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How Our Ancestors Used to Sleep Twice a Night and Highlighting the Problem of Present Shock

8 hour sleeping is a modern invention.

Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. You blow out your candles and fall asleep to the smell of the wax and the wick, which gently fills the air around your bed. Some hours pass. 2:30 AM. You awaken, grab your coat, and visit the neighbors because they, too, are up. Doing quiet reading, prayer, or even having sex. Well, apparently before the age of electricity, sleeping twice a night was completely ubiquitous.

Back in those times, we slept twice a night, getting up for an hour or two for recreation before heading back to bed until dawn.

From Slumberwise.com:

The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech.

His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk.

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Present Shock and The Psychedelic Legacy of Terence McKenna

In this not-to-miss Evolver event, cultural icons and visionary thinkers Douglas Rushkoff and Dennis McKenna will discuss "Time Waves, Present Shock, DMT, & The Psychedelic Legacy of Terence McKenna in NYC, March 14.  They will look back on Terence McKenna's life's work -- including his theory of increasing novelty -- and explore what Rushkoff calls "presentism," the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time, updating live. Dennis McKenna is author of "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna." Douglas Rushkoff's new book is "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now." Presented by Evolver & The C-Realm Podcast...
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