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fifilamoura

@fifilamoura@eldritch.cafe

I write and think about culture (for fun and to pay my rent). My obsessive interest is people and how we work, individually and collectively, which makes me interested in most things, with a particularly keen interest in cogsci and psychology (I grew up around medical science). I studied painting and drawing at uni and I used to play in bands and work in the music industry. Maybe I'll switch to using my real name here eventually.

Photo description: White woman with black hair and saxophone

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dangillmor , to random
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Astonishing (no, it isn't) that purported journalism organizations report that the Trump sneakers "sold out" -- as if the crook and his people would ever stop selling something that suckers (purportedly) are eager to pay ridiculous amounts to own.

fifilamoura ,
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@dangillmor How can they sell out if they're not even manufactured yet and are being made on demand? 😂​ (Supposedly why there's a "may take 5 months to deliver" disclaimer.)

skinnylatte , to random
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I just saw a post about an American who is so disgusted by the political shift to the right that he moved to.. wait for it.. Italy

fifilamoura ,
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@skinnylatte Le sigh... So ridiculous.

fifilamoura ,
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@skinnylatte Rich people just don't think about these things or think they apply to them apparently (my brother-in-law apparently harbors a similar fantasy, even though they live in an amazing big house in Australia where you can walk down to the beach for a swim or get into the city very fast AND a second home in the mountains). Also, they're Buddhists who go to Plum Village every year for a retreat (none of it seems very Buddhist to me 🤷​ 😂​) The term "spiritual bypassing" comes to mind...

dangillmor , to random
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The Guardian has a long, solid piece about the grim conditions for local residents in the wake of the New Year's Day earthquake in western Japan -- but there are no links to orgs taking donations to help them. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/14/japans-noto-earthquake-thousands-of-survivors-struggle-as-accusations-of-neglect-grow

Every news story about a problem should point to people and orgs that are trying to solve it.

fifilamoura ,
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@dangillmor
"Every news story about a problem should point to people and orgs that are trying to solve it."

This is a really fantastic idea.

dangillmor , to random
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fifilamoura ,
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@dangillmor Of course they are.

georgetakei , to random
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Round and round, unless you learn to step off!

fifilamoura ,
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@georgetakei Some people are just night owls, that's not a bad thing and if you're being unproductive it's likely about something other than sleeping late. Of course, if you're a morning bird and just off your own rhythm then that's a different thing.

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fifilamoura ,
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@georgetakei Begs the question of who the real muppet is!

daniel , to random
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Do I have to give another talk on how push notifications work? With @Mer__edith of @signalapp spreading lies and news outlets like @heiseonline amplifying their nonsense I feel like their is a lot of confusion out there on how push works. Google’s push notifications aren’t delivered by fairy dust and don’t consume any battery.

TLDR: You can de-google your phone. Install Conversations. It is the only app running in background. It will use to wake up other apps like Tusky and Ltt.rs.

fifilamoura ,
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@Mer__edith @daniel @signalapp @heiseonline The highly blockable men do like to make themselves obvious. Sorry that this guy is tagging you as a means to get attention for himself. And thanks for doing the work you do, it's appreciated by many of us, as is your presence here.

admin , to psychology
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I'm copying a public post below from an interesting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Data Science at UNCC (not a medical doctor or psychologist).

Everything he is discussing is TENTATIVE but very interesting. I'm sending this out now because there is so little in the popular press about what can actually be done to help people with brain fog and other Long COVID symptoms. The research is still very early, and of course medical professionals should be consulted.

  1. The article link from Nature Magazine describes brain damage caused by SARS-CoV-2 related to cell death and especially to synapse loss, leading to cognitive impairment.

  2. The study in Bioelectric Medicine is extremely small, yet shows the potential of nicotine patches in the treatment of Long COVID symptoms including brain fog. (Another paper from the same publication also goes into why nicotine might help with Long COVID: https://bioelecmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42234-023-00104-7 )

  3. He then points to a study on the NIH PubMed site reporting the encouragement of synapse growth from psilocybin.

  4. A comment in the discussion thread also links to a British Medical Journal article on Metformin improving Long COVID symptoms ( https://www.bmj.com/content/381/bmj.p1306 )

There's further speculation in the discussion thread that other psychoactive substances might be helpful. There are perhaps AI bots in the discussion thread discussing psilocybin microdosing, so be aware of that and maybe not get excited that so many "people" are discussing it.

From: <https://ourislandgeorgia.net/@Wolven/111412769611401616>

Dr. Damien P. Williams  
@Wolven

…HUH. Long-COVID destroys synapses, and is a major contributor to the brainfog. <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-022-01786-2>

This goes some way to shining a light on the promising results they've been seeing in testing nicotine patches as treatment for long covid: nicotine effects synapse formation and receptivity (tests using patches because they don't habit-form and aren't, y'know, SMOKE [<https://bioelecmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42234-023-00104-7>]).

But what's super interesting to me is that another thing that's also been shown to encourage synapse growth? Is psilocybin.  
<https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34228959/>  
From: <https://ourislandgeorgia.net/@Wolven/111412769611401616>

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#psychology #counseling #socialwork #psychotherapy #research @psychotherapist@a.gup.pe @psychology@a.gup.pe @socialpsych@a.gup.pe @socialwork@a.gup.pe #Vaccines #COVID #longcovid #science #medicine #hospital #brainfog #sarscov2 #metformin #nicotine #nicotinepatch #psilocybin
fifilamoura ,
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@admin Beware the people promoting nicotine patches for Covid, they're often funded by the tobacco industry. Early on in the pandemic there was a french researcher (funded by the tobacco industry) that was promoting the idea that smoking protected against covid. https://exposetobacco.org/resource/smoking-covid-french-study/

@Wolven @psychotherapist @psychology @socialpsych @socialwork

fifilamoura ,
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@admin I'm not saying there might not be some legit research, just pointing out the whole French "smoking protects from Covid" idiocy that was making the rounds in the French media for a while and that one of the researchers involved in that is funded by the tobacco industry. @Wolven @psychotherapist @psychology @socialpsych @socialwork

SallyStrange , to til
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: Young children (up until the age of about 7 - 11) can regenerate their fingertips.

This is from "We Are Electric" by Sally Adee, which is all about the body's bioelectric code. Apparently electrical fields and electrical charges are the software to the hardware that is our DNA.

The fingertip regeneration was discovered by researchers investigating how salamanders regenerate limbs. Of course it's not something you can easily test, but there are enough people who grew up without easy access to medical care that this is a known fact.

@bookstodon

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futurebird , to random
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i wish I could visit alternate universe where some of the most destructive conspiracy theorists just wrote science fiction instead. I want to scream sometimes— if you have a neat idea and know you probably can’t back it up because it’s too advanced or probably not true… just write fiction! You don’t need to lie! Tell a story! It might even be fun!

fifilamoura ,
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@futurebird Be careful what you wish for, that's how you get L Ron Hubbard!

BigAngBlack , to updates
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Is anyone making and selling mascot plushies?

fifilamoura ,
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@BigAngBlack I think I saw a post saying that Mastodon (the org) is in the process of getting some made?

estelle , to psychology
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is a philosophical position or view that is the source of knowledge.

Vernon J. wrote that rationalism is defined as a methodology or a theory "in which the criterion of is not sensory but intellectual and deductive."

@psychology

fifilamoura ,
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@toolbear @estelle @sociology @ethics @kcarruthers The second paragraph in the story is about Timnit coining the term, not sure why you're going after Dave Troy who is a journalist reporting ion these things (and who has a much clearer understanding of the trouble we are in than most mainstream journalists seem to have).

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