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Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

IMAGE: Georg Emanuel  Opitz Der Säufer, 1804 It’s funny. I was recently asked to give a talk to undergraduates interested in psychology.  I was told to pick any topic I wanted, but advised to pick something that sums up the overarching theme of what I study.  Until that moment I’d never thought about the congruence of […]

Acupuncture and My High Horse

Acupuncture and My High Horse

I was skeptical about acupuncture for most of my life. I’d never had a serious injury or illness, and therefore hadn’t experienced the shortcomings of western medicine firsthand. Somehow acupuncture was something I considered quackery, matter-of-factly filed away in my mind along with chiropractic and reflexology and homeopathy. My reluctance to accept it as legitimate […]