Little Panic: A Literary Laboratory Exploring What It Is Like to Live in the Stranglehold of Anxiety and What It Takes to Break Free

Art from Emotional Anatomy: The Structure of Experience “This terrible truth binds us all: fear there’s a single, unattainable, correct way to be human.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others,” Alan Watts wrote in the early 1950s, nearly a quarter century before Thomas Nagel’s landmark essay “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” unlatched the study of other consciousnesses and seeded the disorienting awareness that other beings — “beings who walk other spheres,” to borrow Whitman’s wonderful term — experience this world we share in ways thoroughly alien to our own. Today, we know … Continue reading Little Panic: A Literary Laboratory Exploring What It Is Like to Live in the Stranglehold of Anxiety and What It Takes to Break Free

Are You a Shitty Dad If You Just Don’t Like Babies?

by Tracy Moore Donald Trump’s disdain for childrearing speaks to a problem afflicting dads everywhere—and why it still persists When I found out I was pregnant, I was shocked and alarmed: I’d spent the weekend at the lake, bouncing on a Jet Ski, drinking Miller Lite and shooting off illegal fireworks. I read the pregnancy test’s bright-blue plus sign while sitting on the toilet smoking a cigarette. When the baby was born, I was flooded with love, but I had no idea what to do with her. I bumbled through it as best as I could, praying for the day when … Continue reading Are You a Shitty Dad If You Just Don’t Like Babies?

Composing Your Thoughts

RUBIN’S VASE: This image, developed by psychologist Edgar Rubin, is a famous example of visual ambiguity. Music that upsets expectations is what makes your gray matter sing. BY JONATHAN BERGER ILLUSTRATION BY GÉRARD DUBOIS 1. Unshaven and one bit short To death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin’s binary list of life’s certainties, add the expectation that this six-note sequence: Will continue with this: Although we ponder ways to avoid or evade Franklin’s list of unavoidable events, we generally accept this more benign certainty as immutable. To demonstrate, consider this: The penultimate note of the tune generates such strong and specific anticipation that you … Continue reading Composing Your Thoughts

Your Brain on Depression

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Video by Emma Allen Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our lived experience. Second only, perhaps, to the confounding mechanics of anesthesia, depression is the ultimate mind-body problem; understanding how it works could unlock the mysteries of human consciousness. Emma Allen, a visual artist, and Dr. Daisy Thompson-Lake, a clinical neuroscientist, are fascinated by the physical processes … Continue reading Your Brain on Depression

THE NUMBER ONE THING PSYCHIATRY CAN LEARN FROM SHAMANISM

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times Something important is missing from the psychiatric model of ‘mental illness.’ It’s not a secret or anything, but rather more of an omission. It should be there, but by no accident it’s absent. You see, human beings are multi-dimensional. We are made up of mind, body and spirit. All three are utterly essential components of life, and until the transhumanists figure out how to disembody the mind, our wellness and happiness is fully reliant on the synergistic balance between these three elements. Sure, psychiatry along with the medical sciences has the body well enough figured out. And they’ve produced copious … Continue reading THE NUMBER ONE THING PSYCHIATRY CAN LEARN FROM SHAMANISM

Here’s Why Female Viagra Won’t Work… Again

by Magdalene Taylor The market for products that claim to make you horny is centuries old. Everything from Oysters, to herbs like ashwagandha and maca, to alcohol (but of course) have long been hailed as ways to make both sexes want to have sex. Their mileage varies, however, in terms of effectiveness. Until, that is, Viagra came along in 1998 and fixed that problem. Well, at least for men. For women, the search for a magic pill that inspires arousal has been more complicated. Big Pharma first took interest in sexuality in the 1950s, when frigidity and impotence were added to the first Diagnostic … Continue reading Here’s Why Female Viagra Won’t Work… Again

WHY HAVING IT ALL DOESN’T WORK AND WHAT DOES

by Jonathan Zap, Guest Waking Times One of the most potent of spells or enchantments that can bind you into the matrix is to live under the compulsion of always having to imagine getting more in the future. Under this spell, you become a donkey forever hypnotized by an imaginary carrot just up ahead. The carrot, the ‘more,’ that ever glitters in your mind’s eye like a ring of power, could be many things–sex, money, power, fame, looks–often the imagined more is a vision of that more perfected life just up ahead, the one in which you have realized your ideal weight, … Continue reading WHY HAVING IT ALL DOESN’T WORK AND WHAT DOES