David Reimer David Peter Reimer (August 22, 1965 – May 5, 2004) was a Canadian man who was born biologically male. However, he was sexually reassigned and raised as female after his penis was accidentally destroyed during circumcision. Psychologist John Money oversaw the case and reported the reassignment as successful and as evidence that gender identity is primarily learned. Academic sexologist Milton Diamond later reported that Reimer failed to identify as female since the age of 9 to 11, making the transition to living as a male at age 15. Reimer later went public with his story to discourage similar medical practices. He later committed suicide, owing to suffering years of severe depression, financial instability, and a troubled marriage. History David Reimer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They persuaded his parents that sex reassignment surgery would be in Reimer's best interest. Reimer said that Dr. Death Social legacy For the first thirty years after Dr. See also
Three Wolf Moon About Three Wolf Moon is a t-shirt that was ironically made into one of the top selling apparel items on Amazon in 2009 after being inundated with tongue-in-cheek customer reviews. Origin Three Wolf Moon t-shirt was designed by Bulgarian artist Antonia Neschev and produced by The Mountain, a New Hampshire-based company that offers a variety of nature-oriented graphic tees. Excerpt: Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women.Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the ‘guns’), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark. Customer Review Comedy Three Wolf Moon is an example of an Internet phenomenon known as “customer review comedy”, which occurs when an online product page is inundated with humorous customer reviews. Spread News Media Coverage Notable Examples Product Reviews Photoshopped Images Tribute M/V On May 26th, 2009, YouTuber Dr. College Humor Parody Parody Designs Search Interest
Pharmakos A pharmakós (Greek: φαρμακός) in Ancient Greek religion was the ritualistic sacrifice or exile by the sorcerers of a human scapegoat or victim. The victims themselves were referred to as pharmakoi and the sorcerer was referred to as a pharmakon. A slave, a cripple or a criminal was chosen by the pharmakon or sorcerer and expelled from the community at times of disaster (famine, invasion or plague) or at times of calendrical crisis, after being given pharmakeus or drugs by the pharmakon or sorcerer who was a practitioner of pharmakeia or pharmaceutics. It was believed that this would bring about purification. On the first day of the Thargelia, a festival of Apollo at Athens, two men, the Pharmakoi, were led out as if to be sacrificed as an expiation. Modern interpretations Walter Burkert and René Girard have written influential modern interpretations of the pharmakos rite. Pharmakos and pharmacology Pharmakos ritual and biographies of poets Notes References
Meditation for the damned - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford You guys! Great news: Researchers have identified a new, fifth kind of boredom. It’s true! Apparently the first four – behavioral psychology fans may know them as indifferent, recalibrating, searching and reactant – were apparently getting a little musty, a little inadequate to describe what researchers say is a new, ultramodern kind of disinterested numbness, as experienced by a small percentage of German students on particular days when they just don’t give a damn about anything or whatever, I mean who cares just shut up and leave me alone OK geez. Apathetic boredom is your hot new flavor, which may sound a little redundant, which might sound downright silly, but if that’s what you think, well, you clearly don’t deserve to be a boredom researcher, blithely adding to the great tradition of sub-dividing our many contrived woes into smaller and smaller categories, so we may carry them around like spiteful pets, trot them out at parties and make everyone sad. You’re doing it wrong
Rosenhan experiment Rosenhan's study was done in two parts. The first part involved the use of healthy associates or "pseudopatients" (three women and five men, including Rosenhan himself) who briefly feigned auditory hallucinations in an attempt to gain admission to 12 different psychiatric hospitals in five different states in various locations in the United States. All were admitted and diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. After admission, the pseudopatients acted normally and told staff that they felt fine and had no longer experienced any additional hallucinations. All were forced to admit to having a mental illness and agree to take antipsychotic drugs as a condition of their release. The average time that the patients spent in the hospital was 19 days. The second part of his study involved an offended hospital administration challenging Rosenhan to send pseudopatients to its facility, whom its staff would then detect. The pseudopatient experiment The non-existent impostor experiment
