by Michael Ho

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genes, mind, statistics, stress

DailyDirt: Mind And Body Interactions

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

The mind works in mysterious ways. There are all sorts of studies that try to connect how the mind can affect its surroundings. Bending spoons probably won't fool too many people these days, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions about placebos and other "mind-controlled" effects. Perhaps the fundamental problem is that people in general are just inherently bad at statistics and interpreting data and correlations. Whatever the case may be, here are some quick links about mind-over-matter topics.
  • Stress might be able to affect your genes. So far, just yeast cells have been shown to have genes changed by stress. Maybe larger organisms' genes are affected by stress, too? [url]
  • In a 1997 survey, 18 million Americans reported having a near death experience (NDE)... and neurologists are studying the states of consciousness that can "blend" during an NDE. They might figure out how Inception really works while they're at it. [url]
  • Conquer your fears and self-doubts with acceptance. Easier said than done! [url]
  • Does ESP exist for predicting sexy pictures? Statistics don't lie... err, yes they do all the time. Guessing something right 53% of the time doesn't sound like ESP. [url]

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      Michael Ho (profile), 12 Jan 2011 @ 11:26pm

      Re: Tests

      This is also probably a case of poor peer review... I'd guess that this ESP paper is more about how "random number generators" are not really random than ESP.

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