Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

It is summer here in New Zealand.  And many of us are on our holiday.  We are getting outside, walking the dog and generally relaxing.  Walking, tramping is mind improving.

Get off your computer, go for a walk.

While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies […]

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Can creativity beat death? New study suggests creatives worry less about dying — ScienceDaily

I find this encouraging, especially at a time when, it seems to me, the forces of destruction are in ascendance.  Those of us who seek to build:  families, buildings, songs… anything; we fear death less.  My view has always been, when we have made the best contribution we can, then we can let go and relax.  Satisfied with my work.  Clearly, I’m not Bob Dylan, but I am happy to achieve.

What about you, are you happy with your achievements?

Creative people, such as newly-announced Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan, are often thought to be motivated by the desire to leave an enduring cultural legacy. Through their creative work, creatives such as Leonard Cohen and David Bowie continue to live on in our culture even after passing away.

Source: Can creativity beat death? New study suggests creatives worry less about dying — ScienceDaily

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Beauty has a dark side: Morbid curiosity explained — ScienceDaily

Everyone loves a good train wreak.  Eric G. Watson.

This book, which I have not read looks fascinating; now on my reading list.

I  view curiosity as one of my most important motivators.  Why else would I spend so much time studying and teaching, and I am still a “student” on the electoral roll, in part, because I expect to stop exploring a few days before I die.

But curiosity has a dark side; subjects that are dangerous to explore or taboo.  We gossip and follow fire trucks; curiosity can take us places we would be better not going.  Eric Watson explores this, concluding that an honest look at the dark side: death, failure, accidents and so forth, can rattle our complicity and sense of entitlement, leading to action and a feeling of gratitude, thus helping us on our way.   Keeping us humble and human.

Certainly ideas worth exploring.

Source: Beauty has a dark side: Morbid curiosity explained — ScienceDaily

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This Is What An Ancient Egyptian Woman Looked LIke

This is interesting.  A mummies head was scanned and her features reconstructed.  A fascinating project for the students and scientists involved and great to read.  Additionally, she was anaemic probably because of parasites.

Using the latest technology and hours of work, a multi-disciplinary ensemble of researchers has recently “brought back to life” the face of an Egyptian mum

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From theoriginal article

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Cross Connect Magazine

Source: Cross Connect Magazine

Follow the link to see more of these amazing artworks.

Amazing.

From Cross Connect Magazine

From Cross Connect Magazine

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Sounds from the sea: Sperm whale pod clicks – world of whales

This is wonderful.  Please take time to listen to a sound of nature.  Remember life will prevail on Earth whatever humans do.

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In lament of the NZ Farm – Pure Advantage

Toward a resilient and sustainable way of life in New Zealand we must diversify away from intensive agriculture.  Business as usual is an enormous risk.  Here is why.

On the road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture. Colleague and Christchurch based technology strategist Ben Reid, recently tweeted that New Zealand is in danger of fast becoming the “Detroit of Agriculture” – a rustbelt left behind after production has moved elsewhere.” Unfortunately, I am inclined to agree.  With technologies, science and new business models …

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From Henry Work FLICKR

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Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity? — ScienceDaily

What a find for a Sunday afternoon.  Curiosity is one of my most important drivers.  Ultimately I earned my science degrees because I was curious and because learning is fun.  And clearly humans are successful, to a degree, because we are curious.  But the public perception and the science is less positive.  After all, “Curiosity killed the cat”.  And the more I read about curiosity the more “transgressive” I understand it is.  And those in power prefer their subjects to lack curiosity.

I’m curious, how will we build a resilient and sustainable society?  The clearer our understanding of curiosity is the clearer our thinking and our actions are.

The link is to a Science Daily summary of a recent review, “The Psychology and Neuroscience of Curiosity”  (Kidd, C. and Hayden,  B.Y; 2015).  Neuron Perspective.  I searched the title and have the full paper.  I am sure it will make interesting reading.

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it ‘the lust of the mind.’ Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was ‘the most useful gift.’ And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ask a group of scientists to define curiosity and you’ll get a rousing debate. No more, argue researchers in a review of curiosity science. They propose it’s time for researchers to organize and focus on curiosity’s function, evolution, mechanism, and development.

Source: Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity? — ScienceDaily

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STEWIT from Flickr

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Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music | TED Talk | TED.com

Music transforms lives.  Certainly music changed and is changing my life.  What about yours?  What ever age you are, begin.

And humour, and fun!

 

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‘It’s not about your age, it’s about your ideas’: the teen power list

I think this article from the Guardian builds on my book review. Young people are amazing innovators. The best point here is that the areas of impact are across: science, art, media, culture, …. STEAM in all its glory.

Wonderful; young leaders; citizens, building sustainability and resilience, and solving challenges.

Meet 25 young activists, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and big thinkers shaping your future

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