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The Neuroscience of True Grit [Preview]

When tragedy strikes, most of us ultimately rebound surprisingly well. Where does such resilience come from?

By Gary Stix


Image: Photograph by Adam Voorhes. Photographed at The Department of Psychology and Institute for Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin

In Brief

  • Convention held that psychological resilience to life’s stresses remained a fairly rare event, a product of lucky genes or good parenting.
  • Research into bereavement and natural disasters has found in recent years that the quality of resilience is, in fact, relatively commonplace.
  • People respond to the worst life has to offer with varied behaviors, some of which might be classified as narcissistic or dysfunctional in some other way.
  • But these behaviors—coping ugly, as one researcher calls it—ultimately help with adaptation in a crisis.
  • The question arises whether interventions to teach resilience—programs already instituted in schools and in the military—will really help if people cope naturally on their own.

In fall 2009 Jeannine Brown Miller was driving home with her husband after a visit with her mother in Niagara Falls, N.Y. She came upon a police roadblock near the entrance to the Niagara University campus. Ambulance lights flashed up ahead. Miller knew her 17-year-old son, Jonathan, had been out in his car. Even though she couldn’t make out what was happening clearly, something told her she should stop. She asked one of the emergency workers on the scene to check whether the car had the license plate “J Mill.” A few minutes later a policeman and a chaplain approached, and she knew, even before they reached her, what they would say.

The loss of her son—the result of an undiagnosed medical problem that caused his sudden death even before his car rammed a tree—proved devastating. Time slowed to a crawl in the days immediately after Jonathan’s death. “The first week was like an eternity,” she says. “I lived minute by minute, not even hour by hour. I would just wake up and not think beyond what was in front of me.”


full article – Scientific American – pay site


I read this issue when it first came out.


Collectively and individually

Not just being able to laugh at oneself, but also the nature and frequency – the range and variation of humour able to be expressed.


Because it’s not just about the ability to read and express emotions and limit social capablity to being able to merely respond in kind or in proportion.


But also the ability to display a complexity and nuances, a variety of behaviours and not come across as rigid or stiff and uncomfortable. Behavioral markers people should be paying attention to in their would be political, religious, workplace or social group leaders.


We know enough history and enough about behavioural psychology to be vigilant at the ballot boxes to ensure that the citizens will never need to be armed against the government.


and the measure of a civilization is not the technology or the complexity of production of wealth.


but in the quality of life of the citizens and the social contract being fair, equitable and easy for each person individually and sub groups collectively to be able to work and play well with each other in a way that every person has the ability and access to opportunities to work at their best and fullest capacity in accordance with their interest and effort.


to have shelter and food security, basic survival to be so assured a given as to really not be a worry.

because if you have to worry about your literal survival on a daily basis. then that’s unjust and unsupportable in a global awareness community.


and there’s really no excuse for anyone individual or nation to be isolationist when the world is literally and meaningfully accessible to you on your fucking cell phone or computer or other net gadget.


Invented by atheists and gays. seriously. we’re scientists, inventors, artists.


we make your world worth living and fun


so think about that the next time you say that we don’t know what love is all about.


because the piece of paper that marriage is and the rights that they trigger


don’t compare to what love is really about and commitment






Just 30 SECONDS of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) rates of activity.

The radiant light and flicker rates of TV cause the brain to drop down to a level of activity somewhere between Alpha and Theta – essentially a sleepy dreamlike state of mind where the higher critical functions are turned off.

Any information imbibed from t

he TV by-passes our logical, critically thinking sieve and goes straight into those sub areas of the mind associated with more emotive response.

Most of the Public is under Hypnotic Programming through a Near Dream-like Trance Mindset. Overall, Our Brain Waves have Slowed Dramatically over the past 50 years.

Solutions: Turn Off Your TV, Meditate, Listen To Truth and Infowar Talk Radio, Intake enough Essential Oils and Healthy Saturated Fats, and Daily Liquid Mineral Supplement..

TV Is A Psycho-Social Weapon

The Effect of Television Frame Rate on EEG Abnormalities in Photosensitive and Pattern-Sensitive Epilepsy;jsessionid=C6703F6D4481F25DCC7EC1690E8A6E21.d01t01?v=1&t=h4xl4b2l&s=dce18fb460ca2a6ed2e37cbd67838fb32833f333

Department Of Defense Doc evidence of the Flicker Rate (Cathode Ray Tube, etc)

Introducing the Shut In Stand Up, Nina Tryggvason on TELEVISION!
Smoking And Vitamin-D
Most of us, including three quarters of American adults are vitamin-D deficient, which may cause serious problems. According to National Institute of Health, “vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis… Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the intestine and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone…Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation…”

According to a new study led by Nancy E. Lange, M.D., MPH, of the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, vitamin-D may delay deterioration of smokers lungs. The study performed on more than 600 adults for over 20 years indicates that vitamin D sufficiency has a protective effect on lung function in smokers (Vitamin D sufficiency is defined as serum vitamin D levels of >20 ng/ml).

And I think, not only in terms of what you nourish your body with, so it can renew and rebuilt, heal and maintain itself – but also is an an indicator of how adventurous your spirit is and how connected you are to your fellow humans and the rest of the world.

In many ways, the transportation system that allows us to sample the produce of the world from the convenience of  your local grocery store is a wonderful way to have a shared experience with other people in other regions.

and not everyone lives within a 100 miles of where food is grown or produced.

urban sprawl and that for the first time in human recorded history, more people live in urban cities than in rural farm lands…….

not a good thing for that many people to be disconnected with nature and unconscious to how food is produced and it’s impact on the health of the planet.

climate change is natural but the human activity of slashing rainforest for grazing land, the manure and methane and chemicals – including hormone disrupting pesticides – produced by agriculture and industry -in addition to the radioactive pollution and expended nuclear rods created by the nuclear industry – which we do not manage well, when the best maintained and operated plants are in high seismic zones as is the case for Japan – or as the Chernobyl plant was caused by a head engineer who really did not understand the science or the procedures to use the equipment – and he ordered an unsafe test that caused that meltdown and cancer rates around the globe to increase….

we need to be more sustainable in our approach to both nutrition of ourselves and the planet – the only one we have and we have to learn to share it – work and play well with others.

Solar, wind and wave energy is perpetual – at least as long as the planet is around – best to tap into these sustainable sources – and create untold number of jobs – from research/development, construction, maintenance and operation.

Every home could have solar panels o their roofs to offset the power grid, instead of being a heat sink or merely reflective of the heat back into the atmosphere.

underwater turbines, made safe for wildlife would generate more reliable power than wind, being a constant source of motion – and really, we’d be tapping into connection between the earth and moon.

building agricultural density – towers with indoor farming instead of workstations – better pest control by moving farming indoors to high density – making it possible to grow food in city limits and control the pest by simply controlling the building access – beneficial insects like bees would also benefit from a secure from parasites and predators like wasps environment.

harmony with nature, understand the science  and adopt a philosophy of curious compassion towards your fellow people, their cultures, alternative ways of living and be creative with living.

life is an an experiment and it’s up to each of us whether we are designing and operating the experiment of our lives or if we’re someone else’s lab rat.

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