When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. — Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (via erraticintrovert)
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This should be on every billboard across the world until people truly understand it’s meaning and everyone accepts everyone else as equals
This is perfect wow
Guy on the left isn’t even a Muslim, he’s a Sikh…
…That moment when people are STILL confused on the difference between a Muslim and a Sikh…Wow.
LOL when will people understand that other people wear turbans too not just muslims
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In the solitude of your mind are the answers to all your questions about life. You must take the time to ask and listen. — Bawa Mahaiyaddeen (via unconditionedconsciousness)
The US government is turning migrants into criminals by prosecuting many who could just be deported. Many of these migrants aren’t threats to public safety, but people trying to be with their families. — Grace Meng, US researcher at Human Rights Watch (via humanrightswatch)
Clouds in the Head: New Model of Brain’s Thought Processes
A new model of the brain’s thought processes explains the apparently chaotic activity patterns of individual neurons. They do not correspond to a simple stimulus/response linkage, but arise from the networking of different neural circuits. Scientists funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) propose that the field of brain research should expand its focus.
Many brain researchers cannot see the forest for the trees. When they use electrodes to record the activity patterns of individual neurons, the patterns often appear chaotic and difficult to interpret. “But when you zoom out from looking at individual cells, and observe a large number of neurons instead, their global activity is very informative,” says Mattia Rigotti, a scientist at Columbia University and New York University who is supported by the SNSF and the Janggen-Pöhn-Stiftung. Publishing in Nature together with colleagues from the United States, he has shown that these difficult-to-interpret patterns in particular are especially important for complex brain functions.
What goes on in the heads of apes
The researchers have focussed their attention on the activity patterns of 237 neurons that had been recorded some years previously using electrodes implanted in the frontal lobes of two rhesus monkeys. At that time, the apes had been taught to recognise images of different objects on a screen. Around one third of the observed neurons demonstrated activity that Rigotti describes as “mixed selectivity.” A mixed selective neuron does not always respond to the same stimulus (the flowers or the sailing boat on the screen) in the same way. Rather, its response differs as it also takes account of the activity of other neurons. The cell adapts its response according to what else is going on in the ape’s brain.
Chaotic patterns revealed in context
Just as individual computers are networked to create concentrated processing and storage capacity in the field of Cloud Computing, links in the complex cognitive processes that take place in the prefrontal cortex play a key role. The greater the density of the network in the brain, in other words the greater the proportion of mixed selectivity in the activity patterns of the neurons, the better the apes were able to recall the images on the screen, as demonstrated by Rigotti in his analysis. Given that the brain and cognitive capabilities of rhesus monkeys are similar to those of humans, mixed selective neurons should also be important in our own brains. For him this is reason enough why brain research from now on should no longer be satisfied with just the simple activity patterns, but should also consider the apparently chaotic patterns that can only be revealed in context.
Admiring the view | by Roger Nelson.
Cooking gave us not just the meal but also the occasion: the practice of eating together at an appointed time and place. This was something new under the sun, for the forager of raw food would have likely fed himself on the go and alone, like all the other animals. … But sitting down to common meals, making eye contact, sharing food, and exercising self-restraint all served to civilize us. — Michael Pollan on how cooking civilized us. (via explore-blog)
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How long then will you seek for beauty here?
Seek the unseen, and beauty will appear.
When the last veil is lifted neither men
Nor all their glory will be seen again,
The universe will fade — this mighty show
In all its majesty and pomp will go,
And those who loved appearances will prove
Each other’s enemies and forfeit love,
While those who loved the absent, unseen Friend
Will enter that pure love which knows no end. — Farid ud-Din Attar (via ajarfullofdreams)
Have a nice sunday!
The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind — Caroline Myss (via elige)
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“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”
Mihrab (prayer niche), A.H. 755 / A.D. 1354–55. Isfahan, Iran.
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Multimedia: Artist Imran Qureshi Creates ‘Dialogue’ in Site-Specific Installations
As the acclaimed Pakistani artist returns to New York City with a major new installation, a look back at his site-specific work for Asia Society Museum in 2009.
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Brian Eno, born on May 15, 1948, on art.