The first few months of a new year can be a stressful time financially. The Christmas holidays typically lead to depleted savings and higher credit card balances, while tax season is right around the corner.
Race is very much on my mind at the moment. I am visiting the US and, as a black British academic, my attention is drawn to daily news reports about racism and suffering at the hands of the police, even for minor infractions such as parking ticket violation and speeding.
True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but the concept of making self-portraits is hundreds, if not thousands of years old. The same is true of many inventions that we typically think of as modern, some of which actually have precedents dating back over 1000 years.
Where has my sexual desire gone, and how do I get it back?
Sexual desire is normal for most people. The urge itself is a complex combination of intellectual ideas and fantasies. It is usually connected to a physiological response, but one that can theoretically be separated – for instance, one’s body may become aroused in the presence of someone with whom it would be inappropriate to have sex. The mental wish for sex – either a specific enthusiasm to be erotically connected with another being, a desire to masturbate or a more general longing without a particular object – can precede, follow or be simultaneous with actual physiological arousal.