Being bored is good for children – and adults
We don’t have to have a particular creative talent or intellectual bent to benefit from boredom. Just letting the mind wander from time to time is important, it seems, for everybody’s mental wellbeing and functioning. A study has even shown that, if we engage in some low-key, undemanding activity at same time, the wandering mind is more likely to come up with imaginative ideas and solutions to problems. So it’s good for children to be helped to learn to enjoy just pottering – and not to grow up with the expectation that they should be constantly on the go or entertained.
Chinese medicine as base to understand Chinese politics
For Dr. Unschuld, Chinese medicine is far more interesting as an allegory for China’s mental state. His most famous book is a history of Chinese medical ideas, in which he sees classic figures, such as the Yellow Emperor, as a reflection of the Chinese people’s deep-seated pragmatism. At a time when demons and ghosts were blamed for illness, these Chinese works from 2,000 years ago ascribed it to behavior or disease that could be corrected or cured.
“It is a metaphor for enlightenment,” he says.
Especially striking, …………
When we see photos of our childhood or listen to stories about our childhood we often can remember well and enjoy this. At the same time we of course remember what had happened and are sure that I had happened.
New research found out that often memory can be an illusion. If ……..
Xiangsheng traditional Chinese comedy
“Crosstalk” also known as xiangsheng (相声) is a traditional Chinese comedic performance dating back to the late Qing Dynasty. In the form of a dialogue between two performers or much less often, a solo monologue. Traditionally the actor wears a long blue colored gown and keeps fan in his hand. The language is rich in pun and allusions and is delivered in a rapid, bantering style. Even nowadays, xiangsheng is one of China’s foremost and most popular performing arts, and is typically performed in the Beijing dialect. The acts would sometimes include singing and musical instruments.
Science is not science…….
and you know the difference at once if your follow and trust your own senses.
Where science and soul coexist
The Chopra Foundation is dedicated to conducting scientific research that examines the effects of mind-body practices on health and wellbeing. These practices include meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, diet, massage and use of adaptogenic herbal supplements, plant fiber and ingestible oils. While there are studies in the scientific literature on the beneficial effects of a variety of individual mind-body practices for wellbeing, few studies have taken a more systems biology approach that are simultaneously inclusive of numerous practices and examine genetic, biochemical, physiological and psychosocial measurements.
Healthy feedback loop linked to positive emotions
Researchers suggests that positive emotions, robust social connections, and physical health influence one another in a self-sustaining upward spiral dynamic and feedback loop that scientists are just beginning to understand.
A higher vagal tone index is linked to physical and psychological well-being. Conversely, a low vagal tone index is associated with inflammation, depression, negative moods, loneliness, heart attacks, and stroke.
Healthy vagal tone is part of a feedback loop linked to positive emotions…if you want to get to know more about it, have a look:
How to stay anonymous online
Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most popular of these networks — Tor — has prompted computer scientists to try to come up with more secure anonymity schemes.
At the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in July, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne will present a new anonymity scheme that provides strong security guarantees but uses bandwidth much more efficiently than its predecessors. In experiments, the researchers’ system required only one-tenth as much time as similarly secure experimental systems to transfer a large file between anonymous users.
read more: http://news.mit.edu/2016/stay-anonymous-online-0711
If you are more interested in another protection try Tor:
Freud as a comic is online
Once Freud referred to the issue of ending a psychotherapy by saying: a patient is cured when he can laugh about his neurosis.Freud as I was told never really wrote about the criteria of ending a psychotherapy in a professional way.
More than 60n years ago there were three comics published on Freud, though they call him simply “the psychiatrist”. When reading These Comics you can find out by yourself if you are already cured and laugh about your neurosis. Enjoy. 🙂
The comic featured three patients, Freddy Carter, Ellen Lyman and Mark Stone, who were undergoing psychoanalysis. The analyst was the central character. He was never named, simply listed as The Psychiatrist