Archive for the ‘Myths’ Category

Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘The Trouble With Brain Science’

July 26th, 2014 No comments

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The NYT has an opinion piece by Gary Marcus titled “The Trouble With Brain Science:”

Biology isn’t elegant the way physics appears to be. The living world is bursting with variety and unpredictable complexity, because biology is the product of historical accidents, with species solving problems based on happenstance that leads them down one evolutionary road rather than another. No overarching theory of neuroscience could predict, for example, that the cerebellum (which is involved in timing and motor control) would have vastly more neurons than the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain most associated with our advanced intelligence).

Fostering Care: ‘A Letter To Momo’

July 25th, 2014 No comments

From a review:

This tenderness is what makes “A Letter to Momo” so memorable. As Momo conquers her fears, averts a tragedy and finally sees the beauty of her surroundings, the movie grabs your heart with the softest of hands. It took Mr. Okiura seven years to realize his story, but it doesn’t take Momo nearly that long to comprehend that sometimes only by reconciling with the dead can we be guided back to life.

(A Letter To Momo.)

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Ingress’

July 22nd, 2014 No comments


Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘Video Games: The Movie’

July 20th, 2014 No comments

Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘Nones’

July 19th, 2014 No comments

The NYT has an article “Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious:’

“Spiritual but not religious.” So many Americans describe their belief system this way that pollsters now give the phrase its own category on questionnaires. In the 2012 survey by the Pew Religion and Public Life Project, nearly a fifth of those polled said that they were not religiously affiliated — and nearly 37 percent of that group said they were “spiritual” but not “religious.” It was 7 percent of all Americans, a bigger group than atheists, and way bigger than Jews, Muslims or Episcopalians.

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Tomodachi Life’

July 12th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Myths About Pain’

July 11th, 2014 No comments

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The New Statesman has an article titled “This won’t hurt a bit: the cultural history of pain:”

Myths about the lower susceptibility of certain patients to painful stimuli justified physicians prescribing fewer and less effective analgesics and anaesthetics. This was demonstrated by the historian Martin Pernick in his work on mid-19th-century hospitals. In A Calculus of Suffering (1985), Pernick showed that one-third of all major limb amputations at the Pennsylvania Hospital between 1853 and 1862 had been done without any anaesthetic, even though it was available. Distinguished surgeons such as Frank Hamilton carried out more than one-sixth of all non-military amputations on fully conscious patients.

(The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke.)

Fostering Care: ‘Big Joy’

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Women and Violence’

July 5th, 2014 No comments

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Time has a post “The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence:”

There is little dispute that men commit far more violent acts than women. According to FBI data on crime in the U.S., they account for some 90% of known murderers. And a study published in American Society of Criminology finds that men account for nearly 80% of all violent offenders reported in crime surveys, despite a substantial narrowing of the gap since the 1970s. But, whatever explains the higher levels of male violence—biology, culture or both—the indisputable fact is that it’s directed primarily at other males: in 2010, men were the victims in almost four out of five homicides and almost two-thirds of robberies and non-domestic aggravated assaults. Family and intimate relationships—the one area feminists often identify as a key battleground in the war on women—are also an area in which women are most likely to be violent, and not just in response to male aggression but toward children, elders, female relatives or partners, and non-violent men, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Violence.

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Fostering Care: ‘Like A Girl’

July 4th, 2014 No comments