Does Cannabis Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Cannabis plants in a lab at Niagara College in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. As marijuana use becomes more widespread and varied, some people worry that its more potent versions can cause or exacerbate mental illness.CreditCreditCarlos Osorio/Reuters By Benedict Carey As the drug becomes more popular, concerns have been raised that its use can lead to psychotic disorders. Here’s what scientists know for sure, and what they don’t. Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone. Experts now distinguish between the “new … Continue reading Does Cannabis Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Is Earth on the verge of undergoing a magnetic pole shift? Scientists say SOON

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) This place we all call home, Earth, is currently in the throes of some serious magnetic turmoil. And scientists are now warning that we’re possibly in for a very rough ride in the months and years ahead, as our North and South Poles are actually moving from their formerly fixed points. According to a paper recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature, what’s happening is that magnetic North Pole is traveling away from Canada and towards Siberia – and it’s doing this so quickly that scientists are now having to issue emergency updates to the maps used by electronic navigation systems. … Continue reading Is Earth on the verge of undergoing a magnetic pole shift? Scientists say SOON

Is Buddhism Scientific or Religious?

Monk Mathieu Ricard prepares for an MRI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 4, 2008 under the supervision of technician Michael Anderle (left) and principal investigators Richard J. Davidson (center) and Antoine Lutz (right). | Photo by Jeff Miller ©UW-Madison University Communications A Buddhist scholar examines the assertion that Buddhism is more like a science of the mind than a religion. By John Dunne The following article is excerpted from one of the final talks in our upcoming online course, Buddhism for Beginners, which starts on January 14. John Dunne, a Buddhist scholar and practitioner, introduces the origins, teachings, and … Continue reading Is Buddhism Scientific or Religious?

The blind spot

Photo by Andia/UIG via Getty Images It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril Adam Frank is professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester in New York. He is the author of several books, the latest being Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth(2018). Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he is the Appleton professor of natural philosophy and professor of physics and astronomy, and the director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE). He is … Continue reading The blind spot


Keeping on top of daily stress isn’t only a win for your mental health, it might just avert a coronary by Chris Bourn One of the best tips on how to write an all-time classic work of fiction comes from E.M. Forster, whoadvised: “‘The King died, and then the Queen died’ is a story; ‘the King died and then the Queen died of grief’ is a plot.” It’s also, the novelist might be surprised to learn if he were alive today and up to speed on cutting-edge cardiology, an increasingly recognized medical reality. For centuries, people have intuitively grasped that extreme emotional … Continue reading YOUR CARDIOLOGIST SHOULD BE ASKING YOU ABOUT YOUR JOB — AND YOUR LOVE LIFE — BEFORE IT KILLS YOU

When Did Consciousness Begin?

image edited by F. Kaskais Consciousness may have originated with humans, mammals, fish, or bacteria. by Paul Thagard Ph.D. A provocative new book by Arthur Reber argues that bacteria are conscious and that the origins of mind are found in the simplest, single-celled organisms that arose billions of years ago. Here are some alternative answers to the question of when consciousness began. Hypotheses About the Origins of Consciousness 1. Consciousness has always existed, because God is conscious and eternal. 2. Consciousness began when the universe formed, around 13.7 billion years ago (panpsychism). 3. Consciousness began with single-celled life, around 3.7 billion … Continue reading When Did Consciousness Begin?

Colonics Aren’t Cleansing, They’re Dangerous

Bortonia/Getty Images By Christine Ro The belief that the colon needs to be cleansed recurs throughout history, but there’s no reliable evidence that colonics have any health benefits, and they do come with risks. Reading a description of a colonic is enough to make most people squirm. Essentially, a tube is inserted into the rectum, and a large amount of water (up to 60 liters) is pumped in. Sometimes herbs, fiber, coffee, or other goodies are added to the mix. “It’s like an enema on steroids,” says Ranit Mishori, a physician and professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Meanwhile, … Continue reading Colonics Aren’t Cleansing, They’re Dangerous