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Pareidolia can be spooky…

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…when it’s a real  eye in the sky   instead of the dog or mountain you think you see when looking at clouds on a lazy summer afternoon.   I’ve seen plenty of dogs and cattle and mountains,  but never anything approaching these eye formations.

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May 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Snail brains…

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Scientists have found that snails use  only TWO brain  cells to make complex decisions.   That’s one more than many Americans seem to be using these days,  especially those planning to vote for either Clinton or Sanders.

 

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June 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

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Cell phones and kids…

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There is still great debate about the health hazards of cell phones,  and I am not totally convinced that anything but constant heavy use might cause brain cancer,  but I think children may well be more susceptible than adults.   Therefore,  read this  with a grain of salt attitude,  and do some more research,  but do pay attention.

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May 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Eye tests…

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Human vision is a marvelous thing,  especially our ability to see colors.   But our eyes can trick us,  as can our brains.   Have some fun  with these puzzles.

 

 

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April 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

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8 seconds…

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That’s the length of our  attention span  now.   It’s less than that of a goldfish.   Hurrah for what modern electronics and social media have done to our brains.   Is this one reason so few youngsters are interested in hard sciences,  which require sustained,  intense focus?

 

 

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May 14, 2015 at 10:17 am

Too much tech?

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No,  this isn’t  taken from The Onion,  but from real life,  where Patrice Lewis is about as real as you can get.   Most of my friends have smart phones of some sort,  and cheerfully let them run their lives.  My eight-year-old flip top works just fine,  but I haven’t told anyone that my cell provider now has free text,  much less that it’s large enough for me to read  without rummaging through my purse for a pair of reading glasses.   You won’t rat me out,  will you?   We used to fret about children not learning cursive writing.   Now we have to worry that they won’t be able to print after graduating from college?

I do not want my refrigerator generating a grocery list for me,  nor my mattress keeping tabs on my sleep habits.   Who in the world would send that data to a manufacturer anyway?   Apparently many people would,  as younger folks have a far different definition of privacy and none-of-your-damned-business than I do.   I’m not paranoid,  but I am acutely aware that too many levels of government take far too much interest in ordinary people going about their ordinary lives doing ordinary things.

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May 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

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The Paper Effect…

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A study  has shown  that taking notes doesn’t help you remember things.   I agree to the extent that you don’t engage your memory if you believe you will have the notes available when you need them.   My experience is that you can engage your memory while taking notes so that you can perform efficiently without the paper or iPad or smartphone next to you.   I have found this to be true in my own case.  What is your experience?

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November 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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