Living Brains

A further challenge to the amyloid hypothesis came with the development of neuroimaging methods which could ‘see’ amyloid plaques in living brains. If too much amyloid-beta is the cause of dementia, you might intuit that more amyloid deposits would mean worse cognition. Yet it soon became apparent that some people …

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Personal Responsibility

What looks like irresponsible behavior can sometimes just be childish immaturity that hasn’t been ironed out yet. It’s not uncommon for my wild one to tornado through his school day leaving piles of pencils, books, and project supplies in his wake. His immaturity and short attention span will …

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Idle Or Lazy?

We are being lazy if we can do something that we ought to do but are reluctant to do it because of the effort involved. We do it badly, or do something less strenuous or less boring, or just remain idle. In other words, we are being lazy if our …

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Cynic Poverty

The difficulty of escape is exemplified by the practice of Cynic impoverishment. This activity demonstrates that the pursuit of freedom, a life free of attachments, has paradoxical effects. The Cynic begins by stripping down existence, getting rid of anything that might be considered superfluous, casting off material goods that would …

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The Right Price For You

Objections based on price are the most common ones salespeople get. That’s because purchasers are often so focused on the price, they lose track of long-term benefits. When price is objected to, many salespeople play a comparison game, arguing that the fee isn’t so high compared with what …

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Sharpening Your Skills

There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to honing your skills. There is only constant development and improvement. There will always be someone more skilled than you at whichever skill you fancy yourself good at. The best thing you can achieve is a high proficiency in a …

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Those Who Brought You Here

Here is where the lesson of vulnerability will take its next step. So far, you have hopefully been vulnerable with yourself. Now, it’s time to take that vulnerability to the people who instilled the lessons you have identified within you. Your physical activity should include a combination of exercises …

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Split Personality

MANY PEOPLE HAVE A SPLIT PERSONALITY WHEN IT comes to negotiation and conflict - one style they use at the office and a very different style they bring out at home. Sometimes this is their natural style, and in other cases they've cultivated a specific style in one setting over time …

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Always Be Prepared

So, how do you persuade other people? Although there’s no formula that will work every time, it’s helpful to think about persuasion as a process with distinct but overlapping stages. At first this might seem counterintuitive—a really good persuader makes it look so easy. Effortless, even. People …

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Working With Agents

Let’s start by talking about contracts with agents, because most traditionally published authors start out by securing an agent, who then sends their work out to publishers on submission. Some authors do it the other way around: get a publishing contract first and then look for an agent to …

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Imperial Legacies

How the imperial past affects the present is a polarizing subject that provokes strong emotions, with some of us instinctively verging towards crediting empires and their legacies, whilst others castigate them. Are empires (and neo-empires) essentially responsible for the world’s ills? Or, as regrettable as past inhumanities are, did …

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What Are Games Good For?

But even given all of this, why worry about the accessibility of digital game creation at all when other forms—like the short story or novel—are already established and available for non-professionals to work in?Answer: because different forms are suited to different kinds of expression, and some are …

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The Anatomy of Failure

Why on earth would you resist being of power? What’s to be feared that would make living in a comfort zone more appealing? Like me, you’re probably up to some extraordinary things and being bold in certain areas, possibly even empowering others to do the same. That’s …

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The World's Greatest Guitarist?

Eric Clapton once called John Mayer, “one of the greatest guitar players in the world.” And, although it might pain you to admit it, knowing the somewhat smarty pants attitude of Mayer - and the fact that he sometimes might rub people the wrong way - there’s no real denying the …

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