Archive for the 'Psychology' Category

The masterpiece that killed George Orwell

• July, 2009

The masterpiece that killed George Orwell Robert McCrum The Observer “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Sixty years after the publication of Orwell’s masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, that crystal first line sounds as natural and compelling as ever. But when you see the original manuscript, you find something else: not so much the ringing clarity, more the obsessive rewriting, in different inks, that betrays the extraordinary turmoil behind its composition. Probably the definitive novel of the 20th century,

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

• June, 2009

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated By Melody Petersen May 19, 2009 Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise Marine Corporal Michael Cataldi woke as he heard the truck rumble past. He opened his eyes, but saw nothing. It was the middle of the night, and he was facedown in the sands of western Iraq. His loaded M16 was pinned beneath him. Cataldi had no idea how he’d gotten to where he now lay, some 200 meters from the dilapidated building where

Michio Kaku on future civilizations!

• June, 2009

Michio Kaku on future civilizations! Michio Kaku On Future Civilization – video powered by Metacafe <<Editors notE>> Funny fella thinking bout the right things! Go do some looking up on Michio Kaku! Definitely worth the effort.

Russian scientists operate computer with the power of mind

• June, 2009

Russian scientists operate computer with the power of mind 15.04.2009 Russian scientists now can use the power of mind to give commands to a computer. A system of electrodes shaped in a helmet and a special program reads the impulses of the brain and transforms them into symbols on the computer screen. A person wearing the helmet will be able to type texts and control mechanical devices by means of mere thinking. The equipment can be helpful to people of limited physical abilities. “A paralyzed

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

• April, 2009

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists Exclusive by Mark Hughes Crime correspondent Saturday, 28 March 2009 Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation. The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain’s most senior officer

Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms

• March, 2009

Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms MURRAYVILLE, Georgia (CNN) December 17, 2008 A few weeks before 13-year-old Jonathan King killed himself, he told his parents that his teachers had put him in “time-out.” “We thought that meant go sit in the corner and be quiet for a few minutes,” Tina King said, tears washing her face as she remembered the child she called “our baby … a good kid.” But time-out in the boy’s north Georgia special education school was spent in something akin

ADHD drugs for kids need hallucination warning

• February, 2009

ADHD drugs for kids need hallucination warning By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY Visual or tactile sensations of bugs an uncommon, but possible, reaction, study finds. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended Wednesday that the agency add information about a possible risk of hallucinations in children to the labels of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs. The committee also urged the FDA to develop a consumer-friendly medication guide explaining to parents that they should talk to their child’s doctor about stopping the medication should hallucinations occur.

Czech speedway rider knocked out in crash wakes up speaking perfect English

• January, 2009

Czech speedway rider knocked out in crash wakes up speaking perfect English By CHRIS BROOKE 14 September 2007 When Matej Kus’s teammates heard him talking after he was knocked out in a speedway accident, they were relieved he was conscious. But they were also a little surprised. For although the 18-year- old Czech knew only the most basic English phrases, he was conversing fluently in the language with paramedics.

Truman Show Syndrome delusion: Sufferers convinced they are on reality TV

• December, 2008

Truman Show Syndrome delusion: Sufferers convinced they are on reality TV By Tom Leonard in New York 25 Nov 2008 Psychiatric experts say they have identified a new 21st century form of delusion whose sufferers are convinced their lives are being played out as a reality television show. The self-exposure, instant fame culture peddled by reality shows, social networking internet sites such as Facebook and – above all – the home video-sharing website YouTube has provided a “perfect storm” for vulnerable people, encouraging them to