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Ben C. O. Grimm
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Comments in my Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics collection consisting of religious proselytizing, tinfoil hat / chemtrail / 'there was no moon landing' / 'vaccination leads to autism' and other unsubstantiated conspiracy nonsense will be deleted on sight. I block enthusiastically. Unfollow this collection if you don't agree, or are being probed by aliens or microwaved by NASA (or the other way around).
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~ Non-Verbal Smell Test May Be Indicator Of Autism ~ [Science 2.0] :: When we smell a rose, we might take a deep breath to get the the sweet but subtle floral scent - and in a public bathroom we would wisely do just the opposte. Yet people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't make this natural adjustment like other people do, autistic children go right on sniffing in the same way, no matter how pleasant or awful the scent. Researchers writing in a new paper suggest that non-verbal tests related to smell might serve as useful early indicators of ASD. Earlier evidence had indicated that people with autism have impairments in "internal action models," the brain templates we rely on to seamlessly coordinate our senses and actions. It wasn't clear if this impairment would show up in a test of the sniff response, however. "The difference in sniffing pattern between the typically developing children and children with autism was simply overwhelming," says Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. :: #neuroscience #autism #asd
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Oh jeez. :/
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It looks like Scotland just now.
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~ Nachtvlinders tegen overlast bij het uitgaan in Rotterdam ~ [AD] :: Hard praten, wildplassen en zwerfvuil vormen vaak een grote bron van ergernis voor omwonenden van Rotterdamse uitgaansgebieden. De komende zes weken worden de overlastgevers door acteurs op hun storende gedrag gewezen door verklede nachtvlinders. Het project Nachtvlinder 010 gaat vrijdagavond van start. :: #Rotterdam
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Hard praten, wildplassen en zwerfvuil vormen vaak een grote bron van ergernis voor omwonenden van Rotterdamse uitgaansgebieden. De komende zes weken ...
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Is er iets in Rotterdam, dat wel mag zonder gezeur
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~ 'Sin free Facebook' attracts thousands ~ [BBC News] It certainly beats proselytizing on our social networks! :: A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned. The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month. There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an "Amen" button for expressing appreciation for a post. Ummaland, a social network for Muslims which launched in 2013, currently has around 329,000 members. :: #atheism
A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content is completely banned.
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~ Memory System May Overcome Diverse Disorders ~ [Scientific American] :: The human brain possesses an incredible capacity to adapt to new conditions. This plasticity enables us not only to constantly learn but also to overcome brain injury and loss of function. Take away one capability, and little by little we often compensate for these deficits. [..] It now appears that a single brain system—declarative memory—can pick up slack for many kinds of problems across multiple neurodevelopmental disorders. This system, rooted in the brain's hippocampus, is what we typically refer to when we think of learning and memory. It allows us to memorize facts and names or recall a first grade teacher or a shopping list. Whereas other memory systems are more specialized—helping us learn movements or recall emotional events, for instance—declarative memory absorbs and retains a much broader range of knowledge. In fact, it may allow us to learn just about anything. :: #neuroscience
Declarative memory, rooted in the hippocampus, could help the brain pick up slack for diverse impairments across many developmental disorders such as autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder
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Some years ago, there was a program showing brain scans on how the brain changes - adapts. It's malleable.

This brings to mind a news item in the early 90s about a young Russian man who suffered considerable brain damage (I think from a motorcycle accident). He would go on to learn over 100 languages. At that time he was beginning to learn Navajo (not easy).
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It's Spanish, people.
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Si, señor.
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Is Pyrrhus a Greek word?
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If Europe ditched its veto system, which almost necessitates humoring or buying off needy countries like Greece, and exchanged it for a normal majority system, lots of this would disappear.
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"How come Americans write the month first?"
"That's how you say it, month first."
"What's the date today?"
"It's the fourth of July."

[ Twitter - @ItsAndyRyan ]
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Thank you +Ben C. O. Grimm could not agree more.
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~ Ruim een jaar cel voor NOS-indringer Tarik Z. ~ [NOS] :: Tarik Z. is veroordeeld tot 2,5 jaar cel, waarvan de helft voorwaardelijk. De rechtbank acht hem onder meer schuldig aan gijzeling. De scheikundestudent viel het NOS-gebouw op 29 januari binnen met een gasalarmpistool en gijzelde een beveiliger. Hij eiste zendtijd in het journaal van 20.00 uur. Na korte tijd werd hij overmeesterd door agenten. Z. zei vorige maand in de rechtszaal dat hij het volk had willen waarschuwen voor "de fundamenten van het huidige monetaire systeem" en voor "de grootschalige manipulatie" door de NOS. Tegen de 20-jarige Z. was vier jaar cel geëist, waarvan een jaar voorwaardelijk. Deskundigen hebben vastgesteld dat hij geen stoornis heeft en dat psychische behandeling dus niet nodig is. ::
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De rechtbank acht hem onder meer schuldig aan gijzeling.
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mmmm bacon
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Read my full profile ('About') before you decide to circle me! Married, Dutch, FreeBSD Geek/Forums Mod, a(nti)theist, science lover, and stable male person. If you decide to circle me for commercial or proselytizing reasons: fuck you very much. Note: I own my posts and all comments under them. I actively delete comments from trolls and throwaway accounts (no avatar, no or few followers, nonsensical/fake profiles, etc.).
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When anyone wants to debate the content of an external article that I post, don't assume it is written by me, or that I necessarily agree with it. I post a wide variety of articles of interest to atheists, secularists, and progressives. If those were all exemplary of my own opinions I'd be a raving schizophrenic.. External articles are always posted in the form of: 

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Anything before or after that would be a personal comment. My own opinions and ideas look like regular Google+ posts.

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Topics I post about include: atheism, political activism, progressive politicsphysics, maths, cosmology, astronomy, biology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience

Circle me:

If you're interested in rationalityscienceatheism (the disbelief in gods), anti-theism (the position that belief in deities is actually harmful), anti-religionism (the position that all supernatural/irrational/spiritual belief systems are actually harmful), skepticism (within reason, some issues are beyond questioning by now), secularism (freedom of and from religion, church/state separation), social/political activism, and social progress: by all means, be my guest. 

Me:

I'm informed, educated, and old enough by now to know what view of society I feel most comfortable with. You will need empirical evidence and solid reasoning to convince me of the contrary. I'm a typical European secular and rational left-winger. I don't hide that. I tend to share a lot of information and ideas about the "Circle Me" topics, and I welcome constructive comments. 

Welcome.

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“There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.” 
-- Daniel Dennett

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I actively discourage people who push their +1 activity into other people's timelines. See here how to stop doing that: https://plus.google.com/106166434029666510237/posts/QsH5eYQ7MMu

I actively mute or even block people who push notifications for their posts my way. I have circles to follow people; I don't need them shouting in my ear.
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My girl calls me the love of her life. She is the love of my life. We are now married. Beat that.
Education
  • Leiden University
    Political Science, 1988 - 1995
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Communication Science, 1989 - 1993
  • Erasmus University
    Politics & Business, 1992 - 1995
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Ben Grimm, BenGrimm, Ben C. O. Grimm, BenCOGrimm, Benjamin