Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), Prescribing & Dispensing Policies | Do they function to mediate help or harm?

“Overall, opiod prescribing rates have been shown to decrease in some states after implementation of PDMPs, but no significant changes have been found in others. Studies on the effects of PDMPs on opiod overdoses have similarly been mixed with some studies finding no chance in overdose following PDMP implementation, and others finding an increase in overdose. In addition, there has been considerable concern among researchers that the rise in heroin use and overdose starting in 2010 may have been an unintended consequence of policies like the PDMP that reduced the supply of prescription opioids for non-medical use.

Experiencing your brain: neurofeedback as a new bridge between neuroscience and phenomenology

Keywords: neurophenomenology, neurofeedback, multiscale neural dynamics, downward causation, voluntary action Citation: Bagdasaryan J and Le Van Quyen M (2013) Experiencing your brain: neurofeedback as a new bridge between neuroscience and phenomenology. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 7:680. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00680 This is an embedded Microsoft Office document, powered by Office.  

No “Aha” Moments Here…

No “Aha” Moments Here… Last week, the following research headline ran in EurekAlert!, a science news outlet produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “Parents of children with complex medical conditions more likely to have mental health issues” You don’t say. Unfortunately, obvious research headers like this one are not uncommon. They … Read more

Conceptual Competence in Psychiatry: Recommendations for Education and Training (Awais Aftab & Scott Waterman, 2020)

Who are You? Who am I? And the Problem of Identity Optics

We desperately act in ways that are less and less driven by our real values, and that are increasingly driven by our need to be valued. Maybe that anxious, phrenetic energy undermines our ability to stop, reflect, and think. Maybe the best way that we can do to functionally manage is to seek refuge in the comfort of categorical simplicity and binaries: of dramatic hero-villain narratives. 

The Role of the Spatial Boundary in Autopoiesis | The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Egbert, M., (2008) https://lifeandmind.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/the-role-of-the-spatial-boundary-in-autopoiesis/ “Figure 2: The spatial boundary here is more accurately represented as a process that enables other processes (dashed arrows). The more appropriate way to include the spatial boundary in this diagram is depicted in figure 2. Here, the spatial boundary is more accurately represented as a process (vertex) that enables other … Read more

The Markov blankets of life: autonomy, active inference and the free energy principle (Michael Kirchhoff, Thomas Parr, Ensor Palacios, Karl Friston and Julian Kiverstein, 2018)

Abstract: This work addresses the autonomous organization of biological systems. Itdoes so by considering the boundaries of biological systems, from individualcells to Home sapiens, in terms of the presence of Markov blankets under theactive inference scheme—a corollary of the free energy principle. A Markovblanket defines the boundaries of a system in a statistical sense. Here we consider how a collective of Markov blankets can self-assemble into a globalsystem that itself has a Markov blanket; thereby providing an illustrationof how autonomous systems can be understood as having layers of nestedand self-sustaining boundaries.

Post MetaIdentity

Identity, like infinity, is not an object or idea that can be quantified or captured (even built objects are not entirely defined according to Heisenberg), but rather a concept of potentiality that eludes definition because “it” is continuously changing. Perhaps our individual differences appear to distinguish us on the surface, but the pattern that we are all differentiated and continually changing, is, in and of itself, a ‘same-ness’ that unifies us in and across the diversity of our embedded human experiences. It is likely that we will always have our differences in opinions and values at any given time in space, and relatedly, we may always differ in the ethical and epistemological assumptions upon which our reasoning logics operate. Those divergences are good when debated and discussed with mutual acceptance, respect, intellectual precision, and the implicit understanding that we all have equal potential to bring something constructive and essential to the table…wherever (or whenever) that table may be.

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