Share a random bit of knowledge you learned recently.
First- the word ‘Contrite” means sincerely apologetic. I did not know what this meant before Oprah used it describing Lance Armstrong lol.
Second, Synthol is an injectable oil some bodybuilders and / or slackers inject under their skin to make their muscles look massive. It must be used commonly or else it will be washed away to other parts of the body ( sounds highly unhealthy ) Also it adds absolutely no strength and you end up looking like a complete idiot, its hilarious. Good Synthol use for a few great laughs at the people with no back bone to put in the hard work themselves.
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n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
Can I share 2?!
When cats are angry, their pupils get large, there ears go back, and they thump their tail, all the while giving you ‘the stare’.
Stick insects are amazing! they can ‘play dead’ and just fall to the ground when they may be in danger, They can also lose a leg on purpose if a predator grabs it, They sway in the wind to look more like branches, and the females can procreate little clones of themselves without a male being involved.
Don’t know if this is ‘knowledge’ so much as a recent ‘enlightenment’:
Just because people talk like they know everything, and seem legit. Doesn’t mean you have to follow blindly…or that they actually do know what they are talking about.
“When you get the message hang up the phone.”
An Alan Watts quote I found after being turned on to him on this site.
It is in reference to drug use and I have not been able to get it out of my head since I read it last week.
I feel it is meaningful on a couple of levels: 1) to know when you are done with a certain drug, 2) moderation when using drugs.
@limitedmoon, Can you explain that differently?
@cosmiclemonade, looove this [: It sums up a lot of what i’ve been pondering on recently.
Here’s mine: We have an undetectable level of consciousness that science cannot yet explain; some examples are:
the phenomenons that happen when people have a split corpus collosum (which i’m not going to go into detail about here, but look up videos! it’s crazy);
“alien hands,” where someone has a hand that does not always operate under their control but will do things like throw stuff, steal, and even try to kill the owner/others.
My favourite though is “blindsight;” if there is a blind person sitting at a table with an apple and you ask them what’s on it, of course they’ll have no clue, but if you ask them to grab it, they’ll be able to automatically reach out and grab it,first try. it’s not as exciting as the others i guess, but i love what it implies.
The last thing i learned today – ”Vesta” is the name of the second largest asteroid in the solar system and it’s been named after the virgin goddess of home and hearth from Roman mythology. As well as it’s a very beautiful female name.
- DO NOT BUY CHEAP CAR INSURANCE. When you get in a wreck the $15 a month you saved will seem like a distant memory…
- A desire to control things will not solve anxiety issues. The root problem is the anxiety itself and the desire to control is a bi-product of that anxiety. Come to terms with the anxiety and the incessant desire to be in control will fade away.
- Just go with it.
@vernalsoul, I catch myself experiencing blind-sight occasionally. Usually when driving. I’ll be thinking deeply about something and driving perfectly then when I’m done thinking I snap out of it and start cocnsciously driving again. And I’ll have no recollection of driving and making decisions on the road while I was in that trance-like autopilot mode. It’s like as I look back on it everything was just black, and yet at the same time I am closer to my destination and nothing bad happened. Of course an unordinary event on the road would cause me to immediately snap out of it so it’s not that dangerous. It’s amazing.
Why people don’t keep wolves.
-A wolf seeks dominance and in it’s younger years it accepts a higher wolf as the alpha male. The same applies if you kept a wolf as a pet, it would see the human as being the alpha male and will remain obedient. When the wolf is mature it would look for weakness in the alpha male, such as fatigue, wounded or weak in general. Once the wolf discover a weakness in the alpha male it would attack to kill or severely wound the alpha to gain dominance. This applies to humans as well.
-Once a wolf reach maturity a child is no longer seen as a playmate, it’s seen as prey.
I found this really interesting when I read about it yesterday, I had no idea:
In the period from 1961 to 1972 there were hundreds of plane hijackings in the United Stated. An average of one attempt a week. In 1969, there were 82 attempts alone on US Airplanes.
This was known as the golden age of hijacking and the vast majority were for ransom purposes, rather than terrorist activity. The hijackers were mostly American citizens who would attempt to extract a sum of money from the airliners, then divert the plane to a safe haven such as Cuba. Hence the expression “Take me to Cuba!”.
The most famous hijacking from this time is the case of DB Cooper who parachuted from a commercial plane midair and was never seen again. The hijackings virtually ceased after the introduction of metal detectors at airports.
@christopherrbrooke, That’s fucking awesome.
@taysand, I learned about them in my behavioral neuroscience class (though i had read about split brains and alien hands before too), but i’ll find you some videos:
The split brain thing is just that your brain is taking in things you’re not aware of somehow, but then you still have the information and can regurgitate it. This is when the surgery goes well. I knew one young boy who had it (for epilepsy) and it pretty much turned him into a walking vegetable.
Here’s alien hand, from what i’ve read it can be a result of split brain surgery as well, but not limited to it.
This is a good one on blindsight:
Here’s one about seeing emotions when blind, and it’s narrated by morgan freeman…so yeah.
The reason fish aren’t crushed at extreme depths is due to the fact the pressure of water within the organism is the same as the pressure of water outside the organism. The organisms evolved under high pressure water and the cells developed based this.
Came upon the full quote:
“Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen…”
– Alan Watts, (Joyous Cosmology Prologue, 2nd ed. 1970).
Best take on drug use I have encountered:)
This is my favourite discussion on here. I never want it to end.
Recently I learned that there was a serial killer who bought a bunch of connected stores during the time of the Chicago World Fair and turned it into a “hotel” that was actually a maze of rooms, with doors opening to brick walls, no windows, and some gas chambers. He murdered tons of people, selling the bodies to medical schools. He then traveled the county performing numerous more murders. He was not caught for a very long time.
When I first heard about it, I was skeptical because I wondered how I hadn’t heard of such a crazy-ass story before, but turns out it’s true.
I’ve learned recently it’s important to step back and examine your life. I feel that I spend too much time doing things that are in the end, unimportant when I could be using that time to do things that will benifit me more and lead me to feel happier. More yoga, more reading, taking the time to learn something new everyday, etc. Just something I’ve been comtemplating today anyways!