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Nov 7 '11

(via tragedyseries)Tags: lemur life

Mar 7 '11

Tags: life science death graph

Feb 3 '11
Carlson and Conard break new ground by measuring not the immediate but rather the long-term effect of having a surname at the alphabet’s end, and how that, in turn, affects buying patterns. Their working hypothesis is that “[R]epeated delays imposed on children whose last names are late in the alphabet create in those individuals a chronic expediency motive that is automatically activated” by limited-time offers to buy stuff. In effect, Carlson and Conard believe the R-to-Z set will prove easier prey for “act now!” marketing pitches than the A-to-I set.

Tags: life money psychology science

Nov 29 '10

Tags: computer religion life

Nov 4 '10

Tags: penguin life

Oct 20 '10
"The embryo of an Echinaster brasiliensis (starfish), at its four cell stage, seen magnified 60 times."

"The embryo of an Echinaster brasiliensis (starfish), at its four cell stage, seen magnified 60 times."

Tags: science life fish

Sep 30 '10
Some people meet, fall in love and get married right away. Others can spend hours in the sock aisle at the department store, weighing the pros and cons of buying a pair of wool argyles instead of cotton striped. Seeing the world as black and white, in which choices seem clear, or shades of gray can affect people’s path in life, from jobs and relationships to which political candidate they vote for, researchers say. People who often have conflicting feelings about situations—the shades-of-gray thinkers—have more of what psychologists call ambivalence, while those who tend toward unequivocal views have less ambivalence. … For decades psychologists largely ignored ambivalence because they didn’t think it was meaningful. The way researchers studied attitudes—by asking participants where they fell on a scale ranging from positive to negative—also made it difficult to tease apart who held conflicting opinions from those who were neutral, according to Mark Zanna, a University of Waterloo professor who studies ambivalence. (Similarly, psychologists long believed it wasn’t necessary to examine men and women separately when studying the way people think.) Now, researchers have been investigating how ambivalence, or lack of it, affects people’s lives, and how they might be able to make better decisions. Overall, thinking in shades of gray is a sign of maturity, enabling people to see the world as it really is. It’s a “coming to grips with the complexity of the world,” says Jeff Larsen, a psychology professor who studies ambivalence at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Tags: psychology life

Jun 8 '10

Tags: life psychology movie

May 26 '10

Tags: bathroom paper life

Apr 21 '10

Do your shoelaces get untied? You are probably trying your shoes wrong. I just learned that I have been using the common “granny knot” and compensating for its weakness by double-tying. Turns out there is the proper “reef knot” that actually works. I have been living a lie for over two decades.

Tags: clothing life

Feb 26 '10
People on the “Awaiting Reply” list: THIS IS EVERYONE. This is your former crush, the girl you hate, all your friends, your old TA, some guy you went to camp with that you didn’t even realize knew Erin. This is where it’s at. And this is also what makes Facebook events so frustrating nowadays: here are all the people you should be prepared to see if you go to this event but who may not actually be there - all in one long list. It’s like when teachers used to tell you that you had to memorize ALL the vocab words on the list, but you’d only end up getting tested on five on them.

Tags: facebook life school psychology

Feb 3 '10

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Dec 1 '09
When I was young and I wanted to know something, I was beaten for being too inquisitive. That’s the problem with the young people today, they have a google answer for everything. If they had to walk to their local library every time they had something stupid to ask they would ask a lot less stupid questions.

Tags: google life

Nov 24 '09


Something to think about….

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

The questions raised:

*In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*Do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

How many other things are we missing?

(via nove607)Tags: life music

Nov 23 '09

Tags: bug chip life art