Some things are beyond reason that reason does not understand!

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“The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason”
~Blaise Pascal

And so they say lord, for everything a reason
For every ending a new beginning
Oh so they say baby, for everything a reason
And so they say baby, for everything a reason

And those who loved before will be brought back together 
Yeah those who loved before will be brought back together 
And so they say baby, for everything a reason
And so they say baby you will be brought..

…brought back to me

I saw you leaving, I saw the light go out
I saw you leaving
I saw you leaving

And so they say lord, for everything a reason
My house is haunted by wrong desire
And on my skin left the scent of indignation
And so they say baby, for everything a reason

Don’t call me back, I had everything I needed
For every lie, honey, the truth lay underneath it
Oh so they say baby, for everything a reason
And so they say baby, you will be brought…

…brought back to me

I saw you leaving, I saw the light go out
I saw you leaving
I saw you leaving

Come back to me

Try to take away potatoes? I think not, Mr. President!

Trying to dictate what can and cannot be eaten…

Is now the job of the President of the United States?

Huh.

Who put that task in his job description, I would like to know.

Luckily, the Democrat run Senate ‘pimp slapped’ down the President’s attempt foolish, foolish attempt to take away one of life’s best food groups…

French Fries.

[via NYTimes]WASHINGTON — The Senate stood up Tuesday for the humble white potato and rebuffed an effort by President Obama to limit its consumption by millions of schoolchildren around the country.

The administration has proposed limiting the amount of potatoes and other starchy vegetables that can be served in school lunches to one cup per student per week, and banning them from school breakfasts.

The Senate on Tuesday moved to block the proposal by adopting an amendment to the 2012 spending bill for the Agriculture Department. The amendment, approved by unanimous consent, prohibits the department from setting “any maximum limits on the serving of vegetables in school meal programs.”

Senators Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado, set aside partisan differences and defended the potato, which is grown in great quantities in their states. They said the proposal had no basis in nutrition science.

“The proposed rule would prevent schools from serving an ear of fresh corn one day and a baked potato another day of the same week, an utterly absurd result,” Ms. Collins said.

Mr. Udall said, “Anything can be fried or drowned in any number of fats available to us as consumers.” The problem, he said, is not with the potato, but with how it is sometimes prepared.

As defined by the Agriculture Department, “starchy vegetables” include white potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans. By limiting consumption of them, the department said, it hopes to “encourage students to try new vegetables in place of the familiar starchy ones.”

But Ms. Collins, who grew up amid the potato fields of northern Maine, said: “Potatoes have more potassium than bananas. They are cholesterol-free and low in fat and sodium and can be served in countless healthy ways.” At about a nickel per serving, she said, they are “a great nutritional bargain.”

“The department was well intended in trying to improve the nutritional quality of school meals,” Ms. Collins said, “but in this case it just missed and went too far.” [Read More]

Darn tootin’!

It failed, good thing too…

Can you imagine the anarchy should this food staple be taken away from those that adore them?

[Japanese Monkey Potato Feeding Frenzy]

I can.

And let me just say…

It would not have been pretty.

Through creative pursuits alone lies the pathway to genius, not books?

Read this book to help you work on improving your brain skills to instant ‘genius’?

Excellent idea!

Come on brain, it’s time to, “Pump…” claps “…you up!”

Train your brain.

  • 101 workouts to improve your brain skills.
  • Better brain skills help you think more betterer.
  • The writer of the above clearly has not read this book.
  • Read more…

$12.95

The only way to improve a muscle’s performance is to exercise it. Everyone knows that. So, why not apply this simple technique to improving the performance of the most important muscle in your body. That’s right: your brain. And before you complain that the brain isn’t a muscle, let us just say that was a joke. One we wouldn’t have made if we had a copy of How to be a Genius two weeks ago.

