We’ve all seen the ads, banners, commercials and books hyping the benefits of “brain training,” offering games and puzzles that promise to keep your brain in tip-top shape as you age. Diseases such as dementia are terrifying, and millions of people do their best to stave it off though online games, crossword puzzles and so on.
As a recent Scientific American column noted, “cognitive training — better known as ‘brain training’ — is one of the hottest new trends in self improvement. Lumosity, which offers web-based tasks designed to improve cognitive abilities such as memory and attention, boasts 50 million subscribers and advertises on National Public Radio. Cogmed claims to be ‘a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory,’ and BrainHQ will help you ‘make the most of your unique brain.’” It all sounds very impressive and scientific.
While it’s important to stay both mentally and physically active in our later years, there’s little evidence that most of the commercially-sold brain enhancement methods or pills do any good. In fact the scientific community pours cold water on these fanciful myths.
In late October the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development gathered many of the world’s leading cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists to examine these brain games and programs. It then issued a statement that read in part:
In a nutshell: A Ouija board is used in a game where people ask questions and hope a ghost will move their hands to find the answer.
A Ouija board is a game board with letters, numbers, and the words “yes,” “no,” and “goodbye” printed on it. A 3-legged device with a hole in the middle or a pointer of some sort (called a planchette) is placed on the board. Players put their fingers on the pointer and ask questions that have yes or no answers, or that can be answered with numbers or words spelled out by letters.
There are several weird things about this game. The players don’t ask each other questions. They ask ghosts to join them and answer their questions. The pointer moves under their fingers. The players feel sure they are not moving it.
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How does it work? Do ghosts really join in board games? Are ghosts moving the pointer? It might seem so, but when players are blindfolded and the board is turned so the top faces the bottom (without the players knowing it), something weird happens. The pointer moves and stops where “yes” and “no” would be if the board was top side up. Without being able to see the words, letters, and numbers on the board, the players move the pointer to places that make no sense. This seems to tell us that the players are moving the pointer to where they think “yes” and “no” (or letters and numbers) are.
Is it possible to move something and not know you’re moving it? Yes. Many scientific experiments have shown that people are unaware of slight movements they make. (Scientists call this the ideomotor effect. See the entries on dowsing and Clever Hans for other examples of moving without being aware of it.)
But what about the answers? Where do they come from? Do ghosts move the fingers of the players? Maybe, but it seems more likely that the answers are coming from the players themselves. Again, if the answers were coming from ghosts, you’d think that it wouldn’t matter whether the players were blindfolded. But it does. When blindfolded, Ouija players’ answers don’t make any sense.
Is it possible for the players to be coming up with answers to their own questions without their being aware of it? Yes. Again, many scientific studies have shown that much of our thinking goes on without our being aware of it. The unconscious (or subconscious) is what scientists call that part of the mind that thinks without our being aware of it.
Even though the Ouija board is a game, many people take it very seriously. Sometimes players give answers that are scary and frighten them. They don’t want to believe that scary answers are coming from their own unconscious thoughts. They might think evil spirits are lurking about the room. One person I know was playing with a Ouija board with her teenage friends many years ago. She asked how old she would be when she died. She and her friends moved the pointer to a 6 and then a 2. She took this to mean that she would die at age 62. “How will I die?” she asked. The fingers moved the pointer to the letter “B.” She took this to mean she’d die of a bee sting. She’s 66 now, but she’s still afraid of bees.
The Ouija board can be fun, if you know what’s really going on. If you think ghosts are listening to your questions, you would probably be better off playing something like Monopoly.
- Oh, my god, ouija boards… (impossiblaaah.wordpress.com)
- Ouija Board and my Boo Boo (majicandmayhem.com)
- The Dangers Of Using Ouija Boards (paranormalintruder.wordpress.com)
- The “mystical” Ouija Board (nobooblog.com)
- Studying ghosts: The equipment part 4 (thefreakyoz.wordpress.com)
- The History Of The Ouija Board (disclose.tv)
If you know me, you know i like anything that messes with our brain. This one is pretty good. If you think you know how it’s done leave a comment. 🙂
This trick train video is from neuroscientist Al Seckel, who says that it’s of an actual model train going into a tunnel, without the benefit of any computer tricks. So what’s really happening in this optical illusion?
- Check Out 10 Funny Optical Illusions (illuminutti.com)
- Check Out 10 Funny Optical Illusions (rubinoworld.com)
- Cat Can See Spinning Optical Illusion, Tries To Attack It (geekologie.com)
- A Cat’s Reaction To An Optical Illusion Is Priceless (americanlivewire.com)
- Optical Illusion: normal faces turn into monsters before your very eyes (lostateminor.com)
- Check Out 40 Funny Optical Illusions (oddstuffmagazine.com)
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Since then I have been thinking to myself “what are the five best weapons a person can use for fighting zombies”?
Since then I have thought about it and have come up with a list of the five best weapons a person can use for killing zombies.
• 5 – Katana
While it is preferable not to get into a melee fight with a horde of zombies, if you should ever find yourself in such a situation, the best possible weapon you can use is a katana.
Besides the fact that most katanas are lite weight (which makes them easier and less tiring to use, plus you can swing the blade at much higher speeds then with most other melee weapons of the same size), and it’s single edge makes it safer to use then a regular broadsword, a well made katana can be extremely sharp and durable. Also, because of the fact that most katanas are lite weight, and their single edge makes them safer to use then regular broadswords, with enough training you could use two of them at once, doubling your chances of surviving a zombie hoard.
• 4 – Crossbow
If you’re in a situation where ammo is at a premium, and you would have to resort to using weapons that shoot arrows, then the crossbow is the way to go.
Besides the fact that the crossbow is much easier to aim and hit your target than the bow & arrow (and thus requires less skill in order to use) it also fires it at a faster speed, and at a much further range.
While you can fire more arrows from a bow & arrow then you can from a crossbow, it won’t matter if you can’t hit a zombie in it’s brain to take it down. You have a much better chance of doing that with a crossbow.
• 3 – Grenade
Of all the explosive weapons you can use, the grenade is probably the best of all the explosive weapons out there you can use for fight zombie hordes.
Besides the fact that the grenade is easily portable, and the fact you can carry multiple grenades on your person, you can also throw them directly into a zombie horde, and take out several zombies at once (unlike with mines, which you have to place, and you pretty much just have to hope that a zombie randomly walks on the trigger, and you could also accidentally take yourself out with a mine as well.)
Also, if you find yourself in the middle of a zombie horde with no way to escape, you can use a grenade to take yourself out, rather than face the fate of being eaten, or turned into a zombie, along with taking out several other as well zombies.
- Ninja vs Samurai Zombies – Tall Fence Studios (itunes.apple.com)