What happens in my body when I fall in love?

Roses are red, violets are blue, love is a trick your body plays on you. A good trick though, with lots of hormones to make us feel great. Love is mostly a biological trick that evolution plays on you to encourage you to reproduce effectively. Those memories of your fantastic first date that are burned forever into your brain? You can blame that on the extra proteins in your bloodstream that encourage new neuron connections in your brain when you’re in love. But that’s not all… 1 – You feel happier Peter Sucheski © Your brain releases more of the … Continue reading What happens in my body when I fall in love?

What’s Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

Dean Mitchell/Getty Images by MARA GORDON Having a purpose in life, whether building guitars or swimming or volunteer work, affects your health, researchers found. It even appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than exercising regularly. Having a purpose in life may decrease your risk of dying early, according to a study published Friday. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,000 American adults between the ages of 51 and 61 who filled out psychological questionnaires on the relationship between mortality and life purpose. What they found shocked them, according to Celeste Leigh Pearce, one of the authors of the … Continue reading What’s Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

The Universe as Cosmic Dashboard

Credit: Getty Images Relational quantum mechanics suggests physics might be a science of perceptions, not observer-independent reality By Bernardo Kastrup One of the weirdest theoretical implications of quantum mechanics is that different observers can give different—though equally valid—accounts of the same sequence of events. As highlighted by physicist Carlo Rovelli in his relational quantum mechanics (RQM), this means that there should be no absolute, observer-independent physical quantities. All physical quantities—the whole physical universe—must be relative to the observer. The notion that we all share the same physicalenvironment must, therefore, be an illusion. Such a counterintuitive prediction—which seems to flirt dangerously with solipsism—has been clamoring … Continue reading The Universe as Cosmic Dashboard

The Lucrative Black Market in Human Fat

HERITAGE IMAGES / GETTY In 16th- and 17th-century Europe, physicians, butchers, and executioners alike hawked the salutary effects of Axungia hominis. by CHRISTOPHER FORTH One night in 1731, Cornelia di Bandi burst into flames. When the 62-year-old Italian countess was found the next morning, her head and torso had been reduced to ash and grease.Only her arms and legs remained intact. After examining what was left of her body, a local physician concluded, in a report cited years later, that the conflagration “was caused in her entrails” by the variety of combustible materials to be found there, including alcohol and fat, … Continue reading The Lucrative Black Market in Human Fat


by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge Waking Times Western Europe is home to a cluster of developed economies that boost some of the highest standards of living in the world. But that could soon change. Because as Evan Horowitz writes on NBC News’s new “Think” vertical, IQ scores in France, Scandinavia, Britain, Germany and even Australia are beginning to decline. The trend has been well-documented across Western Europe, and could soon carry over to the US as well. Which means the data have confirmed what millions of Americans who have watched cable news or logged on to Twitter over the past three … Continue reading THE WORLD IS GETTING INCREASINGLY DUMBER, STUDY FINDS

How to Stay Calm in a Raging World

Detail from the 19th-century Mongolian painting “Kingdom of Shambhala and the Final Battle” at the Rubin Museum. When we observe our anger, we create an opportunity for understanding ourselves and others. By Mindy Newman This article was adapted from psychotherapist and meditation instructor Mindy Newman’s lecture at the Night of Philosophy and Ideas, a dusk-to-dawn marathon of philosophical discussions and events at the Brooklyn Public Library on February 2, 2019. Newman’s talk was part of a Tricycle series that presented perspectives from Buddhist thinkers and scholars. How do we stay calm in a raging world? Most of us think that we need the world … Continue reading How to Stay Calm in a Raging World

Natural philosophy redux

Man of Science (1839), artist unknown. American. Courtesy the National Gallery of Art, Washington The great split between science and philosophy must be repaired. Only then can we answer the urgent, fundamental problems Nicholas Maxwell is emeritus reader in philosophy of science at University College London. He is the author of From Knowledge to Wisdom (1984) and his most recent book is The Metaphysics of Science and Aim-Oriented Empiricism: A Revolution for Science and Philosophy (2019). Edited by Sam Dresser There are decisive grounds for holding that we need to bring about a revolution in philosophy, a revolution in science, and then put the two together … Continue reading Natural philosophy redux

Can We Revive Empathy in Our Selfish World?

An experiment shows how to rebuild human compassion. BY JAMIL ZAKI You wake up on a bus, surrounded by all your remaining possessions. A few fellow passengers slump on pale blue seats around you, their heads resting against the windows. You turn and see a father holding his son. Almost everyone is asleep. But one man, with a salt-and-pepper beard and khaki vest, stands near the back of the bus, staring at you. You feel uneasy and glance at the driver, wondering if he would help you if you needed it. When you turn back around, the bearded man has … Continue reading Can We Revive Empathy in Our Selfish World?

You’d never talk to a friend that way’: How to quit negative self-talk

Imagine you can physically take the self-critic out of your head and just let it speak to you. CREDIT:STOCKSY By Evelyn Lewin Do you tend to berate yourself when you make a mistake? Angrily lament your lack of willpower if you finish a packet of Maltesers? If your inner critic seethes when you feel you’ve done something wrong, you’re far from alone. Chances are you’d never talk to a friend the way your inner voice talks to you. We’re wonderful at showing compassion towards others, but stumble when it comes to extending the same inward. Psychologist Paul Gilbert came across the need … Continue reading You’d never talk to a friend that way’: How to quit negative self-talk

A New Trial Of An Ancient Rhetorical Trick Finds It Can Make You Wiser

Caesar reportedly practised “illeism” By guest blogger David Robson Socrates famously declared that “the unexamined life is not worth living” and that “knowing thyself” was the path to true wisdom. But is there a right and a wrong way to go about such self-reflection? Simple rumination – the process of churning your concerns around in your head – isn’t the answer. It’s likely to cause you to become stuck in the rut of your own thoughts and immersed in the emotions that might be leading you astray. Certainly, research has shown that people who are prone to rumination also often suffer … Continue reading A New Trial Of An Ancient Rhetorical Trick Finds It Can Make You Wiser