6 Mind-Blowing Ways Genetic Engineering Might Save Your Life Genetic engineering scares a lot of people, partly because we love making sci-fi movies and video games starring walking humanoid horrors that resulted from experiments gone wrong. And, while the idea of something like growing a human heart in a sheep's body just seems wrong somehow, it probably seems less wrong to the person who actually needs a heart transplant. What we're trying to say is that as weird as it is, genetic engineering may save your life some day thanks to things like ... #6. Organ Transplants. Getty A while back, a terrifying headline made the rounds on the Internet: "Scientists Create a Sheep That's 15 Percent Human." London Evening StandardThat's still more human than Gilbert Gottfried. "Holy shit! The idea is to find another source for transplant organs, so that people don't sit on a long waiting list in hopes that some other person will die with a perfectly intact liver or heart (or whatever) before their own fails. This isn't just at the test tube stage, either. #5.
7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life — Life Learning 1 :: Because You Have Not Failed Enough Because you are comfortable in your mediocrity; because you choose not to try. Because it is easier to talk about learning that new (programming?) language as opposed to actually learning it. Because you think everything is too hard or too complicated so you will just “sit this one out”, or maybe you’ll, “do-it-tomorrow”! Because you hate your job but won’t get a new one; because it is easy to reject rejection. Because while you’re sitting around failing to try, I am out there trying to fail, challenging myself, learning new things and failing as fast as possible. Because as I fail, I learn, and then adjust my course to make sure my path is always forward. 2 :: Because You Care What Others Think About You Because you have to fit in. Because you believe that being different is only cool if you’re different in the same way that other people are different. Because you are afraid to embrace your true self for fear of how the world will see you.
47 General Psychology Facts I’ve decided to start a series called 100 Things You Should Know about People. As in: 100 things you should know if you are going to design an effective and persuasive website, web application or software application. Or maybe just 100 things that everyone should know about humans! The order that I’ll present these 100 things is going to be pretty random. So the fact that this first one is first doesn’t mean that’s it’s the most important.. just that it came to mind first. Dr. <div class="slide-intro-bottom"><a href="
8 Ways To Stay Positive About This Goddamn Stupid Recession Hey, did you read that awesome title? I love this recession! Exclamation point! I want to stick my fear boner in this recession, and give it a brood of 10,000 thimble-sized Alexander Hamiltons. This is how I feel about the collapse of our economy. Losing my job in 2008 was the best thing to happen to me since I lost my job in 2001. So allow me to inspire the fuck out of you. I Have All This Free Time! You never realize how much of your life you spend at work, until you're out of it. Paul Newman died?? My days are not planned out around the lunch breaks and tee-times of some higher up. I'm Making New Friends! Since I don't have an office to commute to anymore, I'm getting to know the people in my neighborhood. Doris requests that I give her privacy while she cooks. I've even found a local watering hole just like the bar on Cheers. I'm Investing in My Future! I'm not just hanging around, waiting to hear back from all the jobs I've applied for. I'm Dating an Awesome New Woman!
5 Mind Blowing Ways Your Memory Plays Tricks On You Everybody will tell you that memory can't be trusted. When they say that, of course, what they mean is other people's memories can't be trusted. We don't like to think that everything we know about the world is based on a deeply flawed and illogical storage system. We're not talking about being bad at matching faces with names here. Science has found that your memory is basically a pathological liar, just making it up as it goes along. For instance ... Other People Can Manipulate Your Memory With Repetition There was quite a stir recently when it turned out that a growing number of people believe the President of the USA is a Muslim. But according to the Pew Research Center, for almost 20% of the people they polled, those memories have been trumped by the mere act of hearing commentators assert that Obama is a Muslim, over and over and over. Obama, posing with a statue of the famed Imam Ali bin Superman. They call it the "Illusion of Truth" effect. "Who would fake something like that?"
Public Speaking Tips In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the listener is riveted to the speaker: she can't help but pay attention. Please note that, in our language of English, attention is paid because attention is a valuable currency. Here are 10 techniques that are guaranteed to earn you more attention without losing any of your professional credibility. 1. Start with a bang, not a whimper. "We stand today at a place of battle, one that 40 years ago saw and felt the worst of war." Each of these opening lines makes us lean in, lend an ear, and wonder where the speaker will take us. 2. Now that you've gotten listeners' attention with your magnetic opening, make the story about them. "Ring around the collar," was a 1968 ad in which a housewife protected her husband from loss of social status and career disaster by using Whisk on his shirts. 3. Show a prop. 4. 5. 6. 7.
