Relief will be slow and unequal, but 2021 will feel better than what we have just been through. I can only hope that we have learned we are all in it together, whether in health, economics, or the environment.
DO YOU FEEL lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It's the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It's the minimum age…
Alfredo BehrensHow to allocate vaccines? Patchy recovery? Climate as a unifier, Iran as divisive? New non-aligned between China and West? More active worker and consumers? Tech-enabled behaviours to stick?
The New York Times
– Dec 4, 2020, 2:03 AM
The year was a 12-month stress test. When I asked friends “how are you?” the repeat answers came: “anxious,” “depressed,” “bored.” The first two I could relate to, but bored is something I…
Alfredo BehrensRethink the role of monuments. Museums must reorganize to be more inclusive and responsive, including through restitution. Possibly less specialization as art becomes more decentralized?
The Washington Post via Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic has caused trends in psychology in 2021 to rapidly shift. A year that otherwise would have focused on psilocybin- and MDMA-assisted therapy has now shifted into a year where we are looking…
Alfredo BehrensWhy did we resist mushrooms and Dr. Timothy Leary for so long? 'Psilocybin, in combination with therapy, showed rapid and significant reductions in symptoms of depression.'
IN THE TEXTBOOKS, science is simple. You come up with an idea, put it to the test, and then accept it or reject it depending on what your experiments reveal. In the real world, though, things are rarely that straightforward, as a paper just…
Alfredo BehrensEye-sight improved dramatically. Could deafness be treated similarly? Quite frankly, those are worthier targets to focus on.
This year has produced an unprecedented news frenzy. As the deadly coronavirus pandemic raged around the world, lives were uprooted. Readers eagerly anticipated every bit of progress toward a vaccine. The killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide…
– Jan 11, 2018, 10:24 AM
Early in her career, Dalia Messick, a cartoonist struggling to get her work published, got a couple pieces of advice from the head of the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate's secretary. First, change your character's profession, she said. And…
Alfredo BehrensSee more evidence of discrimination of women illustrators in https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/drawn-to-purpose/about-this-exhibition/