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Psychologists: Scrooge's Transformation Parallels Real Life-Changing Experiences

Sudden change of 'heart and mind' can occur. 

"Bah, humbug!" is the line most closely associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous miser from "A Christmas Carol." But the authors of a new study on life-changing experiences give author Charles Dickens high marks for his portrayal of Scrooge's sudden switch to saintliness.

Former grad student Jon Skalski and Brigham Young University psychology professor Sam Hardy conducted an in-depth study of 14 people who experienced profound, sudden and lasting change. They say the fictional Scrooge would fit right in.

"Like our participants, Scrooge was suffering," Skalski said. "There was disintegration. There was a world that was ripe for change because of suffering going on."

article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121218121216.htm?utm
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Google’s New Director Of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, Is Building Your ‘Cybernetic Friend’

World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves. “I envision in some years that the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking,” he said at an intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus.
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An excellent history of Monty Python
Even if you're already a cogniscenti, this article is still a fascinating read. 
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/the-beatles-of-comedy/309185/?single_page=true
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Exercise can extend your life by two to five years

Janssen and his team used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Health Interview Study mortality linkage, and U.S. Life Tables to estimate and compare the life expectancy at each age for adults who were inactive, somewhat-active and active.

"Active" was defined as doing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. They found that men at age 20 were estimated to gain as much as 2.4 years of life from moderate activity. Women at age 20 gained about 3 additional years from engaging in moderate activity.  The biggest benefit from physical activity was seen in non-Hispanic black women, who gained as many as 5.5 potential years of life.

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