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Mile High, Mile Wide

by Dr. David Sanders With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the United States and Canada, professional basketball and hockey were postponed indefinitely and Major League Baseball is at best contemplating a fan-less truncated season. Die-hard football fans are still hoping that any given Sunday the National Football League will Read more…

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What do yawning, laughter, enthusiasm, and kindness share in common? They all can be referred to as infectious.  Neuroscientists have measured through brain scans the contagious impact of viewing others acting with kindness.  While the neural basis for contagious yawning is still not understood, the phenomena are not limited to Read more…

From Boy to Joy by Dr. David Sanders

 

The innovations of the Kabbalists in Tzfat some 500 years ago were often based on observations that led to their intuitive insights. In this regard, they were as much social scientists as they were mystics. One such naturalistic observation was the presence of people in their community who we would now identify as transsexual or transgender. They spoke about these people as “men with female souls” and “women with male souls.” The outside appearance was not reflecting an inner awareness. Their bodies were not conforming with who they knew themselves to be.

When we meet someone who challenges our preconceived categories of human expression it can be quite disorienting. We are, after all, not just social scientists gathering data. Out naturalistic observations can become quite personal. We are not observing a phenomenon—we are getting acquainted with, learning from and loving people who are “men with female souls” and “women with male souls.”

Joy Ladin, formerly Jay Ladin, a tenured English professor at Stern College for Women, had always felt her body didn’t match her soul. (more…)