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You are relatively true but also universally true.  You are relatively conscious as a person in the space/time continuum, but you are also Universal Consciousness, free from space and time. You are part, but you are also whole.  You are person, but you are also God.   –Mike Zonta, BB editor

The Cancer Industry: Hype vs. Reality

Cancer medicine generates enormous revenues but marginal benefits for patients By John Horgan on February 12, 2020 (blogs.scientificamerican.com) Today I’m giving a talk at my school, Stevens Institute of Technology, titled “The Cancer Industry: Hype Versus Reality.” The talk focuses on the enormous gap between the grim reality of cancer medicine in the U.S. and the upbeat claims made … Continue reading The Cancer Industry: Hype vs. Reality

Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers and artists have reaped, and extolled, the creative benefits of keeping a diary. For John Steinbeck, journaling was a tool of discipline and a hedge against self-doubt; for Virginia Woolf, a way to “loosen the ligaments” of creativity; for André Gide, a conduit to “spiritual evolution”; for Anaïs Nin, … Continue reading Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness

Elon Musk warns ‘advanced A.I.’ will soon manipulate social media

Musk also said that “anonymous bot swarms” should be investigated. STEPHEN JOHNSON 27 September, 2019 (bigthink.com)FilmMagic / Getty On Thursday, Musk tweeted about the potential dangers of advanced A.I. manipulating social media. It’s unclear what prompted Musk to tweet about advanced A.I., but his tweets came hours after The New York Times published an article about digital disinformation … Continue reading Elon Musk warns ‘advanced A.I.’ will soon manipulate social media

Why extreme rituals might benefit psychophysiological health

A new study shows two potential benefits of undergoing a painful ritual. STEPHEN JOHNSON 25 September, 2019 Michel RENAUDEAU/Getty (bigthink.com) A new study examined peoples’ objective and subjective indicators of health before, during, and after a painful ritual. The results showed that people who underwent the painful ritual reported a greater quality of life and … Continue reading Why extreme rituals might benefit psychophysiological health

Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Is Her Superpower

MOLLY LONGMAN LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24, 2019, 7:46 AM (refinery29.com) PHOTO: ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES. While dozens of world leaders made their voices heard at the UN Climate Action summit in New York City Monday, it was a 16-year-old’s rallying cry that had people — including the president — talking. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is known internationally for continuously and courageously working to combat … Continue reading Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Is Her Superpower