Last week, a manatee was found in Florida waters, with the word ‘Trump’ scraped on its back. Although this kind of ruthless mutilation is horrific in itself, I started wondering if the animal felt any kind of pain. I must admit, up until I came across the news about what happened to the manatee in … More On the nature of pain
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! […] The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. Because … More The biology of meditation. How meditating can change your brain
What is fear? Why are we sometimes afraid? Can fear be inhibited? What produces fear – the brain or the heart? It is definitely the brain! More exactly, something in the brain – a tiny, almond-shaped structure, which sits anteriorly to the hippocampus, called the amygdala. This small part of our brain is to blame for … More Fear and the amygdala
If you were to answer the question “What differentiates humans from other organisms on Earth?”, you would probably list a number of things, including the ability of humans to make “free choices” dictated by their consciousness, rather than by something organic. Am I right? What if someone told you that this is not actually the … More Consciousness – Who decides, you or your brain?
I’m warning you, this is going to be a long one! But it’s interesting, I promise. There is a lot of confusion and mixed opinions when it comes to depression. Some people use the term inappropriately, to describe what is in fact grief (the feeling of sadness that humans, and presumably other animals, experience after … More Depression and why some of us are SAD
About a year ago, I posted an article entitled Autism, which was meant to be more of an introduction into autistic spectrum disorders. Since then, I’ve been meaning to come back to this topic and provide more details about the mechanisms leading to autism, but I knew I need to do some proper research, which … More Decoding autism
Sleep is a fascinating process that allows most of the creatures on Earth to function at their normal capacity and survive the environmental challenges. Recent theories support the idea that one of the main functions of sleep is not energy conservation or tissue restoration, as previously thought, but actually, enhancement of brain function. Sleep appears … More Even flies sleep and learn
In a previous article, we talked a bit about narcolepsy as one of the very intriguing sleep disorders. It was perhaps easy to understand why people suffering from narcolepsy could have a pretty hard time performing several normal tasks; however, most of us would probably relate less to narcolepsy. But something which almost everyone can … More Why “sleep”?
I remember when I was a small child and my mum or my uncle would take me out to one of my hometown’s parks or to the shopping centre. For some reason, I so often experienced an unexplainable fear and even dizziness and the terror that I might faint. I also had the feeling I couldn’t walk … More Don’t be anxious about anxiety!
Can you think of any situation when, let’s say, you were talking to someone and suddenly that person would glance at you with boredom and their eyes seemed to slowly close as if they were on the verge of nodding off? This sort of situations can be very annoying and it would be a lie … More Narcolepsy