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Date: Thursday, 07 Aug 2008 15:51

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Date: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2008 14:11
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2008 14:59
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 17:59

\sō-lä-stál-jə\ n.: A pain or discomfort caused by the present state of one's home environment.

Around the turn of the millennium, residents of the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, started to express concern to environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht about the extensive coal mining in their home environment. Albrecht, who visited the region to confirm the destruction, realized that these people were experiencing a specific kind of distress: a homesickness felt at home. Albrecht coined the term "solastalgia" — a mash-up of "solace," "desolation," and "nostalgia" — to describe the inability to derive comfort from one's home environment due to negative environmental change. The concept was introduced in 2004 in the journal EcoHealth, and the first paper devoted solely to solastalgia was published in 2005. With climate change poised to displace up to a billion people in the next 50 years and alter the home environments of countless others, Albrecht predicts that physical and mental illness related to the environment will increase dramatically.

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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 15:00
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2008 22:25
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2008 13:48
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2008 14:13
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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 15:22
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 15:39

Whether or not one subscribes to the doctrine of free will, it is difficult to imagine that we're not responsible for most of life's little choices. We can accept the fact that we have unconscious yearnings and desires, upon which we act, without this ever impinging upon the idea that we are ultimately in conscious control of our actions. In the 1980s, however, Benjamin Libet performed an experiment that seemed to show that areas of the brain responsible for certain body movements activate before we are conscious of our decision to move. Researchers in Europe recently decided to test Libet's conclusion again. A group of 14 volunteers was asked to press either of two buttons, one with the left hand and one with the right, whenever they wanted, so long as they noted the time when they made their decision. Watching the patterns of activity in the volunteers' brains, researchers could predict which button the individuals would pick up to 10 seconds before they had consciously made their choice.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 15:15
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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2008 04:28

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2008 14:16

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 23:54

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 13:50

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