• Posts Tagged ‘Psychology’

    The Synchronicity of Guilt and Gravity

    by  • December 31, 2018 • Fiction • 0 Comments

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    The 2035 Nobel Prize Lecture in Psycho-Physics Dr. Kilgore Bisson Lagrange L5 Colony PRIAM As provided by Richard Krepski Art provided by Errow Collins I first came upon the notion of the synchronicity of guilt and gravity in my background reading for an undergrad course on the Cold War–some flippant remarks in an essay...

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    Strange Science: Lava Floors

    by  • December 21, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Lava from a 1954 eruption. Not the floor.

    Sometimes, our Strange Science goes a little weirder than other weeks. This week is one of those. We started out by asking ourselves how “the floor is lava” became a thing. The first answer we found was related to a 1948 Roald Dahl story, in which the floor was actually red hot coals and...

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    Strange Science: Suppression of Fear

    by  • November 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Diagram of a human brain

    Scientists at Texas A&M University have recently identified a portion of the brain in rats that inhibits fear, which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The nucleus reuniens, a small brain region in the thalamus, was previously believed to primarily function as a pathway for the transmission...

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    To See the Light

    by  • November 5, 2018 • Fiction • 0 Comments

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    : This story contains medical horror. Readers should be advised. An essay by Max Allaway, as provided by J. Harper Art provided by Luke Spooner A deep, groggy breath. I tried to open my eyes. All I saw was black. Had I not opened them? I tried to open my eyes as wide...

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    Strange Science: Reactions to Extraterrestrial Life

    by  • March 30, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Knots in a tree that resemble an alien's head

    How would humanity react if extraterrestrials landed on Earth tomorrow? According to psychologists at Arizona State University, we’d likely react well! Through examinations of human reactions to what could be fossilized Martian microbes, the possibility of an artificially constructed astral body, and inhabitable exoplanets in nearby star systems, the psychologists involved with the study...

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    Strange Science: Ketamine For Treating Depression

    by  • March 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Molecular structure of ketamine

    Scientists have recently been studying the possible use of ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression, particularly major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. Ketamine is predominantly used as a medication for starting and maintaining anesthesia, for humans and domestic animals. It has also been used as a recreational drug. But with low, subanesthetic doses,...

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    Strange Science: Studying Monsters

    by  • December 1, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist's rendering of medieval monsters

    Did you know that there’s an entire organization devoted to the study of medieval monsters? They’re called MEARCSTAPA, which stands for Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application. The name of the group sounds like a bit of a nonsense word, which is partly intentional. But...

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    Snap and Crackle

    by  • August 21, 2017 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Art for "Snap and Crackle"

    An essay by Doctor Rufus Highgate, as provided by Maureen Bowden Art by Scarlett O’Hairdye My receptionist bounced through the doorway without knocking. “The new one’s arrived, Doc. He’s a jitterer. D’ya want a slug of Mother’s Ruin before I haul him in?” I sighed. “Please show our patients some respect, Becki, and no,...

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