How To Stop Spiraling

by Andrew Fiouzi Oh hey brain it’s 3 a.m. what’s up OH GOD NOOOO When spirals occur in the real world — say, for instance, in cacti or croissants — no one stops to think, That succulent/pastry needs to be mindful, ignore those spirals and focus on a completely different succulent/pastry until it stops being a spiral. Obviously not: It’s only in terms of the human mind that the spiral — a delightful mathematical phenomenon! — has become associated with plunging into a deep abyss of anxiety, anger or depression. Because when humans talk about spiraling, we never mean it positively. Well… almost never. According to Psychology Today, there is such a thing as an upward spiral, … Continue reading How To Stop Spiraling

How the Diderot Effect explains why you buy things you don’t need

Dennis Diderot as he probably looked during his brief stint in the middle class. by SCOTTY HENDRICKS In 1765, Russian Empress Catherine the Great heard that the philosopher Dennis Diderot was in dire need of money. As a well-known patron of the arts, sciences, and Enlightenment philosophers, she immediately purchased his entire library. She directed him to keep it at his home and hired him as her librarian with 25 years of salary upfront. Diderot, whose finances had never been sound, proceeded to use some of the money to buy a very lovely scarlet robe. This is where his troubles began. … Continue reading How the Diderot Effect explains why you buy things you don’t need

THE HEART IS NOT A TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT

by Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times  Post industrial mankind’s fascination with material progress has, since the industrial revolution, played the dominant role in the direction taken by Westernised societies. ‘The machine’, along with the material and financial wealth necessary to own and operate it, has steadily subsumed more human centred values that preceded its dominance. Fascination with so-called modern technologies of the present day, represent an extension of the general obeysance paid to the rising totem of technological ‘advances’ over the past three centuries. It has led to the point where such innovations no longer claim to be about ‘lessening the work … Continue reading THE HEART IS NOT A TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT