May 132014
 

Question by : What can neuroscience tell us about individual differences in intelligence?

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Answer by Ano Nymous
1. location of brain activity for various tasks (i.e. which structures are involved in what)…pretty standard actually but some differences in left-handed vs right-hand people, certain mental disorders (i.e. enlarged ventricles in schizophrenia), brain damage/neurological disorders/trauma/anything medical that might affect the brain/individual’s plasticity

2. which neurotransmitters enhance or inhibit intelligence; optimal levels

3. contributing factors to intelligence and various types of intelligence (i.e. tendency for long-term potentiation or the neuroscience term for the process of “learning”)

4. How all these things might function differently in different people to produce similar or dissimilar results

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Dec 212013
 

Question by Devil’s Advocate: Why do we need to tell others about Jesus? Can we not let them be happy with their own beliefs & religions?

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Answer by God Will Mind-F**k-Cripple You
No.

“Because we’re not happy until you’re not happy.”

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Apr 262013
 

Question by BrokenDemonWings-_-: Can any one tell me what books are good summer books for a sixteen year old?
i’ve read ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ right before school was out but now am in a bind. i cant find a good book to read and i want to leave some good ones for the school year. I am a nineth grader going into the thenth.

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Answer by Eric S
The Fountainhead (there’s also a movie to facilitate your reading :)

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Apr 212013
 

Question by dilymammoth: Can you tell me any famous alchemists?
I’m doing a little research on alchemy and famous alchemists. I know that Geber (Abu Musa Jabir Ibn Hayyan) might have transmuted lead into gold and I read about Nicholas Flamel (who might have created a Philosopher’s stone. Please could you provide me with more alchemists who have had any luck transmuting or creating the Philosopher’s stone?

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Answer by Momiji
look in wikipedia it wil list al the famous alchemist

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Feb 232013
 

Question by Steve A: Can anyone tell me what was William Butler Yeats obsession with the occult was?
And how it influence his poetry?

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Answer by vicky
William Butler Yeats is one of the many famous names to come from the original Golden Dawn. His poetry and writings were a display of his passion for mysticism and the Occult Sciences. These were largely expressed in various publications (e.g. Your Pathway), earning him the Nobel Prize in 1924 for literature. But more important was his desire and striving for knowledge of that which is beyond what we know and that of the unknown.
William Butler Yeats was third-generation Irish, born in Dublin on June 13, 1865. From day one he was up against a wall regarding his religious beliefs, for his grandfather was a deeply Orthodox Rector in the Church of England, while his father was a complete religious skeptic. With this conflict already in place, young William walked the very fine line of between faith and disbelief.
Being faced with this dilema, Yeats was destined to find the balance by whatever means necessary. This first step occurred after reading numerous text on the subjects of Occultism, the Tibetan Mysteries, Buddhism, and other beliefs. All of these subjects ignited his desire to learn and to know. Aside from his readings, what further expanded his desire was his discovery of a society purporting to be Ancient and non-European. This new movement simply called The Theosophical Society, claimed to have the ability to offer a “synthesis” of religion, science, and philosophy. For at that particular time in human development, none of these three disciplines were ready to integrate with the other, but this is what fascinated Yeats. This is what he longed for.
Upon hearing of the Society, Yeats soon met the founder, Madame Helene Blavatsky, and was very intrigued by her. After many metaphysical conversations with her and many hours of long thought on the issue, Yeats took one of his first steps on his path of occult wisdom, and joined the famed Theosophical Society of London. The Society provided Yeats with a kind of outlet that he needed to express his thoughts and feelings that the Victorian society of the time might have considered risque or improper. After attending various Theosophical meetings, Yeats felt at home.
William felt this way at least on an outside level. But deep on the inside, his heart had another desire that the Society could never touch. Being around others who shared similar lines of thinking was a step in the right direction for Yeats, but he realized that there was more to all this learned knowledge than just plain talk. With the thoughts in his mind forming very strongly, Yeats was once again yearning for more than what his universe had revealed.
But soon after this discovery was made, Yeats also discovered that fellow members of the Theosophical society felt the same. It was at this point that Madame Blavatsky was approached by such people, asking for more. She obliged, and formed an additional branch to the Society called, “The Esoteric Section.” This branch of the Society dared to venture into the area of magic and hoped to prove to others that Occult phenomena is possible. This was the answer to Yeats prayers, (to an extent). In addition, the E.S. assured everyone that they would not actually be practicing magic but would be undergoing the necessary magical training before magical power was entrusted to the student.
Such magical training consisted of the learning of magical and esoteric symbols, correspondences, creating interrelationships between the seasons, various parts of the body, the five elements, colors, numbers, etc.
As fulfilling as all of this new knowledge and experience was, Yeats soon lost hope in this new branch, due to the fact that all experiments performed by the E.S. were quite unsuccessful. Several took place; raising the ghost of a flower, evoking a dream by use of a symbol under the dreamer’s pillow, all of which failed. Once again, Yeats felt that something was missing. After witnessing many failures and only minimal success, Yeats lost hope in this new branch, and felt it was time to continue on, rather than stay stagnant. This led to his discovery of another society, which many of his friends in the T.S. were joining. This new organization was beautifully titled,

