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Re: <nettime> discussing zoom fatigue

On 06/07/2020 14:47, podinski wrote:
> Susan Greenfield has been doing some interesting work on this... long
> before Covid19. First encountered her work thru Jore Brown's doc Stare
> Into The Lights My Pretties (2017) :
> which focuses on what all that SCREEN TIME is doing to us and society.
> Here's a mainstream intro into her research:

Yea, Baroness Greenfield is certainly one to look out for!

She has very sound views on the brain:

"It is folly to legalise a drug that is known to leave users with
permanent damage to their ability to reason, argues Susan Greenfield,
the distinguished expert on brain processes"

"Further wishful thinking is that, because cannabis doesn't actually
kill you, it is OK to send out less negative legal signals, even though
the Home Secretary admits that the drug is dangerous. Leaving aside the
issue that cannabis could indeed be lethal, in that the impaired driving
it can trigger could well kill, there is more to life than death. It is
widely accepted that there is a link between cannabis and schizophrenia:
as many as 50 per cent of young people attending psychiatric clinics may
be regular or occasional cannabis users. The drug can also precipitate
psychotic attacks, even in those with no previous psychiatric history.
Moreover, there appears to be a severe impairment in attention span and
cognitive performance in regular cannabis users, even after the habit
has been relinquished. All these observations testify to a strong,
long-lasting action on the brain."

And she is a well respected scientist:

"In some ways, she made the big time. She ended up as an Oxford
professor, a baroness, a university chancellor, and director of the
Royal Institution. Yet she neither did any significant scientific
research nor gained the respect of most scientists. Indeed, in 2004,
Greenfield was involved in another stir when several fellows of the
Royal Society threatened to resign if she was elected a fellow, saying
that "her work is too insubstantial and that she is too interested in
self-promotion". "Self promotion" is a common accusation."


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