A Nightmare in Behavioral Ethics

By Ken Niemann The essay below is a response to The Scariest Thing Obama Has Proposed to Date by Fank J. Salvato who opines that: ““President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on US citizens in order to advance government initiatives…A growing body of evidence demonstrates…

Jim Thornton: RICE Is Wrong

Jim Thornton It’s the most famous acronym in sports medicine, a household term as familiar to athletes as the physicians who treat them: R.I.C.E., for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Legendary sports doc, Gabe Mirkin, M.D., coined R.I.C.E. in his 1978 bestseller, The Sportsmedicine Book. In the four decades since, his memorable protocol—especially the ice and rest…

Epigenetics And Addiction

By Ken Niemann Important controls in the switching on and off of genes include but are not limited to: timing, gravity, spatial organization, environmental cues, and epigenetic mechanisms. It is the latter that we are exploring here. Epigenetics may be defined as changes in gene expression that don’t involve changes to the DNA sequence. It…

Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.

From Wired: Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness. See also: “Saving Normal” by Allen Frances , Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has…

Addictive Cravings Still Detectable After Death

I do not view these findings as any way a threat to the choice model but they certainly are fascinating. The gene is involved in a number of behaviors that we do not normally consider pathological. Click Here FosB  – KN Neuroscience News: Summary: Researchers report addictive cravings can be detected in the brain after death. Source:…

Rothbard: What is the Proper Way to Study Man?

The key to scientism is its denial of the existence of individual consciousness and will Murray N. Rothbard | Mises.org – June 6, 2016 Image Credits: Leonardo Da Vinci. In our proper condemnation of scientism in the study of man, we should not make the mistake of dismissing science as well. For if we do…