The ability to master multiple subjects and broaden our intellectual horizons is something anyone can learn to do.
- Some of the greatest scientists and artists were polymaths.
- Renaissance men or polymaths are people who have mastered multiple disciplines and pursuits. The path towards becoming one doesn't always require some divine genius.
- Interest in varied subjects and disciplines is the first path towards thinking like a polymath.
Culture determines how mental illness or aberrant mental behavior is viewed and dealt with.
- Many abnormal behaviors that are considered by western psychologists to be mental illnesses that require treatment are seen in a much different and even positive light in non-industrial or "primitive" societies.
- Things like hearing voices, hallucinations, and other unconventional behaviors are seen as the start of a spiritual awakening. Many of these individuals go on to become spiritual leaders and shamans of their communities.
- Alan Watts and Terrence McKenna both commented on and were concerned about industrial definitions and treatment of mental illness.
New psychological research suggests that psychopaths are attracted to others with their same disposition.
- A study found that people with psychopathic traits are more likely to be attracted to others on the same psychopathic spectrum.
- Psychopathic qualities include lack of empathy, lack of remorse, and other antisocial traits.
- Psychopathic traits aren't that attractive to non-psychopathic individuals.
Why do we celebrate Halloween, and what have pumpkins got to do with it?
- Halloween was influenced heavily by Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions.
- The holiday has always celebrated the strange and scary, but festivities as we know them have changed over the years.
- Current Halloween traditions were brought by immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century.