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Esoteric digressions of a disassociated anomaly

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Compatibility does not hinge on some personal inventory of traits. Compatibility isn’t something you have. It’s something you make. It’s a process, one that you negotiate as you go along. Again and again. It’s a disposition, an attitude, a willingness to work.

While we’re redefining compatibility, let’s banish its more combustible cousin, “chemistry,” that black box of a term too often invoked to denote the magic ingredient of a good relationship. Chemistry is an alluring concept, but much too frequently people use it to absolve the mselves of the need to consciously examine their approach to one another. As if the muse of love will alight on their shoulder and sprinkle fairy dust on them, and then they will suddenly open their eyes and behold The Perfect Mate—without prying open their own heart, embracing an unwavering willingness to see the other in a positive light or doing the hard work of exploring, knowing and respecting another human being.

Love operates on many levels. It involves a dauntingly complex interplay of biology and behavior. But it operates best when we add a certain spirit, when we consciously shape our relationships through an attitude of goodwill.

Intelligent people don’t always do the right thing drugs

The human consumption of psychoactive drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, is of even more recent historical origin than the human consumption of alcohol or tobacco, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people use more drugs more frequently than less intelligent individuals.

The use of opium dates back to about 5,000 years ago, and the earliest reference to the pharmacological use of cannabis is in a book written in 2737 BC by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.  Opium and cannabis are the only “natural” (agricultural) psychoactive drugs.  Other psychoactive drugs are “chemical” (pharmacological); they require modern chemistry to manufacture, and are therefore of much more recent origin.  Morphine was isolated from opium in 1806, cocaine was first manufactured in 1860, and heroin was discovered in 1874.

Given their extremely recent origin and thus evolutionary novelty, the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to consume all types of psychoactive drugs than less intelligent individuals.  Once again, as with alcohol consumption, the fact that the consumption of psychoactive drugs has largely negative health consequences and few (if any) benefits of any kind is immaterial to the Hypothesis.  It does not predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in healthy and beneficial behavior, only that they are more likely to engage in evolutionarily novel behavior.  As I point out in an earlier post, more intelligent people are often more likely to do stupid things.

Consistent with the prediction of the Hypothesis, the analysis of the National Child Development Study shows that more intelligent children in the United Kingdom are more likely to grow up to consume psychoactive drugs than less intelligent children.  Net of sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother’s education, and father’s education, British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children.

The following graph shows the association between childhood general intelligence and the latent factor for the consumption of psychoactive drugs, constructed from indicators for the consumption of 13 different types of psychoactive drugs (cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, LSD, amyl nitrate, magic mushrooms, cocaine, temazepan, semeron, ketamine, crack, heroin, and methadone).  As you can see, there is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs.  “Very bright” individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals (with IQs below 75).

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The following graph shows a similar association between childhood intelligence and the latent factor for the consumption of psychoactive drugs among Americans.  The data come from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.  The childhood intelligence is measured in junior high and high school, and the adult drug consumption is measured seven years later, and constructed from indicators for the consumption of 5 different types of psychoactive drugs (marijuana, cocaine, LSD, crystal meth, and heroin).  The association is not monotonic, but nevertheless, “normal” (90 < IQ < 110), “bright” (110 < IQ < 125), and “very bright” individuals consume more psychoactive substances than “very dull” or “dull” (75 < IQ < 90) individuals.  Once the social and demographic variables are controlled, however, the positive association between childhood intelligence and adult drug consumption is not statistically significant in the American Add Health sample.

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People – scientists and civilians alike – often associate intelligence with positive life outcomes.  The fact that more intelligent individuals are more likely to consume alcohol, tobacco, and psychoactive drugs tampers this universally positive view of intelligence and intelligent individuals.  Intelligent people don’t always do the right thing, only the evolutionarily novel thing.

 

Is Caffeine a good alternative…

Is Caffeine a good alternative treatment for ADHD? Popular ADHD medications such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall do not always work and may have side effects. Caffeine is one alternative method of treatment for ADHD. Learn how it works, pros & cons of caffeine for ADHD.

Why Caffeine is Used

The main rationale for using caffeine as an alternative treatment for ADHD is because it is a stimulant. Most FDA-approved ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, are stimulants. These substances stimulate the brain’s neurons that tell the child with ADHD to pay attention and stay focused. Since the actual mechanism of how Ritalin ADHD works to address the behavioral symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity, there is a tendency to assume that perhaps all kinds of stimulants, such as caffeine, will work.

There was also an obscure study in the 1990s theorizing that Brazilian children have a low incidence of ADHD because of coffee is part of their diet. There are, however, many other factors for the low South American ADHD statistics, such as limited diagnosis. Some medical professionals, such as Dr. Paul H. Wender, looked into the use of caffeine for ADHD. In his book, Dr. Wender concluded that without a doctor prescribed medication, caffeine could not be effective in controlling ADHD symptoms.

Why Caffeine should not be Used

Caffeine is not a cure for ADHD. In fact, there is no ADHD cure. There are only ADHD medicationsthat control the behavioral symptoms that interfere with the ADHD child’s quality of life. Thus, for each child with ADHD, the treatment is tailored according to age and severity of the symptoms. Together with medications, there are also intervention approaches that will further help the special child succeed in school.

It is simply unfortunate that the present medical technology could not prevent side effects caused by the use of ADHD medications. These side effects, such as depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, headaches, gastrointestinal pain, and disturbed sleep, compel parents to seek alternative means to help the child. This is why, despite the inconclusive results of using caffeine as an effective treatment for ADHD, they still pursue the idea of adding coffee or cola in the diet of the child with ADHD.

