This Week’s Favorite Thing: Cosmic Habituation

I’m going to endeavor to post whatever thing or things really fascinated me in a given week on Fridays. This week, it was a Radiolab Short: I listen to this excellent podcast while I do my workouts.  In this 16-minute short, a scientist describes a phenomenon called the decline effect: in essence, the phenomenon inContinue reading “This Week’s Favorite Thing: Cosmic Habituation”

Cellular memory: a literal example

Cellular memory, or body memory, is something Rubenfeld Synergists talk about quite a bit, though the idea is currently generally regarded as a pseudoscience. However, a 2008 article in the journal Nature reveals that slime molds – organisms like amoebas which are unicellular, but have multiple nuclei – actually have remarkable memory and recall ofContinue reading “Cellular memory: a literal example”

[Re-run] Hack Yourself

Sorting through some old emails yesterday, I found a link that a friend sent to me long ago, that I probably wasn’t ready for around then. Yesterday I clicked that link and, to my delight, it was still there. Or rather, its author – horror and fantasy writer Michael Montoure – had pulled it fromContinue reading “[Re-run] Hack Yourself”

Today in “well, duh”

A new study looked at how people make financial decisions, and found that people tended to reject offers that their guts told them were unfair, even if they stood to benefit from them. “‘Humans are highly attuned to unfairness and we are sometimes required to weigh up the demands of maintaining justice with preserving ourContinue reading “Today in “well, duh””

The world of pain

Two articles on pain came into my inbox last week, both of which point to the intricacies of the body-mind connection. Live Science reports that chronic pain may be due in part to the brain creating and maintaining inaccurate maps of the body. Sort of awesome highlights: Researchers have known for some time that theContinue reading “The world of pain”

Peace like a river

From Maureena Bivins’ blog, today I learn of a study showing that emotions are primarily social occurrences: rather than being more internal, cognitive, individual responses, argues Brian Parkinson, they are “social phenomena” that are “interpersonally, institutionally, or culturally defined.” This may seem like a “well, duh” kind of finding, but I think it has importantContinue reading “Peace like a river”

Principles of RSM #6: Clients have the natural capacity for self-healing and self-regulation

At first blush, this principle appears to be simply an extension of principle #5: the ultimate responsibility for change rests with the client. And these two are indeed inextricably related: the next logical step from a client deciding they want healing is the understanding that while the Synergist can help, they ultimately have to doContinue reading “Principles of RSM #6: Clients have the natural capacity for self-healing and self-regulation”

How love, trust and empathy can be contagious

This week, David Kanigan turned me on to an article in the Wall Street Journal called ‘The Trust Molecule,’ exploring Paul J. Zak’s research on oxytocin. For those of you who haven’t heard of oxytocin, it’s sometimes called the “cuddle chemical,” and it is released in our brains while having sex, giving birth, breastfeeding, andContinue reading “How love, trust and empathy can be contagious”

“First, go for a swim”: When the mind-body connection doesn’t go far enough

A column in the Guardian late last week put words to something I’ve been considering for some time: if we are integrated creatures, can we go on thinking of our bodies as something separate from ourselves? Oliver Burkeman succinctly unpacks the problem of how modern humans tend to regard their own senses of self: manyContinue reading ““First, go for a swim”: When the mind-body connection doesn’t go far enough”

Toward a new theory of depression

Yesterdays’ New York Times Magazine contains a long article by Siddhartha Mukherjee detailing the history of the serotonin theory of depression, and a newly emerging theory about neuron generation. The whole thing is very much worth the read, and opens a number of fascinating questions and possibilities about what it is that causes what writerContinue reading “Toward a new theory of depression”