Erica Creasy

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Yes, Benzos Are Bad For You

<i>WARNING: I will be saying very negative things about benzodiazepines in an effort to force doctors to think twice before prescribing them and to discourage patients from ever using them. However, because withdrawal symptoms can be severe and dangerous, individuals already taking benzos in</i> …

Walt Whitman on Identity and the Paradox of the Self

“There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity.”<p><i>“Our normal sensation of self is a hoax, or, at best, a temporary role that we are playing, or have been conned into</i> …

Clash of Clans Proves That Our Impatience Is Worth Billions

The mobile game Clash of Clans doesn’t look like much. Tiny cartoonish characters mill around a cartoon village on a player’s phone screen, building cute little armies that they let loose on enemy camps. Soldiers auto-hack at buildings, walls, and cannons while the player watches, earning gold and …

Mobile Gaming

Calling Off The Search For God

By most accounts, the search for God is an ancient, oil-slicked highway rutted with potholes, interrupted by long tunnels that lead mostly to more long tunnels. It's dark and stormy, often foggy, directed by ambiguous signage spelled out in dead languages. Except for the occasional downpour of …

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Why am I not finding the blog post? Reshaping INDIHOPE

<b>Disclaimer</b><p>Dear Reader, if you have come across here from a different blog post, then it means the blog that you are looking for is no longer …

The New MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

<i>Dear Savvy Senior,</i><p>I've heard that there's a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer's and I want to do everything I can to protect myself.<p>--Concerned Daughter<p><i>Dear Concerned,</i><p>It's true! Research has found that a new diet …

Every TED Talk Ever, In One Brutal Parody

<b>WHAT:</b> A video on Thought Leadership that is very clearly and effectively parodying TED Talks.<p><b>WHO:</b> This Is That, a current affairs show from CBC.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> TED Talk parodies have been around nearly as long as TED Talks themselves. The Onion had an entire series devoted to ridiculing the …

TED Talks

14 "Health" Foods Worse Than A Donut

Americans finally figured out that sugar is bad. How bad exactly? High consumption of the sweet stuff has been linked to health issues that range …

If you drop an ant from the top of the Empire State Building, will it die?

Please tell me I need to know<p>One of the benefits of being (somewhat) bilingual is you get double the internet content. I feel very blessed to be able to enjoy both American internet full of dat bois and amusing Chrome extensions, and Korean internet, full of Zootopia memes and fan art. Korean …

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Artist's Comic About Alcohol Addiction And Depression Proves We Need To Redefine Masculinity

'Being tough doesn't have to be how invincible you are, being tough can be showing your vulnerabilities and wanting to improve yourself.'<p>An artist …

Mental Health

Could God Have Used Evolution? Michael Ruse says no

Christianity has had a long and occasionally troubled relationship with science. Historical episodes involving Galileo and Darwin showcase Christians--many of them-- walking back dismissals when overwhelming evidence shows that the theologically preferable way of understanding our world (that earth …

The dark side of the universe – a primer | Cosmos

<b>Over the past 40 years astronomers</b> have realised that everything we can see – all the stars, planets and galaxies – make up less than 5% of the …

404 Not Found - A Coloring Book by The Oatmeal

I wrote a coloring book about a missing robot.View

We Disrupted the Energy System -- Let's Tackle the Food System, Too

<i>Government policies have ramped up clean energy development -- why not clean food? (Chris Goldberg, via Flickr)</i><p>It was just a few decades ago that people started to see the breadth and depth of the flaws in our fossil fuel-based energy system. On its surface, fossil fuel energy seemed cheap and …

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Science often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to satisfy your curiosity on subjects ranging from computer …

This Neuroscience Hack Can Make You Unstoppable

Because your brain recreates your memories, you can train it to automatically create memories that propel you forward.<p>Successful people always find ways to manage their emotions and thoughts. Steve Jobs, for example, used mindfulness meditation to remain centered and focused. Many CEOs have …

The Brain

5 Netflix documentaries that change how you think about the future

1/<p>"Bottled Life: Nestlé's Business with Water"<p>Netflix<p>The business of bottled water is strange on its face: water is everywhere. Why should we have to …

Pope Francis Scraps Abuse Tribunal for Bishops Who Cover Up Pedophile Priests

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were negligent.<p>The new procedures sought to answer …

Ben Stein: 'I don't think Trump knows a goddamn thing about economics'

The Republican economist talks about the 2016 election and why he’ll still vote for Donald Trump despite this ‘preposterous’ ideas about the economy<p>Ben Stein, writer, economist, actor and Republican, has seen a lot of elections but none like this. “It has been an extremely strange year,” says the …

The WHO has figured out the maximum amount of sugar we should be eating daily

Consuming too much energy—whether from fat or carbohydrates, including sugar—will make you gain weight. If left unchecked, this excess weight increases your risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.<p>In recognition of this, the World Health Organization …

Nutrition

Italy’s Version of Macaroni and Cheese Is Better, Faster and Easier

Macaroni and cheese is a crowdpleaser. And while your go-to recipe has undoubtedly been a year-round hit, from Thanksgiving dinners to backyard …

WATCH: You Are Actually Two Brains Living in One Person

This is really freaking us out.<p>People toss around the term "mind-blowing" a lot these days, but when it comes to knowledge that is capable of …

The Brain

Top 20 Habits for Happiness, Health, Productivity, and Success

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity, and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …

The Stories Behind Some Of The Biggest Board Games

The games we love don’t just magically materialize out of the spiraling ether. Hardly. They’re the products of real, flesh-and-blood human beings who …

The case for black holes being nothing but holograms just got even stronger

We can't see them because not even light can escape their gravitational pull, we have no idea what they're made of, and where does everything inside go once a black hole dies?<p>Physicists can't even agree on whether black holes are massive, three-dimensional behemoths, or just two-dimensional …

14 Low-Carb Breakfasts That Go Way Beyond Eggs

Everywhere you look, people are taking all sorts of measures to reduce their daily dose of carbs. In the new low-carb wonderland, starch-free …

Is Buying Organic Really Worth It?

Here's how organic food compares to conventional alternatives.<p>Buying organic food typically involves shelling out a premium. But is the extra pinch to the pocket actually worth it?<p>Last week, a Department of Agriculture report revealed just how much it really costs to shop organic.<p>Organic eggs, milk …