Art Therapy: No more “proof” needed!

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An institution in the UK is providing children with leuchemia with what is known as “art therapy”. Through art, children with this critical illness are able to forget their problems and feel good. “As if you can do anything” as our little friend says in the relative video on BBC. [see BBC News for more]

But the institution faces an imminent threat: it will be shut down if it fails to produce “proof” that this so called “art therapy” really works.

Are we serious?!?

What kind of “proof” do you need when the patient himself says that he is feeling better?!?

Is this less proof that the small percentages of success that current expensive cancer-fighting drugs have? (or perhaps the very fact that they ARE expensive is their benefit)

Sometimes the proof is right in front of you. All you have to do is have the will to see it. (or hear it in this case)

Prudery: Can it be taught?

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Iran news media, “dressed up” Michelle Obama in the Oscars ceremony. [1]

Her dress was too much for them to show to their viewers.

Without referring to the case of Michelle (I do not think her dress was all that provocative that such a move from the Iranian media was needed), these is a real question here about our society:

Can prudery, ethics and decency be “taught”? Can Iran really impose such things onto its citizens?

And vice versa: Does our society make us less dignified with all these porn-like advertisements we see every day?

What are the limits of our “free” will in an environment where we are bombarded with all this data and information and role models?