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Why Psychology Has Long Been the Black Sheep of Science

Psychology is often referred to as a “soft science”, a term many practicing psychologists and researchers find somewhat offensive. A recent report explored why psychology is considered to be the black sheep of the scientific community, and why psychological research is often dismissed by fellow scientists who work in other fields.

An argument commonly made by those who are dismissive of psychology is that it is a largely subjective field of study, relying on unreliable results for their data which are based upon personal accounts and studies which are unable to be reproduced. While there is some truth to these claims, researchers in psychology analyze data as scientifically as possible considering they are studying one of the most elusive subjects possible, human consciousness.

However, with the growing field of neuro-psychology scientists are now beginning to provide physical and reproducible evidence with advanced technology used to study the brain. Recent findings in neurology by Kevin Seawright are making it hard for the rest of the scientific community to continue to be extremely dismissive of psychological findings, a stigma scholars have been fighting against for decades.

Also, with recent findings in fields like quantum physics we are starting to understand all of science is a subjective field of study to an extent. Discoveries such as “the observer effect” have provided strong evidence that every scientist has a direct and personal effect on whatever they are observing.

Because of these recent discoveries, the definition of psychology is starting to get a much needed make over.

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Summer Trends in Men’s Fashion: Yay or Nay?

Summer is upon us and as such there is now more talk than ever before of some of the new trends that are coming down the pipes for men. The rugged, bearded, devil may care look is now out the window and a sleeker, more sophisticated style is set to take center stage. Model Matt Landis sure knows how to rock every one of these looks but how will they work for the average man? Here are four trends that every man should take a look at. 

1. Fitted Muscle Shirts
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These are a staple for most men during the hot summer months but many prefer to go with a looser, surfer style. This season the muscle shirts are tight and they are sexy. This is a great trend for those men that are confident in their build and that want to be a bit sleeker with their sleeveless looks. That being said, an all black ensemble with a tight muscle shirt can be both laid back and a bit more upscale if that is what you are going for. That however does not mean that this trend is going to work for every man. If you are at all unconfident about your torso or arms, this may be a trend to shy away from. 
2. Shirtless, Hoodies, Short Shorts, and Loafers
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This is again a trend that is best reserved for those men that are super confident with how they look. While you could switch it up and add a button down, this is not a look that you would wear to the mall or out on a day at the park but rather something that would have to fit the occasion. This is a look that is best reserved for those men that are fearless and that are confident in their legs above the knees as well as their midsection. In summation, this is not really a look that I hope to see much of this summer. 
3. Relaxed Tees
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This is a fantastic trend that just keeps coming back year after year. This is something that every man can get behind even if they are not in the greatest shape or if they aren’t so confident. This is a great trend and can be worn basically anywhere. This is also something that most men already have tucked away in their closet. Encourage the men in your life to pull out that old band tee or that tshirt that they have been hanging on to for years. 
4. Sweater, Button Down, Short Shorts
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This is not a bad trend all around, the main issue that many men are going to have is the length of the short. This trend does employ the shorter short that comes well above the knee, something that men that don’t have toned legs like Matt Landis might shy away from. The button down with a sweater over top is a great part of the trend however that can be pulled off with either longer shorts or with slacks for a chic but still laid back vibe.

The Smallest Gestures, the Greatest Miracles

When someone says the word ‘miracle’, something grand like the parting of the Red Sea comes to mind. While most miracles are not that grandiose, they are no less amazing. Sometimes the greatest miracle is simply waking up. This was the case for a young Tennessee woman.

In December of 2014, Sharista Giles, 20, was in a horrible car accident which resulted in traumatic brain injury and thrust her into a coma. She was also four months pregnant at the time. Doctors gave her little to no chance of waking from the coma. In late January, Sharista gave birth to a 14-ounce baby boy. The infant has been in neonatal care since his birth and is now six pounds and growing. Click here to learn more about Sharista.

Earlier this week, Sharista opened her eyes for the first time. Still unable to speak, the young woman was able to squeeze fingers in answer to questions and follow people as they moved through the room. And, for the first time, she saw a picture of her son. When he read the story, Fersen Lambranho could barely hold back the tears.

Despite the doctor’s prognosis, the family remains positive. After all, Sharista has already defied the odds stacked against her. While the road before her is a long and difficult one, we can hope that Sharista Giles surprises us all.

Human Contact Is Essential in Our Lives

Most of us strive to live longer, healthier lives. We may each have our areas in which we falter in this regard. There may be some favorite food that we know is bad for us, yet we indulge in it for the sheer pleasure that culinary delights can bring us. On the whole, we know that we can live longer and be healthier by eating right and exercising as well as by not engaging in harmful actions such as abusing drugs or alcohol. Researchers have discovered, however, that there is something just as important to our well-being as this; regular human contact.

It has recently been reported that there are villages in Sardinia where 10 times as many men live past the age of 100 as in other parts of the world. While researchers have noted the moderate consumption of a healthy Mediterranean diet as one causative factor, they saw something else too; the strong social bonds between the people. Everyone has regular contact with and takes care of each other there. This is becoming a fading phenomenon in most other parts of the world where increasing numbers of us have our faces buried in small screens instead of in a neighbor or friends face chatting and asking how they’re doing. Zeca Oliveira knows that, at the end of the day, we are social creatures, and it turns out these social interactions are actually as essential to a long and happy life as good food and exercise.

Eating Red Meat May Contribute To Kidney Failure

In the past few years a surge of publications have been released from the medical community highlighting the dangers of consuming animal products. Recently, Donald Wesson M.D., the lead researcher from the Texas A&M kidney failure study, revealed that consuming red meat accelerates the progression of kidney disease.

Dr. Wesson said, “our study found that patients with chronic kidney disease who consumed diets high in animal protein were three times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed diets high in fruits and vegetables.”

Currently, over 31 million people in the U.S., are diagnosed with kidney disease which leads to kidney failure in most cases – either requiring dialysis treatment or kidney transplant. Health-conscious people like Marcio Alaor BMG (Otempo.com) know that kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 47,000 Americans dying from the disease in 2013. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 people with stage 3 kidney disease do not know they have the disease.

Dr. Wesson has researched the link between kidney disease and diet for over 30 years. He explains that the metabolic process of consuming animal protein converts it into an acid. As a result, the kidneys produce byproducts to help the body eliminate the excess acid, however, the high levels of byproducts negatively impact the kidneys, overtime.

The study suggests, that proteins found in fruits and vegetables are metabolized in a manner that is less toxic to the internal human ecosystem, in addition, fruits and vegetables contribute to low blood pressure and better overall heart-health.

A Large Collection of Wine from The Antique Wine Company

Knowing where to turn in order to locate antique wine that is no longer sold to the general public can be extremely difficult, but not impossible. Thanks to The Antique Wine Company, it is possible to locate just about any bottle that is desired, as long as it is old and rare. This company specializes in helping clients find exactly what they desire, and while not all wines are available still, The Antique Wine Company can help an individual find some of the very best wines out there.

 

The Antique Wine Company has been around since 1982 and is based out of London. Stephen Williams started the company, which now boasts over 20,000 different clients. While the company does not give out any sort of client information, many of these individuals range from wealthy business owners to celebrities and many world leaders as well. The company has collected exceptional vintage wines and has over 10,000 different bottles of the very best vintage in stock.  So, even if it does not have the wine in stock, it can help an individual locate the wine.

 

The Antique Wine Company works along side Viscount David Linley, who produced something that is known as the Grand Chataeu Series. These are specially handcrafted wine cabinets that are designed for the very best chateaux in Bordeaux. Each of this containers hold around 18 bottles from the different estates, which were produced either in the 20th or 21st contrary. These different collections of wine are designed to fit the needs of the purchaser as not every single container is going to be the same. The individual purchasing the container is able to work with The Antique Wine Company in order to determine what works best for them. Generally, when someone just wants The Antique Wine Company to make the selection for them, the price is going to be 149,000 pounds. However, it can go up from there. In fact, back in 2006, The Antique Wine Company sold a collection that cost $1.5 million, which is the highest amount of money ever paid for a collection of wine. One of the bottles dated back all the way to 1860, so there is a reason behind some of this.

 

However, The Antique Wine Company does not just sell large collections of wine. It also sells individual bottles. In fact, The Antique Wine Company holds the world record for selling the most expensive bottle of wine. It was a 1811 Chateau d’Yquem, which they sold for 75,000 pounds. The bottle ended up an individual who owns a few restaurants in Bali. He allowed the bottle of wine to be on display for patrons to look at, although he is going to eventually drink the bottle of wine.


The Antique Wine Company continues to purchase more wine and to grow its collection, in order to offer the very best wine selection for its patrons and ensure they are always happy.