Embracing the Gig Economy, or Learning to Love Underemployment
What constitutes a job has changed but government statistics on the matter have not. A reassessment is needed to support the young people who will keep tomorrow's economy going.
What's the Latest Development?
The way we currently think of employment is not especially applicable to those looking to make it in today's economy, which is increasingly characterized by part-time, temporary positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "People with jobs are employed. People who are jobless, looking for jobs, and available for work are unemployed. People who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force." If you aren't sure where you fit in, you're not the only one. In today's gig economy, many people have jobs and are simultaneously looking for jobs.
What's the Big Idea?
Enthusiasm for the freelancer's life is more easily had by young people, 32% of whom are currently underemployed or unemployed, according to Gallup. "Health insurance goes to people with jobs—gigging requires either an invincible mindset, perfect health or a higher income. And there’s no unemployment for people who were never technically employed. The troubling likelihood of failing every day of the week except one can be a punishing mental burden." A reevaluation of what constitutes employment should be a priority in order to provide freelancers the support they need to keep our new economy running.
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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