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Conflict in Fiction June 15, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill last modified June 15, 2011 A writer and I were recently speaking about conflict. She was trying to add more, to vary the types of conflict in her manuscript, and feeling frustrated. Other than obnoxious arguments and physical fights, what kinds of fictional conflict are there? I threw out a couple of ideas, just to get her started. And then, the more we talked, the more options we came up with. Multimodal Ganzfeld Gives Mild Hallucinations ? Mind Modifications ? Archives What is a Ganzfeld effect? The Ganzfeld (German for “complete/full field”) effect happens when the sensory system is steadily overloaded with a uniform signal. For example, a uniform, steady and all-encompassing soft light to the eyes will cause a “loss of vision”.

Rubiks Cube Solver Couldn't figure out how to solve your Rubik's Cube? Just set the colors of the mixed puzzle, hit the solve button and follow the steps leading to the solution. What can you do with this program? Solve your scrambled Rubik's Cube - if you have a cube you couldn't solve for a long time this program will help you for sure. Autism and Neuropsychology, by Marisa Marzillo Autism is a lifelong disorder that has become the discussion of many media outlets; it is a disorder that causes abnormal neurological development. It seems that lately autism prevalence is increasing, which is causing a demand for professionals to investigate on what causes autism. Autism disorder is characterized by different behavior including social impairments, difficulty in communication, and restrictive patterns of behavior.

Establishing the Right Point of View by Marg Gilks "Dalquist was shaking with rage, tears streaking down her face. 'Get out,' she whispered. Top 10 Strange Phenomena of the Mind Humans The mind is a wonderful thing – there is so much about it which remains a mystery to this day. Science is able to describe strange phenomena, but can not account for their origins. While most of us are familiar with one or two on this list, many others are mostly unknown outside of the psychological realm. Lateral Thinking Puzzles Lateral thinking puzzles that challenge your preconceptions. 1. You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

Chapter 12: Attention and Consciousness Attention involves top-down (voluntary) goal-directed processes and bottom-up (reflexive), stimulus-driven mechanisms. They influence the way information is processed in the brain and can occur early during sensory processing. Balint's syndrome is a visual attention and awareness deficit. Someone who has this syndrome can only perceive one object at a time. Theoretical Models of AttentionAttention is defined as the ability to attend to somethings while ignoring others. There are three principle goals:To understand how attention enables and influences the detection, perception and encoding of stimulus events as well as the generation of actions based on the stimuli.To describe the computational processes and mechanisms that enable these effects.To uncover how these mechanisms are implemented in the brain's neuronal circuits and neural systems.

How to Become an Author, in 5 Incredibly Difficult Steps A while back, I wrote a non-fiction book about the apocalypse. Since publishing the book, the question I get asked the most has to be: "What are you doing in my toolshed?" Second place goes to "Is that my wife's cocktail dress?" Free Will It's been a while since I blogged about Free Will. Current thought allows us to understand that reality is created by consciousness therefore we all have free will to change our lives and destinies. If that were true, we would all be living happily ever after in some place many people believe we are ascending to, that mirrors experience here, but in love and light. They believe it because they are programmed to ... or they are wounded souls. Free Will is limited to the simple choices in one's life, anything that does not change one's programmed destiny.

Everybody Jump What would happen if everyone on earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same instant? —Thomas Bennett (and many others) This is one of the most popular questions submitted to this blog. It’s been examined before, including by a ScienceBlogs post and a Straight Dope article. They cover the kinematics pretty well. However, they don’t tell the whole story. How Our Brains Make Memories Sitting at a sidewalk café in Montreal on a sunny morning, Karim Nader recalls the day eight years earlier when two planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. He lights a cigarette and waves his hands in the air to sketch the scene. At the time of the attack, Nader was a postdoctoral researcher at New York University. He flipped the radio on while getting ready to go to work and heard the banter of the morning disc jockeys turn panicky as they related the events unfolding in Lower Manhattan. Nader ran to the roof of his apartment building, where he had a view of the towers less than two miles away.

Prompt me! Words, phrases, and images - Updated! The new set up looks very nice. I never was good at chess, but I always attributed that to my having never learned to play. Sure, I understood how the pieces moved. But to be good at chess you need more than just a basic understanding. Free will is an illusion, biologist says ( -- When biologist Anthony Cashmore claims that the concept of free will is an illusion, he's not breaking any new ground. At least as far back as the ancient Greeks, people have wondered how humans seem to have the ability to make their own personal decisions in a manner lacking any causal component other than their desire to "will" something. But Cashmore, Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, says that many biologists today still cling to the idea of free will, and reject the idea that we are simply conscious machines, completely controlled by a combination of our chemistry and external environmental forces. In a recent study, Cashmore has argued that a belief in free will is akin to religious beliefs, since neither complies with the laws of the physical world.

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