BY Christina Sarich, Guest Waking Times Great minds like the English physicist, Brian Cox use the Hubble constant, the idea that the further a galaxy is from us, the faster it is “flying away from us is” a way to explain why we’re not at the center of the Universe. He goes on to say that the Universe is like a ball of dough filled with raisins when you’re baking bread. As the raisins expand with the rising dough, the ones further from a singular raisin get farther away, and so on. Even though Cox can explain quantum mechanics in less than a minute, … Continue reading ARE YOU THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE? YES AND NO

Love your frenemy

The Rivals (1876) by Charles Edward Perugini. Photo by Getty Images Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth? by Sara Protasi is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Puget Sound in Washington state. Her work has been published in Philosophical Psychology, European Journal of Philosophy, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, among others. Edited by Pam Weintraub My best friend in high school was tall, lean and pretty. She had a long neck and luscious dark hair, alabaster skin punctuated by a constellation of beauty marks, and a teeth … Continue reading Love your frenemy

The Problem With Happy Endings

Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, walking into the future in the 1936 film ‘Modern Times.’ GEORGE RINHART / GETTY From tidy stories of reunited migrant families to #PlaneBae, Americans’ bias toward optimism is a wonderful thing—until it’s not. by MEGAN GARBER Late last week, as the world’s attention was tugged in the typical directions, a 6-year-old girl named Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid was reunited with her mother, Cindy. The two, who had fled El Salvador earlier in the summer, had been separated more than a month before, at the U.S.–Mexico border, in fulfillment of the Trump administration’s policy of breaking up … Continue reading The Problem With Happy Endings