Source (or click image above): Eric Schwitzgebel, “How often to ethics professors call their mothers?” Aeon, 2015-07-14
I love the idea of a magic pill that makes you beautiful: perfect glowing skin, flowing shiny hair, slim and elegant of form, with sparking eyes and teeth, talons of steel, and immediately captivating to everyone. It would be a compromise to have to take such a pill every day for life; but many of us (women) do this anyway with contraceptive pills, and many people have to do more invasive things to themselves every day to stay alive, with scary-looking syringes. Having it all in one convenient pill would be great. Continue reading
You’ve met, loved, and lost Food Babe. Here’s Chow Babe – Prettier and Smarter than Food Babe:
There’s been a lot of hilarity recently at the expense of the poor Food Babe. Yes, she is foolish; yes, the extent of her folly is dangerous. Her ignorance is as deep and broad as her convictions are strong and her “Army” is legion. I’m sorry but we’re talking Biblical, Apocalyptic levels of folly here so “legion” is the only appropriate term here. But there is worse and funnier, more foolish and more popular.
Meet Dawn’s Brain:
I can’t remember where I found this, but it was on Tuesday morning PCT. I think it first appeared on feelunique.com, and it’s circulated via the likes of Metro and The Daily Fail a few times through 2014. If you know where the original is and who made it, please leave me a comment so I can credit it properly! Thanks!!
As infographics go, it is interesting in a number of different ways, some of which might not have been intended in the first place. Interesting for feminist critical readings and cultural anthropology. Very interesting for the wonderful adventurous world of tracing, tracking, explaining, exposing, and then sitting back to marvel at how myths are created and perpetuated; and how at a certain point the really good strong brilliant myths develop a life of their own, growing wild outside the hands and control of their makers, unpredictably reaching out to others. Some myths even manage to make themselves. Marvellous.
Read the full piece at Back From Nature. A lesson in scepticism. Think, learn, research, think again, question everything. But maintain balance and common sense. If you have little to no scientific background, do not reject and repudiate those areas of knowledge but make the effort to learn about them.
That’s good scepticism too, learning stuff; remember that “science” in its full older sense just means “knowledge.” Being scientific means being sceptical, and being sceptical entails being scientific.
Learning and knowledge are interactive: consult experts, the first of whom is your doctor. Or any doctor. So: talk to–and that includes listening to–your doctor.
OK, my own doctor is fabulous, sane, and sensible. She includes more eco stuff and advice, but only when properly tested. I passed on her tips on meditation in a recent MUA green board discussion; here they are for anyone else.
The original question (anonymised):
My GP’s answer, with apologies for any errors, my own via recollection and reporting:
Nice person thanked me (this discussion board is usually like that ❤️)
An oldie but a goodie for your greater delectation, from back in 2009; read the rest at Science-Based Medicine: exploring issues & controversies in science & medicine.