I just wanted to announce that the twice monthly Brainblogging carnival is out and excellent as always, moving beyond the neuroscience into more personal psychosocial side of the brain. It seems I am becoming a something of a regular contributor there, which is both flattering and humbling. Many thanks.
Also this weekend is time for the semiannual conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, something of a spiritual feast for myself as we Mormons get to hear from those we hold to be living prophets and apostles proclaim God’s message to us today. Any interested are welcome to listen in. I have also found it is sometimes interesting to get other’s reactions at the LDS Bloggernaccle various open threads found here, here, here, and here.
Here is the remaining best of the web in what has been a very, very interesting week, especially for you, the reader.
Regarding the mind-
At the Reality of Anxiety, Aimee reports on how avoiding our fears makes them bigger, in my experience, while counterintuitive and against everything your body is screaming at you to do, this is all too true.
Vaughan at Mind Hacks laments the passing of Joseph Wiezenbaum, creator of Eliza, the psychotherapy computer program, arguing his point about computers and intelligence was misunderstood, and that emotion is the most important part of human intelligence.
Having an awesome week, I go again to Vaughan and Mind Hacks, where he presents a perplexing puzzle, Can you be deluded that you are mentally ill? Either you are deluded and therefore not mentally ill, or you are mentally ill and therefore not deluded, or wait, now I’m confused. It’s a psychological conundrum.
Regarding the soul-
Peter Brown at Mormon Matters has a highly informative and educational post about the history of consecration in Mormonism. This is seriously some of the best writing I’ve seen on the subject, in one concise post.
At Grace for Grace, a fresh take on the gift on tongues, learning to speak with the tongue of angels starting with positive mental outlook with some great tips..
At Fruitful faith, Dale has an excellent discussion of Faith and influence. I would say he has an excellent grasp on the what Christianity was and should be.
Regarding the body-
At Brass and Ivory, a Multiple Sclerosis Blog, I learned a new reason to loathe healthcare as an industry, Biogenerics and their nonexistence.
At NOEdb,(Nursing online education database), There is a very nice list of fifty small habits that will lead to healthier living, less medical care, longer life, and all that good stuff.
Wouldn’t it be ever so cool if we could take a drug by mouth that then proceeded to go directly where it was needed and only then be activated, reducing any undesirable extra side effects. Medgadget has a fascinating report on just such a technology.
Or all the above-
Candice at Thinking in a Marrow Bone has a fascinating post tying together Mayan weaving, childbirth, pain, creation, and narrative. Very good stuff.
At Unacceptable, Andrea Peacock describes the experience that first got her determined to do something about improving global health. It was simply reading that diarrhea is a leading cause of child mortality in the third world.
NY Emergency medicine has a harrowing tale that will make your hairs stand on end, as he relays the story of a patient trying to die on him, the fear it was totally his fault, and the abuse piled on by his supervisor even in the clear. This is residency at its most frightening.
Just because I liked it-
Dr. Dov Michaeli at the Doctor weighs in articulates the power of looking into old discoveries to discover something new in the case of two old drugs, DEET and Aspirin.
With many thanks to Madness:Tales of an Emergency room, I discovered this video of a comedian who hilariously relates the rather odd way in which we try to make pain a vital sign, the lunacy of pain scales.