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Einstein the Misogynist

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To gain a view of what male privilege looks and sounds like, I can think of no better example than a document written by one of the greatest human minds in history: Albert Einstein.

This is a contract written by Albert Einstein during the course of his first marriage to Maric. Although Albert and Maric married in 1903 and produced two sons, their correspondence shows they had a daughter born out of wedlock in 1902. Her fate remains unknown to this day. 

Sometime in 1912, Albert traveled to Berlin where he began a long affair with his cousin, Elsa. During the course of that affair, Albert and Maric experienced a turbulent married life and lived apart for several years. At one juncture, Albert deemed it appropriate to write this Marriage Contract and to try to induce his wife to agree to it. This contract is sometimes passed around the internet, incorrectly, as a “Wedding Contract”, but it was much later in their marriage that Albert chose to wield the hammer of male privilege over Maric. 

Maric did adopt some of the points in this document in order to have Albert living back in the home with she and her sons, thereby securing her place, both socially and financially, through the only means available to females during that era–that of her husband’s status and financial means. 

Maric and Albert later divorced and he married his cousin, Elsa. 

His wife never agreed to this contract, though, nor would anyone who wasn’t entirely dependent on the author’s good will for their own survival. What a piece of history we have in this document, demonstrating the privileged position of “Master” to which males automatically assumed they were entitled and, even by the brightest among us, the subordinate position of the female who existed merely to satisfy their needs. 

What a horrid piece of historical documentation. 

 

 

Can spending less time sitting down add years to life?

it does highlight what we already know about sedentary behaviour being a risk factor for developing heart disease. And recent UK guidelines suggested we should all minimise the time we spend sitting down.

“We all need to be regularly active to keep our hearts healthy. So whether it’s by walking to the local shop rather than driving, or playing sport rather than watching it on TV, there are lots of ways to be more active and improve your health.”

via BBC News – Can spending less time sitting down add years to life?.

Tiny magnetic coils modulate neural activity, may be safer for deep-brain implants – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Magnetic fields generated by microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to modulate brain-cell activity and reduce symptoms of several neurological disorders.

via Tiny magnetic coils modulate neural activity, may be safer for deep-brain implants – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Declining testosterone levels in men not part of normal aging | Machines Like Us

 

Declining testosterone levels in men not part of normal aging | Machines Like Us.

Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process, as many people think,” said study co-author Gary Wittert, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. “Testosterone changes are largely explained by smoking behavior and changes in health status, particularly obesity and depression.”

 

Biologists grow human-eye precursor from stem cells : Nature News & Comment

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he most exciting thing is that the optic cup developed its structure without guidance from Sasai and his team.

The human eye is a complex structure — but the cues to build it come from inside the growing cells.

 

“The morphology is the truly extraordinary thing,” says Austin Smith, director of the Centre for Stem Cell Research at the University of Cambridge, UK. �

Until recently, stem-cell biologists had been able to grow embryonic stem-cells only into two-dimensional sheets. But over the past four years, Sasai has used mouse embryonic stem cells to grow well-organized, three-dimensional cerebral-cortex1, pituitary-gland2 and optic-cup3 tissue. His latest result marks the first time that anyone has managed a similar feat using human

via Biologists grow human-eye precursor from stem cells : Nature News & Comment.

via Biologists grow human-eye precursor from stem cells : Nature News & Comment.

How aging normal cells fuel tumor growth and metastasis

How aging normal cells fuel tumor growth and metastasis.

Simply put, aging is the metabolic engine that drives cancer growth”

 

MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces | ExtremeTech

 

MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces | ExtremeTech.

Neuroengineers at MIT have created a implantable fuel cell that generates electricity from the glucose present in the cerebrospinal fluid that flows around your brain and spinal cord.”

So you can implant computers in your brain and they won’t need power — they’ll be powered by your food, just like the rest of your body.

via MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces | ExtremeTech.

Too Cool — The Couch to 5K Running Program

Okay. I don’t always get super excited at the thought of running or jogging. I like to power walk and can really get going if I have a good audiobook on the headphones. Sometimes I just to stroll with with my dog, Kela, around the neighborhood or to the park. But today I came across this website called The Couch to 5K Running Program, and it really looks cool! I feel excited about running. Oh Oh.

There are things to buy on this site, but the two month running program is free. it looks like it  involves some interval training, between running and walking. I’m super tempted to try this. Right now I am wishing I had just started this blog. Otherwise there would be people here who would join together with me and take the challenge. That would really help to keep me motivated.

Check out the site and look around. And, bear in mind that 5K is only about 3 miles. It would be great to enter some 5K races and no I could finish.

If anyone out in blogland reads this and thinks they might like to try it. Please let me know during the coming week. I’d love a teammate.

 

 

 

The Hawthorne Effect

Just how much can our minds affect our bodies?

Consider the Hawthorne Effect. It works like this. Let’s say you wake up with a pain in your neck. It persists, so you seek treatment from your doctor who prescribes a medication to bring down any inflammation and to help with the pain. The Hawthorne Effect states that you will make other related decisions which will reduce your symptoms, or at least, they will reduce your perception of the symptoms.

For example, because your neck is hurting, you might change the pillows you sleep with.  Or, when you come home from work, you use a heating pad for a few hours in the evening. Or, throughout the course of the day, you adjust your posture to a more neck-friendly stance.

When the pain you felt in your neck goes away, was it due to the medication your doctor prescribed? Or, because of the other choices you made to make your neck more comfortable? Or, both?

Most of the time, when we have a problem for which we seek medical help, we automatically take adjustments in other parts of our lives. When our problem is remedied, we are more likely to assume it was due to the medication, rather than to the changes we’ve made, almost unconsciously.

All of us are susceptible to the various placebo effects, be they sugar pills or our own thoughts and actions. The more we pay attention to the effects our thoughts have on our well-being, the better able we become to direct our thoughts towards the health we want to experience.

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