Why Kids Want Things

ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI / REUTERS A conversation with a researcher who has studied materialism for almost 30 years JOE PINSKER When Marsha Richins started researching materialism in the early 1990s, it was a subject that had mostly been left to philosophers and religious thinkers. In the intervening decades, Richins, a professor of marketing at the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business, and others have contributed a good deal of academic research that backs up some of the wariness people have, for millennia, expressed about the pursuit of worldly things. One focus of Richins’s research has been how that pursuit begins in … Continue reading Why Kids Want Things


by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “Absolute freedom mocks justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.” ~Albert Camus, The Rebel Standing on the shoulder of the philosophical giant Albert Camus in order to see further is no easy task. But we’re going to attempt it anyway through use of metaphor, analogy and a story. Setting the stage: “There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact … Continue reading THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

Literary Ecstasy: Virginia Woolf Describes a Psychedelic Experience

Portrait of Virginia Woolf from Literary Witches. “All our most violent passions, and art and religion, are the reflections which we see in the dark hollow at the back of the head when the visible world is obscured for the time.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Our normal waking consciousness,” William James wrote in his landmark inquiry into transcendent experiences, “is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.” A century later, Michael Pollan would echo this sentiment in exploring the science of psychedelics: “The Beyond, whatever it consists of, might … Continue reading Literary Ecstasy: Virginia Woolf Describes a Psychedelic Experience


 by Soren Dreier Seems to be Pedo´s everywhere. New Age Cults – The Church – Hollywood – Governments. This world stinks of it. If I catch the scent of one in Heaven – Somebody took a wrong turn into the afterlife. -SD Horror claims about torture, sexual abuse and Murder in Catholic orphanage in Vermont Sickening claims about torture, sexual abuse and even the murder of children in a Catholic orphanage have resurfaced decades after the alleged events. Public documents and witness interviews corroborate many details of the claims made by former residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont, according to … Continue reading PEDO’S ONLY DANCE TO THE DEVIL’S DRUM

Does one ethnic group own its cultural artefacts?

Members of the cultural group Ngati Ranana look at a statue as they attend a conference where they performed rituals prior to the opening of the exhibition ‘Gottfried Lindauer – The Maori Portraits.’ Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images  by TIFFANY JENKINS Objects that once adorned display cases in museums around the world are disappearing from view. In recent decades, dramatic wooden Iroquois face masks, crafted by the nations and tribes of indigenous people of North America, have been taken off the shelves. Rattles and masks made by the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest, in British Columbia, have been moved to … Continue reading Does one ethnic group own its cultural artefacts?

Alive and ticking

From Voyage to the South Pole and Oceania on the Corvettes Astrolabe and Zélée, during the years 1837-1840 by Jules Sébastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville. Photo by Getty Images The idea that nature is a humming, complex, clockwork machine has been around for centuries. Is it due for a revival? Jessica Riskin is professor of history of science at Stanford University. Her latest book is The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick(2016). Published in association with The University of Chicago Press Edited by Sally Davies The philosopher René Descartes, who lived for a time near the royal gardens of … Continue reading Alive and ticking

Scientists Have Found Secret Tunnels Between The Skull And The Brain

A hidden passage we never knew existed. by  MICHELLE STARR Did you know you have tiny tunnels in your head? That’s OK, no one else did either until recently! But that’s exactly what a team of medical researchers have just found in mice and humans – tiny channels that connect skull bone marrow to the lining of the brain. The research shows they may provide a direct route for immune cells to rush from the marrow into the brain in the event of damage. Previously, scientists had thought immune cells were transported via the bloodstream from other parts of the … Continue reading Scientists Have Found Secret Tunnels Between The Skull And The Brain

Talk to Your Kids About Porn

DAVID PAPAZIAN / GETTY Many teens will be exposed to it anyway—often unintentionally—and they need the guidance of their parents to process what they’ve seen. by NATASHA SINGH When I ask the students in my classes on pornography literacy and healthy relationships whether they’d tell their parents if and when they’d seen porn, they usually offer the same responses: No way! I’d be too scared; I feel ashamed; I’ll get in trouble. These kids are between the ages of 10 and 18. Just how likely is it that they have been exposed to mainstream porn? In a new survey—forthcoming from Bryant Paul, an … Continue reading Talk to Your Kids About Porn

Why Success Brings Out the Worst in People

Why do assholes always seem to get ahead in life? It’s probably not why you think by Tracy Moore It’s a cliché that brilliant, successful people are often difficult jerks. Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, but he also enjoyed electrocuting animals. Cristiano Ronaldo is a world-class soccer player who happens to be a preening ass on the field. Steve Jobs gave us Apple and gave everyone else a dose of tyrannical evisceration anytime he didn’t like his hotel room or how his smoothie was made. Elon Musk fired a longtime assistant for daring to ask for a raise. This behavior is par for the course for a number of tech … Continue reading Why Success Brings Out the Worst in People

Watch Hurricane Lane Be Destroyed By HAARP-Like EMF Just Before It Was To Hit US Military Bases On Oahu – Photos

By Jeff Rense 8-26-18 Like most of us, I have watched hurricanes via aerial and satellite photos all my life. Huge, masses of moisture, wind and POWER spiraling counterclockwise (reverse in the Southern Hemisphere) and often doing enormous damage when these monsters make landfall. How big was Hurricane Lane? How large was the danger posed to the US Military on and around Oahu? It was SO large, there was a highest level US Navy alert and warning issued a couple days before Hurricane Lane was due to slam into Oahu… potentially causing hundreds of millions in damage to military installations … Continue reading Watch Hurricane Lane Be Destroyed By HAARP-Like EMF Just Before It Was To Hit US Military Bases On Oahu – Photos