Big Think had the pleasure of sitting down with Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. this morning. Dr. Jamison is, first and foremost, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, but she's also a MacArthur Fellow, a brilliant writer and a manic depressive. That last identity was the subject of Dr. Jamison's first memoir, An Unquiet Mind, in which she charted the course—from first mania, to suicide attempt, to medication—of her manic depression. Her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, picks up where An Unquiet Mind left off, but is ultimately a story about the loss of Jamison's husband, Dr. Richard Wyatt, to cancer.
Having read Jamison's books, I was in awe of her professional accomplishments, but I was most moved by her ability and willingness to speak openly about such personal experiences. When I asked how she felt about such candor, Dr. Jamison made it clear that it had not been easy to open up, especially given her upbringing in a WASP family that worked hard and kept personal matters quiet. Ultimately, however, the importance of being open about her illness—for the sake of other manic depressives, their friends and family, and the medical community at large—became apparent. After losing her husband to cancer, a similar instinct to share her experience, and to eulogize her husband of 20 years, spurred Jamison to write Nothing Was the Same.
Jamison talks about both books, recovering from the loss of a loved one, and misconceptions about suicide in her forthcoming Big Think interview.
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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