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NF TIME

LYRICS

Even if we both break down tonight
And you say you hate me, and we go to bed angry
I know everything will be alright
I’ll be here waiting, I promise I’m changing
I just need A little time to show you I’m worth it
I know that I can be a difficult person
I’m a stress case, drive you up the wall when I’m workin’
Actually, I’m probably worse when I’m not, you don’t deserve it
Make you nervous ’cause you know I’m a break soon
Every time I do, I say somethin’ that hurts you
Actin’ like I’m gone, but we both in the same room
I don’t like to be wrong, which I know you relate to
And I know I make you feel like you’re at the end of your rope
That’s when I look at you and tell you I’d be better alone
Just the pride talkin’, isn’t it? ‘Cause both of us know
I’m the definition of “wreck” if you look into my soul
Comes out the most when I feel I’m in a vulnerable place
Made a lot of mistakes I wish I knew how to erase
When I’m afraid, might get distant and I push you away
But no matter the case, I’ma do whatever it takes even if Even if we both break down tonight
And you say you hate me, and we go to bed angry
I know everything will be alright
I’ll be here waiting, I promise I’m changing
I just need Time (oh)
I, I need time (oh, oh)
I just need time (oh)
I, I need time (oh)
Time (oh), time (oh)Yeah, way before I bought you the ring
We were fighting back and forth like you were wearin’ the thing
Two passionate people not afraid to say what they think
Lead to passionate conversation when it’s hard to agree
You know me well, sittin’ on the edge of my seat
Lookin’ at life, over analyzin’ everything
Always depressed, tryna find a better version of me
Searching for somethin’ I know’s prolly right in front of my feet
Stubborn as me? Maybe not, but you’re close to it
Got a lot of issues, I’m tryin’ to work through ’em
Going to therapy for you’s somethin’ that’s worth doin’
When I know you been there for me through all of my worst moments
And I know it hurts knowing that I carry this weight on my chest
Making it difficult for me to open up and connect
Lot of regrets, I apologize for all of the stress
That’s not what I meant to do, you know I love you to death even if-Even if we both break down tonight
And you say you hate me, and we go to bed angry
I know everything will be alright
I’ll be here waiting, I promise I’m changing
I just need Time (oh)
I, I need time (oh, oh)
I just need time (oh)
I, I need time (oh)
Time (oh), time (oh)
I just need time (oh)
I, I need time (oh, oh)
I just need time (oh)
I, I need time (oh)
Time (oh), time (oh)

Get in the best shape of your life

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I am wanting to be the best version of myself. More fit and healthy then in my entire life. Lets talk about: Serotonin, Endorphins, Enzymes.

Serotonin impacts every part of your body, from your emotions to your motor skills. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps:

  • reduce depression
  • regulate anxiety
  • heal wounds
  • stimulate nausea
  • maintain bone health

Feel good after a long walk? These biochemicals are called endorphins. While endorphins might make you feel good after a long jog, there’s a lot more to know about the role they play in regulating your body.

Enzymes help speed up chemical reactions in the human body. They bind to molecules and alter them in specific ways. They are essential for respiration, digesting food, muscle and nerve function, among thousands of other roles.

Anyone battling a depressive disorder knows how bleak life can feel. Sometimes, you’d try almost anything to make those black clouds go away. I have helped loved ones battle this, with such a great cost. I wish I knew how to prevent the depression before just treating it. This is where my research is leading me.

Understandably, the idea that a few pills can make you feel better seems too good to be true. 

Unfortunately, this often IS too good to be true. 

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Depression is the world’s single largest contributor to disability. It affects an estimated 350 million people globally, which is around 4.4% of the world’s population.

In fact, the number of people with common mental disorders is increasing year by year, with the fastest-growing rates in lower-income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 10% to 15% of the general population will experience clinical depression in their lifetime – including 5% of men and 9% of women.

Depressive disorders affect people of all ages and from all walks of life, but there are a number of factors that can increase the risk: namely family history, stressful life changes, psychological factors, low socioeconomic status, sleep disorders, and more. 

One of the longest-running theories in depression is of course the brain-chemistry imbalance. 

The role of brain chemistry in depression

Certain neurotransmitters – most notably dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine – play a crucial role in mood regulation. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that help certain parts of the brain communicate with each other. Low amounts of these particular neurotransmitters are thought to contribute to the symptoms associated with clinical depression.

It’s for this reason that most antidepressants are designed to alter levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Some of these treatments include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).

Do they work? Well, according to the research, yes they do – but some better than others. 

There are dozens of different antidepressants and “happy pills” available on the market now. The most common drugs used to treat depression include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), and sertraline (Zoloft).

When antidepressants don’t work

A 2009 study from Northwestern University showed that more than half the people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. The reason for this appears to be that drugs designed to treat depression are aimed at the wrong target. 

The researchers behind the study believe that antidepressants are ineffective because they treat stress and/or an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain. However, they suggest that the biochemical events that ultimately result in depression actually start in the development and functioning of neurons.

Medications focus on the effect, rather than the cause. This is why they take so long to work, and why they never work at all for some people.  

So, if the problem lies in your neurons, how do you treat it?

Well, one possibility could be – providing your neurons with the nutrients and protection they need. 

This is where my research has been leading me – how to cure the depression without medicine. How about, how to prevent depression? That would be the ideal situation. I also have enrolled in some classes, and I am learning new skills. Try taking vitamins regularly and invest in yourself.

Here is my list of needed tools to rebuild the chemistry inside your brain. I have lots more but will add them next post.

COLURACETAM

BACOPA

FRENCH MARITIME

NIGELLA SATIVA

N-ACETYL-L-CYSTEINE

ASHWAGANDHA

FISH OIL

S-ADENOSYL-METHIONINE

GINSENG+GINKGO BILOBA

ACETYL L-CARNITINE

MAGNESIUM

BRAHMI BACOPAA

(TO BE CONTINUED)

Practice meditation , prayer helps. Intense training, less sugar, learning new things, reading books, helping others.

Having pets can help immensely. I am training my bird. She is very intelligent.

Give yourself a chance and let go of the past. It’s always a work in progress. Always remember to love and have empathy and compassion in this world. Forgive others.

Vanity

How does the Bible define vanity and lust? What do they have in common? How are they linked together? What great deception do lust and vanity share?

With everything going on in our world, with the media and entertainment, I myself almost forgot what this even means.

I was fascinated with the results of researching this.

What is Vanity?

Vanity (sometimes referred to as pride in Scripture) occurs when we decide something makes us an overall better or more valuable individual than others. The definition of lust includes far more than strongly desiring illicit sex (Matthew 5:28, Romans 1:27). It is the intense desire and demand that we have something because we decide we need it.

Vanity ultimately seeks validation in the eyes of others. For example, the devil not only wants to rule everything, but is vain enough to think he is deserving of worship (which will happen in the end time). This worship will underscore, to him, his believed superiority (Isaiah 14:13 – 14, Revelation 13:7 – 8). Lust, however, simply demands from others what we do not have.

Both of these ways of thinking are quite similar. They both are self-absorbing and self-centered deceptions that leave little, if any, room for considering the wellbeing of others.

In fact, both of them can be pursued so intensely that their negative impact on the lives of others is either minimized or not even considered.

Allegory of Vanity

Allegory of Vanity Peter Candid (1548 – 1628)

The attitudes of vanity and lust are also linked together as they are the first.

King Solomon lists a proud look (vanity) at the top of his list of seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:16 – 19). Pride is also considered, by the Catholic Church, one of the seven deadly sins or attitudes.

Paul states that those who do not have God live according to the vanity of their own minds (they decide for themselves what is right and wrong, Ephesians 4:17).

Lust, according to Paul, is directly linked to breaking the tenth of the Ten Commandments which forbids coveting (Romans 7:7, Exodus 20:17). It is both deceitful and corrupting (Ephesians 4:22) and wars against what is truly good for us (1Peter 2:11).

The book of James teaches that human nature’s tendency towards lust is the ground from which further sin can blossom (James 1:13 – 15). He also states that contentions and conflicts between people spring from trying to fulfill its selfish desires (James 4:1 – 3).

Two sins ever committed. Lucifer turned himself into the first vain being when he decided his beauty, wisdom and all that he was blessed with made him greater than his Creator (Ezekiel 28:16 – 17). The devil’s new selfish way of thinking then led him to foolishly pursue the power and authority of his Maker (Isaiah 14:13 – 14).

The Apostle John ties all of the above together when he states that the lust of the flesh and eyes, as well as the pride (vanity) of life, leads to eternal death (1John 2:15 – 17).

The twin sins of lust and vanity are based on a single great deception.

This deception is that an individual can achieve their greatest existence possible through focusing on themselves and their own desires.

This is diametrically opposite to what Jesus taught.

Christ revealed that those who seek to “find” their life will lose it, but those who lose it (through selflessly loving others) will find it (Matthew 10:39). We must therefore place God at the center of our personal universe and not dedicate our existence on pursuing the destructive sins of lust and vanity.

Not sure what you believe – but only one man – Yeshua, has the power to forgive this sin.

Jesus, whose English name comes from the Hebrew “Yeshua” via the Greek “Iesous”.

Love, Peace, Mercy, Respect.

great love song

I LIKE THIS SONG.

“Nobody”

Nothing’s like the first time, and when it ends
You try to find it all over again
Like something’s missing when you are gone
It’s just a feeling I can’t overcome

You will be the end of me, you’re the end of me
I know, I know, I know
You treat my heart so recklessly
Yeah, it’s hard to let you go, go, go, go

Nobody’s gonna love me like you
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do
Nobody’s gonna love me like you
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do

Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, no-nobody like you do
Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, no-no

You got me haunted, ’cause when I sleep
I hear your voice echoing through my dreams
You keep me falling, so helplessly
Yeah, you just love bringing me to my knees

You will be the end of me, you’re the end of me
I know, I know, I know
You treat my heart so recklessly
Yeah, it’s hard to let you go, go, go, go

Nobody’s gonna love me like you
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do
Nobody’s gonna love me like you
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do

Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, no-nobody like you do (Okay)
Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do

Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, no-nobody like you do (Okay)
Nobody, no-nobody
Nobody, nobody’s gonna love me like you do

Spend Wisely USA

Yeah – sometimes I post things about current events and politics. I think we should balance our budget. Four trillion is way too much money. Less is more. That was the point of this information

Tyler Durden's Photoby Tyler DurdenTuesday, Jul 13, 2021 – 11:03 PM

Democrats Strike Deal On $3.5 Trillion “Human Infrastructure” Package

Months after the Biden Administration and its Congressional allies leaked the first details of President Biden’s massive two-part “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan, Chuck Schumer, the Democrats’ leader in the Senate, just announced that Democrats have united behind a $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” spending package, which they can now pass using special budget rules allowing them to circumvent the filibuster.

In a late-night announcement Tuesday, Schumer said the Budget Committee had reached an agreement to allot $3.5 trillion for a spending package that would complete President Biden’s infrastructure plan.

“The Budget Committee has come to an agreement,” Sen. Schumer told reporters Tuesday night following a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers.

The deal adds to the $600 billion package of infrastructure measures that Biden has struck with Republicans.

“You add that to that the $600 billion in a bipartisan plan and you get to $4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden has asked us for,” Schumer said. “Every major program that President Biden has asked us for is funded in a robust way.”

The package will include such “infrastructure” priorities like expanding Medicare, addressing climate change, expanding childcare (after the administration just approved a new $300 handout for couples with children)  and education. The Democrats have famously deemed all this “human infrastructure”, which Republicans have vowed to reject.

Democrats will meet with Biden Wednesday, the majority leader said following the closed-door meeting.

“We are very proud of this plan. We know we have a long road to go. We’re going to get this done for the sake of making average Americans’ lives a whole lot better,” Schumer said

Previously, Schumer has promised to hold votes on both pieces of legislation before the Senate breaks for its August recess, which amounts to a pretty aggressive timeline, especially since some Republicans might rethink their support for the earlier measure now that Democrats are pushing ahead with the bigger multi-trillion-dollar package.

