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

The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener on Communication, Control, and the Morality of Our Machines

Man as Industrial Palace (1926) by infographics pioneer Fritz Kahn “We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. A pattern is a message.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Information will never replace illumination,” Susan Sontag asserted in considering the conscience of words. “Words are events, they do things, change things,”Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in the same era in her exquisite meditation on the magic of real human communication. “They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.” But what happens when words are stripped of their humanity, fed into … Continue reading The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener on Communication, Control, and the Morality of Our Machines

This Study To Assess How Drinking Affects Our Health Is A Master Class In How To Do Science Poorly

image edited by Fernando Kaskais   Yuanbin Du/Victor Tangermann by Dan Robitzski  Remember that massive clinical trial that was supposed to determine the health impacts of alcohol once and for all? Well, the National Institutes of Health decided Friday to shut it down. The official reasoning, in short, is that the $100 million experiment was a complete and utter train wreck, as The New York Times reported. The National Institutes of Health recommended throwing out everything the study’s found so far, meaning the researchers threw away the chance of a lifetime to finally settle all the dubious health claims people make about beer, wine, and liquor. Since … Continue reading This Study To Assess How Drinking Affects Our Health Is A Master Class In How To Do Science Poorly

You Are Not What You Earn

Walter Gay, November (1885) A fundamental belief of the modern world, which explains a lot of our anxiety around failure, is that we are what we earn. When we say this, we mean something very particular: not just that it’s nice to have a lot of money but that our income is the source of information, crucial, decisive information, about our character, our intelligence, our moral fibre: in short, money is the key indicator of our worth in human and not just financial terms. The more money we make, the more we deserve to exist. By extension, it feels impossible to imagine … Continue reading You Are Not What You Earn

The Future of Television Will Be Shaped by Viewer Intention, Not Attention

An employee arranges discarded televisions at an electronic waste recycling factory in Wuhan, China, in 2011.REUTERS To understand how viewing habits have changed, consider the difference between the couch show and the phone show. by DANIEL H. PINK At 10 p.m. on the final Wednesday of May, shrouded in the darkness of our basement, my wife and I did something we used to do quite often, but now—in the 23rd year of our marriage—we do only rarely.We sat on our couch and watched a television show at the time it aired. The occasion: The series finale of The Americans, FX’s gripping … Continue reading The Future of Television Will Be Shaped by Viewer Intention, Not Attention

THE DORITO EFFECT – THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR

by Dr. Mercola, Guest Waking Times  In his book “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor,” award-winning journalist and author, Mark Schatzker, investigates the introduction of flavor into the industrialized food supply. An investigative journalist by profession, Schatzker’s curiosity about flavor led him to eventually write two books addressing this issue. The first, “Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef” was, as the title implies, about steak. “I got deep into the science of flavor [and] the science of how we perceive flavor. But I also [asked a] question that we rarely ask, which … Continue reading THE DORITO EFFECT – THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR

Eugenics never went away

The Provincial Training School in Red Deer, Alberta, opened in October 1923 and was designated to be a residential institution for the training of people deemed ‘mentally defective’. Photo courtesy eugencisarchove.ca Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the ‘unfit’ continues even today by Robert A Wilson is professor of philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the founder of the network Philosophical Engagement in Public Life (PEiPL). His latest book is The Eugenic Mind Project (2018). Edited by Sam Dresser Eugenics was a mixture of science and social movement that aimed to improve the human race over generations. … Continue reading Eugenics never went away