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Freud's interpretation of why we dream may be wrong -- here's what's really going on

• <b>When we dream, parts of our brain associated with visual processing and emotion go wild, while parts associated with logic shut down.</b>• <b><br>Throughout</b> …

Consciousness

The demise of the nation state

What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and comedians; politics in the UK still shows few signs of recovery after the “national nervous breakdown” of Brexit. France “narrowly escaped a heart attack” in last year’s …

Political Science

Steven Spielberg’s film portrays video gamers at their worst

Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster, Ready Player One, is the most significant Hollywood depiction of gamer culture to date. For the first time in mainstream cinema, it presents video games not merely as the cliched subcultural world of geeks and nerds, but as a significant force shaping the future …

The Wire still matters

A new oral history reminds why it deserves its reputation as some of the best television ever made.<p>In the future, the canon of prestige television …

I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. He's still a scared child

Trump is angrier and more self-absorbed than when I first knew him. We must not let his culture of fear stop us speaking out<p>• Tony Schwartz wrote The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump in 1987<p>“I alone can do it.” These five extraordinary words kept coming back to me as I reflected on Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power by Byung-Chul Han – review

During a commercial break in the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple broadcast an ad directed by Ridley Scott. Glum, grey workers sat in a vast grey hall listening to Big Brother’s declamations on a huge screen. Then a maverick athlete-cum-Steve-Jobs-lackey hurled a sledgehammer at the screen, shattering it and …

Google Glass

Byron Katie: ‘Just ask yourself, is that thought really true?’

Byron Katie was deeply depressed when a radical change left her joyful. She now uses her secret to help others – whether brutalised by war or merely stressed<p>For a long time, Byron Katie’s children thought she was having them on. Her character seemed to change overnight, and they didn’t trust her …

Empathy

‘Every day brings some new trauma’: keeping calm in an anxious world

From Trump’s tweets to EU uncertainty and the threat of nuclear war, the stress-inducing headlines keep coming. Therapists share tips on how to cope<p>In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum and the US presidential election, it became common, on the losing side, to compare the experience to a …

Greenwich Village

BBC apologises over interview with climate denier Lord Lawson

Exclusive: Lawson’s claim that global temperatures are not rising went unchallenged, breaching guidelines on accuracy and impartiality<p>The BBC has apologised for an interview with the climate change denier Lord Lawson after admitting it had breached its own editorial guidelines for allowing him to …

Al Gore

Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

By taking the Buddhism out of the practice, Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression. He talks about Trump, ‘McMindfulness’ and how a 10-second vision in 1979 led to a change in the world’s consciousness<p>The police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, …

Mindfulness

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

New Jersey

When Things Go Missing

Reflections on two seasons of loss.<p>A couple of years ago, I spent the summer in Portland, Oregon, losing things. I normally live on the East Coast, but that year, unable to face another sweltering August, I decided to temporarily decamp to the West. This turned out to be strangely easy. I’d lived …

Mind

Owen Jones meets Naomi Klein | 'Donald Trump is more like the schlock doctrine'

Donald Trump

One line to carry with you: why Dylan’s lyrics are so important for so many people | Untold Dylan

By Tony Attwood<p>A short while ago I wrote an article in response to the accusation that some of us who like Bob Dylan’s music, were in fact obsessed …

Time I

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. By Naomi Klein<p>There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when …

Donald Trump

Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

What causes terrorism? The combination of the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester and a British general election inevitably meant that this …

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations

Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.<p>Seven years after the end of the Second World War, on the 10th of March 1952, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the newly established Federal Republic …

Political Science

Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

Biotechnology and the rise of AI may split humankind into a small class of ‘superhumans’ and a huge underclass of ‘useless’ people. Once the masses lose their economic and political power, inequality levels could spiral alarmingly<p>Inequality goes back to the Stone Age. Thirty thousand years ago, …

Economics

Seriously – don’t mention the war. Macron’s victory has nothing to do with Vichy France

Arron Banks’s comparison was bizarre. Why is a generation of men seeing politics through the prism of the second world war?<p>How we laughed in 1975 when Basil Fawlty, faced with German guests at his hotel, said: “Listen, don’t mention the war. I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.” …

World History

Politicians used Freudian ideas to first convince Americans they needed capitalism

Freud’s ideas are taken with a healthy degree of skepticism by clinical psychologists today. Though there’s been something of a backlash to the backlash against Freud, few take his theories as gospel. So it’s somewhat disconcerting to realize that Freud’s work was once used as a script to …

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

• This article is the subject of legal complaints on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC and SCL Elections Limited.<p><i>“The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental</i> …

Cambridge Analytica

Book review: Jonathan Taplin’s Move Fast and Break Things homes in on the human cost of the digital revolution

Culture is dying. At a time when more is being written, made, read and listened to than ever before, the grand human endeavour of artistic creation …

We are experiencing a work revolution – and it’s making us mentally ill

More than ever, we’re living in an age of uncertainty. Now is the time to invest in tackling the mental health problems we know this engenders<p>We are in the middle of an unprecedented revolution in our working lives. Within the next 20 years nearly half of current jobs in the US are at risk of being …

Mental Health

Let’s talk about intimacy – and why it makes for better love and sex

The key to a great relationship is more than physical – it’s about taking off the mask and really revealing yourself<p>Is there anything we still need to know about sex? Apparently, yes: and the missing ingredient is a gamechanger not just for individuals, but entire nations.<p>Sex has been centre-stage …

Relationships

Jail for a joke: student's case puts free speech under spotlight in Spain

Cassandra Vera got suspended sentence for tweets about Franco-era killing in ruling her supporters say will have chilling effect<p>On 20 December 1973, the Spanish prime minister was killed in Madrid by a car bomb of such force that the Dodge in which he was travelling was blown more than 20 metres …

Rights & Freedoms

Who do we most need in reactionary times? Twin Peaks’ Dale Cooper

David Lynch’s and Mark Frost’s emotionally intelligent detective returns, reminding us that feelings, as well as facts, are important for discerning truth<p>I’ve got good news: special agent Dale Cooper is soon to return to our screens, and through them, our lives. And he could not have picked a …

Twin Peaks

El problema no es Bob Dylan, el problema es nuestro

El músico, un ser radicalmente libre, es coherente con su forma de actuar en su vida al recibir el Nobel<p>El problema es vuestro. Ese es el único …

Bob Dylan’s prophecy: The kryptonite we need against Trumpism

Let’s get past the stupid Nobel debates: Dylan is not just a great poet, but a prophet whose genius can sustain us<p>Two weeks ago, Bob Dylan accepted the Nobel Prize in person; true to form, he did so not at the December ceremony (where Patti Smith performed in his stead), but during a previously …

Literature

The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley

Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world<p>As they plough through their GCSE revision, UK students planning to take politics A-level in the autumn can …

Rand Paul