Social addictions

Continue reading about the increasing number of American children diagnosed with serious mental disorders and the contradictions of such diagnosis.

Showbiz news

Learn more on the You Tube phenomenon by checking this piece on its origins.

Creative predisposition

Then, it seems the rock and roll culture (with its corporative facet) is influencing children from increasingly young ages, from kids' bands to the new trend of “rockin' lullabies”.

Get more data on one of the diseases with the biggest social impact: depression. (Spanish source)

Tinker your marriage and keep going

Have a quick glance at this editorial that says the reason most of marriages fail is because we put too many burdens on it...

New ways to analyze brain activity could give us fresh insights into sleep and its mysteries. (MIT´s registration required)

Finally, astronomers have detected negatively charged molecules in space for the first time.


Do you believe that the civil union will displace marriage?

Source: Clarín / Argentina (Total votes: 2.449)

December 6th, Wednesday, 2006, Ip nº 182

Minding grand things easier than looking at our lives?
Why We Worry About The Things We Shouldn't... ...And Ignore The Things We Should

First, read a piece on the way our brains work and how people behave at the time of evaluating risk in today’s world. One very common mistake in the analysis of possible dangers is for example paying attention to big phenomena instead of focusing on the things that have a direct impact over our life, the things we can actually decide. Moreover, it may be difficult to acknowledge the perils of something that gives as pleasure, even if we are aware that it also harms us. So how do we manage to have more rational and balanced responses to risk? If we had a major understanding of our incidence, we might be nearer to a more accurate evaluation of reality.,9171,1562978,00.html

A martini and some time alone, please
Cosmopolitan Moms

Then, have a look at the next article which touches two omnipresent topics these days. On one hand the consumption of alcohol as a way to cope with life, and on the other the increasing demands of today's obsessive parenting scene. Thought as an oasis, a moment of relief, “happy-hour play dates” are also conceived as an oportunity for regaining some adult time. But what does the inclusion of alcohol in daily activities says of modern parenting? Assuming that a cocktail now and then is an intrinsic part of parenthood –or of our every day routines for that matter– seems a perfect argument to avoid a deep look at the real issues masked by these habits.

We pride ourselves on being the only species that understands the concept of risk, yet we have a confounding habit of worrying about mere possibilities while ignoring probabilities, building barricades against perceived dangers while leaving ourselves exposed to real

From the article "Why We Worry About The Things We Shouldn't... ...And Ignore The Things We Should".

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