Posts by Russell Andrews

This Is Your Brain on Stress


Hey there. It’s me, your brain. Thanks for taking me on this walk in the woods, it’s just what I needed. Ah, nature. So lovely. So relaxing. Wait, wow, what was that noise? Over there, coming from those bushes right next to the path? That huge thing covered in black fur, rearing up on its hind legs and baring its teeth?

Paradise Now! Humanity’s Quest for Utopia

It is only by first imagining a better world that we can begin to create it. Right now, in the face of a financial crisis, global warming and myriad human conflicts, a peaceful future may seem distant. But it is worth remembering that out of hard times comes real change. During the French Revolution

Expanding Mental Health in Pakistan

Khusro Elley is the director of a psychiatric hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, which provides free treatment for the mentally ill. A former vice president of Ethan Allen furniture who has devoted himself to philanthropy, Elley opened a small nonprofit rehabilitation center for psychiatric patients in summer 2010.

This Is Your Brain … On Love

Faith in love is a little like faith in God: extremely important to our lives, yet rarely examined. Perhaps we don’t really want something that we cherish to be dissected on a lab table. Love is one of those things that seem enhanced by a little mystery. But scientists know better than anyone that behind every mystery lies another, deeper mystery.