Sunday, December 29, 2013

Your Brain On a Thriller

"Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.  The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.
"'We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically,” said neuroscientist Professor Gregory Berns, lead author of the study."
The key word is "gripping."  Read the full article HERE.

La Paglia

"'What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," says Camille Paglia. This self-described "notorious Amazon feminist" isn't telling anyone to Lean In or asking Why Women Still Can't Have It All. No, her indictment may be as surprising as it is wide-ranging: The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead. And that's just 20 minutes of our three-hour conversation."
Camille Paglia is one of my heroes, her Sexual Personae in my top ten list.  Read the whole article by Bari Weiss HERE.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

For the Ages

"Pajama boy. Has an ideology--no, a zeitgeist--ever been so completely encapsulated in a single image? No. It's for the ages."
~Charles Murray