Neuroscience
Researchers think they have found major clues on how addiction and intuition work in our brains. See it here.
Creative predisposition
Know more on plagiarism in the fashion industry.(NYT´s registration required)
Memory boom
The next refreshing editorial explains that what we have to learn now are new ways of forgetting.
Find out more details about the solo-traveling trend.
The selfish side of marriage
A couple of researchers claim marriage may actually not be that benign influence on individuals...
Breast cancer patients could be spared an unnecessary and lengthy treatment.
Prolongation of life
Plus, sneak a peek into the following interview to the well known biomedical theorist Aubrey de Grey.
Finally, is there a human link to dark energy?

e-Education: where and how adults obtained ICT skills.

48% gain skills through learn-by-doing



Source: www.statistics.gov.uk (UK/2006)

October 3rd, Wednesday, 2007, Ip nº 210  
  Too quirk to care
Quirked Around

The next article talks about a recent trend in art, which is the styling and overvaluation of quirkiness. Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed a proliferation of quirk stories with characters defined through their sensibility (many times unbearably overstated), their eccentric mores, and most of all characterized by being in a quest for love and ultimately acceptance. This way of telling stories seems to have evolved into a void pantomime where the shape takes the lead in detriment of the content, a safe-conduct for aspiring new artists in times of scarce creativity. Perhaps though, the biggest harm of this kind of style is to bastardize sensibility by offering a copycat display of feelings that eludes real critique and divorces awareness from action. When one’s logic is to belong, it seems a long shot asking for a questioning spirit.

 
  The unfair stigmatization of aloneness
Relationships: Alone or lonely?

A new cultural reality has been taking hold for the last couple of years, as more of us live and develop activities on our own. The phenomenon has spurred different considerations: from the cautionary tale about the alienation of the modern individual (blaming technology and the overabundance of options as usual), to a defense of solitude as an enriching and healthy thing. Regarding the latter, the article interestingly points there’s a significant difference between being alone and lonely. What’s more, too often those who enjoy solitude are stigmatized as solitary people, fueling a counterproductive generalization. Perhaps what this recent panorama is urging us to do, is to rethink our “alone-moments” and their articulation with other social instances.

 
Married respondents were significantly less likely than the unmarried to contact or see their parents and siblings, or to give them emotional or "practical" support (...) The married also less frequently spent time with or helped friends and neighbors

From the article"The greedy marriage".
 

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