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Medieval Jewish Philosopher Reveals True Purpose of Circumcision

August 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

To destroy sexual love




In his book A Guide for the Perplexed, famous Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher Moses Maimonides, revealed what he and his 10th century peers believed to be the true purpose of circumcision – to destroy sexual love or “lust,” as he calls it.

Waking Up in the Dream

August 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm




It’s the same part of the dream I always wake up in. I just got out of class. I walk down the hall and three flights of stairs with the herd, anxiously pushing through the slow ones, until at last I fling open the double doors and skip down a few more steps to freedom.

The sun warms my air-conditioned skin, my lungs fill with fresh air, the palm trees sway in the breeze, and the birds are singing in my university’s beautifully landscaped gardens.

Elon Musk Worries Our Lives Won’t Have “Meaning” When Robots Take Our Jobs

July 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm




Most of the jobs in the world today will be done by robots in a couple of decades, Elon Musk predicted at a World Government Summit a few months ago.

No need to worry about unemployment though, Musk says, we will almost certainly all receive a universal basic income just for existing.

The real problem will be finding a sense of purpose or “meaning” when our labor becomes obsolete, he says:

Is Fasting the Fountain of Youth?

July 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm




The less you eat the longer you live, and the healthier you are, according to experts on aging and longevity, who’ve discovered fasting protects our genes and speeds up the regeneration of our cells.

“It’s been known for a long time that one way to extend the lifespan of laboratory animals is simply to reduce their energy (calorie) intake,” says
Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging and professor at Johns Hopkins University.

The Placebo Effect Proves We Can Heal Ourselves With Our Minds

July 16, 2017 at 3:59 am




In a documentary called The Power of Thought, stem-cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton estimates at least a third of all healings – including those involving drugs, surgery and all other allopathic treatment – have nothing to do with the treatment itself, but everything to do with the patient’s belief in the treatment.

The placebo effect, as defined by Google, is a “beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”

I LOVE Facebook. And You Probably Do Too. Why Can’t We All Stop Pretending to Hate It?

July 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm




I LOVE Facebook. I fucking love it. I always see people posting about how much they hate it:

“I hate facebook.”
 
“About to take a 2-hour break from Facebook. Just wanted to let you all know so you don’t worry.”
 
“If you need to get a hold of me, send me a private message on Facebook messenger. I’m not hardcore enough to take a break from that yet.”
 
“Just got back from my Facebook break and am instantly reminded of why I took a break in the first place.”
“I’m one stupid-post away from taking another break. I’m warning you guys.”

What a Gatherer-Hunter Diet Did to a Man’s Gut in Just Three Days

July 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

After just three days of living and eating with the Hadza gatherer-hunters, the gut flora of a relatively healthy British professor were transformed for the better.




Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London, has been studying the “major influence” gut bacteria (and other microbes) have on our immune system, metabolism, mood and general health. What he and his colleagues have found is the greater the gut flora diversity – the more types of microbes – the better. High diversity is associated with low risk of obesity and all types of disease.

The Inconvenient Truth About Monogamy

June 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm




It’s not natural.

Before you blow your top, hear me out.

I’m not saying it’s “not natural” in the sense religionists say homosexuality is “not natural.” I’m saying it in the same sense I would say eating grains is “not natural” – meaning you can do it, it’s just not going to be easy.

Millennial Women Reject the Razor: 1 in 4 Don’t Shave Underarms

May 24, 2017 at 1:51 am

After a century of cultural conditioning women across the globe are defying social shame and going “au naturel.”




Less than two decades after the media mercilessly mocked Julia Roberts for not shaving in 1999, nearly one in four millennial women, ages 16-24, are now following her lead.

How Reintroducing Wolves Miraculously Transformed Yellowstone National Park

May 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Nearly a century after they’d been driven extinct in the United States, 66 wild wolves captured in Canada were reintroduced to Central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1995. The result was nothing short of miraculous.




During their 70-year absence, deer overpopulated and overgrazed Yellowstone (and much of the rest of the country) destroying the landscape and causing countless other species to disappear.

Less than a decade after their reintroduction, the wolves totally transformed the park and restored it to its original beauty, all by bringing the deer population back into balance with the ecosystem.




This allowed the vegetation in those areas to regenerate. The height of the trees there increased 500 percent in six years. Bare valley sides were reforested.

The trees brought back songbirds and beavers.

“Beavers, like wolves, are eco-system engineers, creating niches for other species,” says the narrator of the Sustainable Human video above.

The beaver dams provided habitats for otters, ducks, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

The wolves also killed coyotes, increasing the number of rabbits and mice.




More rabbits and mice meant more hawks, weasels, foxes and badgers.

Ravens and bald eagles came down to feed on the carrion of the wolves.

The carrion – as well as berries on regenerated shrubs – allowed the bear population to grow as well. The bears also helped the wolves keep the deer population in check by going after their calves.

Most amazing of all, the wolves even changed the course of the rivers. Because of the regenerated vegetation and trees, there was less erosion. Channels narrowed and pools formed. Banks collapsed less often, making the rivers less meandering and more fixed in their course. All of this attracts wildlife.

You won’t find better proof that you can’t mess with Mother Nature. She creates delicately balanced ecosystems that rely on every species she gives life to, even those with sharp teeth.