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…

Against Fideism

By Ken Niemann My attempt here is to offer a brief survey of fideism in the Christian church and elucidate it’s deviation from orthodoxy and just plain common sense.  It will be shown that, while often well intentioned fideism requires gross distortion of scriptural content and actually serves to undermine the nature of man’s relationship to…

Socrates on Intellectual Freedom

Socrates was charged with corrupting the youth of Athens with his teachings. The Court offered to free him if he would recant his teachings before the youth, but he chose the poison Hemlock instead because the truth was that important to him. Many think this event launched the discipline of Philosophy itself. “And I swear…