The Overprotected Kid – The Atlantic
It’s hard to absorb how much childhood norms have shifted in just one generation. Actions that would have been considered paranoid in the ’70s—walking third-graders to school, forbidding your kid to play ball in the street, going down the slide with your child in your lap—are now routine. In fact, they are the markers of good, responsible parenting.
Mirror Mirror – RadioLab
How mirrors (and the reversed images they reflect) lie to us.
The Toxins that Threaten our Brains – The Atlantic
Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater.
Industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? – The Guardian
Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners”, allowing them to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.”
Why Beyonce is Wrong this Time – The Globe and Mail
Rather than saying, “My daughter is bossy,” [parents] should say, “My daughter has executive leadership skills.” The implication being that these two things are not only interchangeable, but that one defines the other. As anyone who has dealt with a dictatorial five-year-old knows, this is not generally the case.
That’s diplomacy. Hypocritical declarations and acts are woven into its essence. What’s remarkable is the unspoken pact among the Western news media to report it all so uncritically.
Body-Image Pressure Increasingly Affects Boys – The Atlantic
Movies and magazines increasingly display bare-chested men with impossibly chiseled physiques and six-pack abs. “The media has become more of an equal opportunity discriminator. Men’s bodies are not good enough anymore either.”
Yoga Poses in Israel – NY Times
Students, taught in single-sex classes, are encouraged to come as they are, even in day clothes or long skirts, if necessary.
Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure – Psychology Today
All of the physical symptoms of performance anxiety—racing heart, sweaty palms, dry mouth, upset stomach, shakiness—are the result of your vagus nerve disengaging. Luckily, you have the power to harness your vagus nerve and keep it engaged to create grace under pressure.
The accelerometer measures only motion, not exertion — no matter how hard you’re straining yourself or how heavy the deadlift is.