JAN HAVICKSZ STEEN / FINE ART IMAGES / HERITAGE IMAGES / GETTY Hundreds of people say a Michigan doctor falsely diagnosed them with epilepsy. He wouldn’t be the first to lie to patients about how sick they are. by OLGA KHAZAN The headaches started when Mariah Martinez was 10 years old. It was 2003, and she was living in Dearborn, Michigan, with her mother and two sisters. Whenever a headache struck, she would want to put her head down, stay in the dark, and be alone.Martinez saw her primary-care physician, who referred her to Yasser Awaad, a pediatric neurologist at … Continue reading Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients
image edited by F. Kaskais by Sean Grover L.C.S.W. Are unhealthy friendships holding you back? Recently, I met up with my roommate from college. Like many old friends, we share a secret language, referring to events and situations with a single word or glance. A raised eyebrow, a sideways look, the phrase, “What size are your bananas?” and we erupt into fits of laughter while others look on perplexed. I feel invigorated whenever we meet; communication is effortless and enlivening. Which got me thinking: Why can’t all my friendships be like this? The Friends We Choose It’s a long-held belief by psychotherapists that the friends … Continue reading How to Spot a Bad Friend
by DAN ROBITZSKI Hard Reboot If we’re all living inside a complex computer simulation, we should probably accept our fate — lest our universe get unplugged. At least, that’s according to Nanyang Technological University philosophy professor Preston Greene, who penned a New York Times op-ed arguing that we should stop looking for evidence of simulation theory — because proving the universe is simulated would probably render the simulation useless for whoever’s running it, meaning we could all get scrapped like a wayward family in “The Sims.” Double-Blind Greene invokes the idea of a double-blind clinical trial, the gold standard for experimental design when testing something like a … Continue reading SIMULATION THEORY “MAY CAUSE THE ANNIHILATION OF OUR UNIVERSE.”
JOHN CUNEO How Hollywood grew wary of intimacy by KATE JULIAN “This is my kit.” Alicia Rodis, who since early last year has been HBO’s lead intimacy coordinator, a new title that translates roughly to chief sex-scene coach, held up a clear vinyl case filled with what at first glance appeared to be toiletries and packages of pantyhose. On closer examination, though, the products and their names were mysterious. Shibue. Hibue. Stanga. “Let’s say we’re coming in to do a sex scene,” she said. “They’re simulating sex and they’re excluding genitals—we are going to see someone fully naked, but not their genitals—and … Continue reading The Endangered Sex Scene
THE FACE OF FACEBOOK: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and C.E.O. of Facebook (pictured above), admitted that his company knew, in 2015, that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which assisted with Donald Trump’s election campaign, had improperly acquired information on 50 million Facebook users. “This was a breach of trust,” Zuckerberg said, in a Facebook post. “We need to fix that.” Photograph by Joe Flood / Flickr AI will be staggeringly diverse. Its developers should be, too. BY FLYNN COLEMAN Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician who lived in the first half of the 19th century. (She was also the daughter of … Continue reading Who Will Design the Future?
image edited by F. Kaskais by IWB by axolotl_peyotl The wheelings and dealings of the global financial institutions are finally catching up with the perpetrators of this financial depravity. These “banks” (aka money laundering operations) have created quadrillions in so-called “derivatives” to prop up a profoundly sick and fraudulent system. via gizadeathstar: “A derivatives book of $49 trillion notional puts Deutsche Bank in the same league as the bank holding companies of U.S. juggernauts JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, which logged in at $48 trillion, $47 trillion and $42 trillion, respectively, at the end of December 2018 according to the Office … Continue reading Deutschebank, Derivatives, and Dominos: The global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes.
by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) If “being your true self” means attempting to alter your biological sex with hormone “treatments,” then your true self is also quite dumb, as a new study has confirmed that gender reassignment chemicals dramatically lower IQ levels. Published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the paper looked at an 11-year-old boy both before and after he was administered hormone suppressors to become a “transgender,” the purpose being “to review the effects of puberty suppression on the brain white matter during adolescence.” Almost immediately upon being given anti-puberty pharmaceuticals, the young boy’s intellectual performance began to decrease substantially. The … Continue reading Dumbing down the population: Study finds that transgender hormone treatments lower IQ