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  • Psychiatry by Numbers

    “And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there’s always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making [...]

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    Yet Another Harrowing Tale of White Collar Addiction

    Yesterday, Alan Schwarz, reporting for the Sunday edition of The New York Times, published an alarmist piece on Adderall abuse.  The story chronicles the short life of Richard Fee, a popular young pre-med who, after dabbling in fast-acting stimulants in college, faked his way into an ADHD diagnosis and, within months of filling his first [...]

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    To the New Generation

    Young Minds

    This semester, I am heading a science writing and social media seminar with six undergraduates at Indiana University.  It’s mostly an excuse to get some of the keenest young minds in psychology and cognitive science into my living room to discuss some of my favorite-ever popular science articles (and, let’s be honest, to taste-test some delicious [...]

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    Visualizing the Language of Drug Experience

    The Doors of Perception

    We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive….” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping [...]

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    Reality, that seamless stream

    “The influence, upon our thinking, of a comprehensive scientific theory, or of some other general point of view, goes much deeper than is admitted by those who would regard it as a convenient scheme for the ordering of facts only. …scientific theories are ways of looking at the world; and their adoption affects our general [...]

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    The Launch of the Psychotronic Girl

    “Electricité, électronique, cybernétique‥et ensuite?‥Proposons Psychotronique, utilisation de la pensée et de la volonté.” (Toute La Radio, N° 192 du 12 janvier 1955.) Welcome to The Psychotronic Girl, a freshly-minted blog on the science and politics of language. What does it all mean? In English, psychotronic is a word that has its origin in 1980′s B-film [...]

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