Saturday, January 31, 2015
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John McManamy's Posts

Is Depression a Physical Illness? - Inflammation, Cytokines, Stress, and All That

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction? read the title to an article in The Guardian earlier this month. The answer is rather involved. Let’s break it down... Read moreChevron

In a World of Intolerance and Unreason - An Appeal to Tolerance and Reason

I am currently reading Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. In the past, I have read her A History of God and The Case for God. In a world of intolerance and unreason, I find Ms Armstrong to be a refreshing case of tolerance and reason.

 

What got me started on Ms Armstrong’s... Read moreChevron

Rebuilding Your Brain: It's Possible - Will Your Smartphone Make It Practical?

This is the third and final (for now) post on neuroplasticity. Basically: We are not stuck with the brains we are born with. This can be both bad and good news.

 

First the bad news …

 

Exposure to repeated stress and trauma may structurally alter the brain in a way that affects... Read moreChevron

I, Too, Have a Dream ...

I, too, have a dream …

 

That one day we will have our own holiday, Crazy Ones Day. You know, like the Apple Ad from 1997:

 

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently... Read moreChevron

Meditation and Neuroplasticity

Last week, we raised the astonishing proposition that we may be able to rebuild our brains. Well, if not actually rebuild, at least direct our minds to focus on a bit of minor repair work.

 

The principle is called... Read moreChevron