Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times ɔːˈtɒmət(ə)n/ noun a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being. a machine which performs a range of functions according to a predetermined set of coded instructions. used in similes and comparisons to refer to a person who seems to act in a mechanical or unemotional way. “Don’t you wish you were free, Lenina?” “I don’t know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody’s happy nowadays.” He laughed. “Yes, ‘Everybody’s happy nowadays.’ We have been giving the children that at five. But wouldn’t you like to … Continue reading AUTOMATONS – LIFE INSIDE THE UNREAL MACHINE


by Mike Rampton Do we poop our pants when we die? Can decapitated heads keep on living? Let’s find out the truth. The world is full of lies, and it’s hard to get through life without taking a few on board. Luckily, we’re here to sort the fact from the fiction, and find the plankton of truth in the ocean of bullshit. This week: Death. It comes for us all, but how much of what we know about it is dead wrong? LIE #1: EVERYONE GETS A BONER AND SHITS THEMSELVES Doing a shit while breathing your last breath isn’t … Continue reading FIVE LIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT DEATH

FYI: Just Because You Had an Orgasm Doesn’t Mean the Sex Was Good

Yep, there’s such a thing as bad orgasms—here’s what that means. By Maggie O’Neill  Bad sex you’re probably (sorry to say) familiar with. You know the kind, when you’re too tired or stressed, or you’re not 100% physically attracted to the person in your bed. But now, researchers have identified what they’re calling “bad” orgasms. In a new study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, they’ve come up with a description of what a bad orgasm entails, plus some of the reasons people experience them. So what qualifies as a bad orgasm? These are big Os that are not enjoyable, perhaps even unpleasant, and can have … Continue reading FYI: Just Because You Had an Orgasm Doesn’t Mean the Sex Was Good

Sex on the brain

Humans, like other mammals, exhibit sex differences in their brains and psychological traits. But what do they signify? Kevin Mitchell is a neurogeneticist. He is associate professor at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. His latest book is Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are (2018). He lives in Portmarnock, Ireland.Listen here Edited by Marina Benjamin Sex differences really do exist. Men and women, boys and girls, really do behave differently. The question – and difficultly – lies in establishing where these differences come from. Are the sexes wired differently? Or … Continue reading Sex on the brain

5 tips for surviving in an increasingly uncertain world

Author KecmanovicAdjunct Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University Disclosure statement Jelena Kecmanovic does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners The Conversation UK receives funding from these organisations View the full list We believe in the free flow of information Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Republish this article A recent study showed that North Americans are becoming less tolerant of uncertainty. The U.S. presidential impeachment inquiry has added another … Continue reading 5 tips for surviving in an increasingly uncertain world


by John W. Whitehead, TRI Waking Times “Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this… That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one.”—Dr. Martha Stout, clinical psychologist and former instructor at Harvard Medical School Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: “What’s the difference between a politician … Continue reading THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND PSYCHOPATHS

What time is best to take blood pressure medication?

Bedtime may be the best time to take blood pressure meds, study finds Taking the pills at night appears to cut the risk of heart disease-related deaths. NBC By Erika Edwards Blood pressure medication may confer a larger health benefit if taken at night, rather than in the morning, according to research published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. The large study of more than 19,000 high blood pressure patients found that taking the medication so that it works overnight, when patients are asleep, cuts the risk of heart-related death and disease nearly in half. “The same medication ingested at different times of the … Continue reading What time is best to take blood pressure medication?

Brutally Honest Caricatures of ‘Typical’ Male and Female Photographers

 DL CADE Artist Pixelcrush has put together a series of brutally honest caricatures that are equally likely to entertain and ruffle a few feathers. The series captures the “typical” male and female photographers “the everyone knows”—and like most caricatures, not all of these characters are… flattering. This art series actually started with typical male photographers every model knows and typical models that every photographer knows, but after his series of typical male photographers took off, he received many requests to create a similar series of typical female photographers. So, after consulting “a few awesome women photographer friends who offered an abundance of ideas,” we … Continue reading Brutally Honest Caricatures of ‘Typical’ Male and Female Photographers

I Tried the “Buddhist Monk” Diet—And It Worked

But not just for slimming one ex-monk’s waistline By Matthew Gindin The New York Times recently reported that those who eat their biggest meal in the early hours have better success losing weight. Buried in the article was a comment which would catch the attention of anyone who has had close contact with Theravadin monastics, or, like me, has been one: The lowest B.M.I.s were recorded in the fraction of people—about 8 percent of the total sample—who finished lunch by early afternoon and did not eat again until the next morning, fasting for 18 to 19 hours. This is a similar eating practice … Continue reading I Tried the “Buddhist Monk” Diet—And It Worked


 by Ian Lecklitner I asked three animal behaviorists to confirm that my dog still loves me (even though I yelled at him to stop barking) Parenting a pet, no matter what kind, can be a frustrating and bewildering experience. Animals can’t tell you what they want and need (directly, at least), so we’re here to help you answer any questions you have about your favorite companion — whether they be furry, slimy, feathered, scaly or anything in between — with insight from the experts. This is “Basic Bitch,” an advice column for pet parents who just want the best for … Continue reading DOES MY DOG UNDERSTAND WHEN I APOLOGIZE?