The Shadow

By Bob O’Hearn / 04.21.2016 The Conscious Process “Malevolence exists because free will exists, and all things are permitted to exist and coexist. Life cannot know itself as one thing without knowing that which it is not. You would not know you were a loving being unless your opposite was permitted to exist and to[…]

Brain Training – Why It’s No Walk in the Park

We don’t need fancy gadgets to improve our brain power. / Shutterstock By Dr. Tom Stafford / 10.03.2016 Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science University of Sheffield You’ve probably heard of “brain training exercises” – puzzles, tasks and drills which claim to keep you mentally agile. Maybe, especially if you’re an older person, you’ve even[…]

Kaine Interrupts and Attacks; Pence Holds Steady and Deflects

FARMVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 04: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) debate during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice[…]

Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments

Robert Fludd’s Temple of Music. One of the great seventeenth-century occultist’s contributions to the domain of speculative technology. From his Utriusque cosmi (1617) / archive.org Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson, curators of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions, including a piano comprised of yelping cats and Francis[…]

Is Free Will an Illusion?

By Anna O’Faolan / 10.05.2016 How You Can Gain More Control in Your Life Sit and think on it for a few moments, and see what happens. Does a clear and decisive answer spring to mind, followed closely by mild indignation? But of course I have free will, you say, why would you suggest otherwise?[…]

Yahoo Spied on Email Customers at Government’s Order

Snowden and others react to new allegations that Yahoo scanned all of its customers incoming emails last year on behalf of the government. (Image: Esther Vargas/flickr/cc) Rights groups said the news proves “the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA’s tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world’s data.” By Lauren McCauley /[…]