Why genius and madness are connected Many of history's most celebrated creative geniuses were mentally ill, from renowned artists Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo to literary giants Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe. Today, the fabled connection between genius and madness is no longer merely anecdotal. Mounting research shows these two extremes of the human mind really are linked — and scientists are beginning to understand why. A panel of experts discussed recent and ongoing research on the subject at an event held on May 31 in New York as part of the 5th annual World Science Festival. Kay Redfield Jamison, a clinical psychologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said the findings of some 20 or 30 scientific studies endorse the notion of the "tortured genius." Bipolar disorder entails dramatic mood swings between extreme happiness (known as "mania") and severe depression. "People with bipolar tend to be creative when they're coming out of deep depression," Fallon said.
Unification of Science and Spirit: Chapter 5 - THE COMPLEX, CHAOTIC WORLD Chapter 5 Western philosophy and science have tended to focus on annamaya, the world out there -- the objective world, solid, definite, and inanimate. Non-Western cultures, on the other hand, have generally had more of an inclination to consider the world as alive. But today, things are changing. Computer technology might, at first glance, seem to be opposed to this increasing acceptance of the aliveness and intelligence of the world. In the realm of science, however, the effect of computers has overwhelmingly been to work against the reductionist, mechanistic world-view, against the isolation of mind from body, and the isolation of body from environment. Before computers, scientists had to rely on logical thought and mathematical analysis to construct their theories and experiments. This is the story of complexity science. Some of these holistic therapies are remarkably effective; others, no doubt, are pure chicanery. Where does complexity science come in? Other examples abound.
Fellowship for Intentional Community The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. It provides publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community. The FIC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in the United States.  Activities The FIC publishes Communities magazine, the Communities Directory, Journal of Cooperative Living, FIC Newsletter and the Intentional Communities web site. It also sponsors and presents periodic Community gatherings, including annual gatherings at Twin Oaks and Art of Community events in various locations around the US. FIC vision and mission statement May 15, 1998 (assembled by the Vision Committee) Vision Mission Purposes The FIC declare its main purposes as: Organizational history Citations FIC web site
Scientists discover previously unknown cleaning system in brain A previously unrecognized system that drains waste from the brain at a rapid clip has been discovered by neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The findings were published online August 15 in Science Translational Medicine. The highly organized system acts like a series of pipes that piggyback on the brain's blood vessels, sort of a shadow plumbing system that seems to serve much the same function in the brain as the lymph system does in the rest of the body – to drain away waste products. "Waste clearance is of central importance to every organ, and there have been long-standing questions about how the brain gets rid of its waste," said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., senior author of the paper and co-director of the University's Center for Translational Neuromedicine. "This work shows that the brain is cleansing itself in a more organized way and on a much larger scale than has been realized previously. "It's a hydraulic system," said Nedergaard.
How the Downs-Thomson Paradox will ruin your commute "There are two basic choices for transportation, public transit systems and private cars. If both methods get too slow, it's generally easier to build an extra road, or make a regular road into a freeway, than set up an entirely new system of public transportation. Unfortunately, that extra road can make the car commute so very much faster than public transportation that people leave subways and pile into cars." If only I could have cited this paradox about 14 years ago when Tim Eyman was gutting public transit in my state. I visited the Bay Area about 8 years ago, after being absent from California for nearly 20 years and what I noticed was how huge built up the highway system was in comparison to what I remember as a kid of 10 in 1974.
Criticism of capitalism This article lists arguments against capitalism. For a summary of ideologies opposed to capitalism, see Anti-capitalism. Criticism of capitalism ranges from expressing disagreement with the principles of capitalism in its entirety, to expressing disagreement with particular outcomes of capitalism. Among those wishing to replace capitalism with a different method of production and social organization, a distinction can be made between those believing that capitalism can only be overcome through revolution (e.g., revolutionary socialism) and those believing that structural change can come slowly through political reforms (e.g., social democracy). Some critics believe there are merits in capitalism, and wish to balance it with some form of social control, typically through government regulation (e.g., the social market movement). Issues "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." Market failure
Tools for a Better Future Spirit Published on March 17th, 2013 | by Jason Louv Your Brain, and How to Push it Into Higher Circuits of Awareness The Eight-Circuit Model is a map of states of consciousness that was developed by Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson in the 1960s and 70s. The circuits represents levels of consciousness. The model isn’t new: It’s a Westernized version of the Hindu eight-chakra system. The Eight Circuits are as follows: Circuit One: The Oral Biosurvival Circuit. This is the baseline consciousness of a human being: the pure “survival” mode of an infant looking for nourishment. Circuit Two: The Anal Emotional-Territorial Circuit. This is the circuit experienced by the “terrible toddler” who has begun walking and begins to learn lessons of boundaries, pecking orders, domination and submission. Circuit Three: The Time-Binding Semantic Circuit. Circuit Four: The Moral Socio-Sexual Circuit. This circuit is opened by puberty and/or the initial sexual experiences. “I want to feel good.”
100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body The Brain The human brain is the most complex and least understood part of the human anatomy. There may be a lot we don’t know, but here are a few interesting facts that we’ve got covered. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Hair and Nails While they’re not a living part of your body, most people spend a good amount of time caring for their hair and nails. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. Internal Organs Though we may not give them much thought unless they’re bothering us, our internal organs are what allow us to go on eating, breathing and walking around. The largest internal organ is the small intestine. Bodily Functions We may not always like to talk about them, but everyone has to deal with bodily functions on a daily basis. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph. Sex and Reproduction As taboo as it may be in some places, sex is an important part of human life as a facet of relationships and the means to reproduce. Senses
Buying Your Vote What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing. by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, Yesterday, 11:08 a.m. The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so. What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, April 9, 11:52 p.m. Here are five takeaways ProPublica found from the documents released Wednesday by a House committee. Podcast: The Hidden Power of Dark Money by Nicole Collins Bronzan ProPublica, March 27, 11:45 a.m. Kim Barker and Theo Meyer discuss the increasingly shadowy world of political spending, the power of the Koch brothers’ network, and what to expect in midterm races. Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, March 17, 12:35 p.m. The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions D’Oh!
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