The argument I will try to make is that mental illness is less quantifiable and more qualitative in nature. Unlike having a broken leg that can be seen on an x-ray and treated by stabilizing the fracture with a cast, mental illness is “invisible” to the naked eye in that an instrument cannot actually see anxiety or depression or the accompanying pain associated with it. (Note: although it has been established that, biologically speaking, a mental illness involves neurons, synapses, reuptake inhibitors, and neurotransmitters in the brain, due to the complexity of these processes, it is outside the scope of this paper.) … [Read more...] about The “Invisibility” of Mental Illness
Some people have insights as a result of unusual mental processing in dreams. When we dream, we become immersed in an alternate "reality". The brain puts two and two together, and as a result, unusual insights may occur. To do this, the brain does not follow the usual rules of waking consciousness. The brain may even construct a fictitious story on the way to these insights. The usual intrusions of external reality do not apply. Prefrontal cortex activation is decreased. A sense of immersion in the present dominates. There is no reflection, judgment, or reasoning. It's as if the brain is playing around with thoughts and ideas in a way it can not when you are awake. This occurs in part due to a reduction of the DMN influence on the ATL, resulting in an alteration in the usual order of things in the brain called entropy. … [Read more...] about How Can You Accelerate Your Productivity and Success?
In January, 2018, Minding Animals again comes together at its next international conference, to be held at the Royal Pedregal Hotel, in Mexico City. This conference once again will bring together the most significant figures in animal protection. Plenary speakers will include ecofeminist Carol Adams, philosopher and activist Oscar Horta, lawyer Marita Candela, philosopher Lori Gruen, geographers Jody Emel and Jennifer Wolch, and prominent historian Donna Haraway. One notable aspect of the conference will be a major animal art exhibition to be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico's preeminent gallery, and will feature the work of the renown artist Sue Coe and wildlife photographer Nick Brandt. … [Read more...] about Minding Animals: Expanding Views of Human-Animal Studies
“This is our first signing to a bigger record label so we don't have too much to compare it with but we have felt so welcomed by everyone at Party Smasher right from the start. P.S.I being a pretty new label with not too many other bands on it yet, makes us feel like they really care for us and that we are being treated very generously. Without calling any names I know a lot of people who have signed with other "bigger labels.” And when they get there, they are just a drop of water in a sea of bands and no one really gives attention to them. That is really not the case for us,” Dahlström said. “Party Smasher being started by Ben Weinman who himself is both an active musician and also comes from the DIY mentality made the choice easy. They have helped us book some shows and other management stuff you might not expect from a normal record label.” … [Read more...] about Ben Weinman Passes the Torch to God Mother
A: The plan is tailored to each family’s unique situation. At a minimum it lays out a schedule of each parent’s on-duty and off-duty times. It states clearly how bills will be funded and paid. It could spell out responsibilities in the home, such as maintenance, and an agreement to leave the home in reasonable condition when the on-duty parent goes off-duty. It describes what is private, such as each one’s personal computer, and parents agree to leave important documents and papers accessible to each. Often it includes an agreement regarding new relationships. … [Read more...] about Are You Getting a Divorce and Thinking About Nesting?