But the longevity boost is not done yet: it is generally agreed that the natural ceiling to human life is somewhere around 115. Others say that even without cutting-edge AI or other technological wizardry, we could live far longer. Opinion broadly divides into three groups: the “levellers” who say we are at peak lifespan now. The “extrapolators” who argue that technology and education have made their biggest leaps but can squeak us up to a ceiling of 120 before levelling off for good. And the “accelerators” – those determined to defeat ageing, who believe we are on the verge of major breakthroughs in scientific and technological research that will increase longevity, pushing us into the realms of immortality. … [Read more...] about The 100-year life: how to prolong a healthy mind
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Though there is no confirmation of Marcos's real identity, the most repeated legend that surrounds him goes like this: an urban Marxist intellectual and activist, Marcos was wanted by the state and was no longer safe in the cities. He fled to the mountains of Chiapas in southeast Mexico filled with revolutionary rhetoric and certainty, there to convert the poor indigenous masses to the cause of armed proletarian revolution against the bourgeoisie. He said the workers of the world must unite, and the Mayans just stared at him. They said they weren't workers and, besides, land wasn't property but the heart of their community. Having failed as a Marxist missionary, Marcos immersed himself in Mayan culture. The more he learned, the less he knew. Out of this process, a new kind of army emerged, the EZLN, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, which was not controlled by an elite of guerrilla commanders but by the communities themselves, through clandestine councils and open assemblies. … [Read more...] about The unknown icon
The worshippers are here to see a painting, and so am I. It is an anonymous medieval painting of the Annunciation. Luke's gospel tells how the angel visited Mary - greeting her with "Hail Mary, full of grace" - to announce she would give birth to Jesus. It is one of the great subjects of Christian art, depicted in stained glass in gothic cathedrals, painted with deep sensitivity by Simone Martini and Leonardo da Vinci. But these believers are not gathered for a lecture on religious art. They have come to pay reverence to a relic, for this particular painting of the Annunciation is the product of heaven rather than humanity, and has the power to work miracles. An angel came down and guided the hand of an anonymous medieval monk to make it, and ever since it has protected the city of Florence. People still come here hoping for intercession. … [Read more...] about Almost a saint
* * * During the 80s and 90s, Foxtons created a distinctive internal culture. Heavily influenced by Hunt’s personality and working habits, it endures, little changed, to this day. In its recruitment and working patterns, in its rewards and penalties, in its use of branding and digital technology, the company has been a pioneer for many of today’s British white-collar employers.At the core of Foxtons is obsessive commitment. Opening for longer hours than rivals means longer working hours for Foxtons staff. The issue dominates whenever they talk about their jobs. “The hours are completely insane,” posted a former lettings negotiator last year on an online forum where Foxtons employees gather anonymously. “You work 12 hours a day Mon-Friday PLUS every other weekend, with no lieu days!” A former sales negotiator added: “It becomes exceptionally difficult to maintain bonds and relationships with people outside [Foxtons] EVEN IF YOU LIVE WITH … [Read more...] about Is Foxtons the estate agent London deserves?
"That is why I have decided to introduce a forum bar. This will mean that where prosecution is possible in both the UK and in another state, the British courts will be able to bar prosecution overseas if they believe it is in the interests of justice to do so." … [Read more...] about Gary McKinnon extradition to US blocked by Theresa May