The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based on a Theory We Know Is Wrong

Posted on Fri 03 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with depression, psychiatry, psychology, science • 1 min read

An interesting, and apparently well-researched post from io9 on the status of research related to depression that illustrate how little we actually know. Though the title is little too linkbaity for my tastes.

The corollary to the chemical imbalance theory, which implies that raising brain serotonin levels alleviates depression, has …


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Suppressing Old Memories Key to Learning New Ones

Posted on Sat 28 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with biology, memory, psychology, science • 1 min read

This article from Ars Technica covers some interesting new research on the science of memory, and why our memories deteriorate over time. It is because we push them out of the way in order to integrate new ones.

When these five findings are considered together, they provide strong support for …


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On Journaling

Posted on Mon 23 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with journal, personal, psychology, writing • 3 min read

Do you keep a journal? I often wonder.

It’s something we’re told we should do. Any simple search on the internet, or any self-help book you care to pick up, will suggest that there are numerous mental health benefits to journaling. Yet, when doing informal polls of the …


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The Nerd Handbook: Rands in Repose

Posted on Mon 09 February 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, geek, nerd, psychology • 1 min read

This is an excellent essay written for the poor benighted souls who have taken on having a relationship with a nerd. Honestly, I prefer the term “geek”, but in this essay the words are interchangeable. At least in my case, the observations made here may be a little exaggerated, but …


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What You Say is What You Are - The Problem of Blogger Inferiority Complex

Posted on Fri 02 May 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with psychology, writing • 1 min read

This is excellent advice, as is the author’s follow up article Build Upon What You Build.

This piece, as the title suggests, describes the problem with people describing themselves as what they are not, as opposed to what are, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This problem, and the advice …


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The sting of poverty

Posted on Wed 30 April 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with economics, philosophy, poverty, psychology • 1 min read

This is an interesting article covering an theory advanced by Charles Karelis that traditional economic theories don’t apply to the experience of the poor. The idea being that when living in poverty, “we see the world around us not in terms of goods to be consumed but as problems …


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