The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

Posts by the Kremlin-run Facebook page Mindful Being What a faux-spiritual Facebook page run by Kremlin propagandists can teach us about encountering our own biases and emotional reactions. By Bodhipaksa Most people are aware of the Kremlin’s attempts to influence voters in the US and Europe, but the fact that one of the avenues for this influence was mindfulness may come as a surprise. Among Russia’s many fake social media accounts was a Facebook page called “Mindful Being,” which cleverly mixed legitimate spiritual teachings with material intended to make us more receptive to authoritarianism. Russian operatives deciding that mindfulness, a way … Continue reading The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PATIENT/THERAPIST MIND GAME

by Nick Williams, Contributor Waking Times There is something particularly odious – in my view – about the way in which we in the West approach what (until very recently) used to be called ‘mental illness’. We may use a slightly different terminology now, preferring to talk in terms of ‘conditions’ rather than ‘illness’, but our approach is still the same. There is something very unpleasant – toxic even – in our attitude, and this unpleasantness, I think, stems from our fundamental lack of respect towards the experiences of the people we, as mental health professions, are dealing with. In a nutshell, … Continue reading THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PATIENT/THERAPIST MIND GAME

New Rules for Men

By Matt Patterson And so we have arrived, in the Brett Kavanaugh affair, the inevitable and ultimate apotheosis of #MeToo – the vilification of men qua men. Now, one accusation alone – no matter how unsubstantiated and uncorroborated – is enough to ruin a man’s reputation, nullify his accomplishments and erase his opportunities…for life.  This is apparently the standard set, and accepted, by roughly half of the country as represented by the Democrat party. We have thus entered something new and dangerous.  And in light of this new reality, new rules for men vis a vis the opposite sex are required. Here are some baseline suggestions: Don’t hire women.  … Continue reading New Rules for Men

THE PATRONS OF IMAGINATION

by Jon Rappoport, Guest Waking Times Every significant breakthrough in human history has been enabled through imagination. It’s the leap. It’s the vision unfettered by imposed restrictions. It’s the future as yet unrealized, glimpsed in the mind. Given that this is the case, one wonders why financial patronage isn’t poured like a Niagara into imagination, to support it, extend it. The answer is simple. Those who have the vast resources to do it can’t see past what I called Set One. Set One is the collection of their own perceived problems. For many, these are personal problems; for others, who look at … Continue reading THE PATRONS OF IMAGINATION

SOCIETY IS MADE OF NARRATIVE – REALIZING THIS IS AWAKENING FROM THE MATRIX

by Caitlin Johnstone, Guest Waking Times In the movie The Matrix, humans are imprisoned in a virtual world by a powerful artificial intelligence system in a dystopian future. What they take to be reality is actually a computer program that has been jacked into their brains to keep them in a comatose state. They live their whole lives in that virtual simulation, without any way of knowing that what they appear to be experiencing with their senses is actually made of AI-generated code. Life in our current society is very much the same. The difference is that instead of AI, it’s psychopathic oligarchs … Continue reading SOCIETY IS MADE OF NARRATIVE – REALIZING THIS IS AWAKENING FROM THE MATRIX

How power affects the way you behave—and the way you’re punished

image edited by Fernando Kaskais We all live by society’s invisible rules but for some groups, these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand. by Michele Gelfand We all live by society’s invisible rules but for some groups these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand. Can “cultural intelligence” help us break up these bubbles, where those who are more powerful live according to looser standards than the boundaries set up for the less powerful? Rules, whether they’re visible or invisible, govern our behavior every day. Different groups have different rules, and have different … Continue reading How power affects the way you behave—and the way you’re punished

Forging Islamic science

Detail from a contemporary fake miniature, purporting to be from the 17th-century, depicting Ottoman-era scholars observing the night sky through telescopes. Allegedly from the Istanbul University Library. Photo by DEA/Getty Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How? Nir Shafir is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire at the University of California, San Diego. He is editor-in-chief of the Ottoman History Podcast. Edited by Sally Davies As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to … Continue reading Forging Islamic science