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Ken Wilber Stops His Brain Waves That's right, Ken can stop his brainwaves on demand. Actually—and in a more serious vein—this is the famous EEG machine recording where Ken enters various meditative states, one of which is a type of "thoughtless," "image-less," or "formless" state, whose correlate is that his brainwaves come to an almost complete stop, as clearly recorded on this portable electroencephalograph (EEG) machine. (This video is discussed in One Taste, April 10 entry.) We asked Ken to do a short 10-minute commentary on these various meditative states and the corresponding brain-wave patterns that are shown on the EEG machine in the video. If nothing else, seeing somebody's brainwaves flatline in about 4 seconds is a sight not easily forgotten! More seriously, as Ken often says, "If you want to know God, you've got to get your brain out of the way first. Ken Wilber Stops His Brain Waves
Meditation found to increase brain size Kris Snibbe/Harvard News Office Sara Lazar (center) talks to research assistant Michael Treadway and technologist Shruthi Chakrapami about the results of experiments showing that meditation can increase brain size. People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. In one area of gray matter, the thickening turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. “Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. The researchers compared brain scans of 20 experienced meditators with those of 15 nonmeditators. Study participants meditated an average of about 40 minutes a day. Controlling random thoughts Slowing aging? Meditation found to increase brain size
Three months of intense training in a form of meditation known as "insight" in Sanskrit can sharpen a person's brain enough to help them notice details they might otherwise miss. These new findings add to a growing body of research showing that millennia-old mental disciplines can help control and improve the mind, possibly to help treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "Certain mental characteristics that were previously regarded as relatively fixed can actually be changed by mental training," University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson said. "People know physical exercise can improve the body, but our research and that of others holds out the prospects that mental exercise can improve minds." Paying attention to facts requires time and effort, and since everyone only has a limited amount of brainpower to go around, details can get overlooked. "Your attention gets stuck on the first target, then you miss the second one," Davidson said. Meditation Sharpens the Mind Meditation Sharpens the Mind
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Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at AMNH The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) transforms knowledge – from diverse sources and perspectives, spanning areas of scientific research as well as traditional and local knowledge – into conservation action. We collaborate with partners around the world to increase local and global capacity to address the loss of biological and cultural diversity. Convening professionals, institutions, and communities, we foster connections among practitioners to catalyze conservation on the ground. The programs we develop span the full cycle of conservation action – from identifying needs to project implementation to adapting and broadcasting lessons learned – and serve as models for other organizations. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, New York 10024 USA Phone: 212 769 5742 Fax: 212 769 5292 biodiversity@amnh.org What's New at the CBC CBC in the Field Our Global Kitchen on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show! Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at AMNH
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Searching: Top Tips | Study Skills for 6th Form Searching: Top Tips | Study Skills for 6th Form Useful hints and tips when searching If your book is written by someone with a common surname, add their initial or first name to limit your results, e.g. Smith, RichardLimit your search further by using the ‘Refine My Results’ option on the left of the screen. Boolean searches – AND, OR and NOT You can use boolean operators such as AND, OR and NOT to refine your results by combining or limiting search terms. AND will return you all the results from both keywords Search: milk AND sugar OR will return you results from either keyword Search: milk OR sugar NOT will give you results for the first keyword but not the second Search: milk NOT sugar Combine OR and AND for more effective searching Search: (milk AND sugar) OR (lemon AND sugar) Did you know? Wildcards Using * (the asterisk symbol) will allow you to search any deviation of your keyword Quotation marks Using ” ….” will allow you search just for those actual words or phrases.
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OpenData Maps, GIS & Geospatial Data - City of Spokane, Washington What IS GIS? A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information, i.e. data identified according to their locations. Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. The layers of information you combine depends on your purpose. Some common examples would include: finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on. Internet Mapping The City of Spokane provides access to GIS and map information via the Internet through its interactive mapping tools. Printable Maps Official City Map (PDF 7.5 MB) Includes detailed street names and indexing, topography, parks, hydrography, and landmarks. This is not a legal document: The information and maps shown on this web site are compiled from various sources and subject to constant revision. OpenData Maps, GIS & Geospatial Data - City of Spokane, Washington
The KU Work Group offers a variety of publications to support the work of promoting community health and development. The selected articles and book chapters below illustrate our group's work in developing frameworks and practical methods for participatory evaluation, intervention research, and application with community initiatives. Community Health Assessments and Improvement Plans The Work Group employs a multi-method, collaborative approach to assessing community needs and resources and planning for community health improvement. Community Health Assessments Douglas County Community Health Assessment (pdf) Geary County Community Health Assessment (pdf) Wyandotte County Health Assessment Report (pdf) Community Health Improvement Plans Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County (pdf) Frameworks and Models for Building Healthier Communities Building Healthy Communities[Citation] [PDF] Building Multisectoral Partnerships for Population Health and Health Equity[Citation] [PDF] Publications | Work Group for Community Health and Development Publications | Work Group for Community Health and Development
Cruel proof: A brief overview of zoosadism | drmarkgriffiths Cruel proof: A brief overview of zoosadism | drmarkgriffiths Zoosadism refers to the pleasure – often sexual – that individuals attain by causing sadistic cruelty to animals. In many people’s minds, violence towards the animal is often automatically implied when they think of bestial acts. However, as I pointed out in a previous blog, recent academic research indicates that sex with animals by zoophiles is often considered by them as “sensual and loving” and does not necessarily include force, violence and/or sadism. Despite such research, links between sadistic sexual acts with animals and subsequent behaviour such as human sexual sadism and sexual murder has been much researched. In Dr. “At age nine, Kürten committed his first murder by throwing a boy off a raft and preventing another youngster from rescuing the child. Kürten’s background was also disturbing. “Kürten had sex with his sisters; however, his preferred form of sexual activity in his developing years was bestiality. Further reading Aggrawal, A. (2011). Beetz, Andrea (2002).
Crash and turn on: A brief look at chremastistophilia and symphorophilia | drmarkgriffiths Crash and turn on: A brief look at chremastistophilia and symphorophilia | drmarkgriffiths “Okay so I was chatting on a website and this guy approached me saying he wanted to be blackmailed for money. He told me he would give me $100 on Thursday if I logged into his Facebook account and humiliated him. I’m a little freaked out, but what should I tell him??” (query from ‘answers.yahoo.com‘) In a previous blog I examined hybristophilia (a sexual paraphilia in which an individual derives sexual arousal and pleasure from having a sexual partner who is known to have committed serious crimes, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery). Some have speculated that the strong emotions of frustration, fear, annoyance, rage, and/or submission are subconsciously drawn upon by chremastistophiles and then focused into sexual arousal/gratification. The reciprocal condition where the sexual focus is on charging or robbing one’s sexual partner has not been given a name. Further reading Downing, L. (2004). Gordon, W.A. & Elias, J.E. (2005). Love, B. (1992). Money, J. (1986). Like this:
One of the rarest behaviours in the world is the act of genital self-mutilation (GSM) in males. To date, approximately 125 cases have been recorded in the clinical literature dating back to the turn of the twentieth century. The first recorded case is thought to be a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr D. Stroch in 1901. GSM has been recorded in a variety of forms (e.g., simple lacerations, scrotal cutting, testicle removal, penile amputations, self-castration, and a combination of the above, so called ‘lock, stock and barrel mutilation’) across a variety of countries (USA, Middle East, India, Kenya, and Nigeria). The range of instruments used to enable GSM include kitchen knifes, Stanley knives, scissors, blades, chain saw, and axe. A 2003 case report in the journal Urology, reported an attempt by an Indian man to become a ‘hijra’ (i.e., eunuch of the Indian subcontinent) due to his dissatisfaction with the wait for gender reassignment surgery. Like this: Private practices: A brief overview of male genital self-mutilation | drmarkgriffiths Private practices: A brief overview of male genital self-mutilation | drmarkgriffiths