“The Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn.”

The Golden Dawn satisfied Yeat’s need to dig into his very core, and unleash what has been buried for so long. As Yeats soon discovered, the Golden Dawn Incorporated traditional European Cabalistic Magic and astrology, as opposed to the wisdom of the East. In addition, the Golden Dawn encouraged exploration and wielding of power (over the material universe, unlike Blavatsky who constantly warned students against the practice of phenomena and oftentimes discouraged it altogether.) This highly pleased Yeats, and allowed him to open his magical aspirations to as high as he would go.
Aside from knowing various friends in the Golden Dawn that were previously attending the T.S., Yeats’ decision to join the Golden Dawn can be credited to one of the Order’s founders: S. L. MacGregor Mathers. His magical powers left a strong and lasting impression upon Yeats, and assured him of the validity of the Golden Dawn’s Work.
Instead of handing him theories on how and why things work, the Golden Dawn showed him the answers, gave him the desired results, and the freedom and the opportunity for constant experimentation and expression. This expression was further reflected in his writings. For example, his poem, Images, makes many references to various Occult meanings.

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Feb 172013
 

Question by faithless: Is it getting increasingly difficult to tell what is reality and what is not?
You turn on the the TV and there is a program about ghost hunters or mediums all edited to look real.
At the bookshop there is a row of New Age books.
The Mystic Crap shop is full of crystals and stuff.
Everywhere there is dial-a-psychic, horoscopes, lucky charms, ghost tours, every sort of woo for sale.

Given that we base our reality on what we see around us and what our peers believe is it any wonder that people are mistakenly believing that the paranormal is real?

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Answer by Gazoo
Only if you aren’t sane or are really gullible.

I base reality on reality, not what suckers believe.

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Dec 172012
 

Question by DarknessLiesWithin: Are there any books or websites that tell exactly what the Wicca religion is?
I’d like an answer from a real Wiccan, or someone who doesn’t have anything against Wicca. Thank you.

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Answer by Kacy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmd64f9C21s

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Nov 102012
 

Question by calzrhe: Can someone tell me what biophysics is all about?
I heard it’s a new field, and is supposed to incorporate the different divisions of sciences including physics, biology, and chemistry, in order to solve problems related to how living organisms react to certain conditions, etc. Can someone tell me more about it? What can I do if I should major in it?

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Answer by ENGC
Basically, you conduct research related to all of the interactions/systems within the cell (e.g. DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis), and how those interactions are regulated.
Here is a list of techniques that you would use:
-Fluorescent imaging techniques
-electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography
-NMR spectroscopy
-atomic force microscopy (AFM)

Here is a sample list of topics that you would study if you were to major in it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_biophysics_topics

Hope this helps, and good luck!

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May 202012
 

Question by : Can anyone tell me which episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood have homunculi in them?
I’m writing something and I need to know the event of the show that mainly involve homunculi and I don’t want to watch the WHOLE movie an constantly wait for something homunculus related. If I how which episodes I need to watch, and be ready to take notes right away. Lots of thanks all who give decent answers.

