Self-Motivation
David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Actor
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Management
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
Learn
from the world's big
thinkers
Start Learning

Tanning Salons Say They're Victims of the "Sun Scare Industry"

The tanning industry, beset on several sides by mounting evidence showing the dangers of their services, isn't going down without a fight.

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn


What's the Latest Development?

The tanning industry, feeling increasing pressure from doctors and legislators about their services, is fighting back by using tactics that describe sunscreen as toxic and paint objectors as participants in a "sun scare industry." Mary Elizabeth Williams reports in Salon about one tanning advocacy group, the International Smart Tan Network, that uses a training video in which a dermatologist goes to heaven, faces an angry God, and is sent to hell for "blasphemy" because of his efforts to keep people from enjoying God's creation, the sun.

What's the Big Idea?

Williams cites a congressional report that found that a majority of salons told their clients that indoor tanning posed no health risks and that it could, in fact, have health benefits. Other training videos "compare the way that doctors once condoned smoking to the way they now support sun protection...[saying], 'It's the same thing as [their] being arm-in-arm with big tobacco.'" Williams, herself a melanoma survivor, dismisses suggestions that doctors are being bought by sunscreen companies: "They're just trying to save your life."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

LIVE EVENT | Radical innovation: Unlocking the future of human invention

Innovation in manufacturing has crawled since the 1950s. That's about to speed up.

Big Think LIVE

Add event to calendar

AppleGoogleOffice 365OutlookOutlook.comYahoo


Keep reading Show less

DMT drug study investigates the ‘entities’ people meet while tripping

Why do so many people encounter beings after smoking large doses of DMT?

Pixabay
Mind & Brain
  • DMT is arguably the most powerful psychedelic drug on the planet, capable of producing intense hallucinations.
  • Researchers recently surveyed more than 2,000 DMT users about their encounters with 'entities' while tripping, finding that respondents often considered these strange encounters to be positive and meaningful.
  • The majority of respondents believed the beings they encountered were not hallucinations.
Keep reading Show less

Self-driving cars to race for $1.5 million at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ​

So far, 30 student teams have entered the Indy Autonomous Challenge, scheduled for October 2021.

Illustration of cockpit of a self-driving car

Indy Autonomous Challenge
Technology & Innovation
  • The Indy Autonomous Challenge will task student teams with developing self-driving software for race cars.
  • The competition requires cars to complete 20 laps within 25 minutes, meaning cars would need to average about 110 mph.
  • The organizers say they hope to advance the field of driverless cars and "inspire the next generation of STEM talent."
Keep reading Show less

The dangers of the chemical imbalance theory of depression

A new Harvard study finds that the language you use affects patient outcome.

Image: solarseven / Shutterstock
Mind & Brain
  • A study at Harvard's McLean Hospital claims that using the language of chemical imbalances worsens patient outcomes.
  • Though psychiatry has largely abandoned DSM categories, professor Joseph E Davis writes that the field continues to strive for a "brain-based diagnostic system."
  • Chemical explanations of mental health appear to benefit pharmaceutical companies far more than patients.
Keep reading Show less
Videos

Navy SEALs: How to build a warrior mindset

SEAL training is the ultimate test of both mental and physical strength.

Scroll down to load more…
Quantcast