Complete this quote: “Before any attempt is made to hypnotize a Subject for the first time it is highly desirable that the Hypnotist…”

How would you complete the following quote from Eric Cuddon‘s 1938 book, Hypnosis: Its Meaning and Practice?

“Before any attempt is made to hypnotize a Subject for the first time it is highly desirable that the Hypnotist…”

 

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Complete this quote: “In a small, dark room at the lab of a large university hospital…”

The first line of Why God Won’t Go Away begins, “In a small, dark room at the lab of a large university hospital…” but how would you finish such a sentence?

This week, we want your ideas on how you will complete this unfinished quote by Andrew Newberg, Eugene D’Aquili and Vince Rause:

“In a small, dark room at the lab of a large university hospital…”

 

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150 years since the Origin of Species (Darwin 1859)

This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication On the Origin of Species and I thought that I should write a brief post on https://neuroanthropology.net/ to mark the occasion before the year is up. During my fieldwork in Brazil I did some work tangential to my thesis and went out looking for sites which had previously been painted by Conrad Martens (Botafogo Bay) and Augustus Earle (Salvador da Bahia). Earle and Martens were painters on board the Beagle during its famous voyage in the 19th century. Last week I looked at population growth in Brazil as a case-study of urbanisation, pollution and the future of developing countries. This week, I would like to share with you a visual comparison of what Brazil looked like over 150 years ago and what it looks like today.

Botafogo Bay 1842 Botafogo 2009

Before: Botafogo Bay, Rio de Janeiro, 1842-1843             After: Botafogo Bay, Rio de Janeiro, April, 2009
Lithograph: W. Loeillot (26 x 37 cm)                                      Photo: Paul H. Mason

Brazil was Darwin’s first landfall on board the HMS Beagle. 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species, what has happened to the landscape since the voyages of Charles Darwin? The above photos of Rio (Darwin’s second landfall on board the Beagle) demonstrate just a very small example of what has happened in that period. The city of Rio has had to claim land from the sea in order to accomodate a growing population, construct tall high-rise buildings to fit in more people and consequently Botafogo bay has become so polluted that on the three occasions I visited this beach I saw no one enjoying a swim. Since Darwin’s publication, carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 10 000% per year, the human population is almost seven times larger, and we are fast-tracking ourselves into the next great evolutionary bottle-neck of natural history. What modes of thinking, cultural practices and social behaviours must change as we face our greatest challenge to population thinking? 

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