BY Richard G ‘Bugs’ Stevens LIGHT POLLUTION is often characterized as a soft issue in environmentalism. This perception needs to change. Light at night constitutes a massive assault on the ecology of the planet, including us. It also has indirect impacts because, while 20 percent of electricity is used for lighting worldwide, at least 30 percentof that light is wasted. Wasted light serves no purpose at all, and excessive lighting is too often used beyond what is needed for driving, or shopping, or Friday-night football. . It might be that virtually all aspects of health and wellbeing are dependent to one extent or another on a synchronized … Continue reading The Obliteration of Night: On the Consequences of Electric Light
by STEPHEN JOHNSON The world of online dating can be many things: a place to start a serious relationship, a market for one-night stands, a nightmarish hellscape of rejection and awkward encounters, or, for most people, a combination of the three. But for sociologists who study how people find and choose romantic partners, online dating amounts to a paradise of data. In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, sociologists used that data—taken from heterosexual online daters who lived in Boston, New York City, Seattle or Chicago in 2014—to examine desirability in online dating markets and the strategies that people … Continue reading Study: Women peak at 18 on dating apps. Men peak at 50.
by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to … Continue reading GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP
by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti What makes our society so sick? How do we know for sure that our society is unhealthy? Is there a way to reason our way into a clear explanation for why our society is unfit for healthy human beings attempting to evolve in a healthier way? It really comes down to answering one critical question: Do you want to live, or do you want to die? As Albert Camus famously stated, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, … Continue reading 4 SIGNS WE LIVE IN A PROFOUNDLY SICK SOCIETY
by Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute Waking Times There is growing evidence that our addiction to cellphones could be impacting brain functionality and be the cause of stress, anxiety, insomnia and a lack of attention and focus. Now a new report has found that we’re not the only living things to be affected by our increasing dependence on wireless technology. Mammals, birds, insects and even plants are likely being harmed by the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emanating from Wi-Fi, cellphone towers, broadcast transmitters and power lines, according to a new analysis of 97 peer-reviewed studies conducted by EKLIPSE, a biodiversity and ecosystem project funded by the European … Continue reading OUR CELLPHONE ADDICTION IS TURNING WIRELESS TECH INTO AN INVISIBLE WEAPON THAT’S DESTROYING WILDLIFE
Why we downplay Fermi’s paradox. BY MILAN ĆIRKOVIĆ “How many kingdoms know us not!” —Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (1670) One summer’s day in 1950, the great Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi was having lunch with the physicists Edward Teller, Emil Konopinski, and Herbert York at Los Alamos when the conversation turned to a flood of recent UFO sightings all over the United States. There were also, coincidentally, reports of trashcans going missing in New York City at the time. A New Yorker cartoon connected the dots and accused interstellar visitors of the misdeed. In the relaxed atmosphere of that lunchtime conversation, Fermi remarked that the New Yorker’s … Continue reading Our Attitude Toward Aliens Proves We Still Think We’re Special
by Phillip Schneider, Contributor Waking Times In a world filled to the brim with likes, posts, and status updates, where the average teenage youth spends a whopping 9 hours a day with some form of media, it almost seems as though Facebook and Twitter are becoming a sub-reality of their own. Plug in and tune out could be the mantra of our coming generation, but is that a good thing? New research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reveals a link between social media and depression among young adults. The study began in 2014, when Dr. Brian Primack and his colleagues used questionnaires to sample 1,787 … Continue reading STUDY FINDS CLEAR LINK BETWEEN SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEPRESSION