(Photo: John Schnobrich/Unsplash) To much of the outside world, gambling is a vice not worthy of mercy: It is a symptom of recklessness, of compulsiveness, of greed. But compulsive gambling is also an addiction—one that affects some three to four million people in the United States alone. by MAX UFBERG About 10 miles from the shrieking lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the sand-colored Christ the Servant Lutheran Church sits in a nondescript parking lot, on an equally nondescript and equally sand-colored street. The only thing that distinguishes the building from surrounding strip malls and office parks is its shimmering cross. … Continue reading EXPELLING DEMONS IN NEVADA

Natural-born existentialists

Children play on Omaha beach in Normandy, France, 1947. Photo by David Seymour/Magnum Photos Ethics cannot be based on human nature because, as evolutionary biology tells us, there is no such thing by Ronnie de Sousa is professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Love: A Very Short Introduction (2015) and Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind(2007). Nature, Mr Allnut, is what we were put in the world to rise above. Katherine Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart in African Queen (1951) Questions about what matters, and why, and what exists in the world, are quintessentially philosophical. The answers to many … Continue reading Natural-born existentialists

What science says about why we get déjà vu

It’s one of the oddest sensations. ian dooley / Unsplash by Lindsay Dodgson About 70% of the population experience déjà vu. It’s the sense of familiarity that feels misplaced because you know you haven’t experienced the same thing before. Psychologists and neuroscientists have come up with several different theories over the years for why we experience the strange sensation. It’s one of the oddest sensations. That feeling where you are in a new situation, or a completely new environment, but you get an intense feeling of familiarity. For no apparent reason, you feel like you’re reliving a past experience. It’s called … Continue reading What science says about why we get déjà vu

A Hypnotic Descent Into Dehumanization

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Author: Emily Buder Video by Fabio Palmieri Dehumanization can take many forms, but its end result is always the same: The extinguishment of all that dignifies an individual. Irregulars, a powerful short film by Fabio Palmieri, is the story of one teenager’s dehumanization. His experience unfolds against the hypnotic backdrop of a mannequin factory. “We had lost our history and our identity,” says the teenager, a recent refugee from West Africa, in the documentary. “I was Cyrille Kabore no more. I didn’t want to wander from country to country. I hoped I would be an engineer one day.” … Continue reading A Hypnotic Descent Into Dehumanization

Imagine A World Without Big Pharma

By Dayna Colvin What would you do if you woke up one day and discovered that all the mainstream conventional physicians and big pharma medications disappeared? What if you found out that the only type of medicine that still existed on Earth were natural holistic medicine, herbs, and natural remedies? In other words, how would you feel and react if you weren’t feeling well and the only people you could turn to were naturopaths and herbalists? Considering the fact that healthy, safe, natural remedies are quickly growing in popularity over mainstream “slash and burn” conventional medicine, this is worthy of serious … Continue reading Imagine A World Without Big Pharma

Is Aspartame In Diet Coke Causing Trump To Act As He Does? What 12 Cans A Day Do To You

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  (CNN)President Donald Trump downs a dozen Diet Cokes each day, The New York Times reported this weekend. His love of the bubbly beverage is shared by many Americans and at least one of his predecessors. President Bill Clinton was frequently photographed with a can in his hand and reportedly placed a Diet Coke — along with a now-outdated cell phone and other items — in a time capsule at his official presidential library. A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump’s is worth changing By Susan Scutti, CNN So, what happens to those who drink a dozen cans daily … Continue reading Is Aspartame In Diet Coke Causing Trump To Act As He Does? What 12 Cans A Day Do To You

The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women

Like a disease, distrust is infecting our most foundational relationship as a people, the building block of a free, civil society—the relationship between men and women. By D.C. McAllister How do people from different walks of life, diverse experiences, and varied points of view live together peacefully within a civil society? What is the main ingredient necessary for democracy to thrive? It can be boiled down to one word: trust. Civil society is built on relationships, friendships, and associations that foster confidence in one’s fellow man or woman. Freedom and community flourish in a culture of trust, and we’re losing it. … Continue reading The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women