Amish People Stay Healthy in Old Age. Here’s Their Secret

Illustration by Pete Ryan for TIME By JEFFREY KLUGER Many people think of the Amish as living without. These devout communities, predominantly located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, go without cars, TVs, computers, phones or even the electricity needed to run so much of 21st century gadgetry. But what researchers who have studied them have found is what the Amish have a surplus of: good health in late life. The average American life expectancy is currently just under 79 years. Back in 1900, it was only 47, but for early–20th century Amish it was already greater than 70. Over the decades, most Americans have … Continue reading Amish People Stay Healthy in Old Age. Here’s Their Secret

Airbnb and the Unintended Consequences of ‘Disruption’

Gabrielle Lurie / Reuters Tech analysts are prone to predicting utopia or dystopia. They’re worse at imagining the side effects of a firm’s success. by DEREK THOMPSON The U.S economy is in the midst of a wrenching technological transformation that is fundamentally changing the way people sleep, work, eat, shop, love, read, and interact. At least, that’s one interpretation. A second story of this age of technological transformation says that it’s mostly a facade—that the last 30 years have been a productivity bust and little has changed in everyday life, aside from the way everyone reads and watches videos. People wanted flying cars and got Netflix binges instead. Let’s call these … Continue reading Airbnb and the Unintended Consequences of ‘Disruption’

America Is Descending Into a Dangerous Psychosis

“If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle.” by James Howard Kunstler. The author is a prominent American social critic, blogger, and podcaster, and we carry his articles regularly on RI. His writing on Russia-gate has been highly entertaining. He is one of the better-known thinkers The New Yorker has dubbed ‘The Dystopians’ in an excellent 2009 profile, along with the brilliant Dmitry Orlov, another regular contributor to RI (archive). These theorists believe that modern society is headed for … Continue reading America Is Descending Into a Dangerous Psychosis

What It’s Like to Be A Gay Dad in 2018

A roundtable discussion with today’s modern families by Steven Blum When I came out to my mom in high school, she sat shiva for my future, barely bothering to shower or change out of her pajamas for a week. I escaped to a friend’s house and pretended his family was mine. “Are you over it?” I’d call and ask; she’d sob and I’d hang up. I’d never imagine that, 10 years later, she’d be pestering me to have kids, as if I was her straight son. “Do you think you might be ready?” she recently asked during a conversation about something completely unrelated. … Continue reading What It’s Like to Be A Gay Dad in 2018


by Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times The world has changed tremendously from the time of our ancestors. Today, we develop most of our beliefs based on external forces, with very little first-hand experience. Where the early humans relied on direct sensory experience to shape their beliefs, we now rely on language and our own ability to discern falsehoods from truth. With language, we undoubtedly receive a plethora of opinions and bias based on the orator’s own belief system. Yet, we are willing to believe much, without taking the time to investigate new ideas or seeking to experience them first-hand. What is … Continue reading THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY PEOPLE ARE SO EASILY FOOLED

A Placid Ecstasy: Walt Whitman’s Most Direct Reflection on Happiness

Walt Whitman (Library of Congress) “What is happiness, anyhow? … so impalpable — a mere breath, an evanescent tinge…” BY MARIA POPOVA “One can’t write directly about the soul,”, Virginia Woolf wrote. “Looked at, it vanishes.” So with happiness — as slippery as “the soul,” as certain to crumble upon deconstruction. Philosophers have contemplated its nature for millennia, psychologists have attempted to unearth its existential building blocks and delineate its stages. And yet at the heart of it remains a mystery — wildly various across lives and within any one life, a fickle visitation unbeckonable by external lures, as anyone who has sorrowed on a sunny-skied day … Continue reading A Placid Ecstasy: Walt Whitman’s Most Direct Reflection on Happiness

Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt

A BEAUTIFUL DREAM: This series, called “Deep Rembrandt,” was displayed in Category 3, Machine Art / Human Aesthetics. It was generated with Google’s Deep Dream AI software.Courtesy of the Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group What needs to happen for artificial intelligence to make fine art. BY HIDEKI NAKAZAWA The cellist Jan Vogler famously claimed that art is what makes us human. But what if machines start making art too?Here’s an example of a piece of art made by an artificial intelligence (AI): A BIT OF ART: A computer trained with images of graffiti produces its own art by spraying water … Continue reading Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt