February 28, 2012

Advil for a broken heart

Who would that Advil would help a broken heart or any type of emotional pain.

The pill that could mend a broken heart: Scientists claim simple painkillers could dull the pain of rejection

Pain killers could be used to dull the emotional pain of rejection in the future, scientists have claimed.

Researchers have discovered that emotional and physical pain cause similar reactions in the brain and are so similar that some studies have shown that taking painkillers can actually dull emotional pain, the authors claim.

Social rejection or being dumped can produce such a strong reaction that it is processed in the part of the brain that normally deals with physical pain.
One study that was examined even found that people who took a pain killer for three weeks reported less hurt feelings than people who took a placebo.

The scientists saw a correlation in the brain activity of people who had experienced social rejection and physical pain

Expressing her surprise at the findings Professor Eisenberger said: 'It follows in a logical way from the argument that the physical and social pain systems overlap, but it’s still kind of hard to imagine.
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‘I guess we don’t have to tell you why we’re here.’

The Thinking Man's Detective

If there is one subtext to all of Morris’ subsequent films and writings, it is the private eye’s creed, the anti-postmodernist belief that “the truth is out there.” Truth may be elusive, it may even be unknowable, but that doesn’t mean, as postmodernists aver, that reality is just a matter of subjective perspectives, that one way of seeing things is just as good as another.

“I’m amazed,” Morris said when we spoke recently, “that you still see this nonsense all over the place, that truth is relative, that truth is subjective. People still cling to it.” He calls these ideas “repulsive, repugnant. And what’s the other word? False.”

The private eye trick is pure genius.

But I digress (something impossible to avoid in writing about Errol Morris). I wanted to tell you about his private-eye trick, which he learned from a hard-bitten partner.

It wasn’t a blackjack-, brass knuckles-type thing. “It went like this,” Morris explained. “He’d knock on a door, sometimes of someone not even connected to the case they were investigating. He’d flip open his wallet, show his badge and say, ‘I guess we don’t have to tell you why we’re here.’

“And more often than not the guy starts bawling like an infant, ‘How did you find out?’” And then disgorges some shameful criminal secret no one would ever have known about otherwise.
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Perverse incentives

This has gone viral over the net and I don't where it started.  I found it at Maggie's Farm

The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, has announced that is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.

It's funny and true except for the part about the National Park Service being part of the Department of Agriculture.  It's not.  It's part of the Department of the Interior.  But yes, the indeed, the NPS tells that to all park visitors.

It reminded me of Vodkapundit's comment to the chart below which shows that you can do as well working one week a month at minimum wage as you can working a $60,000 -a-year, full-time, high-stress job.  The chart originated with Wyatt Emerich of the Cleveland Current and then picked up by Zero Hedge which verified all the numbers.


Stephen Green, the Vodkapundit, commented, "The safety net is becoming a barcalounger. Who’s got the remote?"

Seems to me that we do very well for the poor and very poorly for the middle class who work and pay taxes.  A society built on such perverse incentives and unsustainable entitlements can not last. 

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