To be clear, the bipartisan deal struck by Biden authorizes a total of $1.2 trillion in spending over eight years. Meanwhile, the budget resolution necessary to pass the Democratic-only bill will require some more maneuvering.

Senate Democrats want to bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor as soon as next week, though negotiators have warned that is an ambitious pace. Democrats didn’t say on Tuesday night when specifically they would be ready to take the budget resolution to the floor. To pass both the budget resolution and a subsequent $3 to $5-trillion infrastructure bill through the Senate Democrats will need total unity from all 50 of their members. Democrats declined to say on Tuesday night if they had unified support.

Yep – I love America but we should be cutting waste and trying to use money more efficiently, before just continue to spend…


Never Give Up

The Mercy you show others, is the mercy that God will show you.

Just keep getting back up if you fall.

No matter what you have done, and no matter what you have failed to do.

Good or Bad, Right or Wrong, Win or Lose, Rich or Poor – Have Faith – Repent your Sins – Always Love the Good – And Remember:

We Rise And Fall – And Rise Again ! Thru it all, God loves you.

Covid did it

Bill Gates hosted ‘wild bachelor parties,’ visited ‘all-nude’ nightclub, before marriage to Melinda: author

James Wallace alleged the Microsoft founder ‘wasn’t just this little computer nerd’

Mr. Bill Gates has asked for privacy on Twitter… Interesting as that sounds. I guess after all the Covid talk his wife was not happy. If you look at the Youtube videos about Gates, the plans years ago about, you know, taking over the world…. He is loved, and hated in many circles…

James Wallace alleged that Bill Gates was “no choir boy” in his early days.

The former Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter, who wrote two books about the Microsoft co-founder in the ‘90s, wondered if the billionaire would go back to his hard-partying bachelor days now that his marriage to Melinda Gates is over.

“A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts for two or three days working on software code,” he told the U.K.’s DailyMail on Monday. “Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill’s home. He wasn’t a choir boy back then, he wasn’t just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then.”

According to the outlet, Wallace detailed Gates’ alleged “naked parties” in the 1997 book “Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace.” At the time, Wallace claimed Gates would throw “wild bachelor parties” and “visit one of Seattle’s all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool.” 

James Wallace wrote two books about Bill Gates in the ’90s: ‘Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace’ and ‘Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire’ (Photo by © Doug Wilson/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Wallace also alleged that the chairman’s “womanizing” also put a strain on his relationship with Melinda while they were dating.

“Though Gates began dating French [Melinda’s maiden name] in 1988, he continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry,” he wrote, as quoted by the outlet.

“His womanizing was well known, although not well reported, because Gates and Microsoft spoon-fed stories to industry writers for such papers as the New York Times, and none of them wanted the flow of information to stop,” Wallace alleged.

“French was well aware of Gates’ womanizing, and consequently their relationship ran hot and cold,” the author also claimed. “At one point, they broke up for nearly a year, reportedly because Gates refused to make any kind of commitment. When they got back together again in 1992, however, the relationship grew closer and stronger.”

BILL GATES, MELINDA GATES HAVE HUGE WASHINGTON HOME TO SPLIT UP IN DIVORCE

James Wallace alleged Bill Gates ‘played the field’ while dating Melinda French. They eventually married in 1994. (Photo by Deborah Feingold/Getty Images)

The Gateses met after Melinda began working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987. They married in 1994.

According to the outlet, former Microsoft executive Vern Raburn corroborated the book’s allegations.

“Being naked in a pool is no big deal,” the aerospace entrepreneur told the outlet. “There’s a difference between being naked in a pool with a whole bunch of other people, and being naked in a pool with somebody else, or in bed with somebody else.”

The Eclipse Aviation founder said that “to the best of my knowledge,” Gates was faithful to Melinda after their 1994 marriage.

“I never saw any of that,” he told the outlet. “Certainly prior to their marriage, yeah. Bill liked to party. But I never saw any of that after the marriage.”

Former Microsoft executive Vern Raburn said the Gateses are “good people.’ (Photo by Jeff Christensen/Getty Images)

“In fact, I had dinner with him one night,” the 70-year-old continued. “He said he was very proud of the fact that he hadn’t done any of that since he got married.”

