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Dream Journaling

Written by Alice Bain
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via radiolab.org

Jungians say that every character you meet in your dreams is an aspect of yourself. This makes the dream bully encountered in this episode even more interesting!

I've been keeping a dream journal on and off for 20 years now. It started as a writing exercise because my dreams were so strange, and I thought it

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Life Before Birth

Written by Alice Bain
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Life Before Birth

Authors: Alice Bain

The egg you were developed from was created inside your mother while she was still in her mother's womb. The environment in which your grandmother lived can profoundly affect your health, even though she may be long dead and you may have moved to the other side of the world. The more we understand about the long-term effects of

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Milarepa's Demons

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Welcome, Mystery. I invite you to sit down and tell me of you...

Several years back I was going through a hard time with chronic anxiety, and a Zen Buddhist friend sent me the above link. The story, she said, was informative...I'd been trying to oust my anxiety by force, and it was only coming back stronger. By generating

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What Is The Purpose Of Life?

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

This question has been debated by people throughout the ages, but here's a novel answer:
The purpose of life is to hydrogenate carbon dioxide.

Say what? The chemical equation is a little complex, but in short: The atmosphere of the primeval earth had a LOT of carbon dioxide in it. The interior of the planet had (and still has) a...

Gratitude

Written by Alice Bain
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Gratitude

Authors: Alice Bain


It's so important to be grateful.

Flight from Death

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

"To have emerged from nothing, to have a name, consciousness of self, deep inner feelings, an excruciating inner yearning for life and self expression...and with all this...yet to die."

Being alive and self-aware, to be aware that at some point in the future you will cease to be, this is a tremendous burden. We don't talk about...

Frankl on Attitude

Written by Alice Bain
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Frankl on Attitude

Authors: Alice Bain

Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor and respected psychiatrist, discusses the value of holding ourselves and others to a high standard of ethics and compassion. Footage is from 1972, via TED.


Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others

Crafty Buggers

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Via Grist, a report on the burgeoning failure of Monsanto's GMO pesticide-resistant and pesticide-producing crops. Basically, in an evolutionary race against insects we will never win on any permanent basis by poisoning them, because their life cycles are so short that they can simply evolve around the obstacle.
The bugs that...

Crafty Buggers, part II

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Recent work has shown that the hairs on spiders' and insects' legs act in the same way as the cilia in the cochlea of the mammalian inner ear - they pick up vibrations in the air, allowing the animals to hear each other. Wired has a great post on the story, including video of the laser and camera setup the researchers used to...

Crafty Buggers, part III

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Bedbugs. Icky, icky, bedbugs. While they are undoubtedly becoming more resistant to pesticides, just like the corn borers that Monsanto has tried to thwart with GMO seeds, they also undoubtedly utilize the hearing-body-hair that all other insects and spiders have to help them locate predators and prey.
In case you were wondering...

Knowing

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

The Boston Globe has run a wonderful story about a set of identical twins, born as Jonas and Wyatt, who nevertheless have developed very differently. Wyatt, from as early as age 3, always self-identified as a girl. Now 14, Wyatt is now known as Nicole, and she is undergoing treatment to postpone male puberty until she can make...

Honest Babies

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Live Science reports on research showing that babies are inherently turned off by people who are dishonest or unreliable. Humans are, from an extremely early age, able to judge the behavior of others around them and to develop preferences for people they can rely upon. They also prefer to imitate and learn from those people....

Child Abuse Never Really Stops

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Kids who were abused as children grow up with brains tuned to be hypervigilant - similar changes have been observed in the brains of soldiers. Abused kids have a kind of permanent, low-grade Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that never really goes away. We have long known that abused kids grow up to be more anxious and depressed,...

The Language of Tantrums

Written by Alice Bain
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Authors: Alice Bain

Scientists have now studied and deconstructed the toddler temper tantrum, giving us a much better idea of what's actually going on behind all of that screaming...and a few better pieces of advice on how to deal with them. The old common wisdom is that tantrums always begin in anger and progress towards ending in tears, but vocal...