It’s back, while I may not have time to come up with anything worth reading out of my head, I am more than happy to share the wealth of what someone else wrote. Meanwhile, I continue to tread water on the wards.
Regarding the Mind-
The Catatonic Kid has a vivid description of what the world is like for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, Imagine awakening to a world dipped in fear.
At Storied Mind, JohnD proposes that creativity is a state of mind in which depression cannot exist, and then ponders on what creativity actually requires that many help to eliminate depression with some intriguing thoughts.
At the Boston Globe, Jonah Lehrer of Frontal Cortex fame has an excellent piece about a phenomonon I am all too familiar with, having that name stuck on the tip of your tongue. He gives some fascinating insights into what this teaches us about memory, consciousness, and the function of the mind.
Regarding the Soul-
At Times and Seasons, Kathryn Lynard Soper with her characteristic brilliance, gives some nice exegesis on the story of the conversion of Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon, and maintaining hope as the parent of a wayward child.
At Adventures in Mormonism, Bro. Webster shares some simple and heartwarming tales of Mormons simply living the gospel and doing things right. I agree with him, we don’t hear about these things often enough.
At Sermons Alive, David Seragih shares a brilliant post, I mean sermon, in which he likens spiritual growth to physical, noting that it is best done when we stop kicking and fighting for things our way, stop measuring and comparing, and simply love and follow the Savior in perfect faith.
At Summa Theologica, Aquinas attempts to report the firsthand experience of attending a Mormon-Evangelical ecumenical conference with Robert Millet and Greg Johnson. He reports that words fail him, but puts in a passionate plea for the utility of this kind of dialogue stating, “I am convinced that salvation doesn’t come through going up to someone, telling them to repent and walking away.” I heartily agree, and both sides do this far, far too often.
Regarding the Body-
The University of Utah department of Genetics has a flash game that will unleash your inner mad scientist. Take care as you assemble a giant Neuron, zap it with an electric signal and proclaim it’s alive, it’s alive, Muahahahahah!
The Book of Joe reports on an Interesting new finding that your sense of smell is heightened by fear and danger. Is it strange that I find this fascinating?
MSNBC has a miraculous report of a medical first, as they report the story of Macey Hope McCartney, the first and only baby ever to have been born twice, when she was removed from the womb six months early for surgery to remove a tumor that would otherwise have been fatal, then placed back in the womb and carried to term. The answer to Nicodemus question seems to be sometimes yes.
Or All the above-
At By Common Consent, Sam MB discusses death culture in the western world, asking for the feelings of others and getting setting off a spirited and poignant discussion, as he asks all the big questions,. Is there is a religious reason for wanting to know we are going to die? How much do we want Doctors to share with us, or our families? How likely is this information to shorten life?
At Normal Mormon Husbands, As always, a characteristically humorous article, with points scored for the Hoosiers reference, plumbing the depths of the male psyche for coaching strategies, Labor coaching strategies that is. Talk about a situation where we are in completely over our head.
At Mind Hacks, Vaughan delves into the “meaning response” and the part of the Placebo effect that is often forgotten, that we doctors ourselves play a part in the placebo effect. It gets tricky when you are trained as a scientist to be a skeptic and yet believing in your treatment actually makes it more effective. What’s a physician to do?
and just because I Liked it-
I just found a two year old spoof on the Gospel of Judas, so why did I include it? Well 2 reasons, #1- It’s new to me, and #2- I liked it. However, perhaps I should have listened to Prof. Litewate’s publicist and waited until a more appropriate time, like holy week.
Again at Catatonic Kid, some sympathy training for we English speaking natives when dealing with the foreign grad. Here are a series of silly sentences demonstrating just how absurd the English language can sometimes be.
In the Public Library of Science Medicine journal, comes an eye opening editorial about the newsmedia, and how sensationalization and conflicts of interest create a distorted picture of Healthcare in America.
That’s it for now. I will post again before the next POI comes out, for my breathless fan or two. Until then happy surfing.