Neuroscience and Pope Agree on Limiting the Role of Smartphones in Life
Away from the dinner table.
Technology has its place in our lives, just not at the dinner table, according to Pope Francis.
"A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table, but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family," he said in a report. "When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner."
“In family life we learn about togetherness from a young age, which is a very beautiful virtue; the family teaches us to share, with joy, the blessings of life,” he said.
The pope might be on to something. Family dinners are a pivotal time for development, according to pediatrician Dr. Jenny Radesky.
"[Children] learn language; they learn about their own emotions; they learn how to regulate them," she said in an interview with NPR. "They learn by watching us how to have a conversation, how to read other people's facial expressions. And if that's not happening, children are missing out on important development milestones."
Think you can pay attention to your kid and send a tweet at the same time? Dan Harris says forget about it.
"We literally neurologically cannot do more than one thing at a time," says Harris.
From computer hacking to biohacking, Dave Asprey has embarked on a quest to reverse the aging process.
- As a teenager, founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, began experiencing health issues that typically plague older adults.
- After surrounding himself with anti-aging researchers and scientists, he discovered the tools of biohacking could dramatically change his life and improve his health.
- He's now confident he'll live to at least 180 years old. "It turns out that those tools that make older people young make younger people kick ass," he says.
French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
- French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.
- A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
- The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
- Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.