2017年3月26日 星期日

Neurasthenia, Phone Romeos

India's booming mobile phone market has led to more men dialling random numbers until they find a girl. 📻
  1. an ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.

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Classification and external resources
Specialty psychiatry
ICD-10 F48.0
ICD-9-CM 300.5
MeSH D009440
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Neurasthenia is a term that was first used at least as early as 1829 to label a mechanical weakness of the actual nerves, rather than the more metaphorical "nerves" referred to by George Miller Beard later.

As a psychopathological term, neurasthenia was used by Beard in 1869[1] to denote a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, neuralgia and depressed mood.

Neurasthenia is currently a diagnosis in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (and the Chinese Society of Psychiatry's Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders). However, it is no longer included as a diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Americans were said to be particularly prone to neurasthenia, which resulted in the nickname "Americanitis"[2] (popularized by William James[3]). Another, rarely used, term for neurasthenia is nervosism.[4]

神經衰弱是一個在20世紀初受當時的西方醫學影響而傳入中國的術語[1],用以表示人體神經實際上的機械性衰弱。其英語「Neurasthenia」在早至1829年就有使用,且它不是後來的神經病學家喬治·米勒·比爾德( George Miller Beard )所使用的「神經質」(nerves),當中「神經質」較為隱喻。

Twitter, "unpresidented"

Social media would certainly be a less cheerful place without Twitter’s chirpy logo: that powder-blue profile of a floating bird forever frozen in mid warble. But who first had the phonic imagination to fashion an onomatopoetic compromise between the language of feathers and the language of men? ‘Twitter’ (or ‘twiterith’ as it was initially crafted in the second half of the 14th century), first trilled from the quill of Geoffrey Chaucer in his translation of Consolation of Philosophyby the 6th Century philosopher Boethius. Predating both ‘chirp’ and ‘warble’ by a century, ‘twitter’ is one of over 2,200 words for which the Medieval poet is credited with having inked an inaugural usage. That it’s the same author who wrote the poem The Parlement of Foules seems entirely appropriate.

Donald J. Trump
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.

Donald Trump accuses China of 'unpresidented' act over US navy ...

https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Donald Trump
5 hours ago - “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” Trump ...

Trump faces 'unpresidented' moment on Twitter - CNBC.com


3 hours ago - Trump misspelled "unprecedented" in his first tweet about China and the seized drone, and the Twitter universe had a field day with the gaffe.





中方回应南海新风波 推特冒出新“热词”


2017年3月24日 星期五

“Blue lies", white lie

white lie
  1. a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

    "when I was young, I told little white lies"

Urban Dictionary: white lie

"I only view you as a friend." is a common white lie. It usually means 'I don't like you and don't want anything to do with you'. "I love you too" can also be a white ...

 “Blue lies",

The present study examined the developmental origin of 'blue lies', a pervasive form of lying in the adult world that is told purportedly to benefit a collective.

Lying in the name of the collective good - NCBI - NIH


Scientific American
“Blue lies" is a psychologist’s term for falsehoods, told on behalf of a group, that can actually strengthen the bonds among the members of that group.

They’re a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups

2017年3月18日 星期六

‘Spocking:Bank of Canada urges ‘Star Trek’ fans to stop ‘Spocking’ their fivers

Bank of Canada urges ‘Star Trek’ fans to stop ‘Spocking’ their fivers
From the DM archives.
Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been…

Fictional Character
Spock, commonly Mr. Spock, is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. Spock was first portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series, and also appears in the animated Star ...Wikipedia

2017年3月14日 星期二


Telemedicine, predictive diagnostics, wearable sensors and a host of new apps will transform how people manage their health

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.
Although there were distant precursors to telemedicine, it is essentially a product of 20th century telecommunication and information technologies. These technologies permit communications between patient and medical staff with both convenience and fidelity, as well as the transmission of medical, imaging and health informatics data from one site to another.
Early forms of telemedicine achieved with telephone and radio have been supplemented with videotelephony, advanced diagnostic methods supported by distributed client/server applications, and additionally with telemedical devices to support in-home care.[1]


In the early 1900s, people living in remote areas of Australia used two-way radios, powered by a dynamo driven by a set of bicycle pedals, to communicate with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
The first interactive telemedicine system, operating over standard telephone lines, designed to remotely diagnose and treat patients requiring cardiac resuscitation (defibrillation) was developed and launched by an American company, MedPhone Corporation, in 1989. A year later under the leadership of its President/CEO S Eric Wachtel, MedPhone introduced a mobile cellular version, the MDPhone. Twelve hospitals in the U.S. served as receiving and treatment centers.[12]

2017年3月13日 星期一


Exodus 為聖經中的「出埃及記」,摩西帶領長年在埃及被當奴隸的希伯來人,重返上帝應允之地——現今的以色列。而今,這個字被借用引申形容目前英國的勞動市場:英國確定脫歐之後,可能會造成來自歐洲的勞動力因不確定未來的身份居留和工作許可,決定返回歐洲大陸,成為現代版的「出英國記」(Brexodus);另一方面,因為不確定性,也可能讓英國雇主傾向避免雇用歐盟公民。

Many companies, having hoped for the best after the EU referendum last year, are now preparing for the worst

In one survey, more than 25% of employers said their workers from EU…

2017年3月8日 星期三

cognitive dissonance



認知的不協和(にんちてきふきょうわ、cognitive dissonance)とは、人が自身の中で矛盾する認知を同時に抱えた状態、またそのときに覚える不快感を表す社会心理学用語。アメリカの心理学者レオン・フェスティンガーによって提唱された。人はこれを解消するために、自身の態度や行動を変更すると考えられている。

In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefsideas, or values, when performing an action that contradicts those beliefs, ideas, and values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, and values.[1][2]
Leon Festinger's 1957 theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how human beings strive for internal consistency. A person who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to try to reduce the cognitive dissonance occurring, and actively avoids situations and information likely to increase the psychological discomfort.[1]