We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others

Music reminds us why going solo goes against our better nature. BY KEVIN BERGER When musicians have chemistry, we can feel it. There’s something special among them that’s missing when they perform alone. Anyone who’s heard a Mick Jagger solo album knows that’s the case. Clearly nature wants us to jam together and take flight out of our individual selves. The reward is transcendence, our bodies tell us so. What’s the secret of that chemistry? It’s a question that one of the most refreshing neuroscientists who studies music has been probing lately. Refreshing because her lab is not only in … Continue reading We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others

Stop Calling Them “Girls’ Bikes“

A case for pedaling a step-through bike by Eben Weiss Like a dog’s tail communicates its mood, a bike’s top tube indicates its intent. A level top tube implies a bicycle of classical proportions and dignified comportment. A sloping one suggests light weight and snappy acceleration. And a top tube low enough to easily lift your foot over in order to mount the bicycle means it’s a “girl’s” bike, and not one meant to be ridden hard by serious riders. Yeah, right. While the purpose of the step-through frame was originally to accommodate a woman’s wardrobe (women in pants was a radical … Continue reading Stop Calling Them “Girls’ Bikes“

The purpose of life evolves

by Thomas Oppong Many people swear by a grand purpose — the reason for their existence. Something they look forward to every day. Purpose is a personal experience. It evolves — it’s a transformational journey. You are probably not pursuing the same things you wanted a decade ago. New opportunities and possibilities emerge as we change physically, mentally, intellectually and emotionally. The purpose of life is not universal. There’s no single reality you need to experience to make life worth living. Purpose can mean finding and doing the small things that guarantee deep joy every day. It can also mean … Continue reading The purpose of life evolves

Perfectionistic tendencies are associated with reduced cognitive flexibility and heightened emotional suppression

by Eric W. Dolan Perfectionistic individuals are more likely to view their problems as outside their control, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, which may help to explain why they often struggle to cope with stressful events. But the new findings indicate that the emotion regulation strategy known as cognitive reappraisal could help perfectionists view difficult situations as more controllable. “I study psychological attributes that make it possible for people to achieve their goals. One of these attributes is cognitive flexibility — which is the ability that allows us to change our perspective or alter our behaviors,” … Continue reading Perfectionistic tendencies are associated with reduced cognitive flexibility and heightened emotional suppression

Consider Yourself a Tourist

Advice from the Dalai Lama on making our lives meaningful and dealing with our mortality. By The Dalai LamaWINTER 1999 Within less than fifty years, I, Tenzin Gyatso, the Buddhist monk, will be no more than a memory. Indeed, it is doubtful whether a single person reading these words will be alive a century from now. Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well. Therefore, if when our final day comes we are able to look back and see that we have lived full, … Continue reading Consider Yourself a Tourist

Study: Alcohol Linked to More Than 700,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide Every Year

Though heavy drinking was most strongly linked to cancer, even light to moderate drinking contributed to over 100,000 cases a year, the researchers estimated. By Ed CaraYesterday New research this week is the latest to find that alcohol use is a major cancer risk, one that people aren’t necessarily too aware of. The study estimated that over 700,000 cases of cancer worldwide can be attributed to alcohol annually. The research, published in Lancet Oncology, was conducted by scientists in North America, Europe, and Africa. It’s meant to be an update to previous estimates of the cancer burden linked to alcohol use. For … Continue reading Study: Alcohol Linked to More Than 700,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide Every Year

CYCLES OF TIME

by Elva Thompson, Guest Waking Times In today’s reality, change is happening so fast we can hardly keep up with it. The ‘unimaginable’ is staring us in the face, and we feel powerless to act as we are swept along by the will of elite bureaucrats and their minions. Mixed messages from the controlled media and self serving, barely conscious politicians have led to mass fear, confusion, uncertainty and psychosis in the general public. We have been financially crippled, masked, locked up and isolated from each other under threats of fines and imprisonment for a disease that at max has a … Continue reading CYCLES OF TIME

Lies and honest mistakes

Richard V Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he directs the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Affairs, and The New York Times, among others. His latest book is Dream Hoarders (2017). He lives in Washington, DC. Edited byNigel Warburton The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was … Continue reading Lies and honest mistakes

The Delta Variant Isn’t Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You

by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF After months of data collection, scientists agree: The delta variant is the most contagious version of the coronavirus worldwide. It spreads about 225% faster than the original version of the virus, and it’s currently dominating the outbreak in the United States. A new study, published online Wednesday, sheds light on why. It finds that the variant grows more rapidly inside people’s respiratory tracts and to much higher levels, researchers at the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. On average, people infected with the delta variant had about 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts … Continue reading The Delta Variant Isn’t Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You

Collective narcissism can warp your moral judgments, according to new psychology research

by Eric W. Dolan A large body of research indicates that egocentrism shapes moral judgments. Now, new research indicates that people not only prefer moral decision that benefit them, some people — particularly those high collective narcissism — also display a bias towards moral decision that benefit their group. The new findings appear in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. “In the past, we found evidence that people judge unethical actions of other people less harsh when they benefit from them. Thus, we wanted to investigate if the same kind of self-interest bias would be observed on the group level when in-group members … Continue reading Collective narcissism can warp your moral judgments, according to new psychology research