How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

The video below is a great strange little lesson in science history and human ingenuity. Having brains that instinctively build models and extrapolate from those models has been one secret of our species’ great success. Carl Segan explains how the ancient Greeks knew the earth was round and also it’s appropriate size thousands of years ago. – Truestrange.com Continue reading How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

Valid Mind Reading Tests

Isolata Demonstratum – A fact, known with certainty to only oneself, which is used to verify that one’s mind has not been read. I know something about you that you do not know I know: You have tested god, the universe, reality, the matrix, or whatever you are calling it these days, to see if your thoughts are yours and yours alone. Admit it, you’ve done it. You may be surprised to learn that everyone else has too. It is a universal human trait. Some do it subconsciously, some have no name for these tests, others more self-aware have taken … Continue reading Valid Mind Reading Tests

Joking Addiction, A Brain Issue

Damage to the brain’s right frontal lobe makes some people tell inappropriate jokes. Have you known someone with this condition? It’s very interesting to me what a malfunction in a certain brain area can do to a person’s behavior. Witzelsucht (German: “joking addiction”) is a set of pure and rare neurological symptoms characterized by a tendency to make puns, or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations. It makes one unable to read sarcasm. A less common symptom is hypersexuality, the tendency to make sexual comments at inappropriate times or situations. Patients do not understand that their … Continue reading Joking Addiction, A Brain Issue

Do You Have the Dog Owner Genes?

I found this surprising. From a study using data from over 35,000 twins, genes appear to influence a person’s choice to have a dog or not. Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic make-up. … Carri Westgarth, Lecturer in Human-Animal interaction at the University of Liverpool and co-author of the study, adds: “These findings are important … Continue reading Do You Have the Dog Owner Genes?

Burger King Introduces “Unhappy Meals” + Home Cooking Why and How

New fast food chain meal deals by Burger King are rolling out in a few major U.S. cities, including Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami. McDonald’s has Happy Meals and now Burger King has this honesty campaign with “Unhappy Meals” which actually has a good motive, to raise awareness about mental health. … The initiative isn’t just a jab at McDonald’s — it’s in collaboration with the organization Mental Health America to raise awareness for Mental Health Month, which takes place during May. “While not everyone would think about pairing fast food and mental health, MHA believes in … Continue reading Burger King Introduces “Unhappy Meals” + Home Cooking Why and How

Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol. …[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years … Continue reading Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

Love is an Effect of the Sun

Illusions are real in their ways, and reality part a party of illusions. I held a one-man private ceremony as the sun set, not at the location of this video, however, this sunset was another, elsewhere. I let the final handfuls of atoms in my possession rejoin the earth, speaking my prepared words, remembering love, laughter, lessons and shared intentions. The view (not pictured) was spectacular, arguably the best I’ve seen on this world and the weather was perfect, all fitting, signs of rightness. Voices echoed from distant faces of ice and were then gone. I next added an element … Continue reading Love is an Effect of the Sun

Body Language Trumps Face for Conveying Intense Emotions

If you are trying to understand a confusing situation involving humans, it is very useful to observe body language. Large body movements, tenseness, swaying and fidgeting are very instructive even beyond facial expressions according to research: Be it triumph or crushing defeat, exhilaration or agony, body language more accurately conveys intense emotions, according to recent research that challenges the predominance of facial expressions as an indicator of how a person feels. Princeton University researchers report in the journal Science that facial expressions can be ambiguous and subjective when viewed independently. The researchers asked study participants to determine from photographs if … Continue reading Body Language Trumps Face for Conveying Intense Emotions

Sleep Learning is Possible

What have I learned in my sleep tonight? A heavy rain and a (branch?) crash on the roof wakes me at 4:00 am. In a cold sweat, my ears ringing loud with tinnitus, I hear the powerful howling wind and think that all this fury is still miniscule compared to what could be unleashed. I am in awe, humbled by it, amazed by it. As I listen it fades to a slow mellow reassuring patter. I wake again, it’s at 6 am. When we sleep, long term memory consolidation happens. Memories during all sleep stages, (light, deep, and REM) get … Continue reading Sleep Learning is Possible