Alcohol is the most widely consumed drug worldwide. For many, drinking is as much a part of daily life as having dinner. Although we consume it regularly, we don't really know what it does to us, or why it causes some of us to suddenly find streaking naked through a college campus a brilliant idea. Alcohol, according to conventional wisdom , is a depressant. Yet, that doesn't fully explain alcohol's effects. People often drink to liven up a party, not mellow it out. A few drinks can spark energy, elation, and excitement; it gives you a buzz. Alcohol may be more than simply a depressant. Classification of drugs can be explained by their chemical targets within the brain. Stimulants may influence dopamine or norepinephrine. Depressants target a chemical called GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter within the brain. As early research failed to show that alcohol targeted a specific receptor, scientists speculated that alcohol non-specifically altered cell membranes. … [Read more...] about Your Brain on Alcohol
Source: Elia Pellegrini/Unsplash I mentioned several months back that I’m writing in fits and starts my memoir. I’ve actually be ‘trying’ to write it for at least a decade. I know Yoda – 'Do or Do Not. There is no try.' But I beg to differ in this case. Or maybe you’re right. I ‘do’ but I have ‘do’ well. I haven’t been happy with the ‘do’ that I have done. I guess you could l call ‘do doo’. Oh dear. Anyway…I wanted to let in on why it’s been so hard for me. Maybe you can offer some insight, support or ideas. Why has it been so difficult for me to write? Well, my mental illness (perhaps like some other people’s) is a big yarn ball of psychotic and spiritual experiences. I’m trying to tease them apart; make sense of them. I’m wanting to shed light on the intersection of spiritual experience and mental illness; the struggle I had and still have of knowing my mental illness and extraordinary experiences can co-exist without minimizing either. When I’ve written my plays, I … [Read more...] about Is There Something Spiritual about Psychosis?
Source: Pixabay Key Points: The physical and emotional consequences of chronic pain can show up in ways sufferers may not expect. Recognizing that a bad mood or poor sleep are related to chronic pain could help increase compassion and limit self-blame. It’s been a hard few months for me. In addition to restrictions necessitated by the pandemic (I’m doing everything to keep myself and those around me safe), I’m experiencing an intensification of chronic pain, partly due to my ongoing chronic illness (ME/CFS) and partly due to a bad flare in osteoarthritis. This has led me to become acutely aware of several seldom-understood consequences of living with chronic pain. I’ve always known these consequences were there, but because they’re currently taking center stage in my life, I’m writing about them in an effort to raise awareness about this little-discussed subject. 1. Sleep Deprivation Some people with chronic pain can find a sleeping position that allows their … [Read more...] about 5 Seldom-Recognized Consequences of Living With Chronic Pain
Home Astrology Horoscope Horoscope oi-Deepannita Das By Deepannita Das on April 11, 2021 With your weekly horoscope, you can convert your failure into success by getting every small and big information related to the upcoming seven days. So let's see who will benefit and who will face challenges this week. Aries: 21 March - 19 April Talking about the business, this week will not be good for businessmen. This week you will be under some stress due to slow pace in work. If you are thinking of doing something big then you are advised not to hurry. At the same time, these seven days will be very busy for employed people. You may have to go on an official tour suddenly. There is a possibility of increasing the workload on the people working in government jobs. You may not get enough time for yourself in the meantime. If you are a student, your exams are going to come; Combined study will be very beneficial … [Read more...] about Weekly Horoscope: 11 April To 17 April
Source: Pogonici/Shutterstock Elon Musk is a big idea kind of guy. The billionaire businessman is behind the electric car manufacturer Tesla as well as the space exploration company, SpaceX. Musk’s newest big idea is Neuralink, a company that will build brain-computer interfaces (or try). The announcement has been met with the full gamut of human emotion, including a lot of confusion and a lot of hope on the part of neural engineering graduate students who think they might just get a job after all. It has also been met with a healthy dose of skepticism, because Musk’s newest venture is going to be a lot more difficult than colonizing Mars. Neuralink’s end-goal is to merge human brains with artificial intelligence . Apparently, Musk is afraid of super-intelligent computers, and this is his strategy for mitigating the risk they pose to humanity. At least, that’s what he told Tim Urban who covered the topic in a long but entertaining post on his blog Wait but Why. Leaving to … [Read more...] about Brain-Computer Interfaces and the Future of Humanity