Category: Mind and Science

I want to build this

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By , August 27, 2017

I wounder if it can be modular and scalable

Greater Good

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By , December 23, 2012

Surfing around the internet this morning brought this site to my attention.   

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior‚ÄĒthe science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.


I have added it to the the News & Information page inside of the

 drop down menu.   At first glance, these few articles caught my attention:

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FDA approves use of electronic chips in medications

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By , August 4, 2012

FDA approves use of electronic chips in medications

(Medical Xpress) — The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has approved a request by Proteus Digital Health to allow for the¬†inclusion of tiny digestible microchips into medicines¬†to assist health care workers in monitoring intake of medicines by patients. Previously, the FDA had allowed such microchips only in placebo products. Proteus, the maker of the chips, plans to market them to drug manufactures who can then imbed them in individual pills that allow for electronic reporting to doctors letting them know if and when patients take their medicines.


It’s weird out. ¬†


Proteus Digital Health used to be called Proteus Biomedical

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By , July 3, 2012

The bigger picture…and the smaller one. ¬†¬†

see also:

The Known Universe by AMNH

Ignore ‘The Mama’s Boy Myth’

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By , April 9, 2012

Ignore 'The Mama's Boy Myth': Keep Your Boys Close

There are plenty of pop culture references to the dangers of a close mother-son relationship. From the myth of Oedipus to the movie Psycho, narrative after narrative harps on the idea that mothers can damage their sons, make them weak, awkward and dependent.

But for millions of men, the opposite has turned out to be true, author Kate Lombardi tells NPR’s Laura Sullivan. Lombardi ‚ÄĒ a mother herself ‚ÄĒ is the author of the new book, The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger.

via¬†Ignore ‘The Mama’s Boy Myth’: Keep Your Boys Close : NPR.

relationship to citizens

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By , February 28, 2012

Politicians, candidates and political figures are people who are in a relationship with citizens.  Remember citizens? That was a word we used long ago to descibe the wage slaves and consumers who dwell in America now.  

Regardless of the word of the day, the concept is the same. ¬†People who are chosen to represent citizens have an important relationship with those citizens. ¬† They have power, and control, and their choices dramatically affect lives. ¬†The relationship is important, ¬†I don’t think a lot of time is spent looking at it in our ‘star’ (cult of personality) culture and media¬†environment.¬†

In  The Lady is abused  I spoke of the abuse of Aunt Liberty by Uncle Sam.  I am not interested in pointing to any specific examples of political figures but I do want to remind us that EVERY person who lives in this country is in a relationship with each of the candidates running for or holding office.  

The question then remains, how do they behave in that relationship. ¬† Are they engaging in cooperation or are they controlling. ¬† Are they open and honest, or do they lie, and ¬†misrepresent in order to manipulate. ¬† Do they treat every person in the relationship with respect or do they put some down in snide invalidating ways. ¬† Do they have a healthy ego, able to express themselves with humble confidence, or are displaying signs of entitlement. ¬† ¬†This is a fight for the custody of the country. ¬† A healthy relationship with citizens could lead to cooperative, healthy choices, a more controlling approach could lead to abuse. ¬† Continue reading 'relationship to citizens'»

5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive

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By , January 31, 2012

THERESE J. BORCHARD, Associate Editor of World of Psychology interviews Douglas Eby.  

The following questions are answered 

Question: If you had to name the top five gifts of being highly sensitive, what would they be?

1. Sensory detail

2. Nuances in meaning

3. Emotional awareness

4. Creativity

5. Greater empathy

Question: And, if you had to name five curses, what would they be? And how best do we overcome them or co-exist with them?

1. Easily overwhelmed, overstimulated

2. Affected by emotions of others

3. Need lots of space and time to ourselves

4. Unhealthy perfectionism

5. Living out of sync with our culture

read the whole article at  5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive | World of Psychology.

Pendulum Waves

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By , May 13, 2011

Visually groovy example of simple harmonic (and non-harmonic) motion.   From Harvard Natural Sciences :

What it shows:

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion. One might call this kinetic art and the choreography of the dance of the pendulums is stunning! Aliasing and quantum revival can also be shown.
How it works:

The period of one complete cycle of the dance is 60 seconds. The length of the longest pendulum has been adjusted so that it executes 51 oscillations in this 60 second period. The length of each successive shorter pendulum is carefully adjusted so that it executes one additional oscillation in this period. Thus, the 15th pendulum (shortest) undergoes 65 oscillations. When all 15 pendulums are started together, they quickly fall out of sync‚ÄĒtheir relative phases continuously change because of their different periods of oscillation. However, after 60 seconds they will all have executed an integral number of oscillations and be back in sync again at that instant, ready to repeat the dance.

The power of vulnerability

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By , January 3, 2011

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

a few quotes that stood out for me:

“Shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconection. ¬†Is there something about me, that if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection. ¬†The things I can tell you about it: it’s universal, we all have it, the only people who don’t experience shame have no capacity for human empathy or connection. ¬†No one wants to talk about it, and the less you talk about it, the more you have it.”


… “There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging, and the people who really struggle for it. ¬†And that was, that people who have a strong sense of love and belonging, believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. ¬†They believe they’re worthy.”