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Study: Oxytocin ('The Hormone of Love') Also Makes Us Conformists

Study: Oxytocin ('The Hormone of Love') Also Makes Us Conformists | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
You think your tastes are your own, but it may actually be that a hormone is making members of a group share the same preferences.

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Neurologist Oliver Sacks' new book examines 'Hallucinations,' including his own - Dallas Morning News

Neurologist Oliver Sacks' new book examines 'Hallucinations,' including his own - Dallas Morning News | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
Dallas Morning News Neurologist Oliver Sacks' new book examines 'Hallucinations,' including his own

The well-worn lair of the world’s most literary neurologist bespeaks a restless spirit that all but says, “Yeah, I’ve been at this awhile.” A vintage, multicolor Chart of Electromagnetic Radiation dominates one wall; it looks like something you’d find in a gargantuan pack of chewing gum. On a table sits a pencil sharpener that looks more like a microscope. “It’s not even terribly functional,” he chuckles during a visit earlier this year. “It’s sort of a pencil sharpener cubed.”

At 79, Sacks’ eyesight is fading, as he chronicled in his 2010 book The Mind’s Eye. But his curiosity and empathy, immortalized in the 1990 Robert De Niro-Robin Williams movie Awakenings, remains unquenched. His new book, Hallucinations (Knopf, $26.95), seeks to destigmatize the experiences of those who see what isn’t there. Much like his famous collection The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Hallucinations mixes case studies of Sacks’ patients and acquaintances with scientific history and philosophy.
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Study: Oxytocin ('The Hormone of Love') Also Makes Us Conformists

Study: Oxytocin ('The Hormone of Love') Also Makes Us Conformists | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
You think your tastes are your own, but it may actually be that a hormone is making members of a group share the same preferences.

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GMOs: Yes or No?

GMOs: Yes or No? | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
An increasing number of genetically modified versions of such common foods can be found in food stores, and with no labeling to help consumers identify them.

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Oxytocin produces more engaged fathers and more responsive infants

Oxytocin produces more engaged fathers and more responsive infants | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
A large body of research has focused on the ability of oxytocin to facilitate social bonding in both marital and parenting relationships in human females.

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Ian Banyard's curator insight, December 28, 2012 2:15 PM

Perhaps one of the most important discoveries from brain science. More engaged fathers have a dramatic effect on healthy child development. 

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The researchers found that after oxytocin administration, fathers’ salivary oxytocin rose dramatically, more than 10 fold, but moreover, similar increases were found in the infants’ oxytocin. In the oxytocin conditions, key parenting behavior, including father touch and social reciprocity, increased but infant social behavior, including social gaze and exploratory behavior, increased as well.

 

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One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity? Why the hype about oxytocin is dumb and dangerous.

One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?  Why the hype about oxytocin is dumb and dangerous. | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it

Imagine a molecule that underlies the virtues that glue societies together. Imagine that it brought out the better angels of our nature with just a sniff and could “rebond our troubled world.” Imagine that it was the “source of love and prosperity” and explained “what makes us good and evil.” 

 

Well, carry on imagining. This is a story about oxytocin, and oxytocin is not that molecule.

 

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Obama Ag Bill gives FOOD MAFIA carte blanche for biotech GMO seeds NO oversight NO regulation

Obama Ag Bill gives FOOD MAFIA carte blanche for biotech GMO seeds NO oversight NO regulation | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
FIRST WATCH (RE-WATCH)
WATCH (AGAIN) "Food Inc." (2008) And Obama, USDA promote and foster this? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3732889325/watch-again-food-inc-2008-and-obama-usda-promote-and-foster-this

December 14, 2012:
“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured.

The only assurance it provides is that Monsanto and the rest of the agriculture biotech industry will have carte blanche to force the government to allow the planting of their biotech seeds.

In addition, the House Agriculture Committee’s 2012 farm bill draft includes three riders – Sections 1011, 10013 and 10014. These amendments would essentially destroy any oversight of new Genetically Engineered (GE) crops by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).... http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/12/14-1

US Department of Justice Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3570759837/us-department-of-justice-mysteriously-quits-monsanto-antitrust-investigation

The "Monsanto Rider": Is the Biotech Agricultural Cartel About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2132996096/the-monsanto-rider-is-the-biotech-agricultural-cartel-about-to-gain-immunity-from-federal-law

Obama seeks to aggressively promote biotechnology, reducing approval times, independent peer review http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2256091418/obama-seeks-to-aggressively-promote-biotechnology-reducing-approval-times-independent-peer-review

Obama - Monanto Man: Wants a Synthetic Genetically Engineered Future...Gives Free Rein to BioTech Industry http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2256142450/obama-monanto-man-wants-a-synthetic-genetically-engineered-future-gives-free-rein-to-biotech-industry

THE GMO SEED PATENT GAME: How Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research? - Scientific American http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/946593435/the-seed-patent-game-do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research-scientific-american

SEED MONOPOLIES and GMOs... The Biotech Cartel End Game ... Reaching the point of no return http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2606416839/seed-monopolies-and-gmos-the-biotech-cartel-end-game-the-point-of-no-return
"GMOs in the pipeline: Looking to the next five years" The Coming Agricultural Biotechnologies http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3444028050/gmos-in-the-pipeline-looking-to-the-next-five-years-the-coming-agricultural-biotechnologies

How Biotech Corporations and GMO Crops are Threatening the Environment and Humankind Alike http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3583767396/how-biotech-corporations-and-gmo-crops-are-threatening-the-environment-and-humankind-alike
WHO OWNS YOUR FOOD? GMO giant hires retired cops to hunt down farmers http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3719245557/who-owns-your-food-gmo-giant-hires-retired-cops-to-hunt-down-farmers
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READ: HUNGRY CORPORATIONS: Transnational Biotech Companies Have Colonised the Food Chain | EcoNexus http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3743184669/hungry-corporations-econexus

 

"GMOs IN THE PIPELINE.  LOOKING TO THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries" http://www.fao.org/biotech/biotech-forum/en/

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Strong report from pediatricians: Pesticides Harm Children's Development: Bad for adult brains, too

Strong report from pediatricians: Pesticides Harm Children's Development: Bad for adult brains, too | The Human Condition According to Me | Scoop.it
On the heels of last week's strong report from pediatricians highlighting the harms pesticides can cause children's developing minds, a new study finds that pesticides are clearly harming adult brains, too. December 12, 2012

SEE Food Allergies, Cancer, Ill Health Linked to Pesticides http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3610499008/food-allergies-cancer-ill-health-linked-to-pesticides
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pdjmoo's curator insight, December 14, 2012 5:02 PM

Sooner or later we have to understand that everything we ingest into our bodies has an affect on our entire bodily mechanisms...impacting our health, for better or worse...and pesticides/chemicals are for the worse. Our health is reflected by the health of our ecosystems and environment, without which we do not exist.