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A Tool of Control: How Health Officials Weaponize Language to Manage Public Perception of COVID Vaccines

The deployment of clever linguistic tricks has created a hostile upside-down universe, where even the vaccine-injured are tarnished as “anti-vaxxers” or liars rather than acknowledged as ex-vaxxers who took risks that turned out to be life-changing. By Children’s Health Defense … Continue reading

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Philosophy cannot resolve the question ‘How should we live?’

By Dave Ellis Source: aeon The question How should we live? is one that many ask in a crisis, jolted out of normal patterns of life. But that question is not always a simple request for a straightforward answer, as if we … Continue reading

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Buddhism and the Brain

Many of Buddhism’s core tenets significantly overlap with findings from modern neurology and neuroscience. So how did Buddhism come close to getting the brain right? By David Weisman Source: Seed Magazine Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite … Continue reading

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The Role of Dystopian Fiction in a Dystopian World

By Luther Blissett and J. F. Sebastian of Arkesoul A few years ago, Neal Stephenson wrote a widely-shared article called Innovation Starvation for the World Policy Institute. He began the piece lamenting our inability to fulfill the hopes and dreams … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry – Everything is Not Under Control

By Zen Gardner Source: ZenGardner.com What a farce. Telling everyone “everything is under control” is perhaps the most dulling and disempowering phrase ever uttered. My fascination with language just keeps expanding. I love looking at expressions, words, colloquialisms, so-called “sayings” … Continue reading

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Language Leaps and the Information Shuffle

By Zen Gardner Source: ZenGardner.com So much can be told by language shifts. Both what’s being used more frequently in general as well as substantial new additions, and deletions, to the lexicon. This goes two ways. The controllers keep shifting … Continue reading

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Out of the Wild

At Orion Magazine, authors William Cronon and Michael Pollan share a stimulating conversation about how language shapes our world. They cover questions such as “what is wild?”, “what is cultivated?”, and “what can these ideas teach us about our relationship … Continue reading

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