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Health guru launches online Disease Mongering Engine that instantly generates hilarious fictitious disease names

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“If the doctor tells you a disease name, it doesn’t necessarily means he knows what you have.” – Murphology

Reification: If someone invented a word or a name for something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it really exists.

NewsTarget.com: “An online tool published today allows users to instantly generate fictitious disease names and descriptions based on terminology commonly used in describing psychiatric or behavioral disorders. The “Disease Mongering Engine” is available at www.NewsTarget.com/Disease-Mongering-Engine.asp and randomly generates diseases, disorders and syndromes that sound real, but aren’t.”

Any ressemblance with reality is purely fictional…

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March 22, 2007 at 02:07

The Cleveland Clinic battles with McDonald’s over fast food in hospitals

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The Cleveland Clinic battles with McDonald’s over fast food in hospitals
“One of the most ridiculous things about many hospitals and surgical centers is that they host fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. Now making headlines is the heated debate between the Cleveland Clinic and McDonald’s restaurants. Toby Cosgrove, director of the Cleveland Clinic and a cardiovascular…” (http://www.newstarget.com/heart_health.html)

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March 22, 2007 at 01:45

A fun way to (re)learn geography

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March 17, 2007 at 22:46

How to read “non-fiction” fast & efficiently

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MBA or PhD ~ 40 speciality books, World class ~ 200 speciality books.

Read, duh – instead of TV, gaming, web browsing (yea, guilty:) – a good book is more rounded – most web content is enticement to go from link to link to a buy page, so select & buy/rent directly – you save time, energy & sanity

Read in waves, cycles:

1. covers, table of contents, titles, illustrations, tables.

a.) get the overall idea of the book – flip through the table of contents, headings, bold, italics, tables, illustrations, index – they say in max. 10 minutes – well, if you can

b.) decide if it’s

I.) worth it

II.) relevant to you

2. 1st phrase of each paragraph, introductions, summaries, indexes (if provided)

mark the appealing portions – don’t plunge in – yet

3. Explore

a.) explore the appealing portions and, if they’re relevant, read-and-reread them until they’re clear

(IMO speed reading works only for very familiar topics, where you have already achieved a critical mass of knowledge and knowledge activation);

b.) take notes, underline, colorize, circle, draw, esp ON the book, yeah, vandalism rules (on your own books, of course);

c.) for each chapter (or big section) write your own summaries, mind-maps – on:

I.) the book itself

II.) pages that you’ll file

III.) pages you attach to the book itself

– they’re called love marks, and they’ll take you DIRECTLY to the books sweetest posts spots :) (two old men, one is crying. “why?” “just got married with a young beautiful chick” “so what’s to cry about?!” “I forgot where I live!”)

d.) read ACTIVELY

what’s the point of this idea – word – phrase – paragraph – chapter – book – series – author – line of thinking?

(sometimes it can be just fluff, printed spam, sometimes a hidden gem, a hidden agenda, sometimes a door, a pathway or a trap)

ask questions, play along, challenge assumptions, anticipate, be critical, connect with what you already (thought you) know

4. Mark, Note & Reread. You may want to mark in different manners:

a.) what seems relevant but not clear

b.) what’s already known, but important

c.) completly new relevant things

d.) known things, but told with a new and/or inspiring tweak

e.) on the front/back inner cover – write the page number & the interesting thing to come back to – it’s MUCH EASIER to find it later this way

f.) fold the corners of the pages containing important stuff

g.) note taking X rereading X applying = combinatorial explosion

5. Rescan the entire article/chapter/book and/or the passages you marked out – it becomes YOUR book

If it’s a valuable/reference book, it may be worth rereading (up to seven times) it entirely because:

– it’s much faster, easier and enjoyable than the first time

– you’ll discover new connections & things you’ve just read, but didn’t notice

– you’ll see, (re)understand and, more importantly, integrate things in new perspectives

– you’ll master the subject.

If you thoroughly understand a reference book you’ll understand the connected ones much more easily, rapidly and deeply.

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March 14, 2007 at 08:38

Neural plasticity

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Similarly, the cerebral regions of the blind people change when they compensate the lack of vision with the tactile sense.

Neural Plasticity

Mind’s Eye – A painting by Turkish artist Esref Armagan (left), blind since birth. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess have studied Armagan to see how his visual cortex functions when painting.” [find out more at NewScientist.com or at Boston.com]

“Kennedy put Armagan through a battery of tests. For instance, he presented him with solid objects that he could feel – a cube, a cone and a ball all in a row (dubbed the “three mountains task”) – and asked him to draw them. He then asked him to draw them as though he was perched elsewhere at the table, across from himself, then to his right and left and hovering overhead. Kennedy asked him to draw two rows of glasses, stretching off into the distance. Representing this kind of perspective is tough even for a sighted person. And when he asked him to draw a cube, and then to rotate it to the left, and then further to the left, Armagan drew a scene with all three cubes. Astonishingly, he drew it in three-point perspective – showing a perfect grasp of how horizontal and vertical lines converge at imaginary points in the distance. “My breath was taken away,” Kennedy says.” The art of seeing without sight – NewScientist.com

“For the past few years, they have been studying sighted subjects who volunteer to be blindfolded for five days and learn certain nonvisual tasks, including rudimentary Braille. In every case, before subjects donned the blindfold,functional MRI (fMRI) scans revealed little activity in their visual cortices during tactile tasks. After the subjects wore the blindfolds for two days, however, the scans showed bright patches of activity in the visual brain when the subjects used their fingers for tactile or Braille-reading tasks. By day five, the visual cortex glowed steadily during these same tasks. Yet two hours after the blindfolds were removed and the subjects’ eyes had readjusted, scans of the visual area of their brains were as dark as they’d been on day one. Once the blindfolds were removed, touching, handling objects, and Braille-reading no longer activated ”sight” in the seeing.The cortical adaptations that occur in the blindfold studies appear-and disappear-too quickly for any new nerve connections to grow, Pascual-Leone believes. He compares the adaptive pathways in the brain to detours after road blocks; building a new street takes a long time, he explains, but if there are other existing surrounding roads, they can be used right away.” Old brain, new tricks – Boston.com

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March 10, 2007 at 15:00

ColorJack: Sphere

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March 6, 2007 at 13:26

Portobello Hotel

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March 2, 2007 at 22:12

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