How our brain sculpts experience in line with our expectations

The Book of Days (1864) by the Scottish author Robert Chambers reports a curious legal case: in 1457 in the town of Lavegny, a sow and her piglets were charged and tried for the murder of a partially eaten small child. After much deliberation, the court condemned the sow to death for her part in the act, but acquitted the…

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No stigma in Antigua, virtually

In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does…

Consciousness is not a thing….

….but a process of inference. I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that the philosophers and cognitive scientists who tend to pose the questions often assume that the mind is a thing, whose existence can be identified by the attributes it has or the…

Breathwork

Few fitness and wellness trends have taken over my feeds as comprehensively as breathwork has in the last few months—it’s all guys calmly sitting cross-legged or plunging into ice baths while talking about the Wim Hof Method as far as the eye can see. Now, if you don’t know Wim Hof from Wim Wenders, I’ll refrain from criticizing your under-rock lifestyle. Created…

Own a cruise ship

Over the past few years, retirees have begun jettisoning traditional retirement plans and choosing to spend their sunset years at sea. More and more people are swapping out their second homes and opting out of RV travel in favor of retiring on cruise ships. Oceanic Resort Condos of America (ORCA) is hoping to appeal to folks floating somewhere in the…

Hang out in Japanese neighbourhoods

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm…

Déjà vu, all over again

A brain glitch? A sign of quantum entanglement? What science says about déjà vu. Roughly two-thirds of people have had déjà vu, or the weird feeling that a new situation has been experienced before. Yet its prevalence belies just how mysterious the phenomenon remains to researchers, despite some extraordinary recent leaps in neuroscience. In part, this is because it’s extremely…

Brain science meets meditation

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 1963, and Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức steps out of a car into the middle of a Saigon intersection. He is followed by 350 Buddhist monks and nuns, all marching to end their persecution by Vietnam’s government. A monk places a cushion in the middle of the intersection. Read more courtesy of medium.com Booking.com

Working from home

Working from home is boring, un-productive, and is filled with distractions. I won’t lie. Being alone at home every day can sometimes affect your mood, and that tends to undermine one’s productivity. You’re less likely to report to work exactly on time, and under the lack of supervision, chances are you’ll have Netflix or YouTube open in a browser window…

A brutal refuge?

In the course of the nearly thirty years of his practice, Sir David Adjaye’s projects have been realized on five continents.  Here he reflects on what kinds of homes we build, and how we live in them. They include cultural and historical landmarks—such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C., and the planned Holocaust Memorial,…

Not the straight and narrow

At first glance, Bob Damron’s Address Book reads like any other travel guide. Bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses are grouped by city and state, their names and addresses listed in alphabetical order. An introductory note reassures readers that the information contained within the volume is up-to-date, while classifications written in abbreviated parentheticals offer travelers additional details on specific establishments: An asterisk, for example, indicates a…

No fixed address

Morton Jablin lives a simple life. He wakes early, showers, dresses, has breakfast and begins his day. He enjoys tea in the afternoon and fish for his evening meal. He’s not much different than you and me, with one exception: Morton Jablin lives on a cruise ship. Read more courtesy of GoNomad.com

Weed love to see you, bud

Thailand is in a good position to tap the green rush and forge a path in medical marijuana tourism. Its neighbors are keenly watching its developments, even as the region’s pace toward marijuana legalization is still slow. Some places have been there for a while. Read more courtesy of skift.com  Please rotate on mobile devices

Can we? Yes, vegan!

When you’re travelling, it’s a great idea to earmark some good eateries before you go, so you know where you can get the best vegan food in the city. I often use websites such as HappyCow to find local vegan options – this is a really great way to browse all of the restaurants around you, and check out their…

Places you’re not supposed to go

Looking for something different?  This site (now somewhat shuttered) compels the reader to explore where they maybe shouldn’t be. It’s a matter of “go at your own risk“, but the forums are lively with some threads that take you into some wild / scary / funny directions. Not for the meek.  And Matouring doesn’t necessarily endorse this – but hey,…

Ah, youth

The main image may be a little bit unfair…. The video tells the story of three absolutely sensible guys who decide to fly over the Atlantic Ocean in a Cessna light aviation aircraft. In all honesty, their focus on the task in-hand is impressive, and spiked with some very funny moments, as well as a few scary ones. Good on…

Mujer-BnB

(Say it out loud) If you’ve ever felt unsafe while traveling, you’re not alone. According to a recent SAP Concur survey, over 50% of women polled said they’ve changed their travel arrangements because they felt unsafe. But now there’s a rental platform aiming to change the status quo for women seeking to travel without fear of risky accommodations. Read more courtesy of refinery29.com…

Happy trails, city slicker

If you’re one of the roughly 80% of Americans who lives in an urban area, you know how important it is to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Thankfully, the 25 most populous U.S. cities are each home to beautiful, well-maintained trails that can easily connect city-dwellers to the great outdoors. Check out these well-loved walking routes, which…

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