The greatest use of life

Arthur Hammond, Untitled (Brooklyn Bridge), no date (thought to be c1930), gelatin silver print. Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum. The pragmatist philosopher William James had a crisp and consistent response when asked if life was worth living: maybe by John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story(2016), and his latest book is Hiking with Nietzsche (2018). He lives outside Boston. Edited by Sam Dresser ‘The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.’ – William James, The Thought and Character of William James (1935) A year ago, on a late … Continue reading The greatest use of life

The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

Posts by the Kremlin-run Facebook page Mindful Being What a faux-spiritual Facebook page run by Kremlin propagandists can teach us about encountering our own biases and emotional reactions. By Bodhipaksa Most people are aware of the Kremlin’s attempts to influence voters in the US and Europe, but the fact that one of the avenues for this influence was mindfulness may come as a surprise. Among Russia’s many fake social media accounts was a Facebook page called “Mindful Being,” which cleverly mixed legitimate spiritual teachings with material intended to make us more receptive to authoritarianism. Russian operatives deciding that mindfulness, a way … Continue reading The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

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?

What’s the Loneliest You’ve Ever Felt?

KRISTEN RADTKE The author started a project on loneliness by asking this simple question. Many people quickly recounted experiences, often with surprising specificity. by KRISTEN RADTKE It’s perhaps not much of a statement to say that movie audiences have been conditioned to expect lonely heroes on the big screen. Westerns have long touted the virtues of the lone cowboy while simultaneously fetishizing the isolation of a dame waiting for rescue. Meg Ryan and Sandra Bullock reigned in the ’90s with their portrayals of sad, clumsy dream girls. Superhero films have issued unfailingly sequestered protagonists, their power and responsibility separating them from … Continue reading What’s the Loneliest You’ve Ever Felt?

How Doctors Use Poetry

Mark DotyUNM Alumni / flickr A Harvard medical student describes how he is learning to both treat and heal. BY DANNY W. LINGGONEGORO One part of the Hippocratic Oath, the vow taken by many physicians, requires us to “remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.”  When I, along with my medical school class, recited that oath at my white coat ceremony a year ago, I admit that I was more focused on the biomedical aspects than the “art.” I bought into … Continue reading How Doctors Use Poetry

Is one tech-free day a week possible?

We need a break, but the possibility of getting one seems unlikely. by DEREK BERES Religion historian Willam R Black believes we’re overworked and stressed from competition in the gig economy. Initiating a tech-free Sabbath could help us spend more time with people instead of machines. Depression and anxiety rates are skyrocketing from smartphone addiction. On November 6, Californians will vote on Prop 7, also known as the Permanent Daylight Savings Time Measure. If two-thirds vote for this initiative, California will abolish daylight savings time (DST) if federal law allows for it. On the “pro” side, ending DST is backed by medical researchers … Continue reading Is one tech-free day a week possible?

Your Cell Phone Is a Psychotronic Weapon of Mass Mind Control

By Peter A. Kirby Modern telecommunications usually involves devices that can both send and receive wireless signals. These devices are also almost invariably capable of producing and receiving signals that affect our moods, thoughts, and bodily functions. Your cell phone is a psychotronic weapon. That means that your cell phone CAN read and control and probably IS reading and controlling your mind. People should care more about that than whomever is currently on TV. Most of the fields of man-made electromagnetic energy we experience on a routine, daily basis are byproducts of modern industry: electrical power grids, telecommunications, and all electrically … Continue reading Your Cell Phone Is a Psychotronic Weapon of Mass Mind Control