HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Neuroplasticity and Society, Parenting, Politics, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

First published following July, 2012 Aurora, CO shooting

How many more times will we hear about mass murders before we demand accountability – from the entertainment industry, providers of violent video games, and those who make and sell guns?

This is not a question of freedom of speech.
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WHO IS TO BLAME IN AURORA – THE DRUG OR THE PUSHER?

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Reprinted following the Aurora, CO shooting 7/25

Already emotionally unstable, James Holmes may have been pushed over the edge by external influences. Whatever the official diagnosis, it would be insightful to discover which factors may have exacerbated the underlying pathology that led to the tragedy in Aurora.
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Media Mind

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Mesmerized by the infinite novelty, and perpetually reinforced by the dose of dopamine that’s sure to come with that newness, we’re lead by our communication and entertainment devices to wherever they can take us – faster, easier, steadily absorbing more time and focus. 
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Brains Under Stress Unavailable for Learning

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Influences, Neuroplasticity and Education, Stress, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

 If you’ve paid any attention to Chicago’s Board of Education vs. Teacher’s Union strike, you’re likely to take away a sense that the key issues facing public schools center around evaluation methods, pay, tenure, class size, and classroom conditions.  Those problems are actually the really low hanging fruit.
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