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

THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

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

PEDO’S ONLY DANCE TO THE DEVIL’S DRUM

 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