21 October 2008

Treat Depression with Magnetic Stimulation

The government has approved a new transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device, similar to the "thinking cap" mentioned in our story of October 7, but this version may be used to treat depression and related maladies. Like the "thinking cap" stimulator, this device transmits magnetic pulses through the skull to trigger neurons to fire more effectively. The great benefit of such devices is that they require no surgery and are safer than other treatment methods.

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16 October 2008

Yoga that is Not

A high school in the state of New York has won approval to offer students a voluntary yoga program — as long as it's not called yoga.


11 October 2008

Laws Within (Hesse)

Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them; things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised.

-- from Demian (Herman Hesse)

07 October 2008

Put on Your Thinking Cap

Using the cutting-edge technology of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), this "thinking cap" currently in the experimental stage uses a small but potent magnetic coil to beam energy directly into the brain through the skull. Researchers claim that such technology may be able to improve memory, creativity, and overall thinking ability.

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03 October 2008

True Sanity (Laing)

True sanity entails in one way or another the dissolution of that false self competently adjusted to our alienated social reality, the emergence of the “inner” archetypal mediators of divine power, and through this death a rebirth, and the eventual re-establishment of a new kind of ego functioning, the ego now being the servant of the divine, no longer its betrayer.

-- R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience