Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak

Epictetus “Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?” BY MARIA POPOVA “Future love does not exist,” Tolstoy wrote in contemplating the paradoxical demands of love. “Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love.” It is a difficult concept to accept — we have been socialized to believe in and grasp after the happily-ever-after future of every meaningful relationship. … Continue reading Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak

Scientists Say Evolution Is Partly ‘Survival of the Laziest,’ So Let’s Just Stay on the Couch Today

A new study is a victory for the congenitally chill by Miles Klee Ignore any article that says sitting too much makes you fatter, sadder and dumber. I mean, it does all those things, I’m sure — but new research has revealed the advantage, from an evolutionary standpoint, of doing as little as possible. https://melmagazine.com/media/fb7dec65ef28a760c634438d8cb348e5?postId=db40a453389f University of Kansas researchers just published a data study in the science journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B that looks at the fossil records of nearly 300 mollusk species from 5 million years ago through the present day, with an eye toward the invertebrates’ basal metabolic rate, or BMR. This is what we laypeople … Continue reading Scientists Say Evolution Is Partly ‘Survival of the Laziest,’ So Let’s Just Stay on the Couch Today

It’s Time to Kill the Modern Automobile

If we’re serious about combatting global warming, we have to overhaul the gas-powered automobile and the culture that surrounds it. BY Emily Atkin GERMANY was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible. “If U.S. roads were a war zone, they would be the most dangerous battlefield the American military has ever encountered.” So far, … Continue reading It’s Time to Kill the Modern Automobile

DURING PROHIBITION GOVERNMENT POISONED ALCOHOL KILLED AS MANY AS 10,000 AMERICANS

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times  The U.S. government has a long and despicable history of experimentation on the public, often causing extreme harm and even the deaths of unsuspecting citizens. Even as recently as this year it was revealed that the government is still conducting classified experiments on people. It has been proven time and again that the feds can be ruthless out outright evil in the pursuit of their goals. Rewind now to the prohibition era of the early 20th century when the feds waged a pitiless battle against the sale, transport and consumption of alcohol from 1920-1933. During this time, … Continue reading DURING PROHIBITION GOVERNMENT POISONED ALCOHOL KILLED AS MANY AS 10,000 AMERICANS

Here’s What Happens When a Few Dozen People Take Small Doses of Psychedelics

https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/video/upload/GettyImages-541410560_1-optimized.mp4 MENDOWONG PHOTOGRAPHY / GETTY / THE ATLANTIC There’s new—and possibly dubious—evidence that “microdosing” hallucinogenic drugs makes people more creative. by ANGELA LASHBROOK In high school, my rebellious friends used to tell me I was way too neurotic to handle hallucinogens such as mushrooms and acid. But science is beginning to show that some forms of psychedelics may be able to calm anxieties and lift people out of depression. Prominent thinkers such as Michael Pollan and Ayelet Waldman have begun exploring the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics in certain contexts. In Silicon Valley and beyond, some people are taking small amounts of psychedelics, a practice … Continue reading Here’s What Happens When a Few Dozen People Take Small Doses of Psychedelics

Against mourning

Antoñito. Romería de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, the Festival of Near-Death Experiences. Galicia, Spain, 1981. Photo by Cristina Garcia Rodero/Magnum It takes a lifetime of preparation to grieve as the Stoics did – without weeping and wailing, but with a heart full of love by Brian D Earp is an associate director of the Yale-Hastings programme in ethics and health policy at Yale University and a research fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Edited by Nigel Warburton Imagine you are at a child’s funeral. The child is yours. The air is numb with silence. An ache … Continue reading Against mourning

When Should You Choose Your Career Over Your Partner?

If you’re even asking this question, you probably already know the answer by Ian Lecklitner Last month, professional gamer and YouTube personality Douglas Martin (aka, FaZe Censor) announced in a video to his 2.5 million subscribers that he broke up with celebrity weather forecaster and model Yanet García in order to spend more time focusing on his career as a professional Call of Duty player: “This is the career that I want. I want to win a ring. I want to win a world championship. Obviously, I want to settle down and have babies and all that in the future. But for now, what I want … Continue reading When Should You Choose Your Career Over Your Partner?

Do Cancer-Sniffing Canines Pass the Smell Test?

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST Despite skepticism, researchers remain doggedly determined to nosing out disease. by ROBIN ROBERT Since 2011, Quebec-based CancerDogs has been using four beagles to identify cancer in breath samples from over 30,000 firefighters in 100 U.S. fire departments. Their accuracy rate is remarkable—the dogs are able to identify cancer over 95 percent of the time. They’re not the only ones. Another program, the University of Pennsylvania’sPenn Vet Working Dog Center, has employed three dogs since 2013 to sniff out ovarian cancer from blood samples with 90 percent accuracy. Before suspending their three-year-old program last year, Calgary’s Clever Caninespinpointed … Continue reading Do Cancer-Sniffing Canines Pass the Smell Test?

A Daily Drink Is Almost Certainly Not Going to Hurt You

STEFANO RELLANDINI / REUTERS Some reassuring context for a study that warns there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption.” by JAMES HAMBLIN The headline to this story is an alternative interpretation of a study that’s going around this week in the news under headlines like “No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe, Experts Warn,” “No Healthy Level of Alcohol Consumption, Says Major Study,” and “If You’ve Ever Tasted Alcohol, Get Your Affairs in Order.” The last headline is not real, but you get the idea. I’m not saying the headlines are sensationalized. The researchers wrote in their lengthy article in … Continue reading A Daily Drink Is Almost Certainly Not Going to Hurt You

DMT makes your brain think it’s dying—and it’s completely wonderful

Photo: Mark Garlick / Science Photo Library  by DEREK BERES Back in the mid-nineties, I read a first-person article about the near-death experience (NDE) one curious traveler braved under the influence of ayahuasca while visiting the jungles of Brazil. The potent brew, which requires plants featuring the psychoactive compound, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), as well as plants that provide alkaloids to elongate the hallucinogenic effects, has been ritualistically used for, well, “a long time” is the best guess anyone can muster. While memory is notoriously spotty, I specifically recall the writer lying down on the jungle dirt and watching his body from the … Continue reading DMT makes your brain think it’s dying—and it’s completely wonderful