The Interoceptive Turn

The science of how we sense ourselves from within, including our bodily states, is creating a radical picture of selfhood by Noga Arikha Aeon edited by O Society June 23, 2019 1926, Virginia Woolf wrote about how, when one is ill: "All day, all night the body intervenes; blunts or sharpens, colours or discolours, turns to wax … Continue reading The Interoceptive Turn

How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

Make the Limbic System Feel Safe and Included "While the lizard brain wants food, water, and shelter, the limbic system wants to feel like a part of something, to belong. Good brands already know this and successfully push the buttons for each of these three functionalities." https://youtu.be/f7E0mTJQ2KM   Know your brain: Reward system by David T. … Continue reading How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

The Identarian Hijacking of Left Wing Politics

identarian: adj (comparative more identarian, superlative most identarian) Of or pertaining to the formation of identity. by LeftInNewZealand edited by O Society June 9, 2019 As the days go by, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to declare myself as someone "from the left." Although deep down I know this is where my politics and morals lie. … Continue reading The Identarian Hijacking of Left Wing Politics

The Troubled History of Psychiatry

Challenges to the legitimacy of the profession have forced it to examine itself, including the fundamental question of what constitutes a mental disorder. by Jerome Groopman New Yorker edited by O Society June 3, 2019 Modern medicine can be seen as a quest to understand pathogenesis, the biological cause of an illness. Once pathogenesis—the word … Continue reading The Troubled History of Psychiatry

The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism

How racist biases continue to maintain a foothold in research today by Ramin Skibba  Smithsonian edited by O Society May 23, 2019 Scientists, including those who study race, like to see themselves as objectively exploring the world, above the political fray. But such views of scientific neutrality are naive, as study findings, inevitably, are influenced … Continue reading The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism

Apex Predator Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear

Even a predator like the great white shark can have a fearsome enemy.DAVE J HOGAN / GETTY by Ed Yong Atlantic edited by O Society May 12, 2019 The great white shark—a fast, powerful, 16-foot-long torpedo that’s armed to the teeth with teeth—has little to fear except fear itself. But also: killer whales.For almost 15 … Continue reading Apex Predator Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear

More Tigers Now Live in Cages Than in the Wild.

by Terrence McCoy Washington Post edited by O Society May 10, 2019 He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows and sounds. Ammann had driven across the country to reach this remote river village, … Continue reading More Tigers Now Live in Cages Than in the Wild.