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February 2007

Stress & the pursuit of happiness

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 28, 2007  ·  Musings

Thanks to The Thinking Meat Project (one of the most useful science blogs on my list) for this reference to stress related disease. It makes the interesting point that higher primates (I think we are included in that category) induce stress reactions for psychosocial reasons. This triggers reactions that have evolved for physical threat over extended periods of time with consequences for health. Some primates overcome this with mutual grooming, but humans have additional mechanisms such as social support and alternative means...

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Blog Memes: my media sources

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 27, 2007  ·  Trivia

OK, we have another of these memes going round. This time I have been tagged by Luis Suarez to expose my media consumption. Now I am not sure about these. I did the five things you didn’t know about me and conference chairpeople have enjoyed themselves at my expense since. There is also a tendency to strut one’s ego in the responses. Either way here I go (with a bit of ego deflating honesty about my Charmed addiction). I am using the same headlines as others in the chain, although I have added Radio. I am meant to order...

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Legume anorexia

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 26, 2007  ·  Surreal

The quote below is take from a delightful satire which sees childhood as a syndrome worthy of inclusion in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, or DSM-IV, of the American Psychiatric Association (1990)”.

Billy J., age 8, was brought to treatment by his parents. Billy's affliction was painfully obvious. He stood only 4'3" high and weighed a scant 70 lbs., despite the fact that he ate voraciously. Billy presented a variety of troubling symptoms. His voice was noticeably high for a man. He displayed...

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… the body which forms them.

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 26, 2007  ·  Reflections

HPIM2371.JPG“Though human ingenuity may make various inventions answering by different machines to the same end, it will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple, more direct than nature does; because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing superfluous. She needs no counterpoise when she creates limbs fitted for movement of the bodies of animals, but puts within them the soul of the body which forms them, that is the soul of the mother which first constructs within the womb the shape of man, and in due time awakens the...

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Seeing the Invisible

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 24, 2007  ·  News

My good friend and fellow gold miner (in joke, ignore it if you do not get it immediately) has just published his book on national security and intelligence in an uncertain age. It includes the story of our Singapore project. Those who know Tom, are familiar with his wealth of experience in this field. I quote the Synopsis intact:

Intelligence is critical to ensuring national security, especially with asymmetric threats making up most of the new challenges. Knowledge, rather than power, is the only weapon that can prevail in a...

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