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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions « CHERYL & LESLIE'S MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURES

25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions « CHERYL & LESLIE'S MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURES
Since I have embarked in to a new career after 13 years working as a Clinical Social Worker in an Intensive Care Unit, I am forced to think about things other than motorcycles. My new career, Organ Donation Coordinator in a hospital makes me question so many things in my life. It is scary to go from a job where I was unconsciously competent to a job that I am consciously incompetent. Well, that is how I feel at the moment and can only hope one day I will feel competent. In any case, the questions below, although can be considered a bit corny are really thought-provoking. My brain does at times feel like it is going to burst with all the new information I am taking in….with all the learning I need to do but after this trip to Toronto I am feeling a little more confident I made the right decision to take this job. We are interested to hear answers to some of the questions….please feel free to post any comments and let us all know how folks would answer these. ;-) Thanks. Like this: In "BC"

25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read By Donna Scott College is for expanding one’s intellectual horizons. Unfortunately, drinking and having fun, can distract from learning about history’s great thinkers. From Mark Twain to Confucius, an educated individual should posses some knowledge of certain philosophers, artists and thinkers. Here are 25 great thinkers every college student should read, even if professors don’t assign them. Western Philosophers Western universities understandably tend to focus on Western philosophers and thinkers. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson was an influential figure in the first recognized American school of philosophical thought. Eastern Thinkers Eastern philosophies have proven influential on figures throughout history from Marco Polo to the Beatles. Statesman Polls show few people trust politicians. Winston Churchill: In his nation’s darkest hour, Winston Churchill served as a beacon of inspiration and support. Writers and Artists

CHILDHOOD BRAIN MODIFICATION: Do This Now Suck a paperclip up your nose! This one's from Jim Burrows Get a medium-small rubberband and a paperclip. Put the rubberband around your palm and the back of your hand. Thread the paperclip onto the band, then hold the paperclip between thumb and forefinger. If you let it go, the paperclip should instantly snap back, vanishing from sight. OK, now hold the paperclip again, draw attention to yourself. LORD OF THE GNATS On NPR "Livng on Earth", an entemologist mentioned that swarms of gnats will move towards anything that emits the low humming sound of female gnat wings. LORD OF THE ANTS A stream of ants invaded my workbench. TWO-LAYER COLA Diet drinks will float on full-sugar drinks, but only if you add a layer of crushed ice to disrupt the flow from the spigot. PENNY CYCLOTRON ACCELERATOR I had a big potato-chip bowl. Dare to be Different Besides daring to sing loudly where others can hear, have you ever dared to "think out loud" in public? LOBSTER BOY! PROPER CLAPPING Clap normally.

The Neuroscience of Imagination Albert Einstein said of the theory of relativity, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." Anyone who exercises regularly knows that your thinking process changes when you are walking, jogging, biking, swimming, riding the elliptical trainer, etc. New ideas tend to bubble up and crystallize when you are inside the aerobic zone. Aerobic exercise clears the cobwebs from your mind and gives you access to insights that are out of reach when you are sedentary. What is happening to the electrical, chemical and architectural environment of our brains when we exercise that stimulates our imagination and makes us more creative? Many scientists believe that the creative process springs as much from the subconscious as it does from a conscious thought process. In an essay from 1911 called William James said, "when you are making your general [creative] resolutions and deciding on your plans of campaign, keep them out of the details. The creative process moves through five stages.

Mind-Blowing Story: “Talking to God…” I met god the other day. I know what you’re thinking. How the hell did you know it was god? Well, I’ll explain as we go along, but basically he convinced me by having all, and I do mean ALL, the answers. Which is odd, because I’m still an atheist and we even agree on that! It all started on the 8.20 back from Paddington. What did he look like? Well not what you might have expected that’s for sure. ‘Anyone sitting here?’ ‘Help yourself’ I replied. Sits down, relaxes, I ignore and back to the correspondence on genetic foods entering the food chain… Train pulls out and a few minutes later he speaks. ‘Can I ask you a question?’ Fighting to restrain my left eyebrow I replied ‘Yes’ in a tone which was intended to convey that I might not mind one question, and possibly a supplementary, but I really wasn’t in the mood for a conversation. .. ‘Why don’t you believe in god?’ The Bastard! I love this kind of conversation and can rabbit on for hours about the nonsense of theist beliefs. ‘Who am I?’ ‘Stottle.

