«A First-Rate Madness» – Nassir Ghaemi

Finally I bought the book “A First-Rate Madness” by Nassir Ghaemi. Looking forward to reading!

A First-Rate MadnessIn A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, who runs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders- realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity-also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. By combining astute analysis of the historical evidence with the latest psychiatric research, Ghaemi demonstrates how these qualities have produced brilliant leadership under the toughest circumstances.
Continue reading


BBC: «Brain function can start declining ‘as early as age 45’»

Memory loss

Individuals were tested for memory, vocabulary and aural and visual comprehension skills

The brain’s ability to function can start to deteriorate as early as 45, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal.

University College London researchers found a 3.6% decline in mental reasoning in women and men aged 45-49.

They assessed the memory, vocabulary and comprehension skills of 7,000 men and women aged 45 to 70 over 10 years.

[BBC-article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16425522]

Nou, mooi is dat……

Throw out your pennies and principles: we’re going down…!

Harold CampingIt’s one of those days where one of those silly and demented old guys has predicted the earth will come to an end – again! This time it’s Harold Camping calling. “May 21, 2011 is the last day” he says.

I haven’t been able to watch his whole sermon without falling asleep. Believe me: I tried to stay awake!

Continue reading

Vodou – Special exhibition in Berlin

Vodou - art and cult from Haiti
This afternoon I finally visited the exibition “Vodou – the art and cult from Haiti” in the Berlin Ethnologic Museum. Next sunday is the last day, so it might be a bit crowded that weekend.
The items displayed are collected and exhibited in Port-au-prince, Haiti, and are currently touring around the world. Part of the admission-money will go to projects for rebuilding the earthquake-damages in Haiti. And I learned several new things about the cult and culture of Vodou: very interesting! Most of the Haitians are catholic (forced upon them in the 17th or 18th century), but most of them also are followers of the Vodou-cult. The cult is a mix of the ancient beliefs of the slaves, taken from Africa (mostly around Benin and around Angola), and catholicism, just as the Haitian language is a mix of their original language, French and Portugese.

Continue reading