Understanding how cities can make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and what to do about it – Greening!

https://cities-today.com/industry/how-do-we-design-smart-cities-to-ensure-the-health-of-its-citizens/ Cities may make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.  A study from 2011, published in the magazine Nature, shows that city inhabitants have a stronger reaction to stressors than those living elsewhere. The study shows that the agitation that city-dwellers experience can be linked to public transportation delays and traffic jams. It also shows …

Better than willpower

These 6 self-control tips work better than willpower, Ilana Strauss I Treehugger.com, February 15, 2019 Here are some ways to make the right decision the easy decision.Willpower would be great, if it worked.Luckily, a team of behavior science researchers came out with a report on how to make it easier to make the right decisions. The scientists actually found dozens of strategies, but I’m pairing it …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Regional levels of despair and distress reinforce and exacerbate drug use and overdose

In both rural and urban communities, two key factors—economic distress and supply of opioids—predict the rate of opioid deaths. Regional levels of despair and distress that seemed to reinforce and exacerbate the problem. With respect to economics, characteristics like family distress, population loss, and heavy reliance on mining and service industries seemed to drive up mortality rates.  A used needle in …

Why we won’t quit

Why do we keep doing this climate work? we asked each other. Maybe to our surprise, answers to the question flooded out, one reason after another. Because we are not doomed, as long as we act. A world in which we do everything we can to restrain climate change barely resembles one in which we do nothing. We won’t like the first world, …

The troubling relationship between self-care and capitalism

Self-care is a reasonable response to one main issue: stress. And everybody today seems stressed out of their minds. “We’re supposed to be walking powerhouses of productivity, using every minute of our time to its best effect,” wrote Aisling McCrea in a recent Current Affairs article. “In an economic environment where careers are precarious and competitive, young people are increasingly …

The Cultural Politics of Climate Change and Not Speaking Up,

The Cultural Politics of Climate Change, Rebecca Willis, The Ecologist, 15th January 2019 A lack of political will to address climate change could be attributed to cultural constraints and social pressures. “I was known as a freak”, a politician told me recently with disarming directness, as we sipped our drinks in a smart London hotel. He was describing to me …

Psychology of money

Excerpted from The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops Are Changing the Way We Eat by Michael Carolan. Copyright © 2018 Michael Carolan. Island Press, Washington, D.C. In 2006, Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and her colleagues published an article titled “The Psychological Consequences of Money” in the journal Science. In one study, participants were primed …

Secrets of the Creative Brain, Leaving Room for Creativity

By Nancy C. Andreasen in The Atlantic, June 26, 2014.  A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.  As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the …

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war, Ilana Strauss, TreeHugger.com January 15, 2019 © Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock Are chimps really humanity’s single closest cousins? I recently saw a video that claimed chimpanzees are humanity’s closest cousins. You hear this a lot in articles and videos — that chimpanzees are the closest animals to humans. It’s not true. Chimpanzees may be …