“If you name your emotions, you can tame them”

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I thought this was an interesting little article. I have a great deal of hope and anticipation about what this kind of brain imaging can tell us about brain and mind.

Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works

“If you name your emotions, you can tame them, according to new […]

“WINNING THE INTEGRAL GAME?” – an article about conversion and critique

An interesting short article – interesting to me mostly because it is a conversion and disillusionment story, and I think conversion and disillusionment are extremely important and understudied topics in the field of self-development.

Does it say anything new about Ken Wilber? No, I don’t think so, it merely expresses a common arc in the […]

7 Destructive Habits of Incompetent People

I have a long standing iunterest in the self-help movement and it’s materials, ideas, and authors. In the self-help philosophies we can see how the occult and esoteric ideas of earlier centuries have evolved to become a new toolset. It’s a curious toolset, a strange mix of the useful and practical and the patently ridiculous […]

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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