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“Tasting” Yellow, “Hearing” Orange

While exploring tide pools with her husband, Carol Steen jumped from a rock and tore a ligament in her knee. “At the point of impact, everything I saw suddenly became orange,” she recalls. “My husband was orange. The waves were dark orange, and the sand was light orange.” For Steen, orange is the color of pain. She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are cross-wired. [ … ]

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Feeling the Earth As Crucial to Our Lives

I believe that the two most important values in the 21st century are the Earth and the human brain. The Earth’s health is the only vision that is all-encompassing enough to overcome the ethnic, cultural, religious, and national tensions that exist. Only the Earth can become the central axis [ … ]

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Cannabis Considered: 50 Shades of Mary Jane

Marijuana (cannabis) is one of the most controversial and politicized controlled substances in the United States. It has many names — Mary Jane, pot, ganja, sativa, etc. — and stories about it ranging from positive to negative, depending on whom you ask, abound. The tide, however, seems to be turning [ … ]

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Taking Notice of The Teenage Brain

The foregoing is an excerpt from Frances Jensen’s book, “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.” So what did Jensen find out about that murky and mysterious organ, the adolescent brain? More than anything, she discovered that teenagers [ … ]