The Case for Treating Climate Change Like a Joke

VOLODYMYR GOINYK / SHUTTERSTOCK / ARSH RAZIUDDIN / THE ATLANTIC Studies have shown that, when it comes to relaying scientific messages, satire can be more effective than sincerity. by ELIZABETH PRESTONUNDARK “We do not care about planet Earth,” four French scientists declared in February in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution. If humans are exhausting the planet’s resources, they wrote, it’s Earth that needs to adapt—not us. The authors issued a warning: “Should planet Earth stick with its hardline ideological stance … we will seek a second planet.” They were joking, of course. The lead author, Guillaume Chapron, a quantitative ecologist at … Continue reading The Case for Treating Climate Change Like a Joke

HOW PSYCHEDELICS ARE HELPING THE DYING MAKE PEACE WITH THE OTHER SIDE

by Haley Hamilton I interviewed a real ‘death doula’ about the future of end-of-life care. Fear of the unknown? Try tripping balls on LSD There are four major fears people have about dying. First is the process: pain, discomfort, helplessness. Second, the fear of what’s next, if anything; what happens when this ride is over? Third, what philosopher Thomas Nagel describes as the deprivation of all the good stuff life rewards us with (so, basically, FOMO). And finally, a fear of a life not fully lived. What can help alleviate these anxieties as one nears the end of life? Tripping balls on LSD. … Continue reading HOW PSYCHEDELICS ARE HELPING THE DYING MAKE PEACE WITH THE OTHER SIDE

YOUR CELL PHONE COULD CAUSE CANCER — UNDER VERY SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

by_KRISTIN HOUSER__FILED UNDER: HEALTH & MEDICINE The Finish Line One of the largest and most expensive studies ever to explore a potential link between cell phones and cancer has finally concluded. On Thursday, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the results of a study focused on determining if there’s any evidence of a link between cell phone use and cancer. Its conclusion: yes, but only under very specific circumstances. “Clear Evidence” For their study, the NTP researchers exposed rats and mice to high levels of radio frequency radiation for nine hours a day for two years. Following this exposure, 5 to 7 percent of the male rats developed malignant schwannomas, … Continue reading YOUR CELL PHONE COULD CAUSE CANCER — UNDER VERY SPECIFIC CONDITIONS