New fMRI research shows that dogs’ brains are specially equipped to process human voices, and respond differently based on our emotions
Source: Your Dog Can Tell From Your Voice If You’re Happy or Sad | Science | Smithsonian
This paper critically assesses Dr. Thomas Szasz’s article “The Case Against Suicide Prevention” which addresses the issue of coercive suicide prevention and how it undermines individuals, family, and society. Dr. Szasz’s view is that the psychiatric practice of declaring a person insane and in need of coercive suicide prevention is both impractical and immoral in a free society that values freedom, self-responsibility, and choice. Dr. Szasz argues that coercive suicide prevention is impractical because no one can truly take complete responsibility and authority over another person, and immoral as the act pits the general consensus of society at large against the will of the individual. Szasz’s view is that the mainstream society uses scientific authority to judge unhealthy or undesirable behavior as just cause to circumvent an individual’s right to make their own choices and accept responsibility for their actions. Szasz uses biblical, legal, historical, and modern comparisons to argue his point against coercive treatment and instead argues that counselors and clients must agree on treatment in order to respect their personhood. Continue reading Suicide and the Right to Choose versus Coercion
Bottlecaps, are they as good as any other form of currency? Does it even matter if the currency is considered intrinsically valuable, or is it enough that people think that their bottlecaps are worth food and services? Continue reading Bottlecaps for Cash?
This is an Architectural Article illustrating the popular architectural design styles of the 20th Century. The article offers a movie that showcases a particular style and then provides a brief description of the architecture’s history along with a few examples of the style.
The Art Nouveau style was quite interesting, although my personal favorites are still the Fascist and Brutalist styles. Including movies that typify the styles was a nice touch because it offers an engaging way to continue learning about the architecture.
via Science and Technology News: A Brief History Of Modern Architecture Through Movies.
Bento Boxes, AKA food dishes arranged to make a picture. It is a beautiful thing that we can see what people all around the world are doing.
I sell Bento Boxes. Some photos taken by our customers –
An interesting example of how creative dream states can be. This fellow woke up at 2:25AM and drew an idea from his dream. Later, he was able to turn that sketch into a wall decoration.
It’s amazing what we miss out through our striving for sleep. Speaking from experience, a good idea is always worth writing down, especially if it’s good enough to wake you up.
Original Office Wall Art Piece – Pipe/Wood/Steel – Album on Imgur.
The Degradation of the Academic Dogma
TIL Robert Nisbet, founder of Berkeley’s Sociology dept., believed believed that the university is the last vestige of Medieval society and that it has been under attack for the since 1945 by something called The Last Reformation.
The core value that has been under attack? That “Knowledge is important”, in the Aristotelian sense of the word. The university was meant, according to Nisbet, to stand apart from society and discover knowledge that could then be used by others. This Ivory Tower of separation is what actually kept the University autonomous as their purpose was only to discover and document, rather than become involved in social matters.
Exhibit A, a masters degree in Women’s Studies.
Exhibit B, a Credited course on Male Privilege.
These classes are courses in Dogma, meant to change and lead people’s thinking. Of course there ought not to be solely One Truth, yet these fields of study are not intended to bring about knowledge. Instead, the new philosophy of Universities is to bring about social change. This change of objective creates a sense of dependency and interconnection that compromises the University’s ability to objectively seek out and communicate knowledge.
In essence, Nisbet was observing the transition of Universities from reservoirs of knowledge to Institutions of Social Change via the mechanisms that F.A. Hayek wrote about in his essay The Intellectuals and Socialism. Universities today are training camps of social dogma, wherein the average student will walk away a less competent and independent thinker.
We see this in the double standard language of campuses for example: advocating equality and freedom while at the same time denying open debates and shutting down Free Speech. The modern day University has the intended goal of reeducating people to think and believe certain things, instead of just teaching people knowledge.
Researching this essay led to the following Essay, Blending Social Theory with Effective Actions for Change