The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence? By Philip Ball “I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.” The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the Universe. But he might as well have been talking about the equally knotty problem of consciousness. Some scientists think we already understand what consciousness is, or that it is … Continue reading The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

How Emotions Mold the Art We Create

 by DARIUSH BOHLMANN Have you ever wondered why the images you created a few years ago look very different from the pictures you are taking now? Chances are you became a better photographer. You trained your eye and you got better at post-processing. But I am not talking about the craft. I am talking about the art behind photography. The art that feeds off your emotions. How was your life a few years ago? Maybe it was better. Maybe it was worse. Most certainly it was different. You probably had a different job, maybe lived in a different city and … Continue reading How Emotions Mold the Art We Create

Porn arouses women and men in same neuronal way, review finds

The results contradict the popular assumption that men react far more strongly to pornography. by Stephen Johnson The review examined the results of 61 brain-scanning studies that involved 1,850 people. The results of the review found no significant differences in how male and female brains respond to viewing visual erotic stimuli. Still, one of the researchers noted that there are sex-specific differences in sexual behavior. It’s commonly thought that men react more strongly to pornography than women do. After all, studies show that, compared to women, men generally have stronger sex drives, harbor higher levels of sexual aggression, and view more pornography. But … Continue reading Porn arouses women and men in same neuronal way, review finds

Dumbing down the population: Study finds that transgender hormone treatments lower IQ

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) If “being your true self” means attempting to alter your biological sex with hormone “treatments,” then your true self is also quite dumb, as a new study has confirmed that gender reassignment chemicals dramatically lower IQ levels. Published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the paper looked at an 11-year-old boy both before and after he was administered hormone suppressors to become a “transgender,” the purpose being “to review the effects of puberty suppression on the brain white matter during adolescence.” Almost immediately upon being given anti-puberty pharmaceuticals, the young boy’s intellectual performance began to decrease substantially. The … Continue reading Dumbing down the population: Study finds that transgender hormone treatments lower IQ

IN JUST ONE DECADE, CORPORATIONS DESTROYED 50 MILLION HECTARES OF FOREST—AN AREA THE SIZE OF SPAIN

by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Waking Times Major corporations involved with commodities like beef, palm oil, and soya pledged in 2010 to end deforestation over the next decade—but instead of fulfilling that promise, a new Greenpeace International analysis found the companies are set to destroy at least 50 million hectares of forest worldwide by 2020. “Our message to companies is simple: evolve your business to prevent climate and ecological breakdown.” —Anna Jones, Greenpeace U.K.That estimate—the environmental advocacy group noted in a statement announcing its Countdown to Extinction report (pdf) Tuesday—is comparable to the size of Spain. It is also “a conservative estimate,” the group said, based … Continue reading IN JUST ONE DECADE, CORPORATIONS DESTROYED 50 MILLION HECTARES OF FOREST—AN AREA THE SIZE OF SPAIN

Altered States of Consciousness: The Neuropsychology of How Time Perception Modulates Our Experience of Self, from Depression to Boredom to Creative Flow

Art by Bobby Baker from her visual diary of mental illness. “The brain does not simply represent the world in a disembodied way as an intellectual construct… Our mind is body-bound. We think, feel, and act with our body in the world. All experience is embedded in this body-related being-in-the-world.” BY MARIA POPOVA “There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity,” Walt Whitman wrote in contemplating the central paradox of the self. And yet the most paradoxical feature of consciousness might … Continue reading Altered States of Consciousness: The Neuropsychology of How Time Perception Modulates Our Experience of Self, from Depression to Boredom to Creative Flow

SHOULD I STRETCH BEFORE OR AFTER MY WORKOUTS?

 by Jeff Gross How about both? Or neither? Allow us to explain. When it comes to working out, we’re not all strongmen like Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (aka The Mountain). In fact, many of us could go our entire lives and still have no clue how a lat pull-down differs from an incline bench. Which is to say, there’s no shame in not knowing your way around a gym, or how to start the process of getting in shape. Plus, that’s what we’re here for — to make sure that when you are in the gym, you at least never have to sweat … Continue reading SHOULD I STRETCH BEFORE OR AFTER MY WORKOUTS?

How to find The One

Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Hold out for the perfect partner or settle for good enough? In the calculus of love, flourishing means getting it right Aaron Ben-Ze’ev is professor of philosophy and former president of the University of Haifa in Israel. His books include In the Name of Love(2008), co-authored with Ruhama Goussinsky, and The Arc of Love (2019). Edited by Pam Weintraub ‘I want a man who’s kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?’  Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress and socialite (1917-2016) The search for ‘the one and only’ romantic partner, our second half who will love us forever … Continue reading How to find The One

Everything You Need To Know About The Mediterranean Diet

Photo, Carmen Cheung. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Madeleine Johari. The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there, shown to promote heart and brain health. Best of all it’s less of an actual “diet” and more of a way of life. (Which means it’s easier to stick to it.) by Emily Kichler  What is the Mediterranean diet? Back in the 1950s, scientists were struck by a curious finding: Poor populations in southern Italy were far healthier than wealthy Americans. To find out why, they embarked on the groundbreaking Seven Countries Study—a decades-long epidemiological project that compared … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About The Mediterranean Diet

4 Ways to Deal With Anxiety in Common Stressful Situations

By Editorial Staff From anxiety-provoking deadlines to nonstop multitasking, we’re all too familiar with feeling stressed. But you may be surprised to learn that distress (the chronic, harmful form of stress) has a “good twin” called eustress. This short-term, positive stress excites and motivates us, sharpening our focus and helping us achieve our goals. The best part: We have the power to choose which of these two paths we travel. “New science reveals that simply changing how we think can alter our physical and psychological responses to moments of stress,” says Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of The Upside of Stress ($12.53, Amazon). A recent study … Continue reading 4 Ways to Deal With Anxiety in Common Stressful Situations