Sunday, July 09, 2017

MEdia Dragoness ~ Recovering- Being Invaded by her Book Club

Mood is not homogeneous like cream soup. It is more like Swiss cheese, filled with holes. The triggers are highly specific, tripped by sudden trails of memory: a faint fragrance, a few bars of a tune, a vague silhouette that tapped into a sad memory buried deep, but not completely erased. These sensory inputs from the moment float through layers of time in the parts of the brain that control memory, and they pull out with them not only reminders of sense but also trails of the emotions that were first connected to the memory. These memories become connected to emotions, which are processed in other parts of the brain: the amygdala for fear, the nucleus accumbens for pleasure — those same parts that the anatomists had named for their shapes. And these emotional brain centers are linked by nerve pathways to the sensory parts of the brain and to the frontal lobe and hippocampus — the coordinating centers of thought and memory.

The same sensory input can trigger a negative emotion or a positive one, depending on the memories associated with it. Sternberg on Stress

Europeans Are Drinking Themselves to Death Bloomberg 

Amusing Moby Dick rejection letter asks “does it have to be a whale?”

Is it possible to convey one’s moral vision to another generation? Henry Adams, who wrote a 500-page autobiography without mentioning his wife’s suicide, was skeptical  Every generation  Swims in the same cold river 

How similar is sex over the centuries? (not at all obscene, but very frank language at the link.  Btw, I am not convinced by the argument but interesting nonetheless)

Meet the ‘Wine Whisperers,’ Fancy Grape Fixers for Billionaires Bloomberg Men at our book club only read wine labels ...

The Book Clubs Of Resistance (Or, Why Women Are Barred From Reading In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Book clubs are turning their focus to nonfiction and political fiction. “Reading groups have long served as spaces for kindred spirits to gather and talk their way through weighty issues; they also skew female, older, and educated — a prime ‘resistance’ cohort. It is hard to overstate how thoroughly the anti-Trump movement is driven by the energy of women in general.”
Story image for michael crocker ato from The Sydney Morning HeraldGroup ufiction: The book club that wrote a book – well, two actually

Hemingway vs. Imrich. The literary “battle of the ages” involved evaluations of chest hair, a blow to the face (with a book, of course), slaps, and wrestling moves Real life action seekers  

The science is far from settled however, and further study is required

You’re doing your weekend wrong Quartz Leisure time? Who has leisure time?

FROM AN ERA BEFORE THE DENORMALIZATION OF MALE DESIRE: 49 Old Photos of Men Staring at Women in the Past

More than half of Australians avoiding the MEdia Dragon and other news
More than half of adult Australians try to avoid the news occasionally or often, according to a new University of Canberra report. Some of the main reasons cited by those who avoid news are that news can have a negative effect on mood; news can't be relied upon to be true; and/or that people didn't feel that there is anything they can do about news stories.   
*Report -
Digital News Report: Australia 2017

The touching moment was shared by photographer James Day, who captured Laura Baird's wedding day over the weekend.
"I believe that photos can help people celebrate life," he wrote.

Mr Day managed to capture the special moment between Mike Baird and his daughter. Photo: James Daysize=O

Dangerous world
An overwhelming majority (86%) of respondents in 25 countries around the world agree that over the last year the world became more dangerous.

Social media breeding generation of addicted narcissists
Sensis. Almost eight in 10 people (79%) are now using social media, with 18-29 year olds displaying a range of obsessive tendencies that raise questions around the long-term psychological impact of the growth of social media, as revealed in the latest Sensis Social Media Report.

Estonia to open the world’s first data embassy in Luxembourg
e-estonia, 14/6/17.  During the last few years Estonia has held talks with a number of countries and has now succeeded with one of the smallest countries in the European Union.  The first data embassy will be based in a high-security data centre in Betzdorf, a commune in eastern Luxembourg.