Real Life Sea Monsters

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24 Bizarre Creatures of the Deep: “The sea contains untold numbers of strange and bizarre creatures. It is said that we know more about our own solar system than we know about our oceans. Indeed, some creatures of the sea can seem more alien than anything you can imagine. But even worse, some of them can seem more frightening than your worst nightmare. Below we have collected pictures…”

Can the Future Leak Into the Present?

Newsweek‘s good nontechnical discussion of some implications of quantum theory, including one particularly astounding and troubling quantum paradox: We have long accepted that an observation affects the observed event, but it now appears that the effect occurs even if the observation is not until after the event has taken place. In effect, the future “leaks into the present”. This is not a relativistic problem (Einstein taught us that simultaneity is not absolute and varies from one frame of reference to another) but something far stranger.

The Race is on for the ‘God Particle’

“Earlier this summer, the physics world was jolted by a rumor that a team of scientists from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, in Batavia, Ill., had found a bump in their data that might be a legendary particle that has haunted physicists for a generation. It is known colloquially as the Higgs boson and sometimes grandly as the “God particle.” According to the Standard Model that has ruled physics for 30 years, the Higgs endows elementary particles in the universe with mass.” (New York Times )

R.I.P. Albert Ellis

The ‘Lenny Bruce of Psychology’ is dead at 93. Ellis was a rallying point for the backlash against Freud and a founder of cognitive-behavioral approaches to talk therapy, and short-term focused work, which have become ascendant in the last few decades.

New York Times obituary:

“Where the Freudians maintained that a painstaking exploration of childhood experience was critical to understanding neurosis and curing it, Dr. Ellis believed in short-term therapy that called on patients to focus on what was happening in their lives at the moment and to take immediate action to change their behavior. Neurosis, he said, was “just a high-class word for whining.”

“The trouble with most therapy is that it helps you feel better,” he told The New York Times in an interview in 2004. “But you don’t get better. You have to back it up with action, action, action.””

One compelling way of approaching people’s difficulties in mental health practice, which I credit largely to Ellis’ influence, is to think of distress as emanating from our tendency toward self-deception and therapy as an attempt to cultivate honesty and authenticity in one’s relationship with oneself. Ellis’ iconoclasm, irreverence and bent for popularizing sophisticated psychological concepts have been very appealing to me.

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Budding Pedophiles or Not?

“There is no proof that …using adult sex-offender treatments on juveniles is effective. Adult models… don’t account for adolescent development and how family and environment affect children’s behavior. Also, research over the past decade has shown that juveniles who commit sex offenses are in several ways very different from adult sex offenders. As one expert put it, “Kids are not short adults.”” (New York Times )

And:

Unruly School Kids or Sex Offenders? “The two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran — what some kids later said was a common form of greeting.

But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher’s aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them.

After hours of interviews with students the day of the February incident, the officer read the boys their Miranda rights and hauled them off in handcuffs to juvenile jail, where they spent the next five days.” (Oregonian)

Real Life Sea Monsters

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24 Bizarre Creatures of the Deep: “The sea contains untold numbers of strange and bizarre creatures. It is said that we know more about our own solar system than we know about our oceans. Indeed, some creatures of the sea can seem more alien than anything you can imagine. But even worse, some of them can seem more frightening than your worst nightmare. Below we have collected pictures…”