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    don't have nightmares.
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    Japan - the gift that keeps on giving...

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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    @frenchbloke: What could I possibly have done to deserve that?
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011 edited
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    This guy can taste words. I mean really taste them. It's insane.

    Do you ever synaesthetically taste something you’ve never eaten before?
    It can be difficult to articulate a particular sensation and compare it to a foodstuff. These things are specific and very, very complex. When I’ve taken part in research, I could write maybe half a page of A4 on a particular word’s effects.

    Ever since I was young, I had a taste for the word ‘expect’ and I could never quite put my finger on what it was. One day, I bought a packet of Marmite-flavoured crisps. When I had one, it clicked – that’s the taste of “expect”! If I had to describe it I’d say it’s a bit tangy, slightly thick but crunchy.

    I get lots of metallic tastes that I can’t describe, other than saying it’s smooth or rough. The name David gives me a very strong taste of cloth, a bit like sucking on a sleeve.

    How has it affected your life?
    When I was younger, I used to choose friends according to whether they tasted nice or not. When I got older, it used to affect my choice of girlfriend. Their name would be just as attractive to me as the way they looked or their personality.
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    badbear: Don't know if it's that insane... I have the garden variety synaesthesia with coloured numbers and visible sounds, and some words or concepts I can kind of feel on my tongue or "see" as shapes. Just faulty wiring. Helps with playing the theremin during a noise/industrial gig :)
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    @Vornaskotti

    By "insane" I of course meant "totally badass". Brains are so cool!
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    A better question is What did barn animals due to Cyriak as a child
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011
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    A study links life-changing religious experiences, like being born again, with atrophy in the hippocampus

    The results showed significantly greater hippocampal atrophy in individuals reporting a life-changing religious experience. In addition, they found significantly greater hippocampal atrophy among born-again Protestants, Catholics, and those with no religious affiliation, compared with Protestants not identifying as born-again.

    The authors offer the hypothesis that the greater hippocampal atrophy in selected religious groups might be related to stress. They argue that some individuals in the religious minority, or those who struggle with their beliefs, experience higher levels of stress. This causes a release of stress hormones that are known to depress the volume of the hippocampus over time. This might also explain the fact that both non-religious as well as some religious individuals have smaller hippocampal volumes.
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    Ooooor, the hippocampus, seahorse-shaped writer of long-term memories (knowledge) is actually the fetus of Satan's spawn that gets put info our heads when we are babies and he pees into our ears, and in really religious people it shrinks because they are having a spiritual brain abortion! Did you ever think of that mister fancy science pants doctor? Hallelujah!
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
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    Why would hippos be in the woods?
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    Also:
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    DC: You know what also causes severe hippocampal atrophy? Early sustained child abuse. Just sayin'...
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2011
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    heh, I considered adding "on the subject of 'religion makes you dumb'" to the post but I guess it was pretty obvious.
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    Ouch!

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
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    This is.... brilliant!

    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011 edited
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    AWESOME!!

    British intelligence has hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

    Or, you know, MI6 could be taking credit of something Anonymous or LulzSec did. I can't see a espionage agency having any kind of sense of humor.
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    Anonymous would know better than to defile a beloved internet classic like Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom