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Archive for November, 2011

Rethinking Worlds

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Art video featuring performance poetry and imagery about modern living and madness. Winner of the 2011 reTHiNK Possible Worlds award, with the theme “We are all human beings navigating the maze of life.”


Mariel Hemingway Honoured

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Mariel Hemingway accepts The McLean Award for her efforts to inspire mental health and wellness.


Light Through the Ear

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

An unusual method of delivering light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): through the ear.


A Real Warrior

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A US Army veteran describes what it was like to experience a severe blast injury in the Iraq war that affected him both physically and psychologically.


The Divided Brain

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Iain McGilchrist: The Divided Brain

Psychiatrist McGilchist debunks myths of split brain functioning and explains how the left and right hemispheres of the brain always work together, yet still have different specializations. He posits that their strengths (and physical size) have evolved with the demands of modern life, and that although the left hemisphere may be useful for more concrete tasks, the right brain is equally valuable, ending with this quote from Albert Einstein: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant but has forgotten the gift.” A cool illustrated RSA Animate video, created with an audio clip from a longer lecture on western civilization and the divided brain available here. Hat tip: an excellent blog post by Lapidarium notes.


Recovery is Possible

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Short documentary about Canadian author and artist Sandra Yuen MacKay, who has schizoaffective disorder and asserts, “Despite having a mental illness, I thrive on life.”


Winning Video

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The winner of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Facing Us Video Contest, Melanie Oldham describes what it’s like to have bipolar I disorder (with especially good descriptions of manic symptoms) and how she grew to accept the diagnosis and mental health services that keep it in check.


Paul Zak and Oxytocin

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The “morality molecule” and trust, experimental design and his investigation process, and economic games.


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