non-linear time Taking a Different Look at History, or Phi on you all. Welcome to the Gregorian/Julian/Roman/Etruscan month of Mars, which was once the first month of the year. Often equated with Aries, his Greek counterpart, Mars represents more than the brutality of war – he also represents vitality, the fire of life, as it were. As such, this month at the beginning of the growing season (indoors for those of us getting a head start on our short growing seasons) can take this as a time to fertilize the earth, plant seeds, and spring forth new life in the cycles (and revolutions) of the seasons. I’m growing maules, poblano and Incan manzano peppers. Recently, I happened upon the book Fractal Time quite by accident. Gregg Braden, the author, has drawn together the great cycle of the Maya, Phi (the golden ratio) and linked them together to create what he terms his Fractal Time Calculator. Phi, the Maya, and Fractal Time Phi = 1.618033988749895… phi = 0.618033988749895… the Long Count & Fractal Time
Hedgehog's dilemma Both Arthur Schopenhauer and Sigmund Freud have used this situation to describe what they feel is the state of individual in relation to others in society. The hedgehog's dilemma suggests that despite goodwill, human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm, and what results is cautious behavior and weak relationships. With the hedgehog's dilemma, one is recommended to use moderation in affairs with others both because of self-interest, as well as out of consideration for others. The hedgehog's dilemma is used to explain introversion and isolationism. Schopenhauer The concept originates in the following parable from the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's Parerga und Paralipomena, Volume II, Chapter XXXI, Section 396: A number of porcupines huddled together for warmth on a cold day in winter; but, as they began to prick one another with their quills, they were obliged to disperse. Freud Social psychological research References
Thoth, Taoism and Quantum Theory | M. T. Versyp weblog A Fascinating Thread Through Space and Time: The Teachings of Thoth, The Book Of Balance and Of Harmony, And The Modern Quantum Theory. What do “The Kybalion” attributed to the teachings of the Egyptian god Thoth, the “Judgements” of the Book of Balance and Harmony, compiled by Li Daoqu (heir of Tao Te Ching, I Ching and Zhuangzi), Taoist philosopher, and an excerpt of the book “The Quantum Self” by Danah Zohar all have in common? Obviously they are three texts written in different historical periods, as well as in different geographical locations. However, all three present a common denominator: in essence, we are energy, we are vibration, we are waves, as well as having a form (a body) and being made up of miniscule particles. Hermes, Dyehuty, Thoth In this historical vision, I begin with Thoth, in Egyptian Djehuty, the lunar deity, god of wisdom, writing and of magic. The records of Thoth recede to the mythical times of the mysterious land of Khemt. “All beings are form and are energy.
Grant Study The Grant Study is part of the Study of Adult Development at Harvard Medical School. It is a 75-year longitudinal study of 268 physically and mentally healthy Harvard college sophomores from the classes of 1939-1944. It has run in tandem with a study called "The Gluek Study," which included a second cohort of 456 disadvantaged non-delinquent inner-city youths who grew up in Boston neighborhoods between 1940 and 1945. The subjects were all male, white and of American nationality. The men were evaluated at least every two years by questionnaires, information from their physicians, and in many cases by personal interviews. The study is part of The Study of Adult Development, which is now under the direction of Dr. Mains Results of Experiment George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades, has published  a summation of the key insights the study has yielded: Alcoholism is a disorder of great destructive power. See also Long-term experiment
Forever And A Day.biz! Aleister Crowley's Scarlet Woman Scarlet Woman -- Babalon As Crowley wrote in his The Book of Thoth, “She rides astride the Beast; in her left hand she holds the reins, representing the passion which unites them. In her right she holds aloft the cup, the Holy Grail aflame with love and death. Crowley believed that many of his lovers and magical companions were playing a cosmic role, even to the point of fulfilling prophesy. This list of Crowley's lovers is in no way complete. Leah Hirsig, the "Ape of Thoth". her portrait as a 'Dead Soul' behind her Leah Hirsig, 1925 Leah Hirsig was born April 9, 1883 into a family of nine siblings in Trachselwald, Bern, Switzerland. She and her older sister Alma were drawn to the occult, and this interest led them in the spring of 1918 to pay a visit to Aleister, who was living at the time in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. In 1919 she was consecrated as his Babalon or, "Scarlet Woman", taking the name Alostrael, "the womb (or grail) of God." Quote -- 'My wife. Ninette F.