Heather Elaine Corson

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A doctor argues psychiatric drugs do more harm than good

The views expressed in a British Medical Journal debate by Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, are strongly opposed by many experts in mental health.<p>However, others say the debate around the use of psychiatric drugs is important and acknowledge that …

Mental Health

The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”<p><i>“I embrace you with all my heart,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his beautiful letter of gratitude to his childhood teacher shortly after winning the Nobel Prize. To embrace one another with our whole hearts is perhaps the …

Dante and the Eternal Quest for Nonreligious Divinity: Physicist Margaret Wertheim on Science and God

“I believe that there is a love that moves the sun and the other stars.”<p>Centuries after Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the relationship between science and religion, and decades after Carl Sagan did the same in his exquisite <i>Varieties of Scientific Experience</i>, …

How to Make Use of Our Suffering: Simone Weil on Ameliorating Our Experience of Pain, Hunger, Fatigue, and All That Makes the Soul Cry

“To make use … of the sufferings that chance inflicts upon us is better than inflicting discipline upon oneself.”<p>Long before scientists had empirical evidence of the astounding ways in which our minds affect our bodies, French philosopher and political activist <b>Simone Weil</b> (February 3, 1909–August …

Cornel West

15 Recipes That'll Show You How To Bake With Coconut Oil

Photo credit: Averie Cooks<p>There's a lot of buzz about coconut oil. It's touted as an amazing beauty product. It's found to be extremely useful around the house. But where it really does its best work is as an ingredient in the most irresistible baked goods your oven has even produced.<p>We're talking …

Dessert

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

I remember precisely the moment my world changed forever: Oct. 26, 2007 at 2:10 p.m. A phone call. My husband said, "Heather, your father has passed away."<p>MY dad? He was my best friend, my confidant, and the man who, along with my precious mother, gave me a Norman Rockwell childhood?<p>"How?" I …

Mental Health

Healing plants inspire new compounds for psychiatric drugs

Treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria have inspired scientists to synthesize four new chemical compounds that could one day lead to …

Psychiatry

Radio telescope array could unlock the secrets of the early universe

To capture the night sky and better understand the formative years of our universe, astronomers are using something a tad more powerful than a traditional telescope. The Owens Valley Long Wavelength Array (OV-LWA) leverages 250 radio antennas, spread over a desert area equivalent to 450 football …

Researchers discover how cocaine, amphetamines disrupt the brain's normal functioning

In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how …

Denmark Leads the Way Towards Ending Cash

Sometimes money doesn't make any cents<p>Cash is expensive to manufacture. As we saw in our article on The U.S. Mint's Production Materials Problem, a …

Tufts University

The Mad Plan to Clean Up Space Junk With a Laser Cannon

If a team of astronomers has its way, the International Space Station will be outfitted with a spiffy laser-wielding telescope. No, no, hold on—it's …

Space Exploration

Applying The Addictive Psychology Of Slot Machines To App Design

The secret to slot machines’ addictiveness can be reduced to a few basic psychological principles.<p>Slot machines were once an afterthought on casino floors, where table games were the real action, but as Andrew Thompson details in a piece on the <i>Verge</i>, slots have come to represent the majority of …

Slot Machines

Scientists Have Created Chickens With Dinosaur Snouts

No, this is not the plot of the new Jurassic Park movie<p>Birds have an amazing array of beaks, from the curved snout of a flamingo, to the delicate and deadly beak of an owl, to the rounder snout of the dino-chicken.<p>If you haven't heard of a dino-chicken before, don't feel bad. It was only recently …

Advanced MRI scans could help predict people at risk of schizophrenia

New scanning methods which map the wiring of the brain could provide a valuable new tool to predict people at risk of schizophrenia, according to a …

The psychology of greed: 3 attitudes that explain the worst behaviors of the 1 percent

Research reveals the upper class tend toward narcissism — and their sense of entitlement may actually be growing<p>Many of us wonder what possible reason could exist for the failure to invest in American infrastructure, to create millions of jobs as a result, and to help everyone in the long run. …

Income Inequality

Edward Snowden ready to return to U.S., lawyer says

Edward Snowden is ready to go home to the United States.<p>“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said at a news conference Tuesday, as quoted by Russian state media outlet …

Surveillance

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Knock knock.<p>Who's there?<p>Joe King.<p>Joe King who?<p>Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.<p>The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and understood — by …

Jokes