COVID-19 is a Catalyst for a Cultural Movement that’s Cracking Down on Consumerism

COVID-19 is a Catalyst for a Cultural Movement that’s Cracking Down on Consumerism

While running today, I noticed something. All of our retail shops are closed. But the construction industry, development of our infrastructure is full steam ahead. Then I thought, in a couple of years, when we look back, what will it all mean? The Coronavirus, social distancing, and non-essential business closures… And I think I’ve put my finger on the pulse.

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What COVID-19 Tells Us About the Tragedy of the Commons

What COVID-19 Tells Us About the Tragedy of the Commons

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read a few articles about COVID-19’s knock-on effects on people’s behaviour—particularly stockpiling goods—which people online have called ‘stupid’ and ‘selfish.’ Is this behaviour a result of ignorance, recklessness, or perhaps a clash between collectivist and individualist ideals? The more I think about the manner in which people have been stockpiling (and, to a lesser extent…

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Having Too Much Information Can Lead Us To Make Worse Decisions

Having Too Much Information Can Lead Us To Make Worse Decisions

Ensuring you’re well-informed before making a choice is, on the whole, a sensible thing to do. This is especially true of big decisions — just pretending you’ve read the terms and conditions of a new website might be okay, but we’re unlikely to be so lax about our health or finances.

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Face masks ‘should be a national mandate,’ virologist says

Face masks ‘should be a national mandate,’ virologist says

NBC News contributor Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist, tells TODAY that Americans are being advised to wear face masks because asymptomatic coronavirus carriers can spread the disease via “silent infections.” He says to use anything you can tie around your face, not face masks medical professionals use. He says “there should be a nationwide mandate” to wear facial coverings.

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A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later

A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later

New research provides evidence that the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms can affect brain processes related to emotional functioning long after the substance has left one’s body. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, shed new light on the long-term effects of psilocybin.

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Apple is making a million face shields per week to help health workers

Apple is making a million face shields per week to help health workers

Tech companies worldwide are trying to help health agencies and governments fight the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Apple said it has designed a special face shield for medical professionals. The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, posted a video on Twitter saying that the tech giant will ship a million face shields by the end of the week; after that, an additional one million units each week. These masks pack flat, with one box containing a hundred pieces.

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