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labelwench last won the day on September 12 2014

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    A love of horses, nature, organic gardening, and life's mysteries.

    A preference for the path least traveled.
  1. Long dormant viruses and bacteria may be released from the permafrost as global warming continues to escalate the rate of melt. As I was driving home from work this morning, I heard an interview with the researcher who made the interesting find of a virus in 700 year old caribou feces preserved beneath layers of ice. http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-10-31/ancient-virus-found-preserved-frozen-caribou-dung One might wonder about that flu virus from 1914, a mere 100 years ago compared to the 700 year old virus in the story above.
  2. 'Addiction' has long been thought to have a genetic predisposition because it is seen to run in families. There is an identified physical mechanism whereby pathways in the brain actually change. http://recoveryassociates.com/addiction-recovery/anatomy-addiction-4-key-components/ Our reward system can also become addicted to other things besides ingested or injected substances, as witness adrenalin junkies and thrill-seekers, or people who cannot form lasting relationships because they are ever in search of NRE, New Relationship Energy. It seems to be an inherent chemical feed-back loop
  3. I can very well relate to your concerns, Boerseun. This outbreak of Ebola seems more persistent than previous ones and the ability of viruses to mutate and to be spread by modern speed of travel should be a high priority for all nations. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2752911/Ebola-hit-15-countries-Africa-Study-disease-spread-past-finds-70million-people-risk-infection.html#ixzz3DAhFCVlA
  4. Actually, the influenza virus of 1918 was far deadlier than Ebola has been to date, by several magnitudes. It seems that the very fact that Ebola has not killed people in (such) large numbers and that it is largely confined to other continents where international financial stakes are of less significance, that the money and resources needed to develop counter-measures has not been forthcoming. On this continent, the more recent SARS outbreak was of greater concern to most people than Ebola, as Ebola is less easily transmitted. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/11/remember-sars-lessons-duri
  5. I came across a very interesting video that explains the science and mathematics of sound, frequency and pitch. Our brain is constantly assessing patterns in our surrounding and I am of the opinion that white noise is comforting to many because it has a repetitive pattern and is capable of masking other more distracting sounds and patterns. Once we are familiar with many common sounds, our brain does not register them as cause for alarm and hubby can grind coffee while I am sleeping and I will not awaken, even as he does not register the loud sounds of my heavy duty kitchen blender. Enjoy
  6. I am trying to envision whether the proprioceptive sense of a large, athletic animal with four limbs would lend itself well to rollerblading, lol.
  7. I worked in a paint and glass shop for a couple of years and so very quickly got over any conditioned concerns about breaking glass, including mirrors, as we both cut and shaped glass to custom requests and as a result, there were plenty of 'cut-offs' that were too small to have any use or value. We were instructed to be very careful when moving large sheets of stock glass, for if a sheet broke while being transported, you effectively have two large guillotines. Broken glass, of any size, is miserable to clean up because it can break into very fine shards or slivers and I wonder if that fact
  8. I find that I very much enjoy working my split week schedule as it allows me to be awake during hours when there are few other people about and I have seen more sunrises and sunsets in the last nine years than most will enjoy in a lifetime. I nipped out a few minutes ago to capture the following image as I became aware of the light changing to the east. I have my computer table oriented to the north in a diagonal to the corner, which allows me to have a view through two windows, left and right peripheral. This morning, I work 4 hours at the office and then tonight I flip to graveyard shif
  9. I would define emotional maturity as the ability to mitigate our immediate emotional response to any circumstance and subjugate it to at least a modicum of rational thought. The ability to do so is usually arrived at over time and from experience but also depends upon individual temperament. The term 'adult' may be used to define the physical state of maturity where active physical growth has pretty much ceased, as example most breeds of horses are considered 'mature' or 'adult' when they have grown out their full set of secondary dentition and attained their full height, usually 5-6 years i
  10. The following graphic came in today's email and it seems worth posting on this thread about sleep, or rather the lack of sleep.
  11. "Any idiot can face a crisis. It's day to day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov
  12. Has anyone on this thread tried 'Bulletproof Coffee'? If so, have you continued to use it and what is your opinion on it's taste and usefulness to you. For those who may not have heard of it, here is a quick primer... http://www.endofthreefitness.com/how-to-make-bulletproof-coffee-and-become-a-better-human/
  13. Today's technology opens a lot more doors for ongoing learning, whether it is taking formal education on-line or just improving one's vocabulary and general knowledge in areas of personal interest. I agree that the drive to pursue knowledge must come from within and would be equally genetic and also learned behavior. It would also be incumbent upon one's health, nutrition and energy levels as well as having time and access to the internet. Free public access is provided by some venues but those are frequently limited in availability and often one must make an appointment to book time for them,
  14. I would also think that the potential for increasing intelligence depends upon the range and availability of experience that an individual is (safely) exposed to. We are capable of inductive and deductive reasoning, extrapolation and conceptual and abstract thought, yet we do require some sensory input and data with which to work, it would seem to me. On another forum, I once asked if we had any data on infant brain activity in utero and was advised that there was an ethical line regarding such studies. It has long been contemplated among some, that the fetus in the womb is capable of sensor
  15. There are many facets to "intelligence" and from what I have observed of humans and other species, the capacity for learning, and preferred avenues, would appear to be largely genetic. Developing that capacity to full potential then depends upon external influences and learning opportunities. In horses, the mare is considered to be 60% of the outcome because of the influence she has in shaping the early learning of the foal. As a one who practices imprint training of young foals (immediately after birth), I can state that the most important skill we teach a foal is to be receptive to new thing
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