Share Your Car (For Cash)
Start ups that encourage people to share their personal vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. Each offers their own system to entice you to make money from lending out your car.
What's the Latest Development?
If you have a car, you could be earning money while you are not driving it. That is the idea behind a string of new start ups encouraging vehicle owners to share their cars in return for cash. In general, the owner receives two-thirds of the rental proceeds. "RelayRides says an owner of a midsize, late-model sedan who rents out a car for 10 hours a week could expect to clear about $3,000 a year." Currently, peer-to-peer car sharing is most widely available in San Francisco. Legal questions over insurance claims have slowed broader adoption.
What's the Big Idea?
There was a time when registered drivers outnumbered registered vehicles. As environmental and financial resources become scarcer, we may be returning to that age, says Randall Stross, professor of business at San Jose State University. "Car sharing is just one form of 'collaborative consumption,' the clunky catchphrase that...is commonly used to suggest an ideological or moral imperative to share more things." Projects encouraging drivers to share their cars are further evidence of social networking's ability to improve resource efficiency.
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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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