Thursday, June 26, 2008

Brain Downloads Will Make Learning Obsolete Within 30 Years

Source: The Telegraph

Children will learn by downloading information directly into their brains within 30 years, the head of Britain's top private schools organisation has predicted.

Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, said "Matrix-style" technology would render traditional lessons obsolete.

He told the Times Educational Supplement: "It's a very short route from wireless technology to actually getting the electrical connections in your brain to absorb that knowledge."

Mr Parry, a former Rear Admiral, spent three years determining the future strategic context for the military in a senior role at the Ministry of Defence.

He is now preparing the ISC's 1,300 private schools, which collectively teach half a million children, for a high-tech future.

He told the TES that the Keanu Reeves thriller may not look like science fiction in 30 years' time.
"Within 30 years, sitting down and learning something will be a thing of the past," Mr Parry said. "I think people will be able to directly access, Matrix-style, all the vocabulary you need for a foreign language, leaving you just to clear up the grammar."

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How to Hear the Voice of God

By Susan Shumsky
Excerpt from How to Hear the Voice God

It is a rare gift to be called to hear the voice of God. By reading this article, you demonstrate faith in the prospect that two-way communication with God is feasible. This is indeed atypical.

The fact that you even consider this possibility places you in a unique category of uncommon individuals. For example, were you raised in a family, religion, or educational institution where you learned that God could speak to you directly? Few people reading these words can answer "yes."

Many people believe that God exists, yet few believe that God hears their prayers or answers them. Fewer believe that God is accessible and can talk to them. Exceptional people are willing to allow God to speak to them directly, but only extraordinary individuals act on what God guides them to do. Do you want to be one of these people? If so, you are rare and unique.


How Movies Manipulate Your Mind

By Roger Dooley

It’s no surprise that movies can light up the brain. After all, they can surprise or frighten us, makes us laugh or cry, create suspense, and much more. What IS interesting from a neuromarketing standpoint is that different directors, content, and styles have a big influence on whether the brain activity of the viewers is similar or dissimilar.

Using advanced functional imaging methods, New York University neuroscientists have found that certain motion pictures can exert considerable control over brain activity. Moreover, the impact of films varies according to movie content, editing, and directing style…


The Power of the Tao Te Ching: An Interview with Dr. Wayne Dyer

By Laurie Nadel, PhD
Host of
The Sixth Sense Radio Show

Q: What is the Tao Te Ching?

A: The Tao Te Ching is wisest, most influential book ever written. It was written 2,500 years ago, at the time of Confucius by a Chinese master named LaoTsu. The Tao offers a way of living with integrity. In fact, LaoTsu believed that people do not need rules. Just raise children to grow up and stay connected with the Tao.

Q: Can you tell us more about the Tao?

A: You can read it in an hour and a half.
It contains 81 verses. Each of those 81 verses begins with living contentment and peace. when you live the Tao, you become peace, rather than talking about it. The Tao has no rules. The Tao does nothing but it leaves nothing undone-It does not interfere. It allows and is constantly creating.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pentagon Fears Brain-Boosted Enemies

By Noah Shachtman
Source: Wired Blog

There's concern in some corners of the U.S. military about "enemy activities in sleep research," neuro-pharmaceutical performance enhancement, and "brain-computer interfaces." And it's not coming from the Pentagon's scientific fringe, or from some tin-hat kook with a Defense Department badge. The celebrated scientists on the Pentagon's most prestigious scientific advisory panel, JASON, are the ones worried about adversaries' ability "to exploit advances in Human Performance Modification, and thus create a threat to national security."

In a recent report, unearthed by Secrecy News, the JASONs are recommending that the American military push ahead with its own performance-enhancement research -- and monitor foreign studies -- to make sure that the U.S.' enemies don't suddenly become smarter, faster, or better able to endure the harsh realities of war than American troops.

The JASONs are particularly concerned about (and excited by) new drugs that promote "brain plasticity" -- rewiring the mind, essentially, by helping to "permanently establishing new neural pathways, and thus new cognitive capabilities." The military has already tested these neuro-modulators as a way to keep troops alert after sleepless nights.


The Cheat's Guide to Happiness

By Jody Ekert

It’s happiness month here on Same Same. In our quest to find an answer to “What makes you happy?” we sent Jody Ekert to a two day happiness workshop, armed only with a pen, some curiosity and a handful of hope. This week she gives us some shortcuts to a more joyous existence.

