like an angry bee in a hollowed-out garbanzo bean
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

"This Place Is Crazy" - Prisons and Mental Health

quote [ Our mental-health-care system is broken. Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here?s what this crisis looks like from the inside?a series of lost lives and a few rare victories?as reported by a prisoner-journalist. ]

I was familiar with the relationship between mental illness and prison, but this article gave me a fresh perspective since it was written by a convicted murderer still in prison. Well worth reading, I think.
[SFW] [health] [+3 Underrated]
[by Space_1889@11:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

quote [ Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved. If we need a hug and another human isn't available, we can sometimes get a little bit of satisfaction from hugging inanimate objects like stuffed animals, but it seems like robots might be able to be somewhat more fulfilling. The importance of hugs goes way beyond "oh that feels nice thank you." There?s plenty of research showing that hugs offer tangible health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and increasing oxytocin levels, as well as significant improvements to mental health, like social support reinforcement and stress relief. ]


[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@10:24pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Claims about social benefits of sex robots greatly overstated, say experts

quote [ The market for anthropomorphic dolls with a range of orifices for sexual pleasure ? the majority of which are female in form, and often boast large breasts, tiny waists and sultry looks ? is on the rise. Writing in the journal BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bewley & Cox-George searched databases of scientific papers but found none that studied the health impacts of sex robots. "While a human may genuinely desire a sexbot, reciprocation can only be artificially mimicked." ]

Surely the IBM 1401 reciprocates.

[NSFW] [health] [+6]
[by Ankylosaur@1:18amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

quote [ Pollan?s initial skepticism and general lack of hipness work wonders for the material. The problem with more enthusiastic or even hallucinatory writers on the subject is that they just compound the zaniness at the heart of the thing; it?s all too much of the same tone, like having George Will walk you through the tax code. ]

I'll start listening to this as an audiobook on my commute in the next few days. I've read several of his books, and deeply enjoyed them, as well as seen him speak a few times. There's a link to a recent interview about the book with Michael Pollan by Sam Harris in the extended, along with a few of my own thoughts. NYT text also in extended.

[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by midden@12:41amGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 25 May 2018

Ireland Is More Likely than Ever to Vote to Legalize Abortion

quote [ On Friday, Ireland goes to the polls in a historic referendum that could overturn one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. It?s a landmark moment: giving the Irish public the biggest chance to change the law since a 1983 referendum when the population voted by 67% to enshrine in the constitution an equal right to life for a mother and a fetus. That vote came in the wake of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case in the U.S. that decriminalized abortion, prompting Irish conservatives to fear their own country could follow a similar path. ]

Ireland has a big decision to make, Americans and facebook are helping.

[SFW] [health] [+4 Good]
[by HoZay@2:51amGMT] [10 comments]

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The incredibly frustrating reason there?s no Lyme disease vaccine

quote [ LYMErix had the misfortune of being approved the same year some people were becoming suspicious of vaccines in the United States. In 1998, the journal Lancet published a now-retracted study that (falsely) claimed the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was linked to autism, and the modern anti-vax movement was born.

At the same time, a few members of the FDA panel that approved LYMErix had voiced a theoretical concern that the drug could cause an autoimmune reaction leading to arthritis. The idea was that as the immune system learned to attack the protein that covered the Lyme bacteria, it could overreact and start to attack healthy tissue in the body. This side effect didn?t occur in the clinical trial. It was just a hypothetical possibility. ]

Interesting read /25 chars
[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@9:52pmGMT] [6 comments]

Monday, 7 May 2018

What Does an Infamous Biohacker?s Death Mean for the Future of DIY Science?

quote [ Aaron Traywick drew attention to the field with his over-the-top antics. His passing leavesbiohacking at a crossroads. ]

[SFW] [health] [+1 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@4:57pmGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Parents Are Conflicted Over This Graphic Sex Education Book For Children

quote [ With graphic words and vivid images, parents are torn whether or not kids should read it.

Many parents thought that the book was inappropriate for children and shouldn?t be on shelves ?that can be easily accessed by a child.? But, there were others who believe that this is the proper way to teach children about sex, pregnancy, and other ?hard to talk about? issues. Some parents commented on the post explaining that this book is more for ?parents who don?t know how to approach the talk.? Others claimed it does a better job teaching sex ed than most schools. ]

I wonder if there's a chapter dedicated to horses?
[SFW] [health] [+2 Good]
[by knumbknutz@1:21amGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anti-Vax Movement Spreads To Pets

quote [ Dogs cannot get ?autism?, the British Veterinary Association has warned, after the ?anti-vaccine? movement spread to pets.

'Anti-vaxxers' believe that immunizations have harmful side effects and may be the cause of autism in children - beliefs widely debunked by the medical community.

This theory is increasingly being applied to pets, particularly in the US, and there are fears it is spreading to the UK and could cause already low vaccination rates to fall. ]

You ever feel that you are 1 stupid person away from an assault charge?
[SFW] [health] [+5 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@9:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

MIT Researchers Have Developed a ?System for Dream Control?

quote [ There is a borderland between waking life and the uncharted wilderness of sleep that we all traverse each night, but we rarely stop to marvel at the strangeness of this liminal world. If we do, we find that it is full of hallucinations both wonderful and terrifying, a mental goulash of reality and fantasy.

Usually we pass through this state of half-wakefulness on our way to deep sleep within minutes. We may experience microdreams during the transition, but the content of these microdreams appear to be random and we usually don?t have any memory of them when we wake. A team of researchers led by MIT master's student Adam Horowitz wants to change that. ]

We?re like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Interesting]
[by HoZay@11:29pmGMT] [15 comments]

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