This Man Says the Mind Has No Depths

SURFACE THOUGHTS: Freud’s iceberg/mind analogy couldn’t be more misleading, Chater writes: “There are no conscious thoughts and unconscious thoughts … There is just one type of thought, and each such thought has two aspects: a conscious read-out, and unconscious processes generating the read-out.”T and Z / Shutterstock Nick Chater argues our brain is a storyteller, not a reporter from an inner world. BY KEVIN BERGER Awhole lot of books on the brain are published these days and you can read yourself into a coma trying to make sense of their various messages. So it was with my usual low-burn curiosity that … Continue reading This Man Says the Mind Has No Depths

Naples’ Dark Side: From Skull-Worshiping Old Women to Experiments on Live Humans

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST From seductive sirens who lured sailors to their death to mad scientists who conducted experiments on their servants, the ghosts of Naples are ever present in the modern city. byBARBIE LATZA NADEAU NAPLES—Naples has been my city of escape and refuge for much of the 22 years I have lived in Italy. I rarely send people to Naples without me. I’d rather take them myself to make sure they aren’t distracted by the pandemonium or sidetracked trying to figure out where Elena Ferrante lived. Visiting Naples should instead be like going to see an … Continue reading Naples’ Dark Side: From Skull-Worshiping Old Women to Experiments on Live Humans

Every Major Diet Soda, Ranked by How (Un)healthy They Are

by Ian Lecklitner Spoiler alert: They’re all just fizzy cancer juice Diet soda has long been advertised as the healthier alternative to regular old fat soda. But as I learned previously while analyzing all the ingredients in Diet Coke, the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas (specifically aspartame) will still fuck you up pretty bad: “Even though Diet Coke might not have the calories that a regular Coke does, artificial sweeteners still affect our hormones like insulin in ways that can make us hungrier and reduce the amount of fat we burn,” physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need … Continue reading Every Major Diet Soda, Ranked by How (Un)healthy They Are

Antibiotic Resistance Can Spread Through The Air, Scientists Warn, And Yes You Should Be Terrified

(Sasha • Stories/Unsplash) They’re everywhere. by JACINTA BOWLER Antibiotic resistant bacteria is one of the biggest issues we facing in the coming decades, but there’s one type of spread that isn’t getting enough attention, says a new study – antibiotic resistance genes are spreading through the air. If that sounds terrifying to you, you’re not alone. Bacteria’s antibiotic resistance genes aren’t just inherited through reproduction – in the case of bacteria that’s asexual reproduction, where one parent cell becomes two daughter cells, also known as vertical gene transfer. Unlike humans, bacteria can also spread their genes through something called horizontal … Continue reading Antibiotic Resistance Can Spread Through The Air, Scientists Warn, And Yes You Should Be Terrified