Is that a lot of stuff gets dragged along for the ride whether we want it to or not. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the problems of modernity are often due to traits that were highly beneficial when we were nomadic mastodon hunters. Our environment changed without requiring our bodies […]
Lisa Hilton tears the too skinny/too fat debate a new one. Her exposure of the double standard (including that of feminists) between men and women is relentless Read every word:
We rarely get hysterical about the weight qualifications required of male sportsmen. Jockeys, boxers, and wrestlers put themselves through torture to make weight. A […]
The five senses (sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing) are not equal. When someone can’t feel (at all or, more commonly, just feel pain) that person is probably not going to live very long. A lack of touch is a fatal disability. On the other end of the spectrum, people who can’t smell […]
UCLA researchers believe it could be a result of an altered, dysfunctional, or damaged visual processing center:
Now researchers at UCLA have determined that the brains of people with BDD have abnormalities in processing visual input, particularly when examining their own face. Further, they found that the same systems of the brain are overactive […]
Tony Judt lets us into the struggles of his daily routine. His summary of his condition:
In effect, ALS constitutes progressive imprisonment without parole. First you lose the use of a digit or two; then a limb; then and almost inevitably, all four. The muscles of the torso decline into near torpor, a practical […]
Yesterday I talked about how our culture labels male erectile dysfunction and female low libido as pathological. The reverse, that men might have low libido or women might have trouble with physical arousal – both of which are real problems – goes totally unconsidered. Framing sexual problems (chronic or one-off) in this way is not […]
The human sex drive is complicated (duh). It is closely tied with mental processes, both biologically and by association within our culture, that we often forget how simple hormonal or physical “problems with the plumbing,” as it were, can mess things up. There are hundreds of reasons that one person might be sexually attracted to […]
I really, really like the show Glee. I like it because it stops pretending that people who live in small cities in western and mid-western states are somehow more wholesome than their metropolitan counterparts. I like it because it exposes the high school ruling class for the terrified, soon-to-be-townie losers they usually […]
Athena Andreadis’ article in h+ about the transhumanist fear of biology in general and their underestimation of just how complex and powerful biological systems is deliciously blunt:
And it came to me in a flash that many transhumanists are uncomfortable with biology and would rather bypass it altogether for two reasons, each exemplified by […]
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