Welcome


Here we take a close look at the Happiness Industrial Complex and, hopefully, learn a bit about what ACTUALLY makes us happy.  Let's start by seeing some of what's on offer...

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Welcome


Here we take a close look at the Happiness Industrial Complex and, hopefully, learn a bit about what ACTUALLY makes us happy.  Let's start by seeing some of what's on offer...

David Hamilton Nichols - "The Divine Blaze"

A few reasons I really like this poster, recently posted in a coffee shop here in Ojai, CA:

- The jaunty way he has his hand on his hip next while standing in front of that building - the subtext? Anyone who can tuck their shirt in that tightly must be trustworthy.  

- The gold and embossed letters of his logo "DB".

- I was surprised to see "Archangelic Frequencies" capitalized but perhaps that's a band name?  Like "The Supremes." In any case, I look forward to hearing them.

Initially, I found the  "TM LLC" a wee commercial, until I realized that if Jesus had to do it over again, he too would have trademarked his name and put the disciples into a Limited Liability Company.  And "JC" sure would look good in a gold, embossed logo.

Dare To Be Present


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Dare To Be Present


de Vie - "Dare to Be Present"

Why are all these people holding on to trees?  It's as if they will fall over without the steadying force of nature.  This poster raised so many questions.  I liked her suggestion to wear comfortable clothing, but has de Vie  ("of life") had a problem with people coming to these workshops in business suits?  Do people in France commonly have prepositions for first names? Also, is it really an "invitation" into presence if I have to pay twenty bucks?  More of a ticket, no?  But I'm being petty - clearly, I'm just overwhelmed by thoughts. Arghhhhhhh.

Antidepressants = Placebos


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Antidepressants = Placebos


Antidepressants No Better Than Placebos For Mild to Moderate Depression

Yup.  That's right.  And it's been reported by CBSNewsweek, and Time. Here, by the way is the underlying study form  the Journal of the American Medical Association, if you trust a bunch of researchers with PhDs more than the brain mechanic you pay $175 an hour to tell you what's wrong with your system.  (Note: If you are on these things already, don't just stop taking them cold turkey.  That would be dangerous and stupid.) 

http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2443355

Pendulum Alchemy


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Pendulum Alchemy


Okay, I like this one.  For one, Erich's not holding onto a tree.  For another, he's honest.  Erich calls his practice "magic" and "alchemy" (the medieval practice of turning common substances into gold.) He even says on his web site "There is no guarantee that Dr. Hunter's services will solve a particular condition." Given the 40% effectiveness rate of placebos, forty bucks seems like a pretty good deal, especially since the side effects of pendulums must be pretty small (unless, of course, Dr. Hunter swings those suckers hard into your face or something.)  

UPDATE: There's now a YouTube video that pendulums can be used to get people who owe you money to pay it back.  No doubt, he's had the opportunity to test it on many of his workshop participants.

Hope in a Jar


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Hope in a Jar


Charles Revson - "Hope In A Jar"

That's how the founder of Revlon, Charles Revson, described his products.  More recently, a New York based company has tried to own the phrase by branding (and trademarking) their makeup, "Hope In A Jar." I'm not sure which is more depressing: Revson's cynical characterization or that "philosophy.com" is owned by a cosmetics company?

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Here, in fact, is what you see when you Google, "Philosophy" from the Greek for love for wisdom...

The Storm


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The Storm


Tim Minchin - "Storm The Animated Movie"

Q: What do you call alternative medicine that's been proven to work?

A: Medicine.

More along those lines in this long but VERY FUNNY video.