We aren’t as busy as we think we are

Chaucer describes a bustling lawyer (the Sergeant of Law) like this:

Nowhere so bisy a man he ther nas                                                                                                                       And yet he semed bisier than he was

It turns out, though we all complain about how busy we are, a study of how we actually use the 24 hours in our days suggests that we may not be as busy as we think.  Or so says Laura Vanderkam, working mother of four,  in the New York Times. [Read more…]

The brain is NOT a computer

Brain researcher Robert Epstein explains that, contrary to what we keep hearing, the brain is NOT a computer.  We don’t process information, we don’t retrieve memories, and we won’t be able someday to download our minds into the internet. [Read more…]

And now, euthanasia for obsessive cleaning

The Netherlands has extended its legalized euthanasia program to include people with mental and emotional problems.  Victims of sexual abuse are now being euthanized, as is at least one woman with a obsessive compulsion to clean. [Read more…]

University students on identity

An interviewer asked University of Washington students about whether they agree that one’s identity is anything one chooses it to be.  At first he asked about the issues in the news, gender and bathroom questions, getting the standard approved answers.  But then he kept pushing it to see how far the students’ relativism would go.  He found that it had no limits!  See the video after the jump. [Read more…]

“My identity is founded in who I am in Christ”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the head of the Church of England, recently learned that his father was not really his father, that he was the product of an affair between his mother and Winston Churchill’s private secretary.  What’s notable, though, says Eric Metaxis in a Breakpoint commentary, is how Welby took this potentially traumatic news.

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The spiritual problem of boredom

Boredom has been called the spiritual problem of our age.  Why is it a spiritual problem?  The old theologians called it acedia,”a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world. . . .The best-known of the psychological signs of acedia is tedium, boredom or general laziness.”  It is a rejection of life and of existence and can lead to despair.  (Read the Wikipedia article.)

This used to be rare, but it is now commonplace.  An article in the London Guardian attempts to explain why.  It says that our main problem today is hyperstimulation, that all of our entertainment media require ever-more stimulation, and that when we aren’t being hyperstimulated, as by normal life, we get bored.  This is so debilitating that we now have the attention span, on average, of a goldfish (about 8 seconds).  Read the excerpt and follow the link after the jump, unless you are too bored. [Read more…]