Tag: Feature Articles

How not to grow old in the 21st century

There may never have been a worse time to grow old than the 21st century.  That’s the contention of MIT computer scientist Philip Greenspun, who recently suggested in his blog that a combination of modern technology and new prejudices “reduces the value of old people.” “An old person will know more than a young person,… Read more »

The philosopher and the Nazi

Martin Heidegger is sometimes thought to be one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century – and a critical figure in the foundation of existentialism.  He was also a Nazi. For decades, his defenders have contended that he was a major philosopher, but only a minor Nazi – a member of the party… Read more »

War is harder on soldiers who kill

Soldiers are no less human for wearing a uniform, and so perhaps it’s not surprising that new research shows that soldiers who kill tend to have far more difficult lives than soldiers who don’t.  That’s the conclusion of a new report produced on Vietnam Veterans by UC San Francisco and the VA Medical center.  Even… Read more »

‘Smart pills’ have stupid problems

An avalanche starts with a single pebble, and scientists are now warning us that they’re seeing the next social avalanche begin:  the age of neuro-enhancers … pills to make us smarter … is here. You see it in large numbers of college students taking the stimulant Adderall to do better on term papers.  You see… Read more »

Treating ‘despair’ like ‘depression’ only makes things worse

“(I)n an age when all psychic life is being understood in terms of neurotransmitters,” wrote Gordon Marino on the New York Times website, “the art of introspection has become passé.” That’s a sentiment that the sentimentalists among us can get behind, but the hard-headed will surely ask “So what?”  What does it matter if introspection… Read more »

How to solve a crisis before it happens

 We know times are tough when eight New Jersey cities, famous for their independence, are looking to consolidate services and share resources.  In fact, all along the East Coast, cities, towns, and villages that have been independent for hundreds of years are staring down the barrel of the financial crisis and asking if more efficient… Read more »

Shakespeare in … lust?

It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile:  “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.” That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but not in love with, or a… Read more »

How to love your work more than your paycheck

Are we falling into a trap of believing that our work, and indeed, our lives, should always be fascinating and all-consuming? Are we somehow lacking if we’re bored at times or buried under routine tasks or failing to challenge ourselves at every turn? So asks New York Times writer Alina Tugend, in a recent article… Read more »

The hard road to real health care reform

Marie DiCowden describes her days right now as “crazy.” A faculty member in Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, DiCowden also serves as Vice-President for Public Policy of the National Academies of Practice, a national coalition of medical practitioners interested in improving the healthcare system. She’s also the Executive Director of the Biscayne Institutes of… Read more »