Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain | Science | The Guardian
When she is not in the lab using state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to study developmental disorders such as autism, she is out in the world, debunking the “pernicious” sex differences myth: the idea that you can “sex” a brain or that there is such a thing as a male brain and a female brain.
Fantastic article. Pair with the writing of Oliver Sacks about neural plasticity. Then look at all of education in a whole new light. Then realize that it also puts our self view in a whole different light. Excellent.
Stefan’s web site isn’t finished, but is shaping up nicely!
About Stefan Liebert | Atlas Pilates Santa Fe
In 1995, following a motorcycle accident in which I sustained various injuries including three broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a dislocated thumb, I was unable to follow my regular exercise program of lifting weights and riding my mountain bicycle. A friend of mine mentioned to me that after my ribs had healed I should try Pilates.
How We’re Wrecking Our Feet With Every Step We Take — New York Magazine
You Walk Wrong. It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take.
Read on and check out the great images.
Good to know…
Vibram Five Fingers – and my new favorite
On my feet
Vivo Barefoot from Terra Plana
Identifying People By Odor As Effective As Fingerprinting
A study has found that everybody has a unique body odor, like their fingerprints, that could be used as an unique identifier. The study showed that a persons unique odor stayed the same even if they varied their diet with strong smelling foods such as garlic and spices. “These findings indicate that biologically-based odorprints, like fingerprints, could be a reliable way to identify individuals,” said Monell chemist Jae Kwak.
And while finger-print ID requires touch and a retina-scan requires a person to stand still, scent-ID would require neither – assuming that each person carries a cloud of odor with them. I wonder how much info is contained in the scent. Weight, health, sex?
I love that title!
Here is another example of the theme I keep circling back on – balancing body and mind… no, let me re-phrase that: Balancing Body and Brain – for I believe that Mind happens somewhere at the juncture of Body and Brain. Where body and brain meet, mind happens. That would make a fine bumper sticker. Check out this story:
‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami – Los Angeles Times
The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has run nearly every day for the last 23 years and participates in at least one marathon a year. In his slim memoir, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” — the title is a nod to Raymond Carver, one of the many American writers that Murakami has translated — he narrates his origin story as a novelist and as a runner. In his 20s, he owned and operated a jazz club. While watching a baseball game, he decided, “out of the blue,” that he could write a novel. “Something flew down from the sky at that instant, and whatever it was, I accepted it.” After writing two books, he sold the club to devote himself to fiction — his first novel to be translated into English, “A Wild Sheep Chase,” followed. As his writing career took off, his health began to decline — the result of all that sitting and smoking. Murakami decided to take up running.
And Murakami does not not just jog… he runs marathons, ultramarathons (62 miles) and triathlons…
Despite Poor Economy, Self-Starters Thrive : NPR
For an insider’s view, Farai speaks with Terry Carter, founder of the successful skin care line Travertine Spa.
NPR has an interview with my friend Terry Carter.
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