Saturday, April 22, 2006

Another change

I switch on wordpress at this adress ! https://benplante.wordpress.com

Monday, April 17, 2006

Swtiching in bilingual

I switch my blog to benplante.blogspot.com, right now it's only in french but the next post will be in both langague. See you over there !

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tangled bank #51

I'm new in blogging then I'm not really familar with all the carnival stuff. I read the last tangled bank and I found it interesting. So, I post the link for the reader that maybe don't know what's it ! It's at Discovering biology in a digital world . Go over and read it !

Neurophysiology of the near-death experience.

via Nature

The near-death experiences are describes as:
At times of extreme danger or trauma, many people report out-of-body experiences, seeing intense lights, or a feeling of peace

They've shown in the past that we can simulated those altered state by electrical stimulation or even by drugs. Then, this is not a metaphysics altered state of conscience, it's probably in big part a physiological state. Also, in the phenomen some people said that theirs arms and legs were paralysed. Then Kevin Nelson, made a link with REM, cause when find those symptoms in the kind of sleep, that what the article taling about !
Via the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, based in Federal Way, Washington, Nelson found 55 people who reported near-death experiences after traumatic incidents such as car accidents or heart surgery. He also interviewed an equal number who had not had any such experiences.

Of those who reported near-death experiences, 60% also reported having had at least one incident where they felt sleep and wakefulness blurred together. For those without a near-death experience the figure was 24%.

Such blurred periods can include sleep paralysis. Others report visual or auditory hallucinations. Such incidents can occur when some aspects of sleep's dreaming, or rapid eye movement (REM) state, intrudes into wakefulness.

In REM sleep, muscles can lose their tone or tension, inducing a feeling of paralysis. The visual activity during this state may also explain the feeling of being surrounded by light.


Damn sleep that come and fuck our daily consciousness !

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

God isn't in every brain !

I discover this blog via Pharyngula,Amused Muse. There's a nice post about trying to give God feeling to Richard Dawkins., for those who maybe don't know him !

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Spirituality and Psychology !?!

Did you ever open a bookstore's flyers and find a section of books called spiritualy and psychology ? It just happended to me 5 minutes ago ! Then I googled both words to see the results. 11 400 000 ! Does it means that more a big part of the population those words have a blended meaning !? I'm in psychology undergraduate program for 2 years and half, then psychology sound to me as science with some part from humanities and another another part in more fondamentals. Some religious person try to use this science for their profit, to do marketing on the name of psychology.

The fist google pick is The school of spiritual psychology use it to create a fake academis division of psychology to recrute people in a look-like sect. The director Robert Sardello and Cheryl Sanders recommends also just theirs books. There's somethings that keep everyone in the school with the main idea of the way. And it's not scientific way !

I try on wikipidea and Spiritual Psychology redirected me to Transpersonal psychology. On the article, they link it as the fourth forces in psychology with psychanalisis, humanist and behaviorism, I only considered the last one as psychology in fact. It's the only one that you can do double-blind trial to see that helping on mental health. Psychanalisis and humanist should be considered as counselling or somethings helping people to feels better by a good confident in someone with a framework theory to motivate you to change. But the article is talking about those three forces as psychology without any shame or discomfort ! If everyone consider all of it as psychology maybe I to stiff on my definition of psychology ! But I wouln't considere to allow Spirituality and Psychology going together. Maybe I'm not alone wikipedia transfere us to don't link those to word !

Friday, April 07, 2006

Podcast on psychology

I listened to This week in science a one hour radio show on science. The show is available for podcasting ! This week they talked about two studies that I found really interesting !
The first one was about the fact that is your smeeling the sweat of people how have been afraid you'll be more accurate and more quick to answer on word revealing a link with fear ! I don't know anything else on this study, that what I remembers of the show. Maybe the method was wrong and blablabla but I found it interesting !
The second is about the ancipation of laughing. When you're anticipate to laugh you have higher secretion of endorphine and growth hormone. So, if you're going to see a comedy, just going to will make you feel better ! You can save a lot of money with that, you don't realy have to go to see the movie but you thinking that you'll go !
Moreover they chat about other topic as climate, ecology etc. Dowload it and listen it, you'll see !

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tahoe killing sunflower ...

Janet D. Stemwedel did really good job on a pub in Chevy Tahoe apprentice contest !

I did one ! If you're doing one let me know !

KEEP ID OUT OF MY COUNTRY !

Here in Quebec, we don't really have the debate between those to thesis. We kicked out religion from everywhere couple of years ago ! But it seems that there's maybe the beginning of a debate in Canada. By Daily Transcript I fall on Montreal Gazette's article about the denieing of a grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC) to professor Brian Alters, the director of McGill's Evolution Education Research Centre. The title of the grant is: Detrimental effects of popularizing anti-evolution's intelligent design theory on Canadian students, teachers, parents, administrators and policymakers. They refuse it "on the grounds that he'd failed to provide the panel with ample evidence that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is correct". Alter said "Evolution is not an assumption and intelligent design is pseudo-science", and this is also my opinion and the opinion of the majority of scientific community. The SSHRC respond he don't show the "adequate justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent design theory, was correct." He didn't need to show it ! As he said "The theory of evolution is well-established science, while intelligent design is a form of religious belief." So please, SSHRC don't be stupid ! I don't want to start blogging about ID, here in Quebec. Can we leave it to U.S. ?