Raburn insisted that the Gateses are “good people.”

“I truly hope Bill and Melinda end up being happy,” said Raburn. “I went through a divorce myself maybe 12 years ago. Anybody who tells you they have a good divorce, they’re lying through their teeth.”

The former couple announced they are divorcing but would keep working together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world.

In identical tweets, the Gateses said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years.

“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” they said in a statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

Court documents obtained by People magazine showed that Melinda filed for divorce and stated in the petition that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.” The documents also revealed that the Gateses don’t have a prenuptial agreement in place, but will divide their assets according to a separation agreement.

Bill Gates was formerly the world’s richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. How the couple ends up settling their estate and any impact on the foundation will be closely watched.

Time magazine previously reported that before Gates met Melinda, he dated Ann Winblad, a software entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Although the couple split in 1987, they still shared a strong bond.

Time magazine reported Bill Gates and Ann Winblad broke up in 1987 partly because she was more ready for marriage. (Photo by Ann E. Yow-Dyson/Getty Images)

“Even now, Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad can keep one vacation tradition alive,” the outlet alleged. “Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach.”

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates told the magazine in 1997.

In her 2019 memoir, “The Moment of Lift,” Melinda wrote about her life and the private struggles she faced as the wife of a public icon and stay-at-home mom with three kids. 

She also detailed the ways they navigated imbalances in their marriage and parenting journey. She noted how working together at the foundation made the relationship better.

“Bill and I are equal partners,” Melinda told the Associated Press. “Men and women should be equal at work.”

In her 2019 memoir, ‘The Moment of Lift,’ Melinda Gates wrote about her life and the private struggles she faced as the wife of a public icon and stay-at-home mom with three kids.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the most influential private foundation in the world, with an endowment worth nearly $50 billion. It has focused on global health and development and U.S. education issues since incorporating in 2000.

While both are global figures, Melinda has increasingly built her profile as a champion of women and girls.  

The former tech business executive launched her private Pivotal Ventures investment and incubation company in 2015 and recently partnered with MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, for a newly announced equity challenge.

Last year, Gates said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy.

Personally my old friends have followed Mr. Gates for decades….

Good luck to you !

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The Psychology Behind Irrational Decisions

 “The Psychology Behind Irrational Decisions” host Sara Garofalo explains we make decisions that are not “rational”’ from a purely economical point of view, meaning they don’t necessarily lead to the best result. So why do we still make irrational decisions?

Loss aversion is what behavioral economists call the tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains. Garofalo explains in the video that this approach to decisions is susceptible to taking mental shortcuts that can lead to irrational decisions. Situations that involve probability are notoriously bad for applying heuristics, any type of problem solving deemed not to be perfect but sufficient for immediate goals .

Meanwhile, in conjunction fallacy, our brain tricks us into picking options that are more detailed than general ones. For example, in one study, researchers asked the participants to consider a regular six-sided die with four green faces and two red faces, where the die will be rolled 20 times and the sequence of greens (G) and reds (R) will be recorded.

They were asked to select one sequence, from a set of three, and rewarded $25 if the sequence they selected appears on successive rolls of the die (RGRRR, GRGRRR. GRRRRR). More than half of the participants chose the second sequence, although option one is contained within it and is shorter than the other options.

The anchoring effect can also influence our decision-making since it’s often used in marketing and negotiations. In other words, businesses can raise the prices that people are willing to pay. So, although we don’t need that shirt, the fact that it’s “on sale” entices us to make a purchase.

Other theories suggest irrational behavior stems from the inability to override automatic emotional responses, or let our feelings and experiences get the best of us. Humans act irrationally as a consequence of biasing influences and strongly and consistently affected by the way a question is presented.

A University College London study found even when both options lead to the same result participants were more likely to gamble at the threat of losing £30 than the option to keep £20.

In the same study, brain imaging revealed that the amygdala, the region that controls emotions and mediates the “fight or flight” reaction, underpinned this bias in the decision-making process.

Moreover, people with more rational behavior had greater brain activity in the prefrontal cortex — the region known to be involved in higher-order executive processes — suggesting that their brains are better equipped to deal with emotions in a more balanced reasoning process.

