Hearing is Believing: Speech May be a Clue to Mental Decline

by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests. Researchers had people describe a picture they were shown in taped sessions two years apart. Those with early-stage mild cognitive impairment slid much faster on certain verbal skills than those who didn’t develop thinking problems. “What we’ve discovered here is there are aspects of language that are affected earlier than we thought,” before or at … Continue reading Hearing is Believing: Speech May be a Clue to Mental Decline

LIVE FREE OR DIE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF REBELLION & DISSENT

  by Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Guest Waking Times “I rebel—therefore we exist.” ~Albert Camus, The Rebel Dissent is a tricky subject. The need to rebel against atrocity is deeply ingrained in the human condition. Even if most of us don’t act on it, the impulse is still there, churning our guts with disgust, getting our hearts pumping, moving us to spit curse words in lathered fury and shout in angry defiance. The problem is that most of us don’t know what to do with this powerful and sometimes overwhelming energy. Most of us were raised in violent societies that use violence to keep the … Continue reading LIVE FREE OR DIE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF REBELLION & DISSENT

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

Daniel Reich / National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease byJAMES HAMBLIN You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure that they existed. Doctors practicing today have been taught that there are no lymphatic vessels inside the skull. Those deep-purple vessels were seen for the first time in images published this week by researchers at the U.S. … Continue reading Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder. “This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as close as his own breath. What unknowable mercy has spared us this day? What clemency of the divine has turned the enemy’s spear one handbreadth from our throat and driven it fatally into the breast of the beloved comrade at our side? Why are we still here above the earth, we who are no better, no braver, who reverenced heaven no more than these our brothers whom the gods have dispatched to hell?” In … Continue reading 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

The thing about culture these days is that there’s so much (too much?) of it. One could even argue that as a media organization, we’re part of the problem. Nonetheless, as members of the cultured elite — we publish at least one dick-related article a week — there’s still plenty of culture that we’ve been shamed for not having read, seen or heard. For instance… by MEL Nick Leftley, Senior Editor: Any time I say I’ve never seen Top Gun, people look at me like I’m an alien. And admittedly I am, albeit a legal one. But I get the same reaction in my native U.K., … Continue reading All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL GARBAGE CAN?

If you have an emphatic heart you need to protect it, or else we can often slip into the problem that I will describe in this post: Sometimes help isn’t helping anybody and helping on this agenda will only wear you out. Posted  by Soren Dreier Author: Soren Dreier There is another thing that we have to take into account, and that is: You don’t really have an emphatic heart; the reason you chose to help – when it’s not real help, is to seek power over others by making yourself indispensable and thereby making others codependent. If you do that, the … Continue reading ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL GARBAGE CAN?

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

One of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original watercolors for The Little Prince “Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Everything can be taken from a man,” the great Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” A generation later, James Baldwin examined how we imprison ourselves and … Continue reading Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause