by Derrick Broze, TMU Waking Times Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. Americans make up one of the largest smartphone markets in the world today, yet they rarely question how intelligence agencies or private corporations might be using … Continue reading GOOGLE TRACKS YOUR LOCATION AND SHARES IT WITH POLICE, EVEN WHEN YOUR PHONE IS OFF

Cognitive gadgets

Children follow their teacher during a snowfall in Harlem, New York, in 2018. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters Our thinking devices – imitation, mind-reading, language and others – are neither hard-wired nor designed by genetic evolution Cecilia Heyes is senior research fellow in theoretical life sciences at All Souls College, University of Oxford, and president of the Experimental Psychology Society. Her most recent book is Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking (2018). She lives in Oxford and London. Edited by Sally Davies Bookshops are wonderful places – and not all the good stuff is in books. A few months ago, I spotted a … Continue reading Cognitive gadgets

Just how effective is hypnosis at relieving pain?

Hypnosis might provide an innovative way to treat pain. By Tim Newman Fact checked by Paula Field Could hypnosis relieve pain? The largest meta-analysis to date concludes that it could be a viable, safe, cost-effective option. Researchers estimate that chronic pain affects more than 1.5 billion individuals globally. Doctors often prescribe opioid medications to treat this type of pain. However, these drugs are expensive and, of course, highly addictive. As the opioid crisis unfolds, scientists are increasingly focused on finding alternative ways to tackle pain. Recently, researchers from the University of Greenwich in London, United Kingdom, assessed whether hypnosis might be useful against certain types of … Continue reading Just how effective is hypnosis at relieving pain?

This summer focus on your mental health, not your beach body

ISTOCK BY JACQUELINE HURST Jacqueline Hurst is a ‘mind’ expert, therapist and life coach. Follow her on Instagram @jacqueline_hurst_ Don’t fret about developing the perfect physique, says the GQ Therapist. Your mental health is what you need to work on Summer is coming and I seem to see more and more men in my office talking about body image. It’s time we had a little chat. The whole six-pack, six per cent body fat, lift harder, train heavier stuff is all well and good, but not at the expense of your mental health. First and foremost I want you to know that … Continue reading This summer focus on your mental health, not your beach body

Parrot ‘Goes to Jail’ After Warning Drug Dealers About a Police Raid

A parrot was seized by police after it tipped its owners about a drug raid. (Photo Credit: Programas Meio Norte/YouTube) BY GENEVIEVE SCARANO A green parrot was recently “arrested” after police raided a drug den run by a local couple in northern Brazil. According to Brazilian press reports, the “obedient” parrot was taught to alert crack dealers to police operations taking place in Vila Irmã Dulce, Brazil. If there were law enforcement officials nearby, the bird would shout “Mum, the police!” in Portuguese to its owners, The Guardian noted. The parrot, which didn’t have a name, was taken into custody following the incident. When the … Continue reading Parrot ‘Goes to Jail’ After Warning Drug Dealers About a Police Raid

Is Photography Art?

Photo by Martino Pietropoli By Federico Alegria  Last Updated by Angie Photography isn’t art. It is a discipline that can be mastered by passionate people in order to produce art, but it is not art by itself. Paraphrasing Mr Harold Feinstein’s fine words on the very same topic, we can have a beautifully crafted paintbrush and make some hideous stuff with it. Also, someone painting a house can do an excellent job with a rough brush, simply due to the applied technique. Photo by Debby Hudson Another example that I like to give to my students is that anyone can use a pen, but very … Continue reading Is Photography Art?

Enlightenment Rests on the Dream

Photo by Habila Mazawaje | The phenomena of lucid dreaming and false awakenings reveal the complexity of Buddhism’s “waking up” metaphor. By C. W. Huntington, Jr. Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. If life is nothing more substantial than a dream, as this old nursery rhyme suggests—and as Buddhism teaches—then why should we take it seriously? But we do take it seriously. We row not with but against life’s current, a current that often seems swift and treacherous. We tug at the oars, struggle and sweat, swerve to … Continue reading Enlightenment Rests on the Dream