The old joke about how a woman can’t have sex because she has a headache has some truth to it: our brains continually wage war within themselves over which thought?or impulse?will “win” and get our full attention and action. Creative people who want to use their intuitive, unconscious minds often write or paint while listening to music or even watching TV. This keeps the logical part of the brain occupied so the more creative part can do the work.
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Half the people in the world have brains that are infected with Toxoplasma parasites. The eggs of this parasite live in the guts of cats until the parasites hatch and make their way up to the cat’s brain. Are they dangerous? They can be, but in very subtle ways.

Bill Christensen writes in LiveScience.com that at first scientists didn’t think these parasites were a problem, because when they intentionally infected rats with them, the rats seemed fine. But then they found that the brains of these infected rats were subtly different from those of ordinary rats.
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Drugs and music seem to go together naturally, but if you take Ecstasy while listening to loud music, you may get permanent brain damage. Is there a scientific way to predict which songs will be hits? Scientists have tried to find a method to do this for movies, now they want to find a scientific method that will help create hit songs. Will this work any better than their movie methods, which have so far left Hollywood cold?
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The New York Times recently interviewed professional baseball players, who all said that when they’re on a hitting streak, the baseball looks the size of a grapefruit, but when they’re doing badly, it looks about the size of an ant. The mind controls all sorts of things, including how we see ourselves and our bodies.

Whether you feel fat, thin or in between has little to do with the reality of your body, because a person’s self-image is an illusion constructed in the brain.
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