DISCERN Artificial Neural Network - How to Build a Schizophrenic Computer Justin Ruckman/Flickr Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Schizophrenia is one of the most infamous and mysterious mental disorders. Attempting to get to the root of the problem, scientists recently came up with an extraordinary solution: They built a schizophrenic computer. People who suffer from schizophrenia often have difficulty thinking logically or discerning what is real or not real in their lives. To make a schizophrenic computer, they began with an artificial neural network called DISCERN that Miikkulainen has been working on intermittently since the 1990s. Hoffman and his colleagues then started to tell simple stories to the computer. In DISCERN, the process begins in a module called the sentence parser, which examines each sentence one word at a time. Once the computer system could "understand" a story, the researchers began to feed stories to it. Then, it was DISCERN's job to repeat the tales back to the scientists.
6 Movie Monsters That Just Wouldn't Work Here at Cracked, we take science fiction movies very, very seriously. So when a creature flick comes along that is so preposterously ridiculous, so patently absurd, so monstrously unscientific ... well, we don't actually notice until years later when we need a premise for an article. But then we have no choice but to feel betrayed and scream "BULLSHIT!" at the top of our lungs. As seen in: Alien It latched on to a guy's mouth and pumped its offspring down his throat, which later burst out of the poor fool's chest. Why We Call Bullshit: What do aliens eat? Alien tries to bullshit its way around this by saying that the Alien's DNA merges with the host; this becomes totally ridiculous when you realize that, despite sharing a good 99.9 percent of our DNA with chimps, we're still genetically incompatible with the fuckers. Hello, ladies. As seen in: Return of the Jedi There's no way the Sarlacc could get enough sustenance to survive. Enjoy your sandwich, Sarlacc. As seen in: King Kong, duh Oh, it is.
10 Transformational and Spiritual Aphorisms Throughout the ages, there have been many who have transcended the domain of the ego and had gotten a taste of those delicious higher states of consciousness. Rather than keep their experiential knowledge and wisdom about the higher aspects of existence to themselves, they spread the word to others, be it through spoken word, written works, or other methods. Thanks to the sages, spiritual teachers, and every-day people who had an enlightening experience, we can ignite the light of expanded awareness concerning the higher aspects of the human experience and of existence itself from such people. There are an untold amount of such spiritual aphorisms to be enjoyed by our higher selves so we will take a look at 10 such aphorisms. May these timeless words nourish your mind and soul. Aphorism 1 A human being is a part of a whole, called by us a universe, a part limited in time and space. -Albert Einstein Aphorism 2 “Life is what you make it,” this is very true. -Unknown Aphorism 3 Aphorism 4
Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. You have to give more than you get in return right away. You have to care more about others than they care about you. You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter. You have to lead when no one else is following you yet. You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is. You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have. You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off. You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option. You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts”. You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot. You have to try and fail and try again. You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath. You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you. The things that no one else is doing.
What's He Saying? 'Bahh' Or 'Fahh'? A Brain Mystery : Krulwich Wonders... I love illusions, where your brain makes weird things happen. Those of you who come here often have seen some doozies, but this one ... oooh, this is one of the strangest. The question is: Which is more powerful, your eyes or your ears? Watch this clip and experience "The McGurk Effect." The McGurk Effect is named for a psychologist from Scotland, Harry McGurk, working with John MacDonald. Not only that, even if your brain knows this is an illusion, you still can't hear the truth unless you close your eyes. Why Does This Happen? Does sight always beat sound? Does anybody know?
The 6 Stupidest Internet Reactions To Shocking News Stories Back in the old days, any shocking news stories would hit the public's consciousness first when a paperboy would shout the lurid headlines at them as they walked to work or tried to get their shoes shined, if old gangster movies are accurate documentaries of early 20th century life. Nowadays they hit the Internet first, and the Internet reacts, as you might expect, stupidly. Here are a few of the most predictable and annoying reactions you'll get on any big story. #6. "This is just another case of ____. Fill in the blank with "someone from X group doing Y stereotypical behavior." Sure, sometimes stories are obviously slow news day stories that deserve the "Why is this news?" Sometimes this comes from well-intentioned people who aren't observant enough to notice what's unusual about the story. That might be a bit extreme, but a lot of simple people can oversimplify a story so that in summary, of course it sounds like a cliche. Shock hipsters are the worst hipsters. #5. #4.