Culture & Society

Let’s hear the good news first

Information is power! This has been a rough year. And it’s only March! Winter has just decided to arrive although we are already suffering from a massive lack of Vitamin D and it feels like summer is a distant memory. We rely on a crazy amount of coffee hoping to feel […]

I got my mind scrambled at a Rubik’s Cube Championship

I am going to a Rubik’s Cube Championship and everything in this sentence sounds odd. Are intelligence games an actual sports category? Can they be compared to other sports, like for example soccer and tennis, or is it just a made up marketing construct in order to label something terribly […]

Domestic violence- What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it? (Tina Turner, world famous singer and victim of domestic abuse) With the #metoo movement in full swing, women, supported by their sisters around the world and – sometimes for the first time – heard by the men in their lives, are using the […]

About blue lights and suicide

Red makes the heart beat faster. You will often find these and other claims made for the effect of different colors on the human mind and body. In addition to such common claims, the physiological mechanisms underlying human color and light perception have been known for some time. But it […]

Defining Love

There is probably no stronger emotion than love.  Love has fascinated humans since the beginning of time.  The question “What is Love?” is not only asked in Pop songs, literature, and art.   People from different cultures have asked this question since, apparently, forever.  Different people and cultures around the world […]


Andrew Solomon on unconditional love and acceptance

And then I thought, all of us who have children love the children we have, with their flaws. If some glorious angel suddenly descended through my living room ceiling and offered to take away the children I have and give me other, better children — more polite, funnier, nicer, smarter — I would cling to […]

The Strange Science of Empathy and Reading

My stomach drops.  Suddenly everything makes sense and the lucidity I achieve makes me want to vomit.  Even re-reading this book after several years, I am unprepared for the revelation of what it means to “complete” in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.  This is empathy and reading in action. […]