This Will Mindfuck You: The Double-Slit Experiment The video below shows scientific proof that there is something NOT quite logical or scientific about this universe. The mere act of observation can completely change the outcome of an event! Before I get too ahead of myself, you need to watch the video below to understand: (Forgive the corny cartoon character explaining the concept — at least he knows his stuff) Recap: When a camera observed the electrons, they acted as particles. So what’s the reason for this? Want even further proof? Then in 2002, a group of researchers set up the experiment in a way that the electron could not possibly receive information about the existence of an observing instrument. Here’s the kicker: The insertion of the interferometer took only 40 nanoseconds (ns) while it would take 160 ns for the information about the configuration to travel from the interferometer to reach the photon before it entered the slits. The Results: The photons acted like particles 93% of the time that they were observed. 1. 2. 3.
Ibogaine Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs. Ibogaine is also used to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Ibogaine-containing preparations are used for medicinal and ritual purposes within African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti, who claim to have learned it from the Pygmy peoples. Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid that is obtained either by extraction from the iboga plant or by semi-synthesis from the precursor compound voacangine, another plant alkaloid. History An ibogaine research project was funded by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse in the 1990s.
Seven body language tricks to make anyone instantly like you There's no question that body language is important. And, according to Leil Lowndes in her book "How To Talk To Anyone," you can capture - and hold - anyone's attention without even saying a word. We've selected the best body language techniques from the book and shared them below: The Flooding Smile "Don't flash an immediate smile when you greet someone," says Lowndes. If you do, it appears as if anyone in your line of sight would receive that same smile. Instead, pause and look at the other person's face for a second, and then let a "big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes." Even though the delay is less than a second, it will convince people your smile is sincere and personalized for them. Sticky Eyes "Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner's with sticky warm taffy," Lowndes advises. You can also try counting your conversation partner's blinks. Epoxy Eyes The Big-Baby Pivot People are very conscious of how you react to them.
The Love Experiment: Introduction On Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 I am going to start a 7-day experiment with love and I invite all of you to try it with me. Before I tell you what the experiment consists of, I need to tell you how I came up with the idea. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and meditation in the last week and the idea of love kept coming up. It pursued me further in movie lines, song lyrics and StumbleUpon articles. It then became ridiculous when love showed up in two articles sent to me by some readers. Feeling compelled to look into the idea of love further, I began re-reading a book that speaks almost only about love: “Conversations with God” by Neale Walsch. “Masters are those who have chosen only love. The word ‘Master’ in this case is referring to someone who has mastered life. I never refer to religion to support my ideas in my articles. So how do I apply this love thing? Close your eyes. Does that not feel ridiculously good? The Experiment What is that going to do? To be honest, I have no idea.
Meet the Cellphone that drinks Coke Chinese designer Daizi Zheng created a conceptual mobile phone for Nokia that could be powered by cola. The idea is the phone could run on a battery that uses enzymes to generate electricity from carbohydrates. A bio battery is used instead of the traditional battery to create a presumably pollution free environment. Unfortunately the idea bounces back in your face once you calculate the energy required to produce a can of cola. Besides the benefit of having a fully biodegradability battery, the notion of having your electronic appliances run on the same energy sources as yourself is stimulating, to say the least. Via Dezeen.
2 Psychology Rules for Getting Better at Chess--and Life We often use chess as a metaphor for life, business, and other competitive sports, because it's such a strategic game. Coder and chess player Gautam Narula offers us two simple rules that sum up the psychology of chess-and, by extension, winning in other areas. In an incredibly detailed post about how to quickly get better at chess, Narula says: If chess is anything, it is a game of second chances. Chess, like life, rewards perseverance. I've turned countless losses into draws and wins because my opponents got overconfident while I dug in. There's a footnote to the second rule, saying if the situation is absolutely hopeless, it's good etiquette to resign rather than drag the game on needlessly. "If my opponent were playing [reigning World Chess Champion and number one player in the world] Magnus Carlsen in this position, would Carlsen be able to win?" The whole post is a great resource for anyone interested in chess, but the psychology part applies to us all. Photo by malias.
The Love Experiment: Conclusions It’s been 7 days since I started the Love Experiment and all I have to say is wow. Those of you who were also feelin’ the love this week will know what I’m talking about when I say I feel amazing. Being loving towards everyone completely removes most of the day-to-day anguish with other people. Even if you momentarily become frustrated, it’s so easy to take a deep breath, look at the person and think ‘Whoa, close one there! I love you and I hope you have a fantastic day.” It sounds so lovey-dovey and new-agey but it feels fantastic. Overall my demeanor was much more positive than normal and happiness was virtually constant. One a more concrete note, I think being a loving person has a direct effect on how fast your goals come to fruition. Those numbers are still being reached today and are showing no sign of stopping. Since last week I’ve also had some very cool people reach out to me, both through HighExistence and people from my past. P.S.
DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee Drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems. It’s an installation about the Urine to Fertilzer DIY Kit; Derive houseplant fertilizer and ocean-safe water from your pee! “We all think of human pee as gross and something that ought to be vigorously “cleaned up” or sanitized. Users will test their urine before the reaction. By submersibledesign.com | Related: Boxing the Desert | Ceci n’est pas une fleur | Augmented Fish Reality
"The Way a Person Does One Thing Is the Way They Do Everything" There's something that is far more important than reaching one of your goals: the process that leads you there. If you're going to do something-no matter what it is-do it to the best of your ability. Developing a good process and solid work ethic can come from everything you do, not just the one thing you're trying to accomplish. "The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything" I used to be a someone who would cut corners on what I thought were small things. It may seem like you're just skimping on the unimportant stuff, or saving energy for your big tasks, but repetition makes a habit. Of course, there's a difference between not cutting corners and perfectionism. This One Phrase Changed My Life | Pick the Brain Photo by Stephen Korecky.
How to Learn & Enjoy Life More: The Power of Audio Learning A few months ago, while living in Australia, I was given an assignment by my boss I was not at all thrilled about: drive 5 hours into the country, meet with a client for 2 hours, and drive back that night. At first, all I could think was “wait, whaaat? You want me to drive 10 hours to meet a guy for 2 hours? Can’t I just call him or something?!?” It seemed like a gigantic waste of my time, but he was the boss and I, the employee, so I had to obey. That night, I sat at my desk. There had to be a way… And then, just like that, an idea popped into my head. 24 hours later… I’m back at my desk, an 800km round-trip under my belt. The last 24 hours, destined to be a mind-numbing waste of a day, had turned into one of the most enlightening days of my life. What the hell happened? I had entered the wonderful world of audio-learning. On the way there, I delighted myself with the audio version of the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. My Mission 1) There’s Something For Everyone
Latro Algae Lamp As advances in nanotechnology bring us increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae could become attractive sources for tapping energy. The Latro lamp by designer Mike Thompson is a speculative product responding to this potential future market. It utilizes living algae as its power source. The idea was inspired by a scientific breakthrough by scientists from Yansei and Stanford University that allows a small electrical current to be drawn from algae during photosynthesis. The energy produced is stored in a battery ready to be called upon at night. The video shows the Latro Lamp in the Science Gallery Dublin. 9 Quotes By Will Smith That Will Inspire You To Live Your Own Life I love Will Smith. His movies are awesome. His acting is great and you know something? He’s an inspiring dude. He’s not just some celebrity. He’s a goldmine of inspiration and intelligence. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from him when it comes to living your life your own way to attain the success you deserve. Here are 9 quotes by Will Smith to inspire you to live life your own way 1) “Fear is not real. That really puts fear in perspective eh? Just imagine that fear is a separate entity altogether. Mostly, just throw it away. 2) “If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.” That’s the thing about people and so-called friends. They only see the success and what it can do for them. So be very wary. The former aren’t doing you any favors. 3) “Don’t chase people. Yep! The rest, will take care of itself. 4) “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings & emotions.” Focus on the other important ones instead.
This Will Change Your Life. “Everything is a matter of perspective.” That’s an overused phrase that’s generally said without much thought. It’s an easy go-to argument to end all arguments. Today, however, I’m going to show you why it’s one of the most important lessons you could ever learn…and yes, it will change your life if you use it properly. Take a look at the image below. It’s a common optical illusion but it illustrates my point perfectly. Do you see ‘good’ or do you see ‘evil?’ Now let’s apply this concept to a real life scenario. The Christian chose to see ‘good’ (God) while the atheist chose to see ‘bad’ (not-God). Here’s one more example just to be sure you get the message (remember this could change your life!). 1) Deciding that this trip SUCKS. 2) Decide that this trip is going to be FANTASTIC. This is much more than simply looking on the bright side. Now let’s bring this idea to a much larger scale…let’s apply it to life as a whole. We can view life in any way that we want to see it.
Algae in the Supermarket As mentioned earlier, the world seems obsessed with algae. Not limited to producing light or energy, algae has also found its way to our plate as a new vegetable, and maybe even as a substitute for meat or fish. As we all know, the world’s rapidly growing population is making it even harder to feed everyone. According to the Dutch company Phycom, the current food production system puts pressure on food quality and security, which will eventually become a great risk to public health. In response, the company developed ‘Essentials’: Algae separated from water, and then dried from a sort of wet, green paste to powder. According to Phycom, algae are the new vegetables. If the results are positive, not only will we eat less meat, we may also stop chopping down trees for soya plantations, and possibly create employment for future algae farmers.