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From Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women. First book that ever really blew me away as a student.


Canadian student has “out of body experiences” whenever she wants

After attending a lecture on “out of body experiences,” a 24-year-old student from the University of Ottawa approached her professor saying, “I thought everybody could do that.” She can apparently do this at will — making her the first person with this condition to be studied.

The resulting paper, which now appears in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, describes the condition as something of an illusion, where a person’s ability to track their body’s position in space and time has somehow become externalized. In this extraordinary case, the university student claims she can do this whenever she wants — to induce the feeling that she can experience her body moving outside the boundaries of her physical body, while remaining aware of her unmoving physical body.

So, if you’re a neuroscientist studying this particular person, what do you do? You put her in a brain scanner, of course. Writing in ABC News, Gillian Mohney explains more:

[Claude] Messier and his co-author interviewed the student and had her undergo an MRI to see if her brain activity might shed light on her unusual ability.

Messier said the girl first noticed her ability when she was a child and had a hard time going to sleep during naps. To pass the time she would “float” above her body.

"I feel myself moving, or, more accurately, can make myself feel as if I am moving. I know perfectly well that I am not actually moving," the student told the researchers. "In fact, I am hyper-sensitive to my body at that point, because I am concentrating so hard on the sensation of moving…For example, if I ‘spin’ for long enough, I get dizzy."

Messier said at some point the student’s brain showed similar activity to that of a high-level athlete who can vividly imagine themselves winning a competition. One difference, however, was that her brain activity was focused on one side, and the athletes usually show activity on both brain hemispheres.

Messier said more study was needed, but he said that this discovery could mean many more people have this ability but find it “unremarkable.” The discovery could be similar to how synesthesia, a mix of multiple senses, was discovered in a wider population.

Alternately, the ability could be something that everyone is able to do as an infant or child, but lose as they get older.

Wild stuff. Typically, this condition happens as the result of an injury, psychological illness, lesions on the brain, or from a drug that induces the illusion. The researchers speculate that this ability might be present in infancy but that it’s lost without regular practice. They also hypothesize that it’s more prevalent in young people… and that it’s a skill that might be developed.

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Visual Development from The Jungle Book by Walt Peregoy

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Fabulous new pixel strip from Sam Alden!

We’re EXTREMELY excited to present a new story by Sam for our next issue…   FRONTIER #5: SAM ALDEN!  (coming in September)


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Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.
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no but selyse in 4x02

Selyse just burned her brother alive, and I think we need to look at her behaviour for the rest of the episode in that context. 

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We thought, ‘Wait, it has to be all women, don’t even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we’ll have achieved our own revolution.’ It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.
Dave Grohl on inviting only female singers to perform with Nirvana (Rolling Stone, 2014)

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Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Annie Clark and Lorde @ Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2014.

Oh my. This is the best photograph I have seen this year so far. The coolest thing ever. Each of these fantastic musicians performed with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear at the Rock and Roll Hall of fame Induction Ceremony last night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. There are a few fan made videos out there that are worth checking out. Kim  sang on ‘Aneurysm’, Joan on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Annie on ‘Lithium’ and Lorde on ‘All Apologies’. I think Kurt would approve.

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One of the greatest parallels in The Lion and the Rose is that between what Sansa and Theon are made to endure.  Of course Theon’s torment is more physical than Sansa’s for numerous reasons (first and foremost being that Theon himself is guilty of great crimes and is tortured by a man even crueler than Joffrey and with more of the means to cruelty at his fingertips/fewer social mores to protect his victims) but there’s a clear line drawn between the two.

In Theon’s scenes, he’s tortured by Ramsay physically and psychologically and made to endure this torment and the news of sorrow and the loss of the one man he’s ever respected and loved without faltering.  But the thing about Theon’s tale is that it’s supposed to tell us that no matter how horrifying and horrible you have been, you never deserve what Ramsay has done to him, ever.  No one deserves to be dehumanized and tortured the way that Theon is.

And Sansa endures great tragedy and torture and constant threat to her mind and her person with a grace and elegance no one else could ever dream of.  But what’s more is she endures it and manages to maintain the quality that is most essential to her - her kindness.  Even after years of being psychologically destroyed and sold off to a monster who’s family murdered hers, of being forced to smile as the death of her mother and brother and father are bandied about as jokes, and profess her loyalty to the man who had them all done in, that she can still find it within herself to be kind is what makes her so spectacular.

Theon spent all of season 2 telling you why he deserved better from this life, but Sansa never did.  The truth is she doesn’t whine and she doesn’t tell you how hard her life was because it wasn’t.  She was a beloved fairytale princess until she wasn’t.  She thought she would marry a King until the day she started praying that she wouldn’t.  All she wants is to go home.

And at the end of the day, that’s what Theon wants as well.  They both want to go back to Winterfell.  They both want to return to the life that they always dreamed themselves beyond.  And that’s what makes their parallel stories so powerful.

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Just before nightfall I decided to take a walk outside. The sky was low, enveloping any object in its reach. It formed a dull, purplish haze - like nothing I’d seen before. The streets were empty. Not a single soul was out. It was oddly peaceful - imagining I was the only one left.

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