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All Humans Have A Blind Spot!

HUMANS ARE BLIND

The human eye sends signals to the brain that allow us to navigate our environment. For the most part, we see things as they are. However the human eye has a blind spot — located at the area of the retina where the optic nerve leads to the back of the brain.

 

These spots in each eye are symmetrically aligned; at each given moment one eye is compensating for the blind spot, or loss of vision, in the other. We take information from what surrounds that blind spot and fill in the blank.

 

Unless you’re Superman, you can only see what scientists call “visible light.” Some animals are able to see infrared and ultraviolet, but we cannot. Also humans are unable to distinguish the difference between polarized and non-polarized light, but many birds can.

 

Light passes through the pupil directly to the retina, where the light is “digested” by proteins. The information the retina receives from the amount of light given is sent through the optic nerve to the brain. This tells us what we are seeing — or what we think we see.

 

This can tested by covering one eye and focusing on one singular detail. A corner of your line of vision falls away and the details are blurred.

 

Cameras are instruments that capture exactly what the eye sees… more or less.

 

A Selected History of the Camera

400 B.C. Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti first discovers a version of the pinhole camera. He refers to his invention as the “locked treasure room,” essentially a darkened room with only  a pinhole in the window shade, through which light can project images on the opposite wall.

 

350 B.C. Aristotle appropriates Mo Ti’s technology to safely observe solar eclipses.

 

1021 Abu Ali Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham, an Egyptian man, is the first to document the technology of pinhole cameras in a book called Book of Optics. Not until the 19th Century will the “camera obscura” be combined with photosensitive paper to record images.

 

1839 Louis Jacques Daguerre presents his Daguerreotype process to the French Academy of Sciences, and the Daguerreotype camera is born. Early Daguerreotype cameras require exposure times as long as 30 minutes and are incredibly cumbersome. The earliest of these devices are today some of the most expensive cameras available.

 

1883 After toiling with wet-plate technology for years, George Eastman announces the invention of the first dry photographic film.

 

1888 Eastman begins selling the Kodak camera, which is designed to utilize the new Kodak film in rolls. These revolutionary inexpensive and portable devices come loaded with 100 exposures. Once all exposures are used, the whole camera is sent back to Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., for reloading.

 

Little more than a hundred years later, the now indespensible smart phones do all kinds of amazing things including taking pictures that are easily and instantly shared with friends thousands of miles away.

 

Much of this posting is courtesy of Timeline Theatre Company’s current production, Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