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Introduction Hydro power produces about 12% of Scotland’s electricity, with considerable potential remaining to introduce new hydro schemes and expand or improve the efficiency of existing facilities. More than half of Scotland’s 145 hydroelectric schemes are in the Highlands and Islands area, with the most modern plants achieving energy conversion rates topping 90%. Total hydro generation capacity in Scotland is about 1,500 megawatts (MW), a figure that was overtaken by the country’s faster-growing windpower capacity in 2009. Though hydro’s once-rapid growth has slowed, new major development opportunities are in hand, and scope has been identified for thousands of smaller schemes. Major New Projects in Prospect Two large-scale new pumped storage schemes are being planned for the Great Glen area of the central Highlands by power generation, distribution and supply company Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). Huge Small-scheme Potential Exploiting the Potential Hydro Power in Scotland
Scottish Renewables has compiled the key statistics on the development of Scotland’s renewable energy sector from a variety of government and industry sources in order to track the industry’s growing contribution to our energy needs, our economy and our environment. These statistics are updated on a continuous basis as new data becomes available. Please select a chart on the right hand side to jump directly to it. Electricity Capacity Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity has shown steady growth over the last few years with the average annual capacity increase over 635MW since the end of 2007. Chart 1: Total Installed Capacity of Renewable Electricity in Scotland 2007-2015 Source: Historic Regional Statistics (DECC) and DECC Energy Trends Chart 2 sets out the current mix of renewable electricity generation capacity in Scotland. Chart 2: Current Installed Capacity of Renewable Electricity (Q3 2016) Source: DECC Energy Trends Chart 3: Pre-operational Capacity of Renewables Projects Back to top Renewables in Numbers - Scottish Renewables
Energy in Scotland: Get the facts Renewables There are 21,000 jobs in the low carbon and renewable energy economy in Scotland across 9 renewable energy sectors. The largest single sector was onshore wind, followed by solar PV, and heat pumps. Wave and tidal energy Scotland has tremendous wave and tidal energy resources and the potential exists to generate more electricity than we currently need from the waters around the Scottish coast. Wind In 2014, the two largest renewable technology generators were wind with 62% and hydro with 29% Wind generation in 2015 was at a record high level at 14,136 GWh and is nearly 7 times the level of wind in 2006 Scotland boasts 25% of Europe's offshore wind resources Hydro Scotland was the one of the first countries in the world to harness electricity from its waters. North Sea oil and gas Frequently asked questions Answers to your questions on energy in Scotland Energy in Scotland: Get the facts
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Places you can go to help save the tiger: 5 Tigers.org is the ultimate tiger information center on the Internet. Definitely worth a visit!The Save the Tiger Fund is "dedicated to supporting the conservation of Asia's remaining wild tigers."The World Wildlife Fund has a very nice website about tigers. They have pictures, conservation information, and ways you can help save the tiger.The Carnivore Preservation Trust is a wildlife sanctuary, that educates the public while saving tigers and other animals that are no longer wanted.Kids for Tigers is a way for children to get involved in helping to save their planet. Tiger Pictures & Facts
The name black bear is not a very accurate name for this species of bear. They can come in many colors such as black, brown, gray, silvery-blue, and cream. Most black bears are, in fact, black but often a black colored bear will have brown cubs and brown colored bears may have black cubs. The black bear’s habitats range from the far northern tundra of Canada and Alaska to the forests of Central America and Mexico. Black bears have small eyes, long noses, round ears and a short tail. Black bears have been given the reputation of attacking people. Mating happens in spring but the females have an ability called ‘delayed implantation’, which allows the egg to be fertilized later. The 16 sub-species are: Kermode or Spirit bear (Western Canada) Vancouver black bear Queen Charlotte black bear Newfoundland black bear Glacier bear or blue bear (Alaska & British Columbia) Kenai black bear (Alaska) Dall black bear (Alaska) Cinnamon bear (central U.S. Black Bear On-line Jigsaw Puzzle Bear Facts - Species - American Black Bear
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