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Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: Interstellar spoilers requested
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:51:04 am »
Anne Hathaway poses in the same position for 15 minutes, making you think the film has frozen.


Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: Craniosacral therapy - woo?
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:50:23 am »
The theory behind craniosacral therapy is not particularly wooey.

Quote from: RationalWiki
Practitioners claim there are small, rhythmic motions of the cranial bones, which they attribute to cerebrospinal fluid pressure, or perhaps arterial pressure. The therapist places their hands on the patient's head and (apparently) tunes into the craniosacral rhythm, the regular flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to move through the spine more easily. They then lightly palpate the patient's body and focus on the communicated movements. After this, the theory becomes wildly inconsistent between different authorities and practitioners.

Given that a rhythmic (though daily, rather than more frequent) process of cranial fluid managed to be missed until 2012 (see Nigel's Neuroscience Nook), I think it is possible that the autonomous rhythm, pulsation of the craniospinal fluid that Osborne described is not mythical.

After having outlined the theories of cranial osteopathy (SUTHERLAND, KARNI, UPLEDGER, and, more recently, CLAUZADE and DARRAILLANS), the authors refute the latter point by point. "Primary respiration" is in fact a way of thinking, and the various bones making up the calvaria and base of the skull, which are solidly synostosed in the adult, are clearly incapable of the pretended rhythmic displacements "described" by the osteopaths. Moreover, the C.R.L., like any liquid, is incompressible and mildly pulsatile. Conversely, although the brain clearly shows rhythmic pulsations, which every neuro-surgeon notes every day, the latter are exclusively connected to the vascular system.

Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: Die Antwoord
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:48:43 pm »
Yes.  They are.

Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: Um. I don't. How...WTF WTF
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:26:18 pm »
Shit, you found it.

I've been looking for that, as it was a picmeme a few days ago, but when I google-fu'd it, nothing came back.

Can you verify that source?

Still, in certain contexts, valid advice.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Rosetta has landed!
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:30:25 pm »
Humans are capable of this.

So why the hell do we continue to demonize the Other?


The last month or two has really struck a blow to my understanding of humanity.

Rudyard Kipling put it quite eloquently (as one would expect):

I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

Oh, that's good.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Cult literature on Russian
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:00:51 am »
You're going to have to foster a boatload more social currency before you can enact something like this.  Try saying hi and having a conversation for a few weeks, first.

Wow, that was fast.

Are you gonna post that to FB groups and ruin their day?

Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: HAY ALTY, YOU SHOULD LEAVE ALASKA.
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:56:19 pm »
Yet another reason I don't post in those threads very often.

Richard Nixon Presents: Alaska / Re: HAY ALTY, YOU SHOULD LEAVE ALASKA.
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:38:02 pm »
It takes on subtler shades when it's a forum.  IRL, you're speaking, you can see how someone reacts, even if they don't say anything.

I tend to be fairly quiet when a person I respect is upset.  I tend to listen, not speak.

I don't want to exacerbate the emotional level.  I neither want to goad, nor defend.  On a forum, this is incredibly hard to do in a post, since even a post of "I read the post" can be taken the wrong way; dismissively, for example.

No one posting a response is not the same as people ignoring a post.

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