Caffeine, however, has its own severe and undesirable effects. Some of the identified side effects are headache, irritability, fatigue, depression, nausea, muscle pain, twitching, stomach pain, and vomiting. The caffeine may also cause permanent damage to the still undeveloped neurological system of the child. At present, the best way for parents to help a child with ADHD is to use the multi-modal approach, which combined the use of medications and behavioral interventions.

From www.brighthub.com

 

There is no 1 final answer. It’s a continuous discovery process. Your answers to the questions today will be different from your questions next month, 3 months, 1 year, 3 years down the road:

 

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  1. Who are you?
  2. What are you passionate about?
  3. What are the achievements you are most proud of?
  4. What are you most grateful for in life?
  5. What are the most important things to you in life?
  6. How would you describe yourself?
  7. What are your values? What do you represent? What do you want to embody?
  8. Do you love yourself?
  9. Why? Why not?
  10. How can you love yourself more today?
  11. What is your ideal self? What does it mean to be the best you?
  12. Look at your life now. Are you living the life of your dreams?
  13. If you have one year left to live, what would you do?
  14. If you have one month left to live, what would you do?
  15. If you have one week left to live, what would you do?
  16. If you have one day left to live, what would you do?
  17. If you have an hour left to live, what would you do?
  18. If you have one minute left to live, what would you do?
  19. What would you do today if there is no more tomorrow?
  20. What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?
  21. What advice would you give to yourself 3 years ago?
  22. If you are yourself 1 year from the future, how would you advise the you now?
  23. Is there something you’re still holding on to? Is it time to let it go?
  24. What are you busy with today? Will this matter 1 year from now? 3 years? 5 years?
  25. What are your Quadrant 2 tasks?
  26. What opportunities am I looking for?
  27. How can I create these opportunities?
  28. What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  29. What would you do if you cannot fail; if there are no limitations in money, resources, time or networks?
  30. What do you want to achieve in 1 year from now? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
  31. How important are these goals to you?
  32. What if these goals are doubled? Tripled? Magnified by 10? How would you feel?
  33. Would you prefer to achieve these or your previous goals?
  34. Who are the people who have achieved similar goals? What can you learn from them?
  35. Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? Why?
  36. What’s the top priority in your life right now?
  37. What are you doing about it?
  38. If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret?
  39. For each experience you are in: What are the biggest things you have learned?
  40. How can you do this better the next time?
  41. If you have 1 million dollars, what would you do with it?
  42. Do you love your job?
  43. What is your ideal career?
  44. How can you start creating your ideal career starting today?
  45. What is your ideal home like?
  46. What is your ideal physical look?
  47. What is your ideal life?
  48. What do you fear most in life?
  49. Is there anything you are running away from?
  50. Are you settling for less than you are worth? Why?
  51. What is your inner dialogue like?
  52. What limiting beliefs are you holding on to?
  53. Are they helping you achieve your goals?
  54. If not, is it time to let them go?
  55. What empowering beliefs can you take on to help you achieve your goals?
  56. What bad habits do you want to break?
  57. What good habits do you want to cultivate?
  58. What’s the biggest step you can take now that will create the biggest result?
  59. What would you want to say to yourself 1 year in the future? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
  60. Where are you living right now – the past, future or present?
  61. Are you living your life to the fullest right now?
  62. What is the meaning of life?
  63. What is your purpose in life? Why do you exist? What is your mission?
  64. What drives you?
  65. What are the times you are most inspired, most motivated, most charged up?
  66. What were you doing at the times?
  67. How can you do more of that starting today?
  68. How can you change someone’s life for the better today?
  69. Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with?
  70. Are these people enabling you or holding you back?
  71. What qualities do you want to embody?
  72. Where can you meet people who embody these qualities?
  73. Who inspire you the most?
  74. How can you be like them?
  75. What is your ideal life partner? How is he/she like?
  76. Where can you find him/her?
  77. How can you get to know him/her?
  78. Are you afraid of letting others get close to you? Why?
  79. Who are the most important people in the world to you?
  80. Are you giving them the attention you want to give?
  81. How can you spend more time with them starting today?
  82. What kind of person do you enjoy spending time around?
  83. How can you be this person to others?
  84. Who do you want to be like in 1 year? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
  85. Who are your mentors in life? (formal or informal)
  86. What is one thing you’re going to do differently after reading this article?

 

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I used to stare into the sun when I was a kid. It made my eyes feel ‘funny’ but I was too awestruck by it’s existence to heed my parents warnings. Incidentally I now wear contacts to correct my nearsightedness.. How’s that for a myopic dichotomy?!?

It’s so interesting how the weather on the sun can be so devastatingly violent; and can and does, often effect us significantly here on earth. Coronal mass ejections release a tremendous amount of high energy gamma radiation–the ‘Magnetic Twister’ you’re speaking of was of epic proportions so we can’t even imagine how much electromagnetic radiation must have been emitted from it.. Dude, if it were aimed at our planet, the Earth would most likely transmogrify into a sterile iron magnet!.. Not Science fiction bro, this shit is for real. I wish more people were scientifically literate because there is so much going on in our universe right under our noses and yet most are unaware of the brilliant displays of nature and what these hidden clues imply..

Conclusion: I like to ramble incessantly and then haphazardly digress a bit..

 

 

Full article – The Making of a Mind-Blowing DIY Sun Photo | Wired Science | Wired.com.