Good Vibrations — the Cure for Hysteria

Just over 100 years ago, the most common cause for a woman to visit her family physician was a bad case of hysteria, a scourge once common in the 1800s that struck women of child-bearing years, married or single, young or old. Hysteria was officially a female illness and by the 1890s, these patients comprised a significant proportion of many a physician’s practice.

Most of us understand the word “hysterical” in its more modern sense. We take it to mean the idea of something uncontrollably funny or absurd or emotional to the extent of upset. That’s only the recent connotation.

Literally translated from the Latin, hysteria means “out of the uterus.” For centuries, medically speaking, hysteria meant “womb disease.” As…

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On the Road to Nowhere

The era of the automobile is about to end. Within 15 years, 95 percent of the cars on the road will be gone, replaced by self-driven options. Cities will be finned with tiny, self-directed electric vehicles, some just bog enough for one person, that can be summoned from a cell phone and will drive commuters to their destination for just pennies. The sort of cargo that trucks used to drive across the country will, instead, drive itself, commuting thousands of miles without a single person involved. Packages will be delivered by self-directed drones, which will buzz around in the air around us, moving gifts, books, online orders, and even groceries from door to door.

Millions of jobs will cease to…

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The Willing Suspension of Critical Thinking

I recently enjoyed a memorable time visiting with dear friends from the past and present. It was a reunion of sorts, hosted in Hollywood, for a close-knit group of creative folks who lived and worked together during a remarkable period, the golden era of modern recording, the 1970s. That was the decade when the rudiments of music production met evolving digital technology and opened the door to the ability to shape sound beyond the norm of real time and physics. It was a decade when people, not boxes, molded music and sound into art. The reunion was a blissful and heartwarming experience.

Everyone I spoke with was typically energetic and a healthy survivor of some physically demanding times, save one.…

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<p>There are strange days ahead for liquor drinkers.</p>A bottle in front of me

Technology is going to bring about a massive change in the way alcohol is consumed, the type of alcohol that is consumed, and the way we experience alcohol. One of the biggest shifts will be the development of a drug that will reverse the experience of drunkenness. With one pill, a person can go from drunk to sober in an instant. The drug will initially be developed as an antidote to potentially lethal alcohol poisoning, but will quickly gain widespread social use as a way to quickly sober up before driving home. Bars will sell the pill, and incidents of drunken driving will become so rare that penalties will increase, eventually including automatic and permanent loss of license, extended prison…

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<p>Our future selves will have whatever faces we want whenever we want them.</p>Eyes Without a Face

The present's peculiar obsession with plastic surgery will continue toward even more dramatic versions in the future. For those who wish to remain young-looking, it will be possible to freeze a face at a certain stage of aging and leave it there forever. Some will choose to look 18 for the rest of their lives, some will eternally appear to be in their mid-20s, and some will prefer a lifetime of appearing to be a sophisticated 40-something.

But that's just the start. It will also grow increasingly easy to sculpt a face to look like whatever is desired. Some will simply make their appearance more conventionally attractive, while other will choose to look like someone else altogether, leading to imposter…

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Meat-centric Madness

America’s biggest fast food meat maker is in the news leading off 2015. And Mickey D’s can’t win for losing. McDonald’s, worldwide icon of fast food and cheap meat, stirred the pot by initiating a program adding what they call “verified sustainable beef” to their slurry of a food chain. While on the surface it looks like a wonderful idea to lean toward a more ecological way of sourcing their primary product, meat food, critics rightfully are accusing McDonald’s of but another example of a corporate goliath jumping on the eco-bandwagon. That’s a practice known as green-washing: positioning your business in such a way as to imply a noble creed of healthier food, environmentally sound ideals and business ethics.

The…

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Weathering the Storm

While slogging through the depths of a wintry cold spell, it pays to consider how weather affects our wellness. It’s not just a case of getting sniffles or making it through flu and cold season. The weather affects us in more ways than frostbite and flu in winter or heatstroke and sunburn in summer. Tornadoes, floods, lightning, hurricanes, heat waves and blizzards all take an obvious toll on the human condition. But beyond those are more complex changes to the body and perception that take place in coherence with planetary weather. Most of us don’t realize how weather affects unseen but not unnoticed symptoms in our bodies or emotional wellness. It confirms the inalienable link we have with nature and…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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Corn: Nothing Green About It

A plague is upon us; pestilence abounds; a pox we planted ourselves. Forget locusts. Forget frogs. Forget bird flu, kudzu or African snails. The...

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Devil in the Detail

Do you suffer from “Fact Fatigue”? Are you confused and exhausted after turning on the television, opening up Google alerts or reading the newspaper...

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