Day: June 4, 2008

‘Dad solved other people’s problems – but not his own’

The saddening death of Adam Laing. Laing was the son of one of the twentieth century’s most controversial and celebrated psychotherapists,R.D. Laing. Adam died a lonely death from an apparent heart attack after a night of drinking and possibly drugging, having reportedly sunken into depression after the end of a relationship. R. D. Laing, also with a history of depression and substance use, died of a heart attack at 61. The senior Laing pioneered one genre of exploration into the relationship between family interactions and madness. ‘It was ironic that my father became well-known as a family psychiatrist,when, in the meantime, he had nothing to do with his own family.’ Further ironic that his father’s work becomes the main theme of hdiscussion of his son’s death, overshadowing the pathos here too. (Guardian.UK)

America’s Democratic Collapse

On the verge of becoming a fullblown corporate state: “Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.” (AlterNet) Ironic that this emerges in precisely this week of hope.

Red Wine May Slow Aging: New Hints Seen

“Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

The study is based on dosing mice with resveratrol, an ingredient of some red wines. Some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form, but others believe it is far too early to take the drug, especially using wine as its source, until there is better data on its safety and effectiveness.” (New York Times)

R.I.P. Alton Kelley

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