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Mind always matters 

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Facing the new year is about mindsets.

Making resolutions is a lovely gesture, but unless you have steely determination, scribbling down “Lose 5kg”, “Write that novel I’ve been planning for 15 years” or “Take out a 12-month subscription to Very Interesting” in your journal is a waste of effort.

Now, while we haven’t brought in Oprah as a guest editor to get you screaming and raving about being able to, like, believe and achieve – don’t bother looking under your seats, there are just cobwebs there – we have thought it worthwhile to include some thought-provoking material that would give you some perspective on possibilities in 2017.

There is, for instance, the possibility that you may be a superhero. Yes, you. Happily, there is no need for you to wear your underpants on the outside or face your fear of heights, as your superpower may be lying around in your DNA, awaiting discovery. Read more about it in Are you a genetic superhero? on page 16.

Speaking of a fear of heights, many travellers need psychological support every time they board an aircraft. How safe is your plane?, on page 28, shows you the strenuous tests these machines have to undergo before take-off. You’ll feel better.

The rat race is, for city dwellers, apparently inescapable, and our Are cities affecting our mental health? feature doesn’t offer any solutions to that conundrum. But it does give you a window into what the pressures of city life may be doing to you, and forewarned is forearmed – if you recognise yourself in the text, take action!

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Back to the future

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 It’s easy to get into a rut. We’ve all been there: something works, we know how to do it, and there seems little point in overhauling the process just because a period of time has passed.
But ideas, industries, technology – even ethics – all change along with the way our understanding develops. New studies bring new facts to light, or alter the way we interpret the old facts, and then we need to relearn everything so that we can get back to being, in our own minds at least, the smartest person in the room at the next dinner party.
Zoos are often the settings for happy memories, places where kids have seen animals for the first time. But are they the best hope for the future of the animals kept in them? Read a challenging viewpoint on the topic on page 16.
Cryogenics was once something used to fill awkward gaps in science fiction novels, but technology that might allow humans to be frozen and then brought back to life is now tantalisingly close to being viable. Do you want to live forever? Check out page 28 before signing up.
And then there’s the moon – the centre of attention in 1969 and beloved totem of werewolves before and since. The recent death of the last moonwalker has restored widespread focus to Earth’s satellite. Go to page 40 to see why going back may be going forward.
Be inspired to think differently by these and other stories in this issue. And keep your questions coming to VI@panorama.co.za. Also, take advantage of our subscription deals at www.coolmags.co.za/product/vi/.

Bruce Dennill
Editor