So… we had mormon missionaries come to our house today. They were talking about different prophets throughout time:

Elder S.: And so came the new prophet,

Me: Joseph Smith.

Elder S.: Yes! And he lived in America…

Me: Rochester, New York. In 1823, that is. Before that, he moved around a bit.

Elders S. & R.: Yes! And at that point, after the vision of God and Christ, he saw a vision of an angel…

Me: Moroni.

Elders (obviously thinking): Wow, she must have read some before we got here! This is awesome - she’s taking it seriously! We must be getting though to her.

Me (thinking in song): That’s right: that young man spoke to God. (He spoke to God?) And God said: Joe, people really need to know that the bible isn’t two parts… there’s a part three to the bible, Joe.

My mother and I were trying not to laugh the entire time or break out into song. Elder R. was EXACTLY like Elder Price - I kept expecting him to sing You and Me (But Mostly Me). AND THEY COULD BOTH SING. (Elder R. ended up playing Mumford & Sons’ Reminder on my acoustic guitar.)

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neurosciencestuff:

Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity
To further advance our understanding of the brain, new concepts and theories are needed. In particular, the ability of the brain to create information flows must be reconciled with its propensity for synchronization and mass action. The theoretical and empirical framework of Coordination Dynamics, a key aspect of which is metastability, are presented as a starting point to study the interplay of integrative and segregative tendencies that are expressed in space and time during the normal course of brain and behavioral function. Some recent shifts in perspective are emphasized, that may ultimately lead to a better understanding of brain complexity.
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neurosciencestuff:

Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity

To further advance our understanding of the brain, new concepts and theories are needed. In particular, the ability of the brain to create information flows must be reconciled with its propensity for synchronization and mass action. The theoretical and empirical framework of Coordination Dynamics, a key aspect of which is metastability, are presented as a starting point to study the interplay of integrative and segregative tendencies that are expressed in space and time during the normal course of brain and behavioral function. Some recent shifts in perspective are emphasized, that may ultimately lead to a better understanding of brain complexity.

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not-strictly-speaking-comical
Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?”

Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being “The First” (via yahighway)

Men don’t appreciate the amount of self-control women have to exercise in order not to spend their entire lives facepalming.

(via vulvanity)