June 08, 2007
Ignorance IS Bliss
Study: Neanderthal Brain Less Troubled [Discovery Channel News] -
Neanderthals likely did not possess the cognitive complexities of modern humans and, as a result, probably did not suffer from schizophrenia and certain other mental disorders, according to a new theory.
The theory proposes that language, creativity and many mental diseases are linked, due to the fact that they may originate in the neocortex, as well as the densely cell-packed cortex, located towards the top of the brain. These brain regions appear to mature and develop more slowly than other areas.
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June 15, 2007
I'm taking today off, just because. I'm realizing that I can and should use my vacation time, and not just for actual trips.
On my own this weekend. Yesterday I only had a half day at work and was in database training the rest of the day. Afterwards I was able to walk over to the mall and look around without worrying about the time or other people's tolerance for shopping. These days I'm directing my spare dollars to cutting down my credit card debt, but I still like to window shop and pick up something now and then, and only if it's marked down enough.
Some plans have fallen through, but that's ok. I'm gonna do some reading, catch up on my Netflix discs and the Tivo. I have to go order my dress tomorrow for my sister's wedding, take one of my cats in for some follow-up. My family doesn't really get into Hallmark holidays so I don't think we'll be getting together.