See, How to be a Genius is all about exercising your brain (all goofiness aside). Inside, you’ll find 101 workouts to help you improve your memory, sharpen your reasoning skills, win at strategic games like chess and bridge, and make better moves in every area of life. Introductions to powerful mind-training tools (including mnemonics, self-hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, and Mind Mapping) round out this mind-enhancing workout. With your copy of How to be a Genius, your brain will soon be beating up every other brain around you. BRAIN FIGHT!

  • Author: Robert Allen
  • Publisher: Collins and Brown
  • ISBN: 9781843406389
  • Pages: 169
  • Cover: Hardback
  • Year: 2011
  • Edition: 1st
  • Genre: How To – Be Smarter

Well…

I thought it was an excellent idea, now?

Now thanks to Einstein of all people…

Not so sure.

[via Productivity501]

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
~ Albert Einstein

This isn’t exactly the best known quote by Einstein and I doubt many teachers quote this to their students. Reading is generally a good thing, but if it starts becoming a substitute for thinking on your own it can hold you back from reaching your potential.

This quote touches on a problem that holds many people back from actually accomplishing things. It is easy to spend so much time researching that you never actually execute.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read, do research and try to learn from others, but at some point you have to decide that you’ve gather enough data and the time has come to do something. That may be starting your own business, writing a book or even repainting your living room.  You have a very finite lifespan. Some people send their life preparing for what they want to do without ever actually doing what they want to do.

Sometimes the most helpful situations are the ones that force you to go ahead and do something by removing the option to try to collect more information. [Read More]

But, pffft, what does Einstein know about being a genius?

Oh, wait–…

The prospect of ‘Digital Dreams’ makes monsters melancholy from your nightmares!

Besides terrifyingly creepy?

These melancholy monsters looks so sad…

I can’t imagine why?

[via io9]Melancholy monsters from your gloomiest nightmares

Anton Semenov’s flesh and fabric monsters haunt gloomy houses and post-apocalyptic wastelands. But as unnerving as these horrific beasties seem, they also seem tinged with more than an ounce of sadness.

Semenov has been creating an impressive series of these disturbing digital paintings — filled with nightmarish narwhals, spooky surrogate dolls, and mutant creatures. Each piece has a clear narrative quality, and could easily serve as the inspiration for a somber horror story.

[deviantART via Neatorama]

Melancholy monsters from your gloomiest nightmares

Melancholy monsters from your gloomiest nightmares

Melancholy monsters from your gloomiest nightmares
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Oh, never mind…

I know NOW.

The U.S. Army wants to take over soldier’s dreams.

Huh…

As if the mere thought of nightmares weren’t disturbing enough.

Wow!

[via Gizmodo]Army Looks to ‘Counteract Nightmares’ With Digital Dreams

A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses.

He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldier’s re-lived this scene in his head and the laboratory over and over again, until it has become reassuringly familiar. The soldier knows that his pixelated friends will take him away from these troubled dreams. When the scene is over, he takes off his goggles and looks around him. The soldier is home.

The U.S. Army wants this dream sequence to become reality. In an Army-backed experiment called “Power Dreaming,” Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington State will help traumatized troops battle their nightmares – with soothing, digitally-made dreams crafted in virtual worlds. No, this is not the script for the sequel to Inception.

The research project is in its early planning and is not expected to launch until next year, a hospital spokesperson told Danger Room. But it is picking up momentum. Last week, the Army awarded almost half a million dollars to a consulting company for help developing the experiment.

Fifty-two percent of combat veterans with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) reported having nightmares fairly often, according to the National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study. “During our conscious hours, most can hide what they have become,” according to a presentation delivered to the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, a nonprofit group. “But in sleep, this vigilance slacks and the dream world can become a frightening and uncontrolled experience with waking consequences.”

So the researchers will ask troops to take control of the “creation of the customized healing imagery (therapeutic dreams) to counter the impact of nightmares,” according to a military contracting document. [Read More]

So yeah…

Makes total sense.

