Archive for body-mind

Of Marshmallows, Brain Plasticity and Attachment (part III)

Part I introduced the reader to the work of Walter Mischel. Mischel developed the Marshmallow Test back in the 1960s. The Marshmallow Test is used to assess the psychological dimension known as “the ability to delay gratification.” Kids assessed as “high delayers” on the Marshmallow Test tend to go on to have successful lives. High […]

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Psychology and Philanthropy’s Attack on Darwin and Evolution Theory (part II of II)

I ended part I by simply asking, “What’s going on here?” In part I, I pointed to two major voices—one in philanthropy, the other in counseling psychology—talking about paradigm shifts, building consensus around social problems (which one author calls “consenualizing”), and connecting. In part II, I’d like to take a stab at answering the question, “What’s […]

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Summarizing “Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age” (part 12)

To refresh your memory, here’s my “sum the sum” from part 11 of my summary of Hamlet’s Blackberry: Central question: are humans speciating into “naties”—people who have grown up mostly in natural environments—and “virties”—people who have grown up mostly in virtual, screen-delivered environments? Central question: are digital natives (people who are thirty or younger) essentially forming […]

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Repent for the Cosmic Castration Is Upon Us (part IV)

Welcome to the last part of this four-part series wherein I describe what I am calling the Cosmic Castration—systematically castrating body from mind. As a backdrop I have been summarizing the last chapter in neurologist Antonio Damasio’s 2010 book Self Comes to Mind. Damasio’s last chapter is entitled Living With Consciousness. In part IV, I’ll […]

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Repent for the Cosmic Castration Is Upon Us (part III)

Lets engage in a bit of a thought experiment. Over the weekend you complete a workshop on dream interpretation. The presenter suggests that you buy a dream journal and put it by your bed. The presenter also makes note of the fact that it is imperative that you write your dream down in your journal […]

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