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Why sleeping less is so expensive?

In a recent article, I wrote about how happiness has become an unhealthy obsession. It is impossible to be happy all the time, and most people do not even understand what it means to be happy. Incredibly, the pursuit for success, not health or happiness, has taken a key role in modern society, even if the price of success, if achieved, is extremely high for money to pay for ...Read full article...

When the mediocre take over power

Mediocracy leads everyone to subordinate any type of deliberation to arbitrary models promoted by instances of authority. Put aside those complicated volumes: accounting manuals will be more useful. Do not be proud, do not be witty or show signs of ease: it may seem arrogant. Don’t be so passionate: people are scared. And, most importantly, avoid “good ideas”: many of them end up in the crusher. That penetrating look ...Read full article...

Eco-Anxiety: Apocalypse is just around the corner

In the new environmental religion, where using plastic and eating beef are high sins, followers turn into self-punishing slaves. Buying a bottle of water is punishable with public shaming, and feeding yourself with animal protein is seen as an environmental outrage. “People need to decrease beef consumption by 60%”, say some ‘experts’, while other more radical ones call for the complete eradication of the meat industry. Although energy consumption ...Read full article...

Abundance degenerates into excess, dissatisfaction causes waste

The powerful flow of chemical science from the nineteenth century spilled into the twentieth century and produced amazing transformations in the lives of humans. The science of computing that emerged in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century had its own disruptive effects in the world, to the point we normalize the talk of having a digital life. A technological expression of this expansive chemical science has been plastics. Its ...Read full article...

Is social network privacy an oxymoron?

By definition, a social network is an internet environment that allows you to create content and share it with other users. Precisely that community character is what makes us venture to create profiles in which we collect our hobbies, interests or even our daily activities. We regularly share and publish photos, comment on information published by other people and interact with them by providing personal information. In this environment, ...Read full article...

Emotions polarize social media users

On Twitter messages that appeal to emotions are more successful in making people lose their minds. A new study shows that not only do we feel more driven to share tweets, but also the words that refer to emotions and morals capture our attention more than neutral ones. The work of psychologists Ana P. Gantman, William J. Brady and Jay Van Bavel shows that the terms that appeal to ...Read full article...

The Dark Ages of Climate Change

Climate Change funds will go to countries and governments that will best keep their populations in abject poverty. With so many important people in favor claiming to carry out actions that help avoid a “great catastrophe,” you would think that if there is one thing behind this call to save ourselves from ourselves, that thing would be science. However, in an exclusive interview, journalist and author Marc Morano explains ...Read full article...

Microsoft is also listening to your conversations

First Facebook, then Google, Apple, and Amazon. Now, Microsoft has admitted that they do actively listen to people’s private conversation via Skype. What all these companies have in common is that they all lie to their users and they only admit to spying on people if there is irrefutable proof they do so. As we informed last week, Apple uses Siri to listen to your audios. Amazon uses Alexa ...Read full article...

Climate Change impending disaster

Is the Climate Change obsession turning into the greatest scientific blunder in human history? A few terms come to mind when describing the so-called impending disaster that awaits humanity “if something is not done” about climate change. One of those terms is Consensus. Consensus means a general agreement, not an absolute agreement. In other words, having consensus in science does not mean that those who agree with something hold ...Read full article...

Brain cells help us erase memories

It happens to us all. We are listening to a playlist, watching a movie or our favorite TV show when our mind snaps. Something in that song, movie or show brought a memory, a bad one back to life. What is there to do about a bad memory? Is it even under our conscious control? As it turns out, it is, but we need help from out physical body ...Read full article...

Are you sharenting your children?

Imagine: You are just 3 years old. You barely know how to utter a few words but your cute face has already turned you into a social media sensation. Your relatives and their friends can’t help but to click LIKE and SHARE as they expose you and your family to more, unnecessary attention from strangers you will never meet. Social networks are full of images of children doing tricks ...Read full article...

Is gender a biological or cultural construction?

Can you be a man and a woman at the same time? Are there more than two genders? It may be that the man-woman distinction, which predominates in the West, is the hegemonic one, but it is not safe from the desire of power groups to force it into obsolescence. To say that one is a man, when being biologically born a woman and vice versa, is widely celebrated ...Read full article...

Is one type of violence more important than the rest?

Gender inequality is largely blamed on men, on a “paternalistic society” and so is gender violence. Spain is a country with levels of social toxicity rarely seen elsewhere. Social division runs rampant because of politicians, most of them socialists, who use mental games to balkanize the public to keep them getting at each other’s throats. The latest example is that of Paz Lloria, co-director of the Master in Law ...Read full article...

Lonely people live shorter less healthy lives

There are two kinds of loneliness: social and emotional. Social loneliness is distinguished by the lack of satisfaction in the number of social relationships, and emotional loneliness is dissatisfaction with the quality of human relationships.  Everything points to the fact that emotional loneliness is a stage for worse psychological health.  Depending on the context we live in, we can long for loneliness to give us the pleasure of disconnecting ...Read full article...

Internet interaction: Compulsive, competitive and anxious

The obsession with metrics on the Internet, by the number of our followers who say I like it, leads us to compulsive, competitive and anxious behavior, and pushes us to create more and more content pursuing an opaque idea of ​​social success. To combat this crazy desire to like companies are now offering software that hides all the data in social networks, with the intention of curbing the apparent ...Read full article...