Friday, January 17, 2014

These 14 Unexpected Responses To Hatred Show That Humans Do Sometimes Get It Right

Humans are always capable of surprising us. In these cases, they rose above the prejudice and the hate and decided that some things are just wrong.

1. These soldiers were supposed to kill each other. Instead they celebrated together.
On a World War I battlefield in Belgium in late December of 1914, British and German soldiers decided to put down their weapons and celebrate Christmas together. In what came to be known as the "Christmas Truce," the men exchanged food, gifts and stories, sang carols, and even played a soccer game right there in between the trenches. More importantly to some, it allowed both sides an opportunity to bury the many dead strewn across the battlefield. Knowing full well that these soldiers would find it difficult to fire on the very "enemy" they had just befriended, the generals simply replaced the troops.

Friday, January 10, 2014

4 Reasons to Consider Integrative Health Care

By: Expanded Consciousness 

There are literally thousands of scientific articles written about completely natural remedies that have been proven in some form or another to aid or cure nearly every disease known, from cancer to ADHD and beyond. Yet, so many American universities claiming to be educators of health spend little to no time studying natural remedies. Rather, students are subjected to a curriculum that insists upon synthetic remedies and surgery that can often times have more dangerous side effects than the illness it intends to cure (or cover-up).

Thursday, January 9, 2014

6 Characteristics of Self-Actualized People

What exactly is self-actualization? 

Located at the peak of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy, he described this high-level need in the following way: "What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming."

"Drugs Aren't the Problem": Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths about Addiction

As we continue our conversation on the nationwide shift toward liberalizing drug laws, we are joined by the groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart. He is the first tenured African-American professor in the sciences at Columbia University, where he is an associate professor in the psychology and psychiatry departments. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. However, long before he entered the hallowed halls of the Ivy League, Hart gained firsthand knowledge about drug usage while growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods. He recently wrote a memoir titled "High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society." In the book, he recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Different Emotional States Manifest in Different Spots in the Human Body

Emotions produce physical responses—racing hearts, burning cheeks, trembling hands or tightness in the chest. And according to new research, the way those emotions make us feel is the same regardless of a person’s culture, background or origins—humans share some universal emotional experiences.

Fractals help identify cancer cells

 The geometric patterns known as fractals make for pretty pictures; one day they might help doctors diagnose cancers faster and more accurately.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Physicist Explain Why "We Are Stardust..."

Photo by: Quincy Dein
 When Joni Mitchell, in her song "Woodstock," sang, "We are stardust..." she was being factual as well as poetic. Every element on earth, except for the lightest, was created in the heart of some massive star.