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"I gave my three year old daughter some worthless coins, and jokingly told her that she was rich. She went and hid the coins away, and I forgot all about them. Around the same time, my oldest daughter got a bunch of money from her aunts and uncles for her birthday. A few months later, we needed money for food, and I asked my oldest daughter if we could use some of her birthday money. She refused. I almost started crying, because I thought then that I had completely failed as a parent. But suddenly, my youngest daughter appeared, and gave me back the handful of coins that I had given her."
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The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place
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ACTIVIST WHO URGED KILLING OF ISRAELIS NOMINATED FOR TOP EU AWARD 52 European parliament members nominated a controversial Egyptian activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, 32, for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, despite his having advocated the assassination of Israelis and political leaders in Egypt and called for an end to the State of Israel. Debating the Palestinian issue, Abdel Fattah, wrote on November 15, 2012, that “there is a critical number of Israelis that we need to kill and then the problem is solved.” The following day, he wrote: “there should be no equal relations with Israel or any other relations. Israel must come to an end.”
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Palestinian Poetry Slam

From Palestinian Media Watch:Islamic hate speech on PA TV

My reaction:

anyone at all, can write a poem
its not very hard to let your mind roam
just make sure it rhymes
discuss “israeli war crimes”
but 67 years later no home.

You can throw rocks at cars
shoot random rockets from far
whine about occupation,
and not having a nation
but we already know who you are.

one day you might use your brain
I know that it will cause you great pain
but your entire story
is just a little bit hoary
and you are a loser in the end just the same.

(Source: israellycool.com)

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BINGE ON BURNS: Stream all 14 hours of Ken Burns’s THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History online now via your local PBS station website, Roku and Apple TV.