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Urination, free will, and the John Templeton Foundation

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

What kind of research is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, you might ask. This kind:

Embodied free will beliefs: Some effects of physical states on metaphysical opinions,” Michael R. Ent, Roy F. BaumeisterConsciousness and Cognition, vol. 27, July 2014, pp. 147–154. The authors write:

The present research suggests that…  The more intensely people felt… the urge to urinate, the less they believed in free will….

This work was supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

A medical study the entire family can enjoy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This is a medical study the entire family can enjoy, one way and another:

Factor-LitvakEffect of maternal coffee, smoking and drinking behavior on adult son’s semen quality,” P.M. Cirillo, B.A. Cohn, N.Y. Krigbaum, M. Lee, C. Brazil, and Pam Factor-Litvak [pictured here], Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 2, no. 6, 2011, pp.  375-386.

The authors are at the Public Health Institute, Berkeley, CA, the University of California, Davis, and Columbia University, New York.

It’s a long story… (from the Archives of Sexual Behavior)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Behold the start (or perhaps the middle) of a twisted tale:

Be Careful that Your Snark Is Not a Boojum,” Kim Wallen, Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 36, no. 3, 2007, pp. 335-336. The author begins:

“I write to correct a striking inaccuracy in Puts’(2006) response to my critique (Wallen, 2006) of his review of Lloyd’s (2005) book, The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution, regarding the incidence of female orgasm during intercourse without…”

BONUS: Questions, questions, questions

Lloyd, author of the book that is at the center (or perhaps some other location) of the argument

Elizabeth A. Lloyd, author of the book at the center (or perhaps other location) of the argument

A pilot study for coffee enema enthusiasts

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Coffee enemas are endlessly fascinating to people who are fascinated, endlessly, by coffee enemas. Here’s a new study on the topic:

Coffee Enema for Preparation for Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy: A Pilot Study,” Eun Sun Kim, Hoon Jai Chun, Bora Keum, Yeon Seok Seo, Yoon Tae Jeen, Hong Sik Lee, Soon Ho Um, Chang Duck Kim and Ho Sang Ryu, Clinical Nutrition Research, vol. 3, 2014, pp. 134-141. The authors are at Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Further insights on coffee enemas and the people who partake of or dispense them:

The Psychoanalytic Geography of Alan Partridge

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Preamble: Alan Gordon Partridge is a (fictional) TV and Radio presenter, based in Norfolk, UK. For further info, Youtube currently hosts a three-part (fictional) TV documentary about his (fictional) life : part 1   part 2   part 3

What have Lacan and Foucalt to do with Alan Partridge? For answers, see the work of Paul Kingsbury, who is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. Canada, and who is a “Psychoanalytic Geographer” (*see explanatory note below) The professor presents a new paper in the journal Cultural Geographies May 29, 2014. ‘Becoming literate in desire with Alan Partridge’

It cites the Partridgesque behaviours seen above (the air guitar performance and the Inland Revenue inspectors’ visit) and explores possible relevancies that Alan Partridge might have with the work of Jaques Lacan, [+ve link , -ve link ] and Michel Foucalt [+ve link , -ve link ]

Here’s a sample excerpt :

“For Lacan, the human subject desires insofar as she or he is a speaking-being or a ‘parlêtre’ to use Lacan’s neologism that joins being (l’être) with speaking (parler). As Partridge tells us, ‘Chat is what I do’ and despite ‘being crushed by a dead cow . . . encountering “mentalist” fans . . . [or] suffering a breakdown, Toblerone addiction and skewering his foot on a spike he always bounces back’. Furthermore, Partridge’s speech, specifically, his vocabulary, tonalities, facial expressions, mannerisms, and so on teem with uneasy confidence, nervousness, and volatility. In so doing, Partridge brings to the fore the ways in which language is menaced and littered by the inscriptions of negation.”

* note : The professor is co-editor (along with professor Steve Pile, Open University, UK) of a new book entitled Psychoanalytic Geographies

“Psychoanalytic Geographies is a unique, path-breaking volume and a core text for anyone seeking to grasp how psychoanalysis helps us understand fundamental geographical questions, and how geographical understandings can offer new ways of thinking psychoanalytically. “

BONUSES :(related)

• The paper alerts us to a (mock) website for the Linton Travel Tavern.

• The (official) history of Toblerone™