And to be honest?

Hard to figure which I find scarier, the prospect of Army Dream Dabblers or the Melancholy Monsters of nightmares, themselves.

Because as much as we might not like it, dreams/nightmares serve as the way our brain catalogs information we know during the day, and I’m not sure…

Of the repercussions should some scientists get it in their head that we can start jacking with the natural process of things in order to circumvent it.

Nothing good can come of it, I tell you, and that?

Is indeed terrifying!

Jeez.

When are ‘general abilities’ not just ‘not too bad’, but instead? Fantastic!

It all comes down to how you use what you have.

Our brain enables us to do so many interesting things…

Some of which, the brains uses/functions have evolved strictly for the purpose of furthering our excellence.

Yeah, Brain!

In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme.

But are our successes solely dependent upon the level of our brain based intelligence?

Hmm…

Science sure doesn’t think so!

And that, my friends, is why I love Science…

It goes above and beyond to make me feel better about myself.

Yeah, Science!

[via eScience News] What makes a great violinist, physicist, or crossword puzzle solver? Are experts born or made? The question has intrigued psychologists since psychology was born — and the rest of us, too, who may secretly fantasize playing duets with Yo Yo Ma or winning a Nobel Prize in science. It’s no wonder Malcolm Gladwell stayed atop the bestseller lists by popularizing the “10,000-hour rule” of Florida State University psychologist K. Anders Ericsson. Using Ericsson’s pioneering work — but omitting equally prominent, contradictory, research — Gladwell’s book Outliers argued that given a certain level of intelligence and a bit of luck, virtually anybody can get to Carnegie Hall — provided they practice, practice, practice. In a new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists David Z. Hambrick of Michigan State University and Elizabeth J. Meinz of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville disagree strongly. “We don’t deny the importance of the knowledge and skill that accrue through practice,” says Hambrick. ” But, we think that for certain types of tasks, basic abilities and capacities — ones that are general, stable across time, and substantially heritable — play an important role in skilled performance. “ Such basic capacities are a component of talent, Hambrick and Meinz believe.

The authors’ work involves a particular basic measure of cognitive ability: working memory capacity, the ability to store and process information at the same time, which correlates with success in many cognitive tasks, from abstract reasoning to language learning. In one experiment Hambrick and Meinz tested 57 pianists with a wide range of deliberate practice under their belts, from 260 to more than 31,000 hours, to see how well they did on sight-reading — playing a piece from a score they’d never seen before. Those who had practiced more did better. In fact, practice — even specific sight-reading practice — predicted nearly half of the differences in performance across the subjects. But working memory capacity still had a statistically significant impact on performance. In other words, regardless of amount of deliberate practice, working memory capacity still mattered for success in the task. The psychologists surmised that the capacity influences how many notes a player can look ahead as she plays, an important factor in sight-reading.

Challenging another “experts-are-made” contention — that beyond a certain threshold, intelligence makes less and less of a difference in accomplishment — the authors cite a study by Vanderbilt University researchers that looked at the math SAT scores of people with PhDs in science, technology, engineering, or math. Those who scored in the 99.9th percentile at age 13 were 18 times more likely to go on to earn a PhD than those who scored better than only 99.1 percent of their teenage peers. “Even at the highest end, the higher the intellectual ability — and by extension, the higher the working memory capacity — the better,” says Hambrick.

“Some would consider this bad news. We’d all like to think that basic capacities and abilities are irrelevant — it’s the egalitarian view of expertise,” Hambrick says. “We’re not saying that limitations can’t be overcome.” Still, no matter how hard you work, it may be what you’re born with or develop very early in life that “distinguishes the best from the rest.” [Read More]

The proper utilization of the general ‘gifts’ you were born with, along with an applicable ‘memory capacity’?

Goes much further than the luck of the genes you were born with…

ANY day.

Let’s hear it for ‘general abilities’ – Woo. Hoo!