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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis report that the part of the brain that young people use when daydreaming is the same part of the brain that degenerates in old people with Alzheimer's. What's most striking about the AP wire story is not the news of this discovery, however, but the conclusion to which it is reported to lead. "It suggests the normal brain activity of daydreaming fuels the sequence of events leading to Alzheimer's." I'm not sure whether the researchers themselves would agree to this formulation, but it certainly is a striking one. Searching for the path to long-lived mental acuity? May we suggest a life without hope for a better, different future. The ideological implications are staggering.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 25th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
All that looking around can lead to a degeneration of the eye. May we recommend a blindfold?
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: August 25th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Uh-oh. Looks like I'm going to get Alzheimer's. My teachers used to write on my report cards, "Does not work up to her potential" and "Spends too much time daydreaming."

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 25th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too!
From: e4q Date: August 25th, 2005 07:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
and did they compare lifelong dedicated daydreamers with a group of non daydreamers? i've got pictures of einstein's brain that suggest he used certain parts of his brain a lot - surely if you daydream a lot it should be nice and strong in that bit? muscular, fit daydreaming! ha. daydreaming gyms, what would they look like?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 25th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Libraries? :-)
From: e4q Date: August 25th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
hahahahaha, yeah. and art studios, and streets, and trees, and kittens and lakes
From: e4q Date: August 25th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
actually, windows, especially train windows
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

daydreaming olympics...

mused quite a bit about this - very modernist of me to have daydreams about daydreaming - and i just heard a fab radio show about creativity (the second one) and am now listening to the previous one in the series on the puter, and it seems just as good. here is the link, check it out http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/creativegenius.shtml
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: daydreaming olympics...

Thanks. I'll have to check that out.
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