I’m always looking for shortcuts. So over the two days of the conference I took notes on any easy ways of increasing happiness. I didn’t want airy-fairy bullshit. I didn’t want a definition of happiness that was impossible to achieve. I wanted scientifically proven, practical suggestions to feel happier, whatever that actually meant.

The simpler or lazier the better I figured, and the more likely I would be to put the idea into practice. Then I hit upon the idea of trying to combine all of them into a kind of cheat’s guide to happiness. Below is the end result with some links for further reading. If you do follow one of these suggestions, or all of them, tell us how it works for you. We’d all love to know.


Saturday, June 14, 2008

10 Years of Secret Mind Power Research Is Now Open to the Public

Imagine how useful it could be to attract luck and be given 'urges' and 'hunches' to create financial windfalls in your life... Imagine if you could program up dreams for yourself that actually heal your mind and body?

Imagine if you could find inspired answers to all your problems, almost at will... or bring back the passion with your partner, or attract a new romantic partner (using just the power of your mind).

10 Years of secret research on mind power by a private group is finally revealed. Take a look at the video that explains everything...

Watch it here: The Super Mind Evolution System

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Is the Future Too Good to Be True?

By John Tierney
Source: New York Times

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried about greenhouse gas emissions? Have faith. Solar power may look terribly uneconomical at the moment, but with the exponential progress being made in nanoengineering, Dr. Kurzweil calculates that it’ll be cost-competitive with fossil fuels in just five years, and that within 20 years all our energy will come from clean sources.

Are you depressed by the prospect of dying? Well, if you can hang on another 15 years, your life expectancy will keep rising every year faster than you’re aging. And then, before the century is even half over, you can be around for the Singularity, that revolutionary transition when humans and/or machines start evolving into immortal beings with ever-improving software.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Optimists Enjoy Better Health and Live Longer

By Sheryl Walters
Source: Natural News

Do you see the glass half full or half empty? We now have proof that positive thinking will add years to our lives. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings has revealed the difference between optimists and pessimists is around 12 years of life!

The Mayo team began by examining personality tests performed in the 1960s. Then they followed these individuals for around 30 years to find out how their lives played out to scientifically measure the relationship between attitude and longevity.

The conclusion: optimists are far more likely to live longer than pessimists.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Power of Focus

By Alan Tutt
Author of "Choose To Believe"

"Anything is possible to that person who can focus their mind on
one thing exclusively until that focus is no longer required."

Very few people are able to truly focus their minds. Most of us
get side-tracked, distracted, lose interest, or simply try to do too much.

It seems that when we try to focus ourselves to a single task,
other things present themselves and we find ourselves unable to decide how to proceed. Do we continue doing what we were working on, or do we switch gears and go off in a new (possibly better) direction?

Napoleon Hill writes extensively about the power of determined
focus of mind in his classic, "Think and Grow Rich". Sticking to a decision as if your life depends upon it is one of the key points that Mr. Hill was determined to get across to the reader of that magical self-help masterpiece.


Monday, June 09, 2008

Hypnotised Patient Has Two Teeth Removed Without Anaesthetic

Source: Daily Mail

Brave Leslie Mason used mind over molar to have his teeth removed without anaesthetic - using only hypnosis as a painkiller.

The father-of-seven needed two rotten teeth and their roots removed in a procedure which normally requires a general anaesthetic in hospital.

But he couldn't afford the £400 cost of private treatment so offered to be a guinea pig for a new experimental type of hypnosis.

Mr Mason remained conscious with his eyes open throughout the two-hour procedure - and felt nothing more than 'a bit of a sting'.

The 54-year-old said: 'It was incredible. There is no worse pain than that inflicted by dentists but I didn't feel any.

'The dentist had to dig away at the rotten roots that were right up into my jaw. There isn't anything I wouldn't have done under hypnosis now. It's incredible.'


Sunday, June 08, 2008

Randi Breaks Off Negotiations On 'Telepathic' Dogs

James Randi has a reputation of taking on challengers who claim psychic abilities, but his recent negotiations with a team of researchers investigating whether dogs are telepathic has ended in a stalemate. According to Skeptiko host and research sponsor, Alex Tsakiris, Randi’s about-face came as a surprise:

“…this is exactly the kind of independent research, by a major university, James Randi has been calling for. We even agreed to forgo the million dollar prize he offers in order to secure his involvement and resolve this question scientifically, but he refused.”


Friday, June 06, 2008

The Key to All Optical Illusions

By Jeanna Bryner,

Humans can see into the future, says a cognitive scientist. It's nothing like the alleged predictive powers of Nostradamus, but we do get a glimpse of events one-tenth of a second before they occur.

