Neuroscience: Memory treatment is possible, when impairment is not disastrous

This is a media release, obviously, but I know from experience that its basic thesis is true, and that it can work, even with seniors of advanced age:

Increasing scientific evidence shows that actively participating in appropriately designed brain fitness workouts aids mental agility. Scientific Brain Training PRO exercises were developed by a team of neurologists, cognitive psychologists and educational scientists to offer unique and challenging configurations that target various areas of cognitive impairment. The Memory Treatment Program is the latest program to take advantage of the SBT PRO online platform features of clinician-managed patient accounts and consistent patient records to meet the need of professionals who treat patients with cognitive impairment.

One caution: Success is greatly increased if the seniors' relatives actually care, visit, phone, and write, send cards, and bring mementoes. People are motivated to try harder when they think others care too – team spirit and all that.

Also, at The Mindful Hack:

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Prof fired for teaching what the Catholic Church actually says

Denyse O’Leary is a Toronto-based journalist, author, and blogger, and co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

Intellectual freedom in the Western world

I wrote this to an American friend recently, about the importance of intellectual freedom today:

I agree, but respectfully suggest that the main question is whether your country's government agrees.

Against much hostility and opposition, some of us got inserted into the Constitution of another (big and unimportant) country:

“Whereas [don't fall asleep] is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:”

As a result, even the worst justices on that country's supreme bench have been forced to acknowledge that truth is a defense to libel.

By contrast, in Holland, which belongs to an EU system Constitution that pointedly excludes God, Geert Wilders was informed that it made no difference if his angry claims against Islam are true, if they "insult" Muslims.

That is precisely the difference we need to note. Excluding God means that truth does not matter. The trouble with trying to found governments without God is that no one recognizes ideas like truth, let alone the rights and dignities of the human individual.

You might find that your mom is in competition with a baboon for health care – and she might lose, if some sentimental animal rights campaign starts up in favour of the baboon.

 Big whoop. Your taxes are paying for the baboon's health care, but not your mom's. Group huggie! Group huggie!, right?

 Look, there ARE people out there with nothing better to do, and all day to do it in. It is possible that some are funded by your taxes.

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