circle of life
today we had a live interview of a patient who went through the national problem gambling clinic.
he told his story about his problematic childhood, neglect, abuse and early introduction to gambling by his father ( a lot of patients apparently are introduced to gambling by a close relative out of the good intention of sharing something good with the child)
but what was truly amazing was that after years of gambling away everything he had, shoplifting to feed his habit, living rough on the streets and developing alcohol dependence, he met his father again and this time his father told him about the clinic.
turns out his father introduced him to gambling and then to the problem gambling clinic.
isn’t it amazing how sometimes life comes one full circle?!
nassim taleb and interdisciplinary arrogance
'Studying neurobiology to understand humans is like studying ink to understand literature'
it is really frustrating to read statements like these - by people who think science is unromantic, kills the magic and makes life lose its meaning.
Neurologists have so many amazing stories to share from their patients while neuroscientists have allowed philosophers to adopt new spins on the topic of human condition.
Take, for example, Tommy McHugh (and countless others) - after suffering a stroke, he was suddenly compelled to create paintings and poetry.
or, as mentioned by someone on facebook -
Kelli Williams It can be helpful as a control to mitigate human biases like prejudice though. And example would be Simon le Vay’s work in neurobiology related to sexual orientation. For example LeVay points out that gender variant brain wiring is often described as "masculinization". Variations are more likely to be seen as masculine in an androcentric society. It’s a social prejudice. Sociologists and psychologists dealing with gender and orientation have often been straight and cisgendered people who bring their biases to the topics, sometimes in harmful ways. Though science should not be considered infallible or superior it can at least disrupt social prejudices.
The great religions are the ships,
Poets the life boats.
Every sane person I know has jumped overboard.
— Hafiz (via Richard Holloway)
my supervisor is on facebook. he added a bunch of us over lunch and likes the occasional photo i share (which means i can’t mark him as an acquaintance now cos he’d realise).
he gave me a copious gigantormous shitload of work to do this weekend so i can’t share stuff on facebook that i just watched a chickflick ( i shared a quote from the movie instead) or that i’ve been looking up train journeys across america.
my supervisor is on facebook :(