Daily Archives: 13/01/2015

A short history of mental illness in art

From Hogarth to Van Gogh, art has challenged our understanding of mental illness. Jonathan Jones ‘Vincent’s eyes are crystal blue, his gaze acute and penetrating. He is neither “sane” nor “insane” but a fellow human being who speaks to us with courage and honesty.’ Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Photograph: Peter […]

Meet 5 “Zombie” Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more. Under manipulation by a parasitic wasp larva, a Leucauge argyra spider builds a special “cocoon web” that will house the larval wasp until it grows up. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANAND VARMA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mary Bates for National Geographic PUBLISHED OCTOBER 31, 2014 Zombies […]

36 questions

Big Wedding or Small? By DANIEL JONESJAN. 9, 2015 In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series […]

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man’s eyes for exactly four minutes. Let me explain. Earlier […]

Why Doctors Die Differently

Careers in medicine have taught them the limits of treatment and the need to plan for the end By KEN MURRAY February 25, 2012 Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. It was diagnosed as pancreatic cancer by one of the best surgeons in […]