Maria Isabel Garcia - updates

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Genes and your Valentine prospects

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We wonder about many things when we are attracted to someone, and probably the list expands when we consider marriage. But are genes part of those considerations?

Leveling expectations between the sexes on Valentine's Day

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Romance' in female brains generally takes on the form of language, while in male brains, it largely, so to speak, rises and falls as an 'act'

'Nature-deficit disorder'

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Nature experience is essential in the inner life of any child

The science of small talk

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

This constant roar of the river of chat within us that rises to the surface and comes out as 'small talk' seems to be one of the most striking traits that define us as humans

Sense, sensibility, and vocabulary

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our vocabulary is shaped by what we sense

Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?

Considerata VIII

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

As you insist on your humanity, let it grow. 
Start by changing your mind.

The superpower gift to stop

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The one thing that smartphones have taken away from us is the Stop Sign. This holiday season is the perfect time to press pause on social media and pay attention to our real lives.

Cross-cutting topics for holiday conversations

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are 5 conversational themes that could mend or fill in some gaps in your family and friend connections

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

When science inspires your gift-giving

Dec 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Want to give gifts that are science-inspired? Read on!

No more sand in the hourglass

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why do measures matter in making meaning?

Art could help medical science save your life

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Aside from medical prescriptions, there are 'social prescriptions' that play a significant role in healing

What does the state of your bookshelf say about you?

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Books tear down the walls of what society assumed to be fixed, or at least, could largely be demolished only by political or economic policies. Books are revolutionary in themselves.

Behold, an emotional meter based on the air we breathe

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Scientists have been sniffing the trail of the science behind the smell of human emotions

Why blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind is not a virtue

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Your one and only life is worth the brainwork

Science has started mapping our feelings

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The human experience is a galaxy of feelings

Thought-shifting spaces

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?

The best learners: the forager and the Renaissance human

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We humans invented the disciplines so we can highlight various aspects of reality for a deeper understanding. It's time to unlearn the borders we made so we can see where the disciplines connect and where they diverge.

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

The risking brain

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?

The air that dims our brains

Sep 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Air pollution is making us dumb and it will grow worse because we are urbanizing fast

How bitter becomes sweet: It's all in your head

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Food has taken on a flavor that is much more than the tastes it elicits

The 7-point science of why we forget our 'dark' past

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Ever heard of 'unethical amnesia'?

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

The art and science of eating with total strangers

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There is probably no wall that food cannot melt and break down

The power of color on perception

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Who we are and how we behave relies greatly on what we see

If you drew your own geography, what would it look like?

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How many places do we really hold constant in our hearts at any time in our lifetime?

We are losing these 'old friends'

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There is a deep, biological reason why we gravitate toward rural areas when we need a break from our frenzied city lives

Part 2: What is your education worth?

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Life and all its bits are connected. Knowing how those connections could work for your life is key to nailing your purpose.

Sick body parts? Just grow new ones

May 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It makes so much sense to go back to the most basic organized unit of life – the cell – if we want to treat diseases

Music makes 'mornings' break in your brain

May 06, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Music is a powerful emotional glue. When played, it becomes entwined with your memories and a part of who you are.

The problem with 'we' is 'they'

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Being with like-minded people is not always good for your growth

Global warming is making us lose our cool

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers

The drug called ‘like’

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How does 'liking' shape our brains?

The hating brain

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What do love and hate really look like as they come alive in our brains? Do they occur in places that are opposing equivalents?

Only the timekeepers care

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Do we have time, or does it have us?

If love is infinite, why is the world sucky?

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Studies have shown that when we train ourselves in compassion, we are able to process our own suffering and the suffering of others without shutting down

Plants talk (really) but are we listening?

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Plants do talk and maybe, if we can decode their language and listen in, we will find a way to get out of this mess of a planet that we humans got all of life into

The signature of friendship

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

When we consider someone our close friend, we know that it is because of deeper reasons other than the circumstances of our birth. What could it be?

Every sixth breath we take, we drain our brain

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM

We now crave for our smartphones quite closely as we need oxygen. So what is it doing to us?

Is 'my feelings made me do it' an excuse?

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

How many emotions does a human being express or suppress in a lifetime? Could we even count and identify them?

EMOTIONS, ANIMATED. A still from the animated movie 'Inside Out.' Image courtesy Disney Pixar

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

How to survive (and probably win) the AI Revolution

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Have you thought about what your place is or will be in the age of artificial intelligence?

Considerata VII

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Life is the greatest story ever told! / You cannot, must not, write your own story to be less than that.'

How much food is in our moods?

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much of a role for food has science uncovered when it comes to our moods?

Why posts could never resolve anything

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much do we really want to rely on written posts if we want to have a world in which it is crucial that we understood each other?

Roger, over and out

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'Thank you, Dad, from the deepest places in my heart, for launching the Apollo in me.'

Are children simply adults waiting to happen?

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much of your childhood do you bring into your adulthood?

I am story, not data

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'We live and die as stories, not as data'