Technology Doesn’t Ruin Health, People Do

If We Want to Think Clearly and Stay Fit, We Are the Ones Who Have to Unplug, Say UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Other Researchers

As we hurtle with delight into a future where a wristwatch can tell us how many steps we’ve taken each day and a few taps on a screen can bring up a video chat with relatives several time zones away, we need to be more mindful of the costs of technology.

That was the message at a Zócalo/UCLA event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night that addressed the question, “Is digital technology destroying our health?” In front of a packed auditorium, moderator Chad Terhune, …

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I Thought I’d Feel Less Alone After Finding Out That Other People Had This Condition, But I Just Felt More Hopeless

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The Science Behind Your Kid’s ‘Frozen’ Obsession

Psychologists Explain Why Disney Struck Billion-Dollar Gold with Elsa and ‘Let It Go’

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