by Greydark Created on : May 30, 2008 Last Updated : May 31, 2008 Analysis: An Apology for Idlers An Apology for Idlers by Robert Stevenson discusses his definition of "idleness" and how he perceives idleness. He advocates his opinion that idleness is not necessarily "bad"-in many cases, it can even prove to be better than "poring upon books." He continues to elaborate his points and clarifies how idleness can be educationalan example of idleness that he gives is "learning in the streets."
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The human consumption of psychoactive drugs , such as marijuana , cocaine , and heroin, is of even more recent historical origin than the human consumption of alcohol or tobacco, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people use more drugs more frequently than less intelligent individuals. The use of opium dates back to about 5,000 years ago, and the earliest reference to the pharmacological use of cannabis is in a book written in 2737 BC by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung. Opium and cannabis are the only “natural” (agricultural) psychoactive drugs. Other psychoactive drugs are “chemical” (pharmacological); they require modern chemistry to manufacture, and are therefore of much more recent origin.
A recent blog asked for information about how clinicians might go about diagnosing Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD). Although I do not consider myself an expert on ADD (my professional expertise centers more on depression , anxiety, suicidal behavior and personality disorders in adults), I do regularly supervise doctoral students in conducting comprehensive assessments for college students who present to our university complaining of ADD-like symptoms and wondering if they should go on medication or if they could receive accommodations. Our assessment is comprehensive, including a semi-structured clinical interview (which I can send if you are interested), assessment of intellectual functioning (WAIS-IV), cognitive ability/processing (WJ-COG), academic achievement (WJ-ACH), and social and emotional functioning (BASC, MMPI-2), and in the case of an ADD referral, we generally give a Conners Self-Report, a Conners Observer Report, and sometimes a Continuous Processing Test.
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Backpacking is one of the most fun adventures to go on. College students for years and years have enjoyed grabbing their gear, some good friends, a map, and setting out onto an unknown place. It is also one of the best economical ways to vacation. Don’t worry about burning the cash because with these top ten places to backpack you will be seeing the world without dipping too far into the bank account. Get ready for a fun time with some good friends. Grab your gear and let’s go.
Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle , which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How is this healthy? Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep.
While drafting the recent guide outlining the real dangers associated with combining different types of alcohol , I got to thinking about one of the most prominent and outspoken substance-mixers of our time, the late Hunter S. Thompson. A man who graciously documented the uncharted depths of the binge unlike any other in history, HST provided us with nuggets of wisdom and encouragement all along the way. So instead of merely sharing a list of my favorite quotes from the author, I have placed them in their proper environment, the pervasive motivational poster.