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sixpenceee:

Are concepts like happiness, love, sadness just chemical reactions in our neurons? 
If so then couldn’t we possibly replicate it, and someday create a pill that will grant you ever lasting happiness? 
And while yes, there are drugs out there that can grant someone happiness, it’s always short-term and comes with debilitating side effects. 
That’s not real happiness. 
What about love? If it really is just a chemical reaction, couldn’t you just shoot someone up with chemicals, make them look at someone, and BAM, romance. 
Lust perhaps can be electro-chemically stimulated.
But genuinely caring about someone? Thinking about them before you go to bed each day? 
Can an electric shock or chemicals really do that?
Let go to something even simpler. Like moving your arm. 
That’s definitly an electro-chemical stimulation in the brain and can be replicated.
But when you stimulate the motor regions of the brain, and someone’s hand shoots up, they will look at you and say “I didn’t do that, you did.”
There’s definitly a human element to these feelings and sensations, and yes while the brain does play a big role in it, there’s something else too. Something that’s making these reactions in your brain, unique. Something that tells you “this is you, this is who you are and what you like and what you want to do”.
Something that no pill or electric shock can ever replicate. 

sixpenceee:

Are concepts like happiness, love, sadness just chemical reactions in our neurons? 

If so then couldn’t we possibly replicate it, and someday create a pill that will grant you ever lasting happiness? 

And while yes, there are drugs out there that can grant someone happiness, it’s always short-term and comes with debilitating side effects. 

That’s not real happiness. 

What about love? If it really is just a chemical reaction, couldn’t you just shoot someone up with chemicals, make them look at someone, and BAM, romance. 

Lust perhaps can be electro-chemically stimulated.

But genuinely caring about someone? Thinking about them before you go to bed each day? 

Can an electric shock or chemicals really do that?

Let go to something even simpler. Like moving your arm. 

That’s definitly an electro-chemical stimulation in the brain and can be replicated.

But when you stimulate the motor regions of the brain, and someone’s hand shoots up, they will look at you and say “I didn’t do that, you did.”

There’s definitly a human element to these feelings and sensations, and yes while the brain does play a big role in it, there’s something else too. Something that’s making these reactions in your brain, unique. Something that tells you “this is you, this is who you are and what you like and what you want to do”.

Something that no pill or electric shock can ever replicate. 

im kinda happy but i also really wanna get hit by a car at the same time

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The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men by Jon Clinkenbeard

If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.

The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years…

Oh, and when you do decide you want those babies, it only takes one other injection of water and baking soda to flush out the gel, and within two to three months, you’ve got all your healthy sperm again.

The trouble is, most people don’t even know this exists. And if men only need one super-cheap shot every 10 years or more, that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV).

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can this replace the normal contraception methods we have pls

This has existed for YEARS. They ran an article about it in WIRED magizine but I don’t think anyone read it .-.

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Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

3.Get them outside.

 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.

4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.

If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.

5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.

Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.

6. Hug them.

Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.

7. Laugh with them.

Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.

Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.

9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.

A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”

10.Remind them why you love them.

Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.

(via The Darling Bakers)

More people need to know this.

This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.
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misterchuck719:

America is spoiled and FAT. 

Look to your right. This is REAL rape culture. and you cry babies bitch about a Robin Thicke song and cat calls.. Be lucky you live in this side of the world.. Oh geez. I’m sorry. should have put a Trigger warning on this.

Trigger Warning: you’re a bitch

Let me tell you exactly why you’re a human shit stain:

Your argument is literally “You don’t have it THAT bad so don’t complain that you’re being treated like shit. We COULD treat you worse.” 

Honestly? So, if you’re punching me in the face, I shouldn’t complain ‘cause thank god you aren’t stabbing me, right? It COULD be worse. 

That shit doesn’t make sense.

We’re trying to make America a safer, more welcoming place for young women to grow in without being demeaned by assholes like Robin Thicke, “blurring the lines” between consent and refusal.

I get that there is some fucked up shit happening in different parts of the world, but as an American, Western-centric feminist, it isn’t my place to go to other countries and tell them what they should do. I will leave it to the feminists over there who know more about their own culture than I do. 

America has it’s own shit to sort out before it can go up in other countries’ business. 

ummmmm OP is a massive racist shitstain, like lbr, first of all critiquing a movement a black woman took part in because “bossy” is something black girls don’t always have the luxury to be otherwise they fall under the “outspoken/angry black woman” trope that people box them into (yr other option is sassy/comedic relief, yay!) and then putting the words ‘spousal rape’ over teenage muslim girls (are those even iraqi girls? why did you choose iraq? you do realise that the US went in and fucked up so much shit in iraq, right? and you weren’t saving iraqi women from shit? in fact, there are videos soldiers have taken of themselves raping iraqi girls, so you really want to go down that path? no, really, why iraq? why not saudi, or some other country you probably couldn’t point to on a map?).

like fuck you and the horse you rode in on, fuck yr flippant attitude towards trigger warnings, fuck you and yr racist jaahil ass, please go sit in a corner and think about what a massive douchecanoe you are.

just wtf - does op realize that spousal rape was legal in america until quite recently? like literally the state of washington only made it illegal last year: http://www.king5.com/news/politics/New-law-eliminates-marriage-as-defense-against-rape-205780941.html

op - you are a racist, rape apologetic, ignorant piece of shit

ohhh it’s misterchuck! he and i go way back -and by way back i mean he’s been harassing me for quite a long time - fortunately i’ve blocked him

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