In cold blood

Photo by Dennis Lane/Getty Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet? Philip Jaekl studied neuroscience at York University in Toronto and went on to complete postdoctoral research at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, and at the University of Rochester in New York. ‘Some, pale and depressed by inanition, swooned away and died, stretched on the snow … They were seen walking insensible and ignorant where they went … In a word, when no longer able to continue walking, having neither power nor will, they fell on their knees … Their pulse was … Continue reading In cold blood

How Long Do I Have to Touch Something Before I’m Covered in Germs?

by Ian Lecklitner Being microscopic, germs are, quite literally, out of sight, out of mind. Because of this, most of us rely on pseudoscience to remain germ-free, like applying the five-second rule to food dropped on the floor. But surprise! The five-second rule doesn’t work. Even washing your hands after using a public bathroom doesn’t really work — at least if you plan on using the door handle afterward. It is, in fact, virtually impossible to do anything at all without coating yourself in a fresh layer of squirming bacteria. For example: Let’s assume washing your hands eliminates 99.9 percent of germs (it doesn’t). Great! New germs, however, … Continue reading How Long Do I Have to Touch Something Before I’m Covered in Germs?

Why Your Brain Hates Other People

ILLUSTRATION BY IGNACIO SERRANO And how to make it think differently. BY ROBERT SAPOLSKY As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing chimps and those playing gorillas ate in separate groups. It’s been said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” In reality, there’s lots more of the former. And it can be vastly consequential when people are divided … Continue reading Why Your Brain Hates Other People

Research finds our brains don’t use as much energy as previously believed, when compared to other species

by: Frances Bloomfield (Natural News) Humans devote a large portion of our daily calorie intake to our brains, more so than other animals. After all, the human brain expends 25 percent of the baseline energy budget despite comprising no more than two percent of human body weight. This is an idea that has long been accepted in scientific circles. Yet researchers from Duke University have put out a study that challenges that notion. According to Doug M. Boyer, assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology, and his graduate student Arianna R. Harrington, human brainpower isn’t as extraordinary as originally thought. To determine how humans and animals … Continue reading Research finds our brains don’t use as much energy as previously believed, when compared to other species


by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “No society can understand itself without looking at its shadow side.” ― Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction Something wicked bubbles just beneath the surface of the collective conscience. Our society is rife with corruption, predation, perversion, over-consumption, violence, addiction and so much more. Somehow enough is never enough, as if the driving force behind human existence is pure want. This is not true, though, for we know that spiritually well beings are content beings, looking no further than the present moment’s blessings for satisfaction. We don’t have an inherent need for want. Want … Continue reading IN THE CULTURE OF HUNGRY GHOSTS

You Are Already Here

Photo by Roman Kraft | Life is very difficult to understand through ideas alone, wrote Dainin Katagiri, the late abbot of the Minnesota Zen Center. But there is one thing that you can trust in: you are fully alive right now. By Dainin Katagiri Roshi In daily human life we are always encountering some problem, contradiction, or confusion. So very naturally we want to escape from problems and find a better way of living. Seeking a calm mind, we study philosophy, psychology, religion, even physics and mathematics, believing they can show us who we are and what the meaning of … Continue reading You Are Already Here


by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times Some predict that in coming years cancer rates will climb to 1 in 2 adults, and in the throes of such a serious cancer epidemic, all eyes are on causes and cures. Hormonal birth control has long been suspected of contributing to the risk of developing cancer, and this claim is further supported by a European study of cancer rates in women who use this hugely popular method of birth control. Looking at a large swath of data collected on Danish women using hormonal birth control, researchers note a link to the development of breast cancer, coming … Continue reading BIRTH CONTROL PILL OFFICIALLY LINKED TO INCREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER