Is social media addiction a new type of psychiatric condition?

by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) When people say that they’re “addicted” to Facebook or social media, is it the same thing as being addicted to drugs or alcohol? According to estimates, the number of social media users around the world can skyrocket from almost a billion in 2010 to over three billion by 2021. Out of all the social networking sites (SNS), Facebook is at the top of the list, with almost a whopping 2.2 billion active users monthly. It’s not just kids on Facebook, though. Even adults spend 50 percent more time on Facebook daily. But why is everyone drawn to social media? It can be that many people … Continue reading Is social media addiction a new type of psychiatric condition?

THE PATRONS OF IMAGINATION

by Jon Rappoport, Guest Waking Times Every significant breakthrough in human history has been enabled through imagination. It’s the leap. It’s the vision unfettered by imposed restrictions. It’s the future as yet unrealized, glimpsed in the mind. Given that this is the case, one wonders why financial patronage isn’t poured like a Niagara into imagination, to support it, extend it. The answer is simple. Those who have the vast resources to do it can’t see past what I called Set One. Set One is the collection of their own perceived problems. For many, these are personal problems; for others, who look at … Continue reading THE PATRONS OF IMAGINATION

Researchers Identify Hundreds of ‘Selfie Deaths’ From Media Reports

image edited by Fernando Kaskais An oil worker takes a selfie near a burning oil field in Qayyarah, Iraq in 2016.Photo: Chris McGrath (Getty Images) by Tom McKay Next time you’re tempted to take a risk to get that perfect selfie, maybe think twice about it. A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces, suffered lethal burn injuries, or otherwise met tragic demises while snapping a selfie, according to the Washington Post. According to the … Continue reading Researchers Identify Hundreds of ‘Selfie Deaths’ From Media Reports

What really helps the poor?

US non-profit GiveDirectly provided universal basic income to several villages in the Kisume area of Kenya. The headmaster of this school used his to buy new furniture and books. Photo by Thomas Dworzak/Magnum  It’s difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomised controlled trials provide a scientific measure? by Stephanie Wykstra is a research consultant and freelance writer based in the New York City area. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Vox and Inside Higher Ed, among others. Edited by Nigel Warburton Six years ago, a woman in rural Kenya told me her story. Every night when it rained, she’d have to move her children … Continue reading What really helps the poor?

The Cultural Convictions That Land Some Animals on the Menu

CHRIS KEANE / REUTERS … and keep others off of it by NICOLA TWILLEY, CYNTHIA GRABER and GASTROPOD In the West, when it comes to which meat is for dinner, we nearly always choose beef, pork, or chicken. Yet cows and pigs are only two of more than 5,000 species of mammals, and chicken is one of nearly 10,000 species of birds. Meanwhile, at different times in history and in different places around the world, people have enjoyed dining on all sorts of animals, from elephants to flamingos to jellyfish. So how do individuals and cultures decide which animals to eat, and which they don’t? And … Continue reading The Cultural Convictions That Land Some Animals on the Menu

Dignity is delicate

Renford McIntyre pictured in Dudley, England, after being declared an illegal immigrant despite 50 years of living and working in the UK. Photo by Andrew Testa/Panos Human dignity is a concept with remarkably shallow historical roots. Is that why it is so presently endangered? Remy Debes is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis and the editor of The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor of Dignity: A History(2017), a volume of the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series and a project of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy.  His new monograph (in progress) is entitled, Respect as Understanding. Edited by Sam Dresser … Continue reading Dignity is delicate

Love, Death, and Other Forgotten Traditions

What we don’t tell our children. BY DORSA AMIR The science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote, “Each generation thinks it invented sex.” He was presumably referring to the pride each generation takes in defining its own sexual practices and ethics. But his comment hit the mark in another sense: Every generation has to reinvent sex because the previous generation did a lousy job of teaching it. In the United States, the conversations we have with our children about sex are often awkward, limited, and brimming with euphemism. At school, if kids are lucky enough to live in a state that … Continue reading Love, Death, and Other Forgotten Traditions