Join New York Times columnist David Brooks as he engages the authors of “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience” Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld, in a discussion of popular neuroscience.
Prisoners should be allowed to become living kidney donors. It’s hardly the solution to the national organ shortage, but donation could be part of the rehabilitation of the select few who want to bequeath their organs to the desperately needy.
Returning from war is a major existential project. Imparting meaning to the wartime experience, reconfiguring personal identity, and reimagining one’s future take time. Biological therapies should of course be part of an armamentarium of care, but in so many cases, they won’t be enough.
Yes, we need to revamp our mental health laws and state policies, but the relationship between gun violence and severe mental illness is a tenuous one: the vast majority of people with schizophrenia, bipolar illness and other psychotic disorders are not violent and most violence is not committed by people who are mentally ill.
Andrew Solomon’s celebrated new study “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity” examines parents of exceptional children — from those who are deaf, mentally ill, or physically disabled to the child prodigies who play Bach as toddlers.