Health Care

NPR had a story on Paul Farmer this morning. He is a physician and anthropologist who is devoting his life to helping people achieve the most basic nurturing condition, adequate health care. Until people have health care they will find it difficult to nurture their children’s development in other ways. Farmer speak of his idealism in seeking health care for everyone. Behavioral science can help make this a reality. Influencing the organizations of society to support universal health care is a matter that can be studied using the tools of science. For example, whether Oregon finally provides health care to…

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Nurturing Environments

I created this blog to promote the spread of nurturing environments. Societies that increase the prevalence of nurturing family, school, workplace, and community environments will improve the wellbeing of their members in virtually every respect. They will reduce child abuse, marital conflict, crime, substance abuse, depression, prejudice, and interpersonal conflict. They will increase cooperation, productivity, healthy child development, and fun. Over the past forty years, behavioral and biological scientists have studied all of the most common and costly problems of human beings. They have made great advances in the treatment and prevention of psychological problems like depression and anxiety; behavioral…

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