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The Brain Is Made of Its Own Architects: „The first order of business for new nerve cells is finding where, among the 100 billion neurons of the nervous system, their partners are waiting. They do so by following a chemical trail. The tip of the axon, called a growth cone, senses chemicals drifting by. Responding to these cues, the axon grows like a vine toward attractive chemicals and away from repellent ones. The chemical cocktail has a different flavor from one part of the body (or brain) to the next. The nervous system further directs these wandering axons by placing guide cells along their path. Some guide cells release navigational chemicals. Others become part of the path itself, as migrating axons grab the cells and climb them like ropes. Guide cells even babysit axons that arrive at a destination early, before a partner cell is available to connect. Without a viable partner the axon would die; the guide cells form temporary synapses with the axons until the intended target is found.”

How Reading Improves Your Social Life: „I just came across a study suggesting that fiction readers tend to be more empathic than non-fiction readers. This could of course be correlation rather than causation – maybe the kind of person who likes fiction is more empathic to start with – but the researchers think not. They believe that there’s something about exposure to fiction – the direct immersion in another person’s mind and body – that stimulates our empathic muscles.”

Anti-modele românești – „profetul” Dan Puric: „ce lipseşte? – un anumit spirit critic în discurs”

Ce naiba e de făcut când? „Deci, ce faci cu cărţile citite de mult? Vorbeşti despre ele pe baza opiniei din trecut? Le reciteşti? dar cât poţi reciti? şi chiar şi aşa, de unde ştii că n-o să-ţi schimbi din nou părerea, odată cu viaţa?”

Can the tax code cause us to spend too much?: „There’s a phenomenon we call the “illusion of money,” which is the idea that we typically pay attention to nominal amounts of money rather than real amounts. For example, the illusion of money means that if inflation is 8%, and you get a 10% raise, you would feel better than if there was no inflation and you got a 3-4% raise. The basic idea is that we pay attention to the nominal amount rather than the purchasing power, and don’t realize what our money is really worth.

In terms of our tax code, this suggests that in the US we focus on our gross yearly income, feel richer than we really are, and consequently end up spending more money.”

The Way We Think About Risk is Risky: „We worry about some things more than the evidence warrants (vaccines, nuclear radiation, genetically modified food), and less about some threats than the evidence warns (climate change, obesity, using our mobiles when we drive). That produces what I have labeled the Perception Gap, the gap between our fears and the facts, which is a huge risk in and of itself.”

Replici de agățat de prin filme adunate“You’re good looking, you got a beautiful body, beautiful legs, beautiful face, all these guys in love with you. Only you’ve got a look in your eye like you haven’t been fucked in a year.”

Decizii: „Vă puteţi imagina? Tânăra superbă şi doamna care nu arăta foarte bine, dar cu un trandafir în mână. Şi nu era frumoasă, era chiar destul de urâtă şi îmbătrânită. Voi ce aţi fi ales?”

Câinii de pe strada Albinuţa: „Dintr-o dată umbre întunecate începură să-mi dea târcoale, se strecurau pe lângă mine, dar nici un sunet, nici un zgomot nu venea dinspre ele. Asta era cel mai rău, fiindcă nu te poţi apăra de ceea ce nu vezi, şi mi s-au înmuiat picioarele de frică. De vreo două ori am vrut fie să mă întorc, fie să mă caţăr pe unul din garduri şi să rămân acolo până în zori, când, escortat de poliţie, aş fi putut ajunge acasă în siguranţă. Am mers mai departe mânat de un fel de automatism, terorizat de ideea că orice schimbare în comportamentul meu ar declanşa atacul umbrelor.”

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