Monday, November 26, 2007

Speedlinking 11/26/07

Quote of the day:

"The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time."
~ George Bernard Shaw

Image of the day (Dean Zulich at Earth Shots):

~ Transform Your Physique Part I -- "Testosterone is about to unveil a very cool new feature called "The Physique Clinic." This is where select T-Nation members will be personally coached by Christian Thibaudeau so that they can finally achieve their physique goals."
~ Mental Fatigue from Low Blood Sugar Levels -- "Exercisers and athletes can expect to feel fatigued when their blood sugar levels drop. Researchers at Loughborough University, UK showed that athletes who did not take sugar during soccer competition lasting 90 minutes felt more tired, had less competitive desire, and had far lower blood sugar levels than athletes who took a sugared drink every 15 minutes during their game."
~ How To Repair A Damaged Metabolism -- "If you've caused metabolic damage as a result of following starvation diets or losing weight too rapidly in the past, it can be extremely difficult to achieve any further fat loss at all. The good news is, metabolic damage can be repaired. All it takes is the right combination of metabolism stimulating exercise and metabolism stimulating nutrition (NOT just a diet), all done consistently over time."
~ Fat-Burning Travel Workouts -- "Do you travel a lot? I know I do. It can definitely be difficult to stay in shape while you're on the road. But with a little creativity you can get a great fat-burning "travel" workout anytime using just your own bodyweight, a hotel gym and/or some light dumbbells."
~ Starches raise diabetes risk in blacks and Chinese -- "Starchy foods such as white rice and bread raise the likelihood of diabetes for both black and Chinese women, but adding some whole-grain foods may reverse the risk, researchers reported on Monday."
~ Too little milk, exercise hurting kids (AP) -- "Bone specialists say possibly millions of seemingly healthy children aren't building as much strong bone as they should."
~ High testosterone appears to keep men alive -- "Higher naturally occurring levels of the male hormone testosterone appear to protect men from fatal heart attacks or strokes and death from all manner of causes, researchers in Britain said on Monday." Cool -- it's about time.
~ Vegetarian Athlete? Fuel Your Workouts and Maximize Performance! -- "Vegetarian athletes must carefully plan their diets to consume adequate energy and nutrients. Ovo (only eggs included), Lacto (only dairy products included), or Ovo-lacto (both eggs and dairy are included) vegetarians are at minimal risk for macronutrient deficiencies; however, vegan athletes, who exclude all animals products from their diets, are at greater risk for nutritional deficiencies and should carefully plan their diets to maintain optimal athletic performance and general health. With respect to macronutrients, vegans must ensure that protein requirements are met."
~ Deepak Chopra: The Future of the Body (Part 2) -- "The great promise of mind-body medicine will never be fulfilled as long as the treatments are unpredictable. This has been a major stumbling block in the West, ever since the original excitement over acupuncture in the Seventies and Ayurveda in the Eighties. Patients who have been helped sing the praises of alternative medicine while official clinical trials don't satisfy the skeptics."

~ Study: Minority Boys at Risk for Eating Disorders -- "If asked to picture someone with an eating disorder, in your mind's eye you will probably see a young, white, girl. White girls are the most at risk for eating disorders, but a recent study has provided further evidence that eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of race and gender."
~ Freud widely taught, except in psychology departments -- "The New York Times discusses an upcoming study that has found that Freud and psychoanalysis form a key part of the teaching in the humanities, while being virtually extinct in psychology departments in the same universities."
~ The “Highs” of Just Plain Bad Therapy -- "How does it happen that intelligent people stay with abusive therapists or self development leaders or healers for so long, becoming more and more dependent, and giving them more and more money?"
~ 9 Simple Tricks to Get the Most Out of Today -- "Is there any better time to start living your life to the max than today? I don’t think so. Today is a gift. It is the best time for you to live in, not yesterday nor tomorrow. So be sure that you make the most out of it. Make today the best day ever, both for you and for other people. If you do so, I believe the future will somehow take care of itself."
~ Is Your Universe Friendly or Hostile ? -- "You get to decide whether you live in a hostile or a friendly universe. You can decide what each of the things that happen every day mean. You get to decide whether your life is good or bad no matter how it may look on the outside...remember what I've said in other posts about Viktor Frankl or Nelson Mandela or other people who have gone through great suffering, and yet have made a choice about how their life is going, and especially how they are going to look at it, think about it, and hence, feel about it, and react to it."
~ What Are the 5 Questions You Must Ask Your Therapist? -- "Therapy creates a situation in which someone by definition in distress or wanting to change meets a professional who says they have the knowledge and skills to help the other, and thus charges money for a service, which is extremely hard to define. The power differential is built in and the potential for abuse is great."
~ Trusting Intuition -- "Sometimes we think too much."
~ 10 Ways to Make Your Evenings Happier, Healthier, and More Productive -- "In my article 8 Simple Ways to Enjoy Life Every Day, I suggested that rethinking your evenings is a great way to get more from life. With this in mind, the following are 10 ways you can make your evenings happier, healthier, and more productive."

