The apocalypse is nigh! From zombies to bird flu, there is no shortage of ways the human race can go extinct in the near future. But before you run off to a bunker and start stockpiling ammunition, take a look at the Swedish Global Challenges Foundation’s (GCF) Global Catastrophic Risk Report. We have bigger problems than The Walking Dead and Birdemic.
As you go through life, some days seem longer, some shorter, but altogether it’s often hard to get a sense of what actually constitutes your life while you’re living it. There are too many demands on your time, too many variables. Life just flows and flows, in a succession of days that seems endless until it isn’t.
It’s one thing to see a big problem, and it’s another to know how to fix it. But it’s something else altogether to actually get to done. When people go for a Big Solution to a hard issue, they usually fail, frustrated and disheartened. Writer Stephen Dubner understands why and how to proceed in a way that can actually work.
We didn’t always sleep how we do today–a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Several centuries ago, doctors prescribed a far different sleep regimen. But the advent of the light bulb changed all that.Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet found this lost history of sleep while trying to remedy her own sleep issues. She would wake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, becoming anxious that the next day she would be sleep deprived. But she discovered her midnight wakefulness was considered natural… several centuries ago.
All over the world, homeless people are subject to criminal sanction, given tickets or forced out of city centres just for sleeping or eating. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP UN special rapporteur on the right to housing
When we slip into sleep and embark on a subconscious journey through our dreams, what exactly is our brain up to? Theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and all around cool guy Michio Kaku returns to Big Thinkto discuss the science of dreaming, as well as everything Freud got right about our subconscious:
A propensity to worry indicates a strong ability to consider the past and future in precise detail, perhaps explaining why worriers also tend to be more intelligent.
There appears to be a bizarre stigma around people – especially women – who voluntarily decide not to procreate. I asked my Twitter followers what kinds of reactions they received and got some expected answers. The Huffington Post did the same (twice) and obviously had a much bigger pool. I want to examine these responses, curated by the HuffPo, and offer responses to these harsh claims that reinforce an unnecessary stigma. (Though the HuffPo article are directed at women, specifically, I hope you don’t view this as me speaking…
The Quiz Question 1: At a dinner party this weekend, a friend introduces you to a woman named Genevieve. He tells you that Genevieve recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in philosophy, where she was an active volunteer in an advocacy group for women’s health and edited a literary magazine. You’re interested in talking to Genevieve about [Georg] Hegel, the subject of her senior thesis, but your friend jumps in and asks you to rank the following statements about Genevieve in order of their probability:
by Christopher Hassiotis February 11, 2016 While the deleterious effects of smoking cigarettes is no longer in question, e-cigarettes remain in a gray zone, primarily because enough research hasn’t been done to make definitive claims. Things may be getting less gray, though. A new study from the University of North Carolina shows that e-cigarette use, which delivers nicotine via vapor rather than tobacco smoke, may not be safe simply because it does not contain the same known carcinogens as tobacco cigarette smoke. The study showed e-cigarette smoke flavored with chemical…