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11 Reasons It's Hard Being Intelligent

11 Reasons It's Hard Being Intelligent
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Organic Pest Control Recipes There are numerous ways you can keep pests out of your home and garden without chemicals. When making pest control recipes, just be sure to play close attention to whether the recipe is organic or simply non-toxic. Organic Versus Non-Toxic Organic pest control and non-toxic pest control often get lumped into the same category. While non-toxic pest control is much better than the toxic variety, many of the ingredients used to make non-toxic pest sprays contain inorganic materials such as dishwashing soap or non-organic brands of bar soap. These products, while not as dangerous as herbicides and pesticides, still contain toxic or non-organic chemicals. The following are some useful organic recipes to help control a few common garden pests. Spray to Control Nematodes Nematodes are tiny parasitic worms that live in your soil. Ingredients 3 tablespoons of molasses4 cups of water Instructions Mix the molasses and water in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Slug Remover Spray to Remove Aphids

Claire Felicie’s photographs Marines’ faces before, during, and after Afghanistan. Behold is Slate's brand new photo blog. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @beholdphotos and on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. How do life-changing experiences concretely impact the way we look? Yes, some of the shifts in appearance are environmentally induced; there's nothing other than the scorching Afghan sun to blame for those new freckles and bronzed noses. What's interesting about this project is that you can convince yourself that someone changed dramatically from middle to right, only to compare right to left and talk yourself out of it. Felicie came up with the idea for this project when her 18-year-old son decided to join the Marines. “They were saying they were good; they were fine,” Felicie says. The book version of Here Are the Young Men (a reference to the Joy Division song) will be out in 2013. Previous Features on Behold

A Modest Proposal: A Day of Atonement for all the World's Religions | Think Tank 2013 was another year that featured plenty of religious conflict. School of Life co-founder and author Alain de Botton proposes a solution that may seem novel because we happen to act on it so rarely. When you have offended someone, you need to apologize. In Judaism, a day is set aside just for this purpose, and Botton says Judaism is "one of the wiser religions in this regard." Botton says this ritual is so important because we're simply not good at apologizing on our own. And so in the current context we might push Botton's argument to its logical conclusion: should there be a day of atonement between all of the world's religions? Watch the video here: What's the Significance? In the political context, apologies are often seen as signs of weakness. Israel-Loves-Iran is a viral campaign that is made up of Israelis and Iranians alike posting pictures and messages to each other, such as this one from an Iranian soldier: Image courtesy of Shutterstock

2009: A Tale of Two TImelines There have been a number of initiatives, all over the internet, proposing and organizing various gatherings, group meditations, and other collective activities intended to prevent unfavorable events and usher in more beneficial outcomes for us all. We can only applaud these. We encourage ALL activity that has as a genuine intention the betterment of conditions for mankind. As we have often publicly stated, Project Camelot is just part of an enormous worldwide team effort to move Planet Earth away from potential bad times ahead. But some of these initiatives are founded on false premises. Simply put, there's a lot of nonsense out there. Spy satellite programs, such as Misty, launched in 1990 by NASA's STS-36, began putting in place beam technologies that often target New Age channelers and meditators, fooling them into thinking they are in touch with their higher self, or an alien entity. As we've stated clearly many times, of course not all of our witnesses agree fully.

Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days SCHAUMBURG, IL—In a turn of events that has stunned the worldwide medical community, local infant Nathan Jameson, born just six days ago, has become the youngest person ever to permanently and irrevocably lose all faith in humanity. “This shatters all previous records,” University of Chicago psychologist Douglas McAllister said Monday. “In all of documented medical history, there is no case of a newborn taking less than four months to develop the mental faculties required to grasp the full extent of this existential nightmare we call life on earth.” “Considering he already comprehends harsh realities that many people spend their entire fleeting, shallow existences attempting to deny, Baby Nathan is quite the little miracle!” he added. “For a baby, he sure is an insightful little guy,” Nathan’s mother, Melanie Jameson, told reporters. “We’re awfully proud to have such a precocious son,” she added, her face displaying no genuine emotion. “My God, what a depressing development,” she added.

Cindy Wigglesworth: Ego, Part 1: Ego Is Like a Hyperactive Robot When you are driving along the road, do you sometimes engage in a conversation with yourself? I do. I wish I could run a tape recorder on my brain. My internal arguments would be a bit embarrassing to replay -- but they are part of being human. Watching my mind at work has been such a humbling and wisdom-building process. The robot metaphor is powerful because our egos often run on automatic programming. Here is a theoretical example. The rumor mill is now off and running! Why do we stir up such drama? But there are two serious problems we experience with this ego-fear system: 1. 2. Our ego dumbs us down to keep us safe. So what is the solution? We can learn to calm the ego and put "Higher Self" in the driver's seat of our lives. When I feel my own drama story rolling out, I breathe, and then I thank my ego for being alert and wanting to protect me. Here are some possible alternative stories (interpretations) for the boss's upset: For more by Cindy Wigglesworth, click here.

Education Resource Organization: Adult Indigos Are You an Adult Indigo? Yes, You can be an adult Indigo. They did not JUST start coming in now, the numbers have just been increasing more and more til there are so many we finally can not ignore them. Yeay!!! Are you an adult Indigo? Please note, I (Wendy Chapman) am the first person to publish anything about indigo adults. Many indigos seem to find solace in finally knowing why they are different from the general population and in knowing they are not completely alone. ~Wendy Chapman Are intelligent, though may not have had top grades. I am open to input about other indigo adult characteristics. If you would like to reference this list of indigo adults characteristics on any published source, I would really appreciate it if you wrote me at to request permission. Chapman, W. (2001). I created a mailing list for Adult Indigos.

Why We're All Above Average On a scale of one to 10, you probably think you're a seven. And you wouldn't be alone. While it's impossible for most people to be above average for a specific quality, people think they are better than most people in many arenas, from charitable behavior to work performance. The phenomenon, known as illusory superiority, is so stubbornly persistent that psychologists would be surprised if it didn't show up in their studies, said David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell who has studied the effect for decades. It happens for many reasons: Others are too polite to say what they really think, incompetent people lack the skills to assess their abilities accurately, and such self-delusions can actually protect people's mental health, Dunning told LiveScience. Widespread phenomenon Since psychological studies first began, people have given themselves top marks for most positive traits. In studies, most people overestimate their IQ. Room for delusion Self-protection? Finding the truth