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 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

Thoreau and Daoism

by Scott Barnwell Bao Pu 抱朴 April 30, 2019 Henry David Thoreau wrote something very Daoist in his book Walden. Appropriate Chinese characters added in select places: “I do not value chiefly a man’s uprightness (義) and benevolence (仁), which are, as it were, his stem and leaves (末). Those plants of whose greenness withered … Continue reading Thoreau and Daoism

Social Media and the Society of the Spectacle

by Kenn Orphan CounterPunch edited by O Society May 2, 2019 “The reigning economic system is a vicious cycle of isolation. Its technologies are based on isolation, and these contribute to the same isolation. From automobiles to television, the goods the spectacular system chooses to produce also serve it as weapons for constantly reinforcing the … Continue reading Social Media and the Society of the Spectacle

I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks.

by Nomi Prins Truthout edited by O Society April 24, 2019 Clouds pass over the Goldman Sachs Tower on April 8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN / GETTY IMAGES For far too long, Wall Street wreaks havoc on people’s personal financial stability and our economy as a whole. I should know. As a … Continue reading I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks.

Whatever Trump Is Playing, It Isn’t Golf

The sport means a lot to Trump—which hasn’t stopped him from cheating outrageously at it. by  Rick Reilly Atlantic edited by O Society April 11, 2019 More than any wife, more than any party, more than any opinion, President Donald Trump has remained fiercely loyal to golf. But I’ve played golf my entire life. Years ago, … Continue reading Whatever Trump Is Playing, It Isn’t Golf