Here’s a bundle of stuff to get the mental corn popping.
Cathy Alex introduces us to Autumn Peltier: the twelve year old Indigenous girl who speaks for water. CBC
Ben Chapman looks at Finland’s experiment in universal basic income. The Indepedent
Adam Greenfield introduces us to a sociology of the smartphone. I’ll admit, Phil can be irritated by how much I use my phone, but my addiction’s not that bad in perspective. Longreads
I listened to this interview last Sunday—so good. And so important. Michael Enright interviews Daphne Merkin about staying alive despite her near-constant wish to die. The Sunday Edition on CBC.
Emma Young uncovers Melanie Goodwin’s life with multiple personalities. BBC
Alex Williams: Prozac nation is now the united states of Xanax. How anxiety is taking over as the leading mental illness in the US. The New York Times
David Nield reports: forgetting things could actually make you smarter. Science Alert
ASAP Science explores memory. Can you remember this?
Kristy Hamilton: researchers reveal the multi-dimensional universe of the brain. Mind blowing—lol! IFLS
Bec Crew reports: the first filmed DNA replication changes everything we thought we knew. Science Alert
SciShow asks, can you be allergic to sunlight? Oh, yeah.
I do not help my wife. Ladies pass it on
Casey Smith: DNA shows that cats domesticated themselves (ahem, or us …). National Geographic
Annalee Newitz shows how cats are extreme outliers among domestic animals. Ars Technica
Elephant conservation is more important than you think. Samburu for The Economist.
Happy-making music for the week: Walk off the Earth covers Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you.”
Be well until the weekend!