Despite cognitive basis, we can overcome our brain’s heuristics by learning to be aware of them. When we encounter a situation involving numbers, probability or multiple details — let’s pause for a second, and consider that the intuitive answer may not be what’s best after all.

Let me tell you that this article is very interesting indeed, worth a read.

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11/21/2019 – Do your best !

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 — There is no cap on what you can achieve when your healthy willpower and your hustle are working in tandem. It pays to be deliberate and conscientious when deciding who and what to draw in closer today. A healthy balance between your physical body and your inner world is stabilizing for your nervous system as you go about building in one area and tearing down barriers in another. Keep yourself well hydrated and nourished as you aim your intentions at the stars. Believe in your dreams and never give up

Strength and Honor

IG Nobel Prize

**Authors Note** I have just upgraded my posting editor and can’t figure out how to change the colors! My apologies! Shouldn’t that be one of the main features??? ARGH – well – it’s October again and we are coming up to the IG Nobel Prize. Here is some background =

Learning new things is always exciting, it drives the human mind. In searching we can open more doors, discover fruitful pathways, harbor new experiences. We all need to break through, somehow, someway. Education is the key, the engine to achieving your destiny to the real journey. And then your given an award… EDIT – FIGURED OUT THE COLORS ^.^

2015 Nobel Canidates

Not just a Nobel Prize… but a “IG” Nobel Prize.

IG Nobel Prize?

  1. The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”.

Essentially, they are given to people whose research is highly unusual or seemingly trivial, but none-the-less is interesting and sometimes even important.

The first Ig Nobels were created in 1991 by Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of the Annals of Improbable Research, and the master of ceremonies at all subsequent awards ceremonies. Awards were presented at that time for discoveries “that cannot, or should not, be reproduced”.

Ten prizes are awarded each year in many categories, including the Nobel Prize categories of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, and peace, but also other categories such as public health, engineering, biology, and interdisciplinary research.

The Ig Nobel Prizes recognize genuine achievements, with the exception of three prizes awarded in the first year to fictitious scientists Josiah Carberry, Paul DeFanti, and Thomas Kyle.

The awards are sometimes veiled criticism (or gentle satire), as in the two awards given for homeopathy research, prizes in “science education” to the Kansas and Colorado state boards of education for their stance regarding the teaching of evolution, and the prize awarded to Social Text after the Sokal Affair. Most often, however, they draw attention to scientific articles that have some humorous or unexpected aspect.

Examples range from the discovery that the presence of humans tends to sexually arouse ostriches, to the statement that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell, to research on the “five-second rule“, a tongue-in-cheek belief that food dropped on the floor will not become contaminated if it is picked up within five seconds.

In 2010, Sir Andre Geim became the first person to receive both a Nobel Prize and an individual Ig Nobel prize

Ceremony

Throwing paper airplanes onto the stage is a long-standing tradition at the Ig Nobels. In past years, physics professor Roy Glauber swept the stage clean of the airplanes as the official “Keeper of the Broom” for years. Glauber could not attend the 2005 awards because he was traveling to Stockholm to claim a genuine Nobel Prize in Physics.

The “Parade of Ignitaries” brings various supporting groups into the hall. At the 1997 ceremonies, a team of “cryogenic sex researchers distributed a pamphlet titled “Safe Sex at Four Kelvin“. Delegates from the Museum of Bad Art are often on hand to display some pieces from their collection too.

The prizes are presented to the winners by actual Nobel laureates.  One person, Sir Andre Geim, has actually won both an IG Nobel Prize (in 2000) and a real Nobel Prize (in 2010).  He won the IG Nobel Prize for an experiment where he and another scientist successfully levitated a frog using magnets.  His actual Nobel Prize was won “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.

During the ceremony, each IG Nobel Prize winner is given 60 seconds to explain their research.  If they go over the time, a little girl, “Miss Sweetie Poo”, will walk up to them and yell “Please stop: I’m bored” continually until the speaker stops.  It was also once traditional for audience members to throw paper airplanes at the stage while the ceremony was taking place, but this practice has died out in recent years due to safety concerns.

