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From the Editor: May/June 2018

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editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling

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A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

My grandfather once explained to me why we shouldn’t grow popcorn in Texas. “The problem, Steve,” he said gravely, “is the heat: It gets so hot in Texas that the popcorn pops right on the stalks. …” He gave a drumroll with his fingertips: “So—the chickens think it’s snowing, and freeze to death.” That’s now a very old joke, but here’s what sounds like a new version: The molecules in antidepressants are so small that water treatment plants can’t catch them, so they accumulate in the brains of fish, which become happier, less risk averse, and easier to catch—and researchers at Penn State now worry that these changes could trigger the collapse of an entire fish population in the Great Lakes. So—“To pee, or not to pee, that is the question.” Sorry about that. But seriously, the search for happiness-without-harm has gotten so complicated that the best path may be to go to healing school—not to become an energy healer but to find a group that has your back. I suspect these schools are much more effective than taking antidepressants, and I really appreciate what anthropologist/ …

Stephen Kiesling is editor in chief of S&H. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.


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