Inside your dreamscape

Dream-hacking techniques can help us create, heal and have fun. They could also become tools of commercial manipulation Adam Haar Horowitz is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT, whose research focuses on sleep and embodied cognition. Robert Stickgold is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the co-author of When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep (2021) (with Antonio Zadra) and co-editor of The Neuroscience of Sleep (2009). Antonio Zadra is a sleep and dream researcher at the Hôpital du … Continue reading Inside your dreamscape

Buddhism’s Biggest Open Secret

Taking a look at adverse effects of meditation in Eastern and Western Buddhist practice By Wendy Biddlecombe Agsar  I began moping around in a dark, melancholy state. I was always nervous and afraid, weak and timid in mind and body. The skin under my arms was constantly wet with perspiration. I found it impossible to concentrate on what I was doing. I sought out dark places where I could go to be alone and just sat there motionless like a dead man. Neither acupuncture, moxacautery [burning dried flowers on or near the skin], nor medical potions brought me any relief. These are … Continue reading Buddhism’s Biggest Open Secret

We are all frail

We should be able to acknowledge that disabilities can cause pain and suffering without disabled people feeling dehumanised Tom Shakespeareis a social scientist and bioethicist. He is professor of disability research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he co-directs the International Centre for Evidence on Disability. His books include Openings to the Infinite Ocean: A Friendly Offering of Hope (2020) and Disability: The Basics (2017). He lives in London. Edited by Nigel Warburton Can the disadvantages that disabled people often experience be attributed to intrinsic vulnerability, or do they result from social arrangements? This is a pressing question, both because … Continue reading We are all frail

Please Enjoy Your Food

It could be the best meditation you do all day. By Edward Espe Brown From time to time, Tricycle features articles from the Inquiring Mind archive. Inquiring Mind, a Buddhist journal that was in print from 1984–2015, has a growing number of articles from its back issues available at www.inquiringmind.com (help Inquiring Mind complete its archive by donating here). Today’s selection is from the Fall 1994  issue, On Having a Body. When we break for lunch at my Saturday meditation retreats, I often tell people, “Please enjoy your food.” All morning I have been offering various instructions in sitting and walking meditation, and by lunchtime we have also had … Continue reading Please Enjoy Your Food

The body is not a machine

Modern biomedicine sees the body as a closed mechanistic system. But illness shows us to be permeable, ecological beings Nitin K Ahuja is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Philadelphia. Edited by Pam Weintraub Ms Smith is a 40-year-old woman who comes to see me in clinic, having suffered for years with nausea, bloating and irregular stools. She’s been to two gastroenterologists before me, and nothing they recommended was any help. All her tests came back normal – but something’s wrong, no question, and getting worse. There’s pain … Continue reading The body is not a machine

Cancers are in an evolutionary battle with treatments – evolutionary game theory could tip the advantage to medicine

Author Anuraag Bukkuri PhD Student in Integrated Mathematical Oncology, University of South Florida Disclosure statementAnuraag Bukkuri receives funding from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. 1746051. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Cancer was the second leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. Although billions of dollars have been poured into cancer research, the results are still disappointing for many patients who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to extend their lives for just a few more … Continue reading Cancers are in an evolutionary battle with treatments – evolutionary game theory could tip the advantage to medicine

The Day I Got Old

It just suddenly happened, and there isn’t a sports car in the world I can buy to make it otherwise. By Caitlin Flanagan I turn 60 today, and I feel vaguely embarrassed about it, like I’ve somehow let myself go, like I’ve been bingeing on decades and wound up in this unappealing condition. Chances are, most of you haven’t crossed this border station yet, so you’d better listen up. Because if you play your cards right, it’s going to happen to you too. Here’s what it feels like to turn 60: weird. On the one hand, you’re still going to the … Continue reading The Day I Got Old

A Massive New Study of 88,000 People Says This Is When You Should Go to Bed, According to Science

It turns out, there’s a magic hour. Here’s why it matters. BY BILL MURPHY JR. I traveled cross-country for a conference last week, marking my first time dealing with jet lag since before the pandemic. Result? I was in bed and asleep at 10 p.m. almost every night for several days. It felt good, and it turns out that without even planning to, I’d made a simple lifestyle change that reflects a reduced risk of developing heart disease. This study behind this finding starts with something called the UK Biobank, which involved tracking the health and habits of more than 500,000 British people over 30 years, beginning in 2006.  … Continue reading A Massive New Study of 88,000 People Says This Is When You Should Go to Bed, According to Science

My 3 Greatest Revelations

The author on writing her new book, “The Other Dark Matter.” BY LINA ZELDOVICH TOLD TO KEVIN BERGER 1 We Are Smothering the Planet with Our Poop The next time you go grocery shopping, look at where your food comes from. Most of it isn’t local. Strawberries come from California or Florida, asparagus from Mexico or Chile, bananas from Brazil or Ecuador. Most of the food gets shipped to us, trucked, flown, helicoptered, or whatever. We eat it and excrete it—in the same place, over and over. And that’s a problem. Before humans settled and started farming, we were nomadic, … Continue reading My 3 Greatest Revelations

From Cows to Covid: The Spooky Origins of Vaccines

Like many life-saving innovations in medicine, vaccination emerged long before we understood how it worked. BY BRENDAN BORRELL BACK IN THE 18TH century, it was a wonder how anyone ever survived a trip to the doctor. Many didn’t. England’s drug stores were stocked with bulls’ penises, frogs’ lungs, and powdered Egyptian mummy, which was evidently used against tuberculosis. Syphilis, known as the “Great Pox,” was treated with mercury. Never mind that it made you slobber and eventually go mad. The Scottish physician John Brown, the author of “Elementa Medicinae,” simply gave his patients roast beef, opium, and booze. Many people thought he … Continue reading From Cows to Covid: The Spooky Origins of Vaccines