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Answer by DreamingOfASong
Wow, that’s a tall order. Let’s see… the homunculi (at least one of them or more) appear in these episodes:

01 “Fullmetal Alchemist” (Wrath as King Bradley)
03 “City of Heresy” (Lust, Gluttony)
05 “Rain of Sorrows” (Lust, Gluttony, Envy)
04 “An Alchemist’s Anguish” (Wrath as King Bradley)
07 “Hidden Truths” (Lust, Gluttony)
08 “The Fifth Laboratory” (Lust, Envy)
10 “Separate Destinations” (Lust, Envy, Wrath as King Bradley)
13 “Beasts of Dublith” (Greed)
14 “Those Who Lurk Underground” (Greed, Wrath)
16 “Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms” (Envy)
18 “The Arrogant Palm of a Small Human” (Gluttony)
19 “Death of the Undying” (Lust, Gluttony)
21 “Advance of the Fool” (Wrath as King Bradley)
22 “Backs in the Distance” (Gluttony, Wrath as King Bradley)
23 “Girl on the Battlefield” (Gluttony, Wrath as King Bradley)
24 “Inside the Belly” (Gluttony, Envy)
25 “Doorway of Darkness” (Gluttony, Envy, Wrath as King Bradley)
26 “Reunion” (Gluttony, Envy, Wrath as King Bradley)
28 “Father” (Gluttony, Envy, Greed)
29 “Struggle of the Fool” (Gluttony, Envy, Greed, Wrath as King Bradley)
30 “The Ishvalan War of Extermination” (Envy, Wrath as King Bradley)
31 “The 520 Cens Promise” (Envy)
32 “The Fuhrer’s Son” (Pride as Selim, Wrath as King Bradley)
34 “Ice Queen” (Sloth)
35 “The Shape of This Country” (Sloth)
36 “Family Portrait” (Sloth)
37 “The First Homunculus” (Pride)
40 “Homunculus (The Dwarf in the Flask)” (Wrath as King Bradey)
42 “Signs of a Counteroffensive” (Envy, Pride, Sloth)
43 “Bite of the Ant” (Envy)
44 “Revving at Full Throttle” (Greed, Wrath as King Bradley)
45 “The Promised Day” (Envy, Greed, Wrath as King Bradley, Pride as Selim)
46 “Looming Shadows” (Gluttony, Pride, Sloth, Wrath as King Bradley)
47 “Emissary of Darkness” (Gluttony, Greed, Pride)
48 “The Oath in the Tunnel” (Gluttony, Pride)
49 “Filial Affection” (Greed, Pride)
51 “The Immortal Legion” (Envy, Pride, Sloth)
52 “Combined Strength” (Envy, Pride, Sloth)
53 “Flame of Vengeance” (Envy)
54 “Beyond the Inferno” (Envy)
55 “The Adults’ Way of Life” (Sloth, Wrath as King Bradley)
56 “The Return of the Fuhrer” (Greed, Wrath as King Bradley)
57 “Eternal Leave” (Greed, Wrath as King Bradley)
58 “Sacrifices” (Greed, Wrath as King Bradley)
59 “Lost Light” (Pride, Wrath as King Bradley)
60 “Eye of Heaven, Gateway of Earth” (Greed, Pride, Wrath as King Bradley)
61 “He Who Would Swallow God” (Pride, Wrath as King Bradley)
62 “A Fierce Counterattack” (Greed)
63 “The Other Side of the Gateway” (Greed)
64 “Journey’s End” (Pride as Selim)

Phew, that should be all them and their appearances. I hope this helps you :)

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Apr 182012
 

Question by mtheoryrules: Consciousness thought experiment tell me what do you think?
If I were to make an exact replica of me and that replica shared all my exact experiences would I experience consciousness simultaneously from both bodies or would there still be two distinct forms of consciousness?
Is an individual more then the sum of its parts or are we all just the result of determinism.
What say you all?

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Answer by andy g
this is kind of like quantum suicide.

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