If you're feeling this kind of squeeze between two generations, you're not alone. Commonly referred to as the "sandwich generation," millions of middle-aged people are finding themselves exhausted and overwhelmed by the stress of caring for both their children and their aging parents while also managing their income-generating jobs and keeping their partners happy--all at the same time. And because women typically assume more child care, elderly care, and domestic responsibilities than men, they often suffer the brunt of the stress. … [Read more...] about Feeling the Squeeze: The Stress of Caring for Two Generations
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In recent weeks, other human and animal studies have also put REM sleep in the spotlight. For example, last month, a study (Drews et al., 2020) led by researchers in Germany reported that human couples who sleep in the same bed tend to show an increase in REM sleep compared to when each person was observed while sleeping alone in a single bed. This study, "Bed-Sharing in Couples Is Associated With Increased and Stabilized REM Sleep and Sleep-Stage Synchronization," was published on June 24 in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. … [Read more...] about Rapid Eye Movement Sleep May Have Life-Preserving Benefits
Usually, we do not call animals “intelligent” or “smart” because that always includes an assessment. In order to be considered as “smart,” is it more important to be able to do statistics, to recognize yourself in a mirror, or to use a tool? I definitively do not want to judge here. In this blog, I just want to share the latest findings about cognitive skills in the animal kingdom, some of which might be surprising. … [Read more...] about Do Animals Think?
“Most people most of the time in the history of civilization have lived under tyrants and demagogues, cued to despair and hopelessness. Today we are subject to progress, centralized power, entertainment, growth mania, and technophilia that produce their own variety of “quiet desperation.” This desperation arises not only from lack of attachment to place but also from lack of kinship with the larger community of all life on earth.” (Shepard, 1998, p. 14) … [Read more...] about Socially Distanced? Get Closer to Nature
Suppose "good" just meant "commanded by God"; it would follow that "God is good" means only that "God does what he commands," which is faint praise. Belief in a benevolent God is substantive only if one believes that God acts in accordance with some independent moral standard. On this view, even theists should accept that morality is independent of religion. But what standard could do the trick? There have been two thousand years of work by philosophers (mostly theists) trying to answer this question. The two most famous answers owe to John Stuart Mill and Immanual Kant. Very roughly, Mill says that happiness is intrinsically good, so we should try to maximize happiness, and Kant says that it is rational to recognize the common dignity of all people, and irrational to pursue actions that would undermine our own interests if others were to act similarly. … [Read more...] about Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?