Utne Reader

Sep 29

Beyond phasing out harmful fishing practices, Bali’s fishing communities have teamed up with Reef Check Indonesia and the Marine Foundation to install and nurture underwater sculptures designed to encourage reef regeneration. http://bit.ly/1fQmnwA

“Garments? You wear a shirt a few months and you throw it away. But I make you a baby? You keep that for life. I have made something so much bigger than anything I could ever make in the factory.” — Indirani, a 30-year old garment worker and gestational surrogate mother in Bangalore, India, where being a surrogate mother is considered the best job a working-class woman there will ever have. 

Sep 28

Seeking the Spiritual Experience in Modern Society

Somewhere between modernity and religious tradition lies a middle road known as “reflexive spirituality” that pulls from pluralism, reflexivity, and modern society. Those who practice reflexive spirituality draw equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason in the pursuit of transcendent meaning.

Wealthier people naturally tend to favor the broadest, least restrictive private property rights, as these allow them to buy their way to the front of many kinds of lines. But in his book "Think Like a Commoner," David Bollier asks us to consider a different paradigm of social and moral order.

Sep 27

Under Your Skin

Skin is of course your body’s largest organ, but what are the functions of that organ? What happens within and under your skin? Leading dermatologist Dr. Robert Norman answers these questions in his book The Blue Man and Other Stories of Skin.

What Makes the American Empire Tick?

Can the American empire survive? In Decline and Fall, author John Michael Greer reasons that it cannot. Shedding new light on the misunderstood idea of empire and the costs of imperial overstretch, Greer shows how the U.S. has backed itself into a corner in the pursuit of political and economic power and explores the inevitable consequences of imperial collapse.

Sep 26

Peeling Back the Label

The global food system is profoundly flawed—there’s enough food being produced yet one in eight are undernourished; food and beverage companies pollute water sources and have unfair labor practices; costs related to diabetes amount to $245 billion dollars annually in the U.S. and rates are only expected to rise. To bring awareness to some of these problems, Oxfam developed the Behind the Brands campaign. 

“The rise in autism has been with us for more than two decades, and we have little to show about what’s causing it. We have many hundreds of thousands of functionally disabled people who didn’t exist before, and we have our heads in the sand.” —

- Jill Escher, mother of two autistic children, whose personal research led epigenetic researchers to make a possible connection between synthetic hormones prescribed in the 1960s for fertility and a risk of autism that travels through generations. 

Arunachalam Muruganantham’s interest in the state of menstrual hygiene in India began in 1998 when he discovered that his wife was using dirty rags in place of sanitary napkins to save money for food. 

Sep 25

Psychiatrist David D. Burns talks about the importance of walking to the gates of hell with his patients when dealing with anxiety and depression:
"When Burns asks the therapists who would have backed off when Terri said she was going to die, almost all raise their hands - despite knowing that the best treatment for most people with anxiety is exposure to the very thing they fear most."
 

Psychiatrist David D. Burns talks about the importance of walking to the gates of hell with his patients when dealing with anxiety and depression:

"When Burns asks the therapists who would have backed off when Terri said she was going to die, almost all raise their hands - despite knowing that the best treatment for most people with anxiety is exposure to the very thing they fear most."