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How to prevent growing old?

2014 August 27
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This Don't Grow Old BBC documentary is about how far researchers have gone trying to find an elixir of youth.  Remarkable discoveries suggest that aging is something flexible that can ultimately be manipulated.  Horizon meets with the scientists attempting to piece together why we age—and more vital for all, what we can do to prevent it.

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Daily Thoughts for August 27

2014 August 27
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Quickly assess what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Why?  It pays to know why you continue to do whatever since many times you forget why and are just doing it because you always did it this way.

From Millionaire to Homeless

2014 August 26
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         This is a story about a man who was a millionaire in Great Britain and is now homeless, living without money and family in a caravan somewhere in Lisabon, Spain.

        Comunidade Vida e Paz is a nonprofit organization in Portugal dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Lisbon with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets. It operates a daily meal program through the dedication of its volunteers and is not only serving food and clothes, but also gives homeless people confidence they need to become productive members of society again and leave life on the streets.  If they don´t want to leave the streets, Comunidade Vida e Paz volunteers are there to help them make their way of life a little easier.

 

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Daily Thoughts for August 26

2014 August 26
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Under pressure to do something you have not done and want to get it over with quickly?  Just say you have not had time and others will smile and measure you by such a lie...but admit that you did not want to do it and see what happens then.  You will be surprised, but delighted that you got out the truth rather than continued to mislead your mind.

People Who Outsmart Computers

2014 August 25
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Daniel Tammet (born January 31, 1979 as Daniel Paul Corney) is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. Tammet has been studied repeatedly by researchers in Britain and the United States, and has been the subject of several peer-reviewed scientific papers.

FYI:  Mental calculators are people with a prodigious ability in some area of mental calculation, such as multiplying large numbers or factoring large numbers. Some rare mental calculators are autistic savants, with a narrow area of great skill and poor mental development in other directions, but many are people of normal mental development who have simply developed advanced calculating ability. A good many are also experienced scientists, linguists, writers, and so on.

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Daily Thoughts for August 25

2014 August 25
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Now that you are centered on reading these words...stop, or pause...let it sink in that you need not rush now.  All you have to do is either done or about to run much smoother because you paused, took a deep breath, and then moved on with a smile on your face. (Test it if you doubt it!)

Heirs of Genghis Khan

2014 August 24
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A regret of mine is that i was unable to trek off to Mongolia last year or the year before due to chronic back problems caused by too many years of sitting and wrtiing...alas and alack...So I was delighed to discover this wonderful documentary filmed in those regions. 

In the vast steppes of Siberia, where winter lasts ten months we meet three unique races that still survive…This documentary takes us to the far off regions of Mongolia to explore the wandering life and survival techniques of Genghis Khan’s descendants…who still live in this inhospitable environment. Highlighted is an itinerant camp consisting of ‘works gers’ , traditional Mongolian tents and an intense activity including training horses, herding goats and camels husbandry. In the Taiga, under boreal forest we'll find Tsaatan people, whose lives are closely tied to reindeer husbandry. Their presence in these forests is in danger due to its closed society, where inbreeding has caused genetic deterioration.  Also covered is a thriving village of itinerant Kazakh farmers, who are expert falconers.  This provides an opportunity to closely observe the breathtaking hunts of huge eagles with two meter wingspan and seven kilos of weight.  (Click on more for more on the history of the people.)

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Daily Thoughts for August 24

2014 August 24
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On the way to being You there are many people you will interact with now, but they are going to either help or hinder and usually it all depends upon you and what you do.  You can help another and expect them to extend the same help to you when you need it, but usually you are far down the path after that and require others to help you then.  Remember that and cast your good will toward many more than you might otherwise care to include in your tribe.

From Humanism to Trans-Humanism

2014 August 23
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Breaking News about Trans-Humanism - Mixing Human DNA with Animal DNA!! This is an eerie, bizarre - yet entertaining mash-up of coverage on scientific developments regarding the human genome and  the nascent ability to design future humans. Clearly, such developments must have gone much further than those publicly announced.  There are manifold philosophical and spiritual ramifications to all of this, too many to even fathom-- really.  It’s not my intention to preach, so you the viewer are free to make up your mind about the dawning of this Post-Human World.  

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Daily Thoughts for August 23

2014 August 23
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No doubt about it?  Then you are ready to go, but go slow at first...you may have forgotten something and it is better to discover it before you get too far.