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Recollection or Fabrication?

How memory works

By Layla Dowthwaite

Since the first cases involving repressed memories were taken to court, controversy has developed concerning the credibility of childhood memories which ‘emerge into consciousness’ (Loftus 1993, p518) in later adult life. Recent research suggests that creating a false memory in certain people’s minds is not unachievable, although determining the authenticity of memories is virtually impossible without corroborating evidence. This leaves us wondering about the validity of our own recollections, how time can distort the way our mind stores memories, and if it really is possible that we can be convinced to truly believe something which never occurred actually took place. Psychoanalysis is the major technique used to unleash (or create) repressed

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The Down Side of Pleasure

A look at addiction

Addiction is a compulsive condition that reduces a persons ability to function as a ‘normal person’ within their society. In other words, when a person become addicted to a drug or an activity, they are unable to fully control their behaviour.

The reason that people become addicted is that they are not fully in control of their lives and that they are experiencing aspects of the lives as being unpleasant. When they find a drug or activity that is so pleasurable that they temporarily forget the unpleasant things in their lives, pleasurable things begin to take precedent in their life. The actual process of addiction is subtle and most people don’t realise that they are

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Massage Power

An old remedy for modern times

There is no doubt that massage is perhaps the oldest healing art because we have known for many centuries that just a little rubbing ouch go away. But it’s not just humans, most animals enjoy being stroked and rubbed, primarily because it makes them feel good.

In today’s modern world what we feel is shaped by external forces, and much money we have, how good we look and who our friends are. In the old world he felt good because you were powered the right food, from keeping enjoyable company and living a life that had some sense of purpose.

In this age of individualism, relationships tend to be superficial and our happiness is

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The Future of Medicine

And a brave new world

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Western allopathic medicine is a new phenomenon when we consider the timespan of human history. No one is quite sure how long human beings have lived on this planet as past knowledge has mostly been lost and what people believe is largely theoretical.

Throughout history, lifespan and health have been dependent on good fortune like food supply and amenable living conditions. As the population grew factors such as human kindness, tolerance or aggression became significant factors.

You throughout history people have wondered why they became unwell, they have wondered why became sick and had such a varied lifespan. They observed that some foods made them strong and some foods made them

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DNA and Our Genetics

Key to our evolution and survival or demise as a species

When we consider our history over the past few thousand years, Western science has virtually ‘only just’ discovered DNA. In their analysis, scientists because they couldn’t understand what they were dealing with were quick to label most of our DNA as junk. However if we jump back to ancient India they have known about DNA thousands of years and they use that knowledge to create a strong and healthy population.

One way of understanding DNA is that it is the blueprint for the creation and the function of our body and mind. Let’s remember that our body is a composite of all the food that we have eaten

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Addiction

And Compulsivity

As a species we get addicted to so many things from money and power to sugar, sex and other behaviours, various drugs and alcohol. All of these addictions or compulsions arise through a combination of deep-seated unhappiness and improper education.

Western civilisation believes that it is built on a rational foundation, it is all about what is around us and evolving practical solutions to make our lives more pleasant. Unfortunately this patriarchal view of life where we are separate from nature is creating our undoing.

Conversely, Eastern civilisation and here I speak more of India as the world’s first and most enduring civilisation where there is a balance between outward expression and material comfort balanced against internal observation

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The Politics of Survival

Ignorance is not bliss

Body language says all. Turkish president Erdogan dominating Barak Obama. However many think that Obama’s purposeful appeasement of Muslims was placing America at great risk

Everyone has an instinctive desire to live and to be happy. An extension of that desire to live is to have children and grandchildren, and for them to be happy, to have long lives and reproduce into a distant future.

Yet if we look at the world today, there is no future beyond the end of this century and the entire thrust of western civilisation is about living for today; or perhaps should I say consuming so much that all life on this planet will be Continue reading The Politics of Survival

Why Do We Shout?

Communicating in anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked.

‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained,

“When two people are angry at each other, their

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Human Sexuality

A major confusion

There is about as much consensus in society about sexuality as there is about spirituality, and more sex happens in peoples minds than their genitals.

Confusion arises because those who assume moral leadership say one thing and do another. Couple this with the ongoing deconstruction of our societies by social and economic forces.

Sigmund Freud described sexuality as the driver of our psychology and a motivator for all our behaviour which remains relevant today.

But the primary drive to have sex comes from a base biological desire to pass on our genes and perpetuate our species. The desire to breed is an instinctive and powerful force in our lives that cannot be 100% controlled by

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Beyond the Body

Obstacles to healing

We exist within our physical body and it becomes a playground for working out some of our karma as we have experiences ranging from vibrant health to debilitating illnesses.

Most of us identify ourselves as our body and refer to our body as me, myself or I. Yet anyone familiar with any modern understanding of spirituality will recognise that the body is a vehicle and what we refer to as ‘I’ is something greater.

Our body is composed of about 70% water and a collection of elements and stuff which is obtained from the earth via the foods we eat. But even our mind is considered as being something physical, it is a bioelectrical system that facilitates

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