reading Can Electrically Stimulating Your Brain Make You Too Happy?