Will the reduction of suffering overtake materialism as mankind's main priority?

Civilization has made great progress, especially over the last 300 years as life became less brutal and people's sense of empathy extended to global proportions.

It is clear than some of us have more than we need in material goods and comforts, while many are still suffering from conditions that are barbaric and dangerous.

Communism and Socialism, while well intended in most cases, have resulted in horrific acts due to our poor understanding of power and it's effects on our decision making, while materialism appears to have run it's course.

Many great thinkers, Einstein, Rees and Vonnegut, spent the last of their lives disillusioned with our chances feeling that we are doomed to self destruction.

For us optimists this is not acceptable and hope is the only path, the recent discovery that we are still evolving, over turning the mythical beliefs that we are "done" as proposed by religions.

Can we change quickly enough to save the species or will we join the Neanderthals?

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.

  • When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
  • Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
  • Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
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A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

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  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

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  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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