The Meteoric Rise of Mental Illness in America and Implications for Other Countries

By Dr. Jeanne M. Solzer Professor of Psychology University of Nebraska-Kearney 4:2 (2016) Abstract Over the last 20-30 years, proponents of the medical model have hypothesized that mental illness is the result of a “chemical imbalance” in the brain (i.e., neurological atrophy, Breggin, 2011). In spite of the fact that no scientific evidence exists to[…]

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the Modern Digital World

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave describes “shadows” on the cave wall which we are taught from birth to perceive as real forms. These shadows are everything from false or hateful political/religious ideologies to scientific racism; just about anything that is bartered as truth and fact. Here are the parallels between his cave and the broadcast[…]

A Dangerous Man in the Pantheon

Louis-Michel van Loo’s portrait of Denis Diderot painted in 1767 / Wikimedia Commons October marked 300 years since the birth of French Enlightenment thinker Denis Diderot. Although perhaps best known for co-founding the Encylopédie, Philipp Blom argues for the importance of Diderot’s philosophical writings and how they offer a pertinent alternative to the Enlightenment cult[…]

Trump Lashes Out at China in Tweets

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 12.05.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief President-elect Donald Trump decided to take to his favorite medium once again, this time to conduct a bit of foreign policy.  Recall the following from a New Hampshire rally during the campaign: Trump was pumping up a crowd there, and one would think that would certainly not[…]

The Study of the Anatomy in Renaissance Art

  By Dr. Stephen Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris Zucker – Dean of Art and History, Khan Academy Harris – Faculty Emeritus of Art History, Khan Academy Donatello, David, 1440s, bronze, 158 cm (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence) We can see from Donatello’s sculpture of David—with its careful depiction of bones and muscles and a nude figure—that the[…]

Microbes: Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

In us, on us, and all around us. / Shutterstock By Dr. David R. Montgomery / 12.05.2016 Professor of Earth and Space Sciences University of Washington Most of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head. A “microbe” is a bacterium[…]