~ Halperin vs. Halperin -- "Just when you thought it was safe to spread open The New York Times and eat a turkey and cranberry sandwich, Mark Halperin turns in a Week in Review op-ed that kills the appetite. He’s decided that the national press spends too much pushing horse race manure, while ignoring leadership and character, which he says can be found in the oats of candidates’ “full lives and public record.” Points for originality!"
~ War on Iraq: Shia-Shia Conflict Fuels Instability -- "While the commercial media continues to focus single-mindedly on "sectarian violence," Iraq is being wrenched apart by political conflict."
~ Benjamin R. Barber: Black Friday...Gray Thursday -- "On this blue Monday following Black Friday, can anyone remember Thursday? Thanksgiving, once America's holiday of gratitude and family solidarity, has become the staging area for Christmas shopping. It is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving -- Black Friday (as in "in the black, or profitable") -- that is devoted to consumerism, but Thanksgiving Day itself, on which more and more stores are now staying open for pre-Black Friday sales. Call it gray Thursday."
~ Obama Learns to Talk Tough, Just in Time -- "Hillary Clinton now has a fight on her hands, as a rival's gloves-off relaunch puts him ahead in Iowa."
~ Why Oprah Won't Help Obama -- "Analysis: The talk show host will bring him publicity, big crowds and great pictures. But that's not what the Democratic candidate needs most, says Mark Halperin."
~ The Price of Freedom: An iPod Touch -- "In a recent survey, 20 percent of students said that they’d give up the right to vote in the 2008 election in exchange for an iPod touch, half said they’d give up the right to vote forever in exchange for $1 million...."

~ Mankind 'shortening the universe's life' -- "Forget about the threat that mankind poses to the Earth: our activities may be shortening the life of the universe too."
~ Greenhouse Gases Spiked in 2006 -- "Two of the most important Greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere reached a record high in 2006."
~ Gene study supports single main migration across Bering Strait -- "Did a relatively small number of people from Siberia who trekked across a Bering Strait land bridge some 12,000 years ago give rise to the native peoples of North and South America?"
~ Scientist says Hittites began bioterrorism -- "Italian researcher Siro Trevisanato says he believes the ancient Hittite empire was the first to use biological warfare."
~ Whatever Happened to Biodiesel? -- "Some fuels from vegetable oil are environmentally better than others."
~ Studies of ancient supercontinent don't match up -- "For a quarter-century or more, the prevailing view among geoscientists—supported by paleomagnetic records in rock—has been that the portion of the ancient supercontinent of Pangea that is now the Colorado Plateau in southern Utah shifted more than 1,300 miles north during a 100-million-year span that ended about 200 million years ago in the early Jurassic Period, when Pangea began to break up."
~ The long walk of the salamanders -- "Genetic studies unpick the travels of ancient amphibians from America to Asia."

~ Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…Intentionality, the Growth of Knowledge, and Cultural Evolution: Establishing Evolutionary Reasoning in the Social Sciences -- "There is sufficient grounds and evidence supporting some of the insights from evolutionary epistemology regarding the growth of knowledge. Here I focus on the role of intentionality and cumulative knowledge in driving cultural evolution, as well as some of the implications of a co-evolutionary understanding of human biology and culture."
~ Neuroscience & Meditation: New Findings -- "For more than 2,500 years, Buddhist monks have known that practicing meditation leads to increased inner strength, calmness and self-awareness, strengthened contact with subconscious feelings and thoughts, and greater spiritual growth. New research from Harvard Medical School are now allowing scientists to understand more about how regular meditation can deeply alter the structure of our brain."
~ Ken Wilber on Integral Naked - The Origins of the Integral Perspective -- "In this fascinating and memorable introduction to the Integral Vision, Ken is asked the question "How would you define what you do?" As the widely-acknowledged leader in the field of Integral studies and application, Ken goes all the way back to the beginning: a medical student at Duke University who couldn’t get any of the important questions answered from that traditional educational setting. What’s the meaning of life? Why am I here? What’s the good life? What is the Good, the True, the Beautiful? Fundamentally, what is important in human life?" This is has a free download.
~ Awakening the Integral Self: A Historical Sweep of Human Emergence -- "In this article, Nasser argues that human emergence is an inevitable part of the ongoing progressive evolution of the Kosmos - and if we 'awaken' to our own integral heritage we could catalyze the healing our civilization and create a more just and spiritual world."
~ 'Psychotherapy Without the Self' -- "Mark Epstein was a Buddhist before he became a psychiatrist. Much of his life's work has been an effort to integrate Buddhism (which embraces egolessness) and Western psychotherapy (which focuses intently on the self, the ego)." I'm not a fan of Epstein, for many reasons, but I know many others are.
~ A shadow depends on light for its existence, but light does not depend for its existence on the shadow -- "It is no doubt a fact that once truth or good manifests, the conception of falsehood and evil becomes a possibility; for whenever there is an affirmation, its negation becomes conceivable. As the manifestation of existence, consciousness and delight made the manifestation of non-existence, inconscience, insensibility conceivable and, because conceivable, therefore in a way inevitable, for all possibilities push towards actuality until they reach it, so is it with these contraries of the aspects of the Divine Existence."
~ Integral as ideology -- "Richard Carlson has written an essay at Science, Culture and Integral Yoga on how integral expresses as ideology in 3 ways: fundamentalist, neo-liberal and neo-conservative. I copied the section on the neo-liberal manifestation below, as it reminds me quite a bit of my essay at Integral World, “Giving guns to children.” Richard says...."
~ ART, POSTMODERN CRITICISM, AND THE EMERGING INTEGRAL MOVEMENT - Keith Martin-Smith -- "The question "what is art" is both more simple and more complex than it might seem at first glance. Andy Warhol once quipped, "Art is whatever you can get away with." Is it? His observation raises some interesting questions: How does one go about judging a work of art as "good", "bad", or "better than" something else? What standards are used?"
~ Daniel Pinchbeck on a Tantric approach to social change -- "Daniel Pinchbeck has posted a stimulating analysis on how we could and should approach social change. His longish posting is well worth a read. Here, I’m posting the conclusion, as he proposes a non-confrontational approach which "engages and absorbs the enemies." My own contributions to a renewal of the emancipatory tradition have been posted here by Robin Good."

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