I actually got up early enough this morning to have a bagel and a cup of coffee while reading the paper. An article about writing and neuroscience caught my eye, something I suppose happens when you want to be a writer but studied brain & cognitive science instead. It’s an interesting take on creativity and cognition, and I have to confess that I now want to read the book.
And then there was this piece about mercury poisoning resulting from skin-whitening creams, which is a frightening commentary on race:
Apparently, the patients reporting to clinics with mercury-induced disease believe that the health risks associated with bleaching their skins are outweighed by the rewarding sociocultural return. In other words, they believe that removing the healthy melanin from their skin with toxic creams and soaps makes them more valuable in their own cultures and in European and Euro-American societies in general.
Scary stuff. It’s both appalling and fascinating to see the lengths to which people are willing to go to be accepted or fashionable. As they mention in the article, it’s just like tanning (or smoking, or diet pills, or…).