Research shows that the way some painkilling drugs work may significantly suppress your ability to feel empathy for others’ pain and pleasure.
Do you think only with your brain? Or is intelligence an embodied phenomenon?
This article explores the science and subjectivity of perception and interoception – and the profound, untapped wisdom of your body.
An article about loneliness (how it happens, why it matters, and what to do about it) and connection.
It’s also about physics. Sort of.
Having the radio or TV on in the background drives me bat-poop crazy. Fortunately, I and my other half have evolved a reliable arrangement that includes volume controls and a rather spiffy wireless headset. (For him, not me.)
It wasn’t always this way. As in any relationship, the compromises of cohabitation are negotiated and whittled over time. Working from a nice open-plan home much of the time, at first I found myself frustratingly unproductive. I had discovered the inherent incompatibility between the analytical nature of my business consulting and writing work, and sharing space with a stimulation-craving extrovert. Read more…
Settled into a comfy chair in a hotel room in the 1990s, at a time when online forums were new, I was counselling my troubled and pacing friend. He was very upset by some things that had been said about him online.
He was in the public eye just enough to garner gossipy interest from fans and hangers on. They chatted and gossiped as if he were out of earshot, with comments ranging from the flattering, to invasive and disrespectful, to exaggerations and outrageous falsehoods. Read more…