Violet vs Purple

Mid September 2018 – Today  I learned more about purple and violet. How color hits our eyes and we create the picture based on color
wavelengths sent to our eye. I like learning things, and in particular I like violet better then purple for a number of reasons. Here is what you should know about these colors.

The individual difference between ‘violet’ and ‘purple’

People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s take a look at the two colors in comparison (there are various shades of purple and violet, and the following picture shows some of the more common ones):

So, purple is more reddish and saturated, while violet is more bluish and less saturated. Case closed, right?

There is more in it than the eyes can see (quite literally). To understand the difference, we have to take a look at how our eyes work first.

The electromagnetic spectrum is a continuous range of wavelengths, only a tiny part of which is visible to humans:

Electromagnetic Spectrum

We see neither the ultraviolet wavelengths and shorter, nor the infrared wavelengths and longer. How do we see the rest? We have three types of color-sensitive cells in our eyes, so-called cones.

The cones don’t perceive just a single wavelength; they are activated by a whole range of wavelengths, and the signals received from the cones are then processed by the brain in such a way that every color can be thought of as composed of three different elementary signals.

The following picture shows approximately how the brain perceives different spectral colors (the higher the curve, the higher the intensity of the elementary signal the brain receives):

Color-Cones

For example, when you see monochromatic (pure) red light on the very right side of the spectrum, only the “red” signal path is activated, which tells your brain to create the impression of red. On the other hand, when you see pure green light (in the middle), both “green” and “red” paths are activated, but your brain knows that “a lot of green activation and a bit less red activation” is in fact just a pure green color, which is what you see.

When a mixture of photons that have different wavelengths hits the retina (creating a ratio of red, green, and blue activation different from any spectral color), the brain will perceive it as an entirely different color. For example, there is no white wavelength. What we perceive as “white” is in fact just a mixture of many different spectral colors.

What happens when violet light hits the retina?

The “red” signal path has an interesting additional property. As you can see above, it has a small bump of activation around the short-wavelength (violet) end of the visible spectrum. When violet light hits the retina, both the “blue” path and (much less) the “red” path are activated. The brain interprets this kind of input in a specific way, which we call “violet”.

It is worth noting that the pigment in the “green” cones themselves also has a small peak of absorption around violet wavelengths, but the brain seems to ignore it (it is not possible to simulate the perception of violet by a combination of green and blue light).

Purple is not a spectral color

As we noted before, many colors we can see are not in the visible spectrum. When you see an object, typically a mixture of different wavelengths reaches your retina, which causes the cones to be activated at a ratio not achievable by a spectral color.

Our brains are very good at interpreting this mixture (it would be silly to simply throw away a part of the incoming information and make everything look like the closest spectral color), and, as a result, we are able to see several million different colors, most of which are not present in the spectrum.

As we noted at the beginning of the article, purple looks more “reddish” than violet, and that’s absolutely correct. Purple is formed by mixing red and blue at a ratio close to 1:1, whereas violet is perceived by your eyes as containing more blue than red.

Purple and violet look similar only to humans

To us, humans, purple looks like a more saturated shade of violet, but violet objects in nature are fundamentally different from purple ones. Purple objects are “red and blue at the same time”, whereas violet objects are… just violet.

If you take a look at the distance between violet and blue in the picture of the spectrum above, it is about the same as the distance between green and orange. Purple is a mixture of red (which is at the opposite side of the spectrum than violet) and blue (which is relatively far from violet), so it is, in terms of wavelengths, a completely different color.

The reason why purple and violet look similar to us is because they stimulate our cones in a similar way, but most other animals don’t share the same types of cones and “post-processing”. This means that to other animals, purple and violet may look completely different!

Now imagine a violet flower petal with a purple pattern on it. Depending on the particular shades, this pattern might be completely invisible to us, while many other animals could see it as clearly as we can see an orange pattern on green background. Even common consumer cameras wouldn’t help us; they are designed to capture the same red-green-blue information as our eyes do, so even taking a photo of the petal and editing it in Photoshop would not uncover the pattern.

Look for aura that is “deep pink and dark green” for the cosmic teacher.

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