And the mechanism behind that can also explain why we are tricked by optical illusions.

Researcher Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York says it starts with a neural lag that most everyone experiences while awake. When light hits your retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the signal into a visual perception of the world.

Scientists already knew about the lag, yet they have debated over exactly how we compensate, with one school of thought proposing our motor system somehow modifies our movements to offset the delay.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Psychedelic Berry That Rewires Your Tastebuds

By Rebecca Sato
Source: Daily Galaxy

Imagine drinking Tabasco sauce and thinking it tasted like a sugary glaze, or drinking a bitter beer that your taste buds are certain is chocolate. Imagine having a magic pill that could turn lemons into candy.

Well, you don’t have to imagine. Like a magical treat straight out of Willy Wonka’s candy factory, the berry known as “miracle fruit” has the odd ability to rewire the way the tongue perceives bitter and sour flavors for up to two hours after consumption.

The fruit has been growing in popularity in the US as the guest of honor at bizarre soirees known as "flavor tripping parties" where tasters eat the strange little fruit and then consume sour and bitter foods to experience the oddity of how their tongue transforms the flavors in a reality-defying fashion.


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Experts Question Placebo Pill for Children

By Christie Aschwanden
Source: New York Times

Jennifer Buettner was taking care of her young niece when the idea struck her. The child had a nagging case of hypochondria, and Ms. Buettner’s mother-in-law, a nurse, instructed her to give the girl a Motrin tablet.

“She told me it was the most benign thing I could give,” Ms. Buettner said. “I thought, why give her any drug? Why not give her a placebo?”

Studies have repeatedly shown that placebos can produce improvements for many problems like depression, pain and high blood pressure, and Ms. Buettner reasoned that she could harness the placebo effect to help her niece. She sent her husband to the drugstore to buy placebo pills. When he came back empty handed, she said, “It was one of those ‘aha!’ moments when everything just clicks.”

Ms. Buettner, 40, who lives in Severna Park, Md., with her husband, 7-month-old son and 22-month-old twins, envisioned a children’s placebo tablet that would empower parents to do something tangible for minor ills and reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics and other medicines.


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

It's Okay to Keep Those Feelings Inside, New Study Suggests


Contrary to popular notions about what is normal or healthy, new research has found that it is okay not to express one's thoughts and feelings after experiencing a collective trauma, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.

In fact, people who choose not to express their feelings after such an event may be better off than those who do talk about their feelings, according to University at Buffalo psychologist Mark Seery, Ph.D., lead author of a study to appear in the June issue of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

The study investigated the mental and physical effects of collective traumas on people who are exposed to a tragedy but who do not experience a direct loss of a friend or family member. It focused on people's responses to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but the results may generalize to include responses to other collective traumas.

The findings have important implications for expectations of how people should respond in the face of a collective trauma affecting a whole community or even an entire nation, says Seery, an assistant professor of psychology.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

George Clooney to Star in "Men Who Stare At Goats"

By Rebecca Murray
Source: Variety

Busy actor/ producer/ director and all-around Hollywood good guy George Clooney is set to star in "Men Who Stare at Goats" based on the book by Jon Ronson. Ronson's book involves a secret US military unit, the U.S. Army First Earth Battalion, that engages in paranormal activities and believes it's possible to kill just by staring at things (hence the book's title).

Clooney's Smoke House producing partner Grant Heslov will direct the film. Peter Straughan adapted the screenplay. There's no word yet on when production is likely to begin on Men Who Stare at Goats.

Clooney recently starred in and directed Leatherheads, a romantic comedy with Renee Zellweger that proved to be a box office flop.

Clooney followed that up with another starring turn in a Coen Bros movie. He reunited with his Ocean's buddy Brad Pitt for the Coens' Burn After Reading which is set to hit theaters in September.

Related Article: The ESP of Espionage

Monday, June 02, 2008

Don't Listen to "Them"

By Alex Goumakos

Don't listen to bad news.

When it comes to the state of the economy, do NOT listen to pundits or your average TV news show.

These people, and the organizations behind them, make money and get high ratings by ’selling’ you BAD NEWS.

For example, this morning I turned on the TV (to listen to a music channel while getting ready for work) and I accidentally landed on a major cable TV news station.

I could NOT believe my ears….

Some so-called ‘experts’ are comparing the current U.S and world economy to the Great Depression of the 1920’s.