It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy. But maybe everybody does this very easily, all the time, and only I am confused. A lot of people seem to feel that joy is only the most intense version of pleasure, arrived at by the same road—you simply have to go a little further down the track. That has not been my experience.
Via Luca Baptista
Dutch researchers drilling into the glaciers of Greenland have discovered that climate change occurs more rapidly than previously believed - indeed, the most recent ice age ended abruptly in just one year.
Instead of killing physical books, ebooks have actually encouraged a new level of fetishization of the printed page. Beautifully made editions that sit as objets d'art on the shelf or coffee table, are becoming more prevalent. Publishers are investing in more luscious, expensive print editions.
Jung was fascinated by events we would call paranormal today and believed that understanding such things were a natural part of our heritage as human beings. He also believed that using such knowledge in psychotherapy was beneficial to his patients. The man was a pioneer that today’s mental health experts would do well to revisit.
This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore.
For something as important as choosing which Kindle book market or niche to enter – which can have drastic effects on the difficulty or breaking into Amazon’s vaunted Top 1,000 – you certainly wouldn’t know it from the lack of information about it...
"Spiritual experiences affect cerebral activity, this is known. But, the cerebral response to mediumship, the practice of supposedly being in communication with, or under the control of the spirit of a deceased person, has received little scientific attention, and from now on new studies should be conducted," says Andrew Newberg, MD, director of Research at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and a nationally-known expert on spirituality and the brain, who collaborated with Julio F. P. Peres, Clinical Psychologist, PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior, Institute of Psychology at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and colleagues on the research.
Astonishing claims were made in Russia today that DNA tests on suspected ‘Yeti hair’ reveals the existence of ‘an unknown mammal closely related to man’.The ‘tests’ were conducted on samples of hair found in a Siberian cave during an international expedition last year. ‘We had ten samples of hair to study, and have concluded that they belong to mammal, but not a human,’ said Professor Valentin Sapunov, of the Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute.
Michael Goldsworthy says he has evidence that Burgh Island, near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea, contains the holy remains and a hoard of treasure. The amateur archaeologist is now seeking permission from the local council to excavate the tiny tidal isle, separated from the land by a thin strip of sand.Mr Goldsworthy believes Christ is buried alongside his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, in a tomb which could also hold the Holy Grail, the Turin Shroud and the Ark of the Covenant, a legendary chest containing the Ten Commandments.His outlandish claims are based on his interpretation of a 1,500-year-old Latin riddle attributed to a monk named Melkin.
Bad and useless reviews are a fact of life, of course - the flip side of the coin of freedom of comment. In my view, the deliberately fraudulent "sock puppet" reviews whose exposure attracts journalistic comment are enormously outnumbered by reviews that are simply unhelpful: reviews in which the reviewer, while genuine, has forgotten that a review comment is a service to others, not an opportunity for a display of personality. Such reviews are generally easy to detect and ignore. Excessive praise coupled with surprising vagueness about specifics gives away cousin Bert, who was begged for a review but hasn't read the book. Abuse of competing writers trips up the sock-puppeteering author. Unbounded enthusiasm for everything and everybody betrays the fan.