Privacy issues
Explore the dilemmas that traceable cell phone services offer nowadays...
Social addictions
Check out some facts about America’s long-dated affair with psychiatric drugs.

Plus, get further information about the relationship between the medical community and pharmaceuticals.
Want to know what’s the key to mental resilience? Then, sneak a peek at this piece.
Faced with sky-scraping prices, more and more Britons find in shared properties the better option.
Take it slow
Read more about the “Slow movement” that is rapidly catching on in many places of Europe...
Afterwards, it turns out that killing germs may not be exactly the best thing to do, doctors say.
Finally, magnetic cocoons associated with galaxies whose black holes have stopped eating, may be responsible for accelerating cosmic rays.

Most significant sources of innovative ideas (% of respondents selecting up to three choices):

Source: IBM "The Global CEO study 2006", based on interviews with 756 CEOs and business leaders.

October 24th, Wednesday, 2007, Ip nº 213  
  Philosophy to go
Looking Up From the Gutter: Philosophy and Popular Culture

The next story talks about the relationship between philosophy and pop culture, and how this union has created a publishing phenomenon on its own merit, as well as giving the topic more visibility. Accustomed to the idea –perhaps a cliché– that philosophy has always been sort of detached from reality, this trend can help visualize that an inquiring spirit may be more earthly than usually thought. Likewise, another common assumption tends to associate the ability to reflect upon the world with one’s academic formation, as if a systematic observation of reality couldn’t be accomplished independently. At the end, popular culture could just be the trigger of a much more nutritive discussion transcending the mere products –and why not, awakening a different predisposition.

  If I forget who I am, am I still me?
Remember this

Cast a glance at the story of a man unable to form new memories and remember old ones, and a woman who remembers almost every day of her life. Through the exploration of these two extreme cases, several interesting questions on the cultural significance of memory are posed. In times of aiding "external memories" (computers, organizers), what's the use of aiming for an undeletable, all-storing memory? Is there an intrinsic value to this capacity that could give us a deeper understanding of the world, or even of ourselves? Regarding the latter, the article explains even amnesiacs might be able to hold on to certain things that they have learned or knew, suggesting that what makes us who we are can be infinitely more complex than just what we can consciously evoke.

A national survey of doctors published in the April 2007 New England Journal of Medicine found that 94% of physicians in the six specialties studied reported some type of relationship with pharmaceutical companies' representatives


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