Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? — New Statesman
Scientific models predict that if humanity doesn’t switch relatively soon to an alternate system of exchange, it is doomed.
Well, probably not the entire human race would go extinct— just most of it.
While such a schedule might indeed be healthier, and questionably better for economic productivity, blog correspondent Sasha Vartelskaya, who brought this story to FWIW’s attention, exclaims: “Kakoi-to ujas! [Horrific!] Soon there might not be anything pleasant left in the world…”
Spain, Land of Siestas and 10 PM Dinners, Asks if It’s Time to Reset the Clock — NY Times
A pro-efficiency movement is pushing Spain, with its long siestas and late nights, to reset its clock to align the country with the rest of Europe’s 9-to-5 schedule and become more productive.
Musician Moby Favors Los Angeles: Here’s Why — Guardian UK
“Moby: I left New York for LA because creativity requires the freedom to fail. New York is about success. Maybe that’s why it’s no longer the world’s cultural capital. . .”
Note-taking by Hand versus by Laptop – Huffington Post
“Two Princeton University psychological scientists wondered if laptops, despite their plusses, might lead to a shallower kind of cognitive processing, and to lower quality learning. They decided to test the old and the new in a head-to-head contest.”
Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas – Medium.com
“A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of consciousness in concrete mathematical terms for the first time.”
Timeline of the Universe — BBC Future
“What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion?” Mulling over this projected timeline by BBC Future inevitably puts one’s current concerns into perspective.
Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming — Globe and Mail
Too many among us never pine for peace and quiet, because that’s all we ever get.
‘Memories’ pass between generations — BBC News
Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.
A palliative nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – Atlantic Monthly
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats. . .
A 36-year-old woman was charged Wednesday after punching, scratching and sliding her buttocks against a painting worth more than $30 million, authorities in Colorado said. . .
Observatory: Rats Have Empathy, Study Finds — NY Times
A new study in the journal Science has found that rats can be helpful — the first instance that such behavior has been documented in rodents. . .
Jennifer L. Scott arrived in France as a California girl, but she returned home as a Parisienne. . .