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The Grateful Dead Was Featured In A Clue On Tonight’s Jeopardy! Episode

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first_img“What is The Grateful Dead?”If you were a contestant on tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!, you would have won some money by saying that phrase. In a category called “Endlessly Rocking,” the show featured the following clue:Nice to see that jam bands are still being represented on Jeopardy! A few have made their way onto the show before, including Phish, Widespread Panic, and more.last_img

Michael Pollan wants to change your mind

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first_img Related But, he added, “It’s not to say there are not risks.” A user could get high and act impulsively, walking into traffic or leaning too far out of a window in a tall building. And, he said, “If you are at risk of schizophrenia or it’s in your family or [you] have some kind of personality disorder, they will not let you in a drug trial. They screen pretty carefully.”Pollan also touched on the 1960s history of psychedelics, starting with Timothy Leary, who researched the drugs at Harvard in the years before they became emblematic of the era — an image that would taint their reputation and make serious research into their possible benefits impossible for decades.Pollan described Leary as a once-respected scientist who subsequently did “sloppy things,” as did his colleagues, including Richard Alpert, who gave psilocybin to undergraduates, resulting in an expose in The Crimson.It was a period that Pollan describes as “a very unusual moment in American culture and counterculture. The young were essentially forming their own culture … LSD and psilocybin had something to do with that. It caused people to rethink all forms of religion and question authority.”Before Leary’s fall from grace, he was part of a debate over what Pollan called intriguing questions about how to introduce a drug like psilocybin to society. As Pollan recounted, Leary wanted to give it to everybody, while others — like the writer Aldous Huxley in “The Doors of Perception” — wished to promote it first to thought leaders such as corporate executives, religious authorities, and artists, and have it trickle down into wider society.Today, Pollan said, psilocybin is finally coming out of Leary’s long shadow, funded by private money. “The NIH has put no money into research even though there is such promising research,” Pollan said. “The FDA is encouraged by psilocybin for treatment of depression. … There’s so much more we need to do.”But, he said, the to-do list does not include prescribing it to Trump.“I think you need to want it,” Pollan said, “be willing to dissolve your ego. Trump has the special ability to objectify everyone but himself, his ego.”Besides, Pollan said, “I don’t think it would work. Things could go wrong. The man has his finger on the button. It’s very dangerous.” From fresh food to magic mushrooms Turn on, tune in, geek out Professor Anne Harrington’s new book tackles the rise of biological psychiatry The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘An era where it has never not been about drugs’center_img Donald Trump made a surprise appearance as a topic during “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan’s HubWeek talk on Tuesday based on his eponymous 2018 bestseller about psychedelic drugs. Pollan didn’t suggest offering the 45th president a hit of something, but the possibility did come up during the hourlong exploration of the history and contemporary uses of the drugs and their potential to transform and improve human consciousness.The talk centered on one particular drug — psilocybin. Administered to patients with terminal cancer, it “completely lifted their fear of dying,” the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of the Practice Non-Fiction told the standing-room-only audience. “It allowed many to die in a really equanimous environment.”Pollan explained in a Q&A with incoming Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman that psilocybin and other psychedelics affect the brain to create what he called “consciousness without self” or a “non-egoic consciousness.”It’s an experience Pollan had personally while researching the book in the course of trying, besides psilocybin, LSD and the venom of the Sonoran Desert toad. Guided by practiced healers, Pollan underwent transformative experiences, including feeling himself become one with a piece of music (Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor). “I was not being isolated in a mortal body,” he recalled. “I was part of something larger.”Pollan, who is probably best known for his writing on food and culture in books such as “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” said that the self “does not exist while on psilocybin.” Within the brain, he explained, “Other networks are talking to one another in ways they were not before. You start seeing things that were not there, hallucinating. Colors sometimes have smells, or you can taste them. … There are sort of connections that maybe have new insights.” He said that this can help people suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction: “People we talk to say it affords you new perspectives on life and behavior.” Guided by practiced healers, Pollan underwent transformative experiences, including feeling himself become one with a piece of music (Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor). “I was not being isolated in a mortal body. I was part of something larger.” At Radcliffe, Michael Pollan probes the medicinal uses of psychedelic drugs Michael Pollan takes a trip ‘Altered States’ collection takes student down research rabbit hole Lecturer and science writer sampled psychedelics for book on latest research last_img read more

Family violence: Children most at risk from mothers

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first_imgNZ Herald 25 Sep 2012Children are far more likely to be killed by their mothers than any other category of offender, a new police review of family violence cases shows. Police have released a review of the circumstances surrounding 95 family violence incidents which caused 101 deaths since 2004. The report is not an exhaustive analysis of family violence incidents, but does provide information about trends in offending. It found mothers killed 15 of the 33, or 45 per cent, of the child victims identified in the report – far more than any other category of offender. In five cases, the mother concealed her pregnancy and then killed the baby after birth. The other children killed by their mothers died by drowning, physical assault or in a murder/suicide. Nearly 80 per cent of the child victims lived in the same house as their attacker and many had significant historical injuries. Police said incapable parenting was a factor in a number of the family violence deaths of babies or young children.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10836439Children most often killed by mothersOtago Daily TimesNew Zealand mothers kill more children than any other group in society and men are victims of domestic violence as often as women, a police investigation has found.  The Family Violence Death Review, released today by police, found mothers were responsible for 45 per cent of children killed by domestic violence. The review of 95 family violence deaths involving 101 victims between 2004 and 2011 revealed some “inconvenient truths”, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said. He said the statistics debunked the misleading popular perception “that women and children need to be protected from men”. “This gender focus is misleading,” Mr McCoskrie said. “If we’re really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about … our violent culture and the role alcohol and drugs play in fuelling this environment.”…..University of Otago Professor David Fergusson, an expert on domestic violence, said the public perception that men were the perpetrators of most domestic violence was the result of biased publicity. “The proper message is that both gender groups have a capacity for domestic violence [and] women probably perpetrate more assaults on children then men do,” Mr Fergusson said. The ramifications are a public health system that tends to overlook male victims of domestic violence. One example was White Ribbon Day, which he had been critical of because it focused on female survivors of domestic violence and there was “no comparable day for male victims”. “It is those biases which have been built into our system right the way through it, largely from feminist rhetoric that implies that males are always to blame. “The bottom line is the importance of public policy being based on evidence.” Mr Fergusson said dealing with child abuse “certainly needs to be a lot more of a priority than it’s given”. Education should be the cornerstone for parents, particularly to learn how to cope with the stresses associated with a newborn. “I think that by a series of programs targeted at teaching parents better skills, giving them support, we can minimise the risk of child abuse.”http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/227441/children-most-often-killed-mothersStartling family violence figuresNewstalk ZB 25 Sep 2012The Director of Family First says the latest statistics on family violence are hard to stomach. Between 2004 and September last year, 101 people died from family violence. Bob McCoskrie says it’s startling that most of the 33 children killed were killed by their mothers. He says it shows our focus so far, has been all wrong. “Statistics just show that we really haven’t tackled the root causes of family violence in our community and unfortunately I think the gender focus has meant that we’ve missed some of the real causes.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1509845603-startling-family-violence-figureslast_img read more