The elephant as a person

Photo by Robert Postma/Design Pics/National Geographic Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood – we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding by Don Ross is professor of philosophy at University College Cork, professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, and programme director for methodology at the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University. He is the co-editor of the The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics (2009) and the author of several books, including Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (2005). He lives in Ireland and South Africa. Edited by Sally Davies Have you ever stood in a … Continue reading The elephant as a person

The Psychology Behind Why You Love Or Hate Scary Movies

YOUTUBE  Some people can’t wait to see Pennywise the clown in “It.” Others will take a hard pass. It isn’t just a personal preference, there’s science behind it. By Lindsay Holmes Thousands of people will soon rush to theaters or settle in on their couches to indulge in various Halloween-esque horror films, ready to scream and be startled. I will not be one of them. I loathe scary movies. I’d rather watch paint dry or go to the dentist than willingly sit through a program that’s designed to make me terrified to go to sleep at night. Once, my roommates decided to … Continue reading The Psychology Behind Why You Love Or Hate Scary Movies

Visualization and Cancer: Do Happy Organs Mean Healthy Organs?

By Dr. Veronique Desaulniers Now what in the world do I mean by happy organs? And what does this silly concept have to do with health anyways? As it turns out, quite a lot. Recent research shows that the process of visualization can significantly increase your health, and it’s not by chance. Focused meditation can actually change your brainwaves, and this can have an effect on your immune system, stress responses and more. What is Visualization? Visualization is sometimes referred to as guided imagery or mental imagery. On a very basic level, it is a mind-body medicine technique where a person creates a … Continue reading Visualization and Cancer: Do Happy Organs Mean Healthy Organs?

How trying to solve death makes life, here and now, worse

Maybe we should stop worrying about what happens after we die, and make the best of what we have on earth right now. by MICHAEL SHERMER Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. MICHAEL SHERMER: Yeah. Ray Kurzweil, I met Ray several times. He’s a super good guy; I like him a lot. And I’m glad he’s out there doing it in this sense. I’m not skeptical in a cynical way like I hope that those singularity people are wrong, no I hope they’re right. I hope he does it. … Continue reading How trying to solve death makes life, here and now, worse

On Asking for Help

It can, at points, seem horrifically clear that simply no one really cares. They barely notice our presence, they hardly stick around to listen to what we have to say, they catch none of our hints – and they are overwhelmingly preoccupied with their own projects and day-to-day concerns. On the basis of such evidence, it is easy for us to fall into a large, damning and dangerously heart-breaking conclusion about our situation: that we are profoundly alone – far beyond any possibility of connection or empathy. But the truth may be at once more mundane and rather more hopeful. … Continue reading On Asking for Help

3 Signs You’re Being Emotionally Abused By Your Adult Child

image edited by Fernando Kaskais by Jeffrey Bernstein Ph.D. Knowing when enough is enough! Are you feeling exasperated by how negatively your adult child treats you? Do you find yourself consumed with conflicting thoughts and feelings (empathy vs. anxiety/frustration/anger) about him or her? Do you feel alone as it seems that so many other adult child are more respectful and appreciative of what THEIR parents do for them compared to your situation? Before I go further, let’s keep a few things clear. I am not writing that all adult children treat their parents poorly. And, for any adult children who may read this, I am … Continue reading 3 Signs You’re Being Emotionally Abused By Your Adult Child

10 Reasons a Person Divorces

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC  For Megan, getting married was an easier decision than getting a divorce. Their relationship started so well and seemed so natural that Megan ignored the warning signs her family tried to show her. Now, after three years of being married, she realized that a divorce would be necessary. Making this decision, however, was much harder than she expected. At the beginning of their marriage, Megan felt the excitement, passion, and desire that a relationship often brings. But soon some concerning behaviors in her partner began to surface. When she tried to … Continue reading 10 Reasons a Person Divorces