1. Aaron T. Beck is the father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, widely regarded as the best evidence-based therapy, and usually put as solution to the previous dominant tradition of psychoanalytic (that is, coming from Freudian ideas) therapies. From Wikipedia:
“The American Psychoanalytic Institute rejected Beck’s membership application, “on the grounds that his mere desire to conduct scientific studies signaled that he’d been improperly analyzed”, a decision that still makes him angry.”
2. Apparently, congenital blindness prevents schizophrenia.
3. Nature ran a special issue on depression, and none of it is behind a paywall.
4. I almost never like TED talks, but this one on Health Leads both points at an important problem and comes up with a potential…patch. (Not a solution, but significantly better than the current state of affairs)
5. Ozy on the Curb Cut Effect
6. I have developed a serious flinch from scandals that are hashtags (I’m looking at you, #shirtstorm and #Gamergate) but this is a good post (also from Ozy) about Zoe Quinn and this is a good post about bad shirts* and ethics on the internet.
7. Congressman Who Voted to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients Busted For Cocaine. That is the headline, that is not The Onion.
8. Look, some fictional character’s lives would have been significantly better if they’d had an abortion. For instance…
Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
It becomes abundantly clear after the birth of Mary that things are not going to get better; Mr and Mrs Bennet at last have an overdue conversation about the state of their finances and reluctantly agree that trying again and hoping for a boy is a terrible plan of action. With only one overtly ridiculous relative (Mary’s much less dour when she’s not trying to distinguish herself from four beautiful sisters), Jane has no problem marrying Mr Bingley the first time he proposes. Mr. Wickham barely comes near the Bennets, who consider him a pleasant, if vague, acquaintance. There is no scandal attached to the family. Mrs. Bennet does not worry herself into an early grave trying to marry off five daughters, and actually finds herself enjoying her old age.
*This is an aesthetic, not political, snark. I like my shirts with one or fewer mostly-naked people of any gender.
Things I Read This Week
I started a bunch of unengaging books, including My Age of Anxiety (Scott Stossel), Bad Science (Ben Goldacre), and On China (Henry Kissinger), and consequently, this list is short on recommendations.
Speaker For the Dead, Orson Scott Card
This was the Ender novel Card actually set out wanting to write. It was spectacular.
Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed
I cried a lot, in the best way.