Future | Timeline | Technology | Predictions | Events | 2010 | 2012 | 2015 | 2020 | 2050 | 2100 | 21st century | 22nd century | 23rd century British forces withdraw from Afghanistan The British Armed Forces have played a major role in the Afghanistan War, second only to the U.S. in terms of troop numbers. Between 2001 and 2010, over 325 British forces personnel and MOD civilians were killed, exceeding the death toll of the Falklands War, with some 4,000 injured. A phased withdrawal began from 2011, with a gradual transition of districts and provinces which saw Afghan forces taking over more and more of the security operations. Japan is devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami On 11th March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing nearly 16,000 and leaving another 2,600 missing. The earthquake was the most powerful ever known to hit Japan, and among the five most powerful in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. As well as loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, the tsunami caused several nuclear incidents. The death of Osama bin Laden Credit: NASA

The 'thinking cap' that could unlock your inner genius and boost creativity By Fiona Macrae Updated: 07:39 GMT, 30 September 2008 There is a theory that the spark of genius lurks hidden within all of us. Now scientists are developing a 'thinking cap' that could turn that theory into practice and unlock the amazing potential of the human brain. The device uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has produced remarkable results in tests. Wearing the hairnet-like cap for a few minutes improved artistic ability and proof-reading skills. If the technique is perfected, the device could be marketed as a cap slipped on to boost creativity when inspiration is low. The Australian experiments are inspired by savants, people who, like Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man, have amazing skills or talents despite a severe mental disability. Some have mind-boggling calculating skills or 'internal calendar' that can almost instantly work out the day that any given date fell on. Around 10 per cent of people with autism are savants.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION IN FILM: A LIST Below is a categorized list of about 200 noteworthy films that deal with philosophical and religious themes. For a more comprehensive list of around 500 titles, see the Philosophy and Film Database. Call numbers are included for Videos and DVDs in UT Martin’s library. Fight Club (1999; young executive seeks for meaning through anarchism and violence) Gates of Heaven (1778; Errol Morris documentary explores impact of relocated pet cemetary) [VIDEO 4556] Ghost World (2001; cynical young girl seeks for meaning while hurting everyone in her path) [DVD 123] Leaving Las Vegas (1995; an alcoholic and a hooker enable each other) [DVD 100] Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983; series of avant-garde skits) [VIDEO 3448] O Lucky Man (1973; Coffee salesman travels UK searching for meaning) [VIDEO 4566-67] On the Beach (1959; last people alive after nuclear war search for meaning; remade in 2000) [VIDEO 2155 (1959 version)] Quadrophenia (1979; young british mod self-destructs in quest for meaning) A.I.

Fairy's book - Page 1 Fairy's recent activities I haven't bookmarked any quotes at the moment. Fairy's bookmarks The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure. Example moves the world more than doctrine. The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth. Be who you are and say what you feel, because the people who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird? Progress is a tide. You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. I have become my own version of an optimist. You want to kill me? Thank Heaven!

Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, our energy, stress levels and even our success. Prominent artists, businessmen and politicians cop to the practice. Would it work for you? "It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body -- it made it both stronger and more flexible," said Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientist who who studies the effects of mindfulness meditation, which she has practiced for 10 years, at her lab at Yale University. She admitted during a TED Talk that she started meditating to deal with a break up, but found that it helped her handle stress and unpleasant feelings in all areas of her life. Studies show that meditation is associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas, including stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders and cognitive function, among others. For one thing, it changes our brain. "Think of the end of a neuron as a hand, with thousands of 'fingers,'" said Dr. Want to learn more?

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