Monday, January 12, 2009

Interesting Posts and Articles #110

  1. One frum skeptic about a surprise under the chuppah -- despite a previous agreement, the chassan now tells the kallah he will be growing a beard! And in another post, should a maamar Chazal which makes reference to the kidneys as the seat of intuition be explained figuratively? I would disagree, in that based on ancient science it is quite possible this was intended literally. It may be better to take it literally, and then say we disagree with it, on the basis of modern science.

  2. Water-based eyeglasses for the masses

  3. At Chaptzem -- Mishpacha magazine prints a clarification of why the Photoshopped Laura Bush out of a picture. With some silly comments in the comment section. Though as noted at Mystical Paths: fine, do not print photos of women (even though we may not agree to this chumra and it can have bad social repercussions). But to Photoshop, or more specifically, Photoshop to create a false impression, and not note that you have done so, but rather edit the caption, is another thing entirely.

  4. Textbook piracy. Though of course the book publishers have a hand in this, with textbooks for exceptionally high prices and "new" editions every year or so to kill the secondhand book market.

  5. A link between mouthwash and cancer?

  6. Life in Israel on mehadrin flights. As he notes, a problem exists in which catering to a chumra leads to the standardization of that chumra as practice, and in turn criticism of those who don't subscribe to the chumra.

  7. What do you think about this story, of chaplains accompanying soldiers, on Shabbos?

  8. At DovBear, a post by Lurker -- the righteous men of Gaza.

6 comments:

Mrs. S. said...

Thanks for the link.

Besurot tovot.

Jew Wishes said...

What a great set of links! Thanks.

Joe in Australia said...

Wikipedia says "the adrenal glands [...] are the star-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys; [....] They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamines, including cortisol and adrenaline.

I think it's not uncommon to feel the release of these hormones; hence the phrase "a rush of adrenaline". I wonder if this was the source of the idea that the kidneys "give advice"?

moshe said...

Joe-

Even presuming that your hypothesis is correct, how do you propose that Chazal knew that catecholamines are synthesized in the adrenal - and that the catecholamines are the cause of the stress reponse?

Joe in Australia said...

how do you propose that Chazal knew that catecholamines are synthesized in the adrenal - and that the catecholamines are the cause of the stress reponse?

I don't suppose that they did. None the less, as I said, you can feel something going on back there when you get shocked or frightened. They were guided by the sensations they could feel in their own bodies.

Lurker said...

Thank you for the link.

Shabbat shalom.

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