Empathy is the remarkable ability to perceive the thoughts, intentions, and emotions of other individuals. In human relations, empathy binds us together in interpersonal and social relations. It organizes our social behaviors, is the foundation of our commitment to justice, sparks selfless acts of alturism and heroism, and can be lifesaving by alerting us to…

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Our survival requires balancing risk against reward, but some people take risks with abandon whereas others cower. Why?  Consider elite rock climber, Emily Harrington, who became the first woman to free climb the extremely dangerous route Golden Gate, on El Capitan in a day, triumphing only a year after she suffered a near-fatal fall on the same route. According to…

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The brilliant biologist and author, H. G. Wells (1866-1946), who wrote The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and who foresaw space travel, atomic bombs and the development of the world-wide web, also predicted that the latter invention would bring what we are now experiencing–the downfall of journalism.  Peering into the 21st…

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Everyone is experiencing increased stress during the pandemic, and some of us—doctors, nurses, workers who are suddenly unemployed, and people who have lost loved ones to the disease—are dealing with profound stress. The belief that psychological stress can increase the risk of cancer is widely shared, but the scientific studies to date have provided mixed…

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For many, the TV reports of the president’s treatment will be their first exposure to the detailed treatment for COVID-19, so it is important to understand that this is not, by any means, representative of the physical and psychological experiences others will face if they are stricken by this potentially deadly virus. Unfortunately, I can…

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In a dramatic courtroom demonstration, O. J. Simpson struggled to put on a pair of blood-soaked leather gloves recovered from the murder scene—damning physical evidence of guilt if indeed the gloves were his.  “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” defense attorney Johnnie Cochran proclaimed to the jury.  Whether Simpson’s failed efforts were theatrics or honest is difficult…

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Virologists are alerting doctors to a possibility that could help explain two of the most puzzling aspects of COVID-19—why the severity of the disease varies so widely, and how the infection can be so deadly. In severe cases the virus may enter the brain through the olfactory nerve in the nasal cavity and damage neurons that control…

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Brainwaves are cited as a biological basis for autism, an objective method to diagnose it, and a treatment through EEG-guided neurofeedback.  Yet each of these intersections between brainwaves and autism is controversial. These mysterious waves of electromagnetic energy radiating out of the human brain are interrelated with autism, and there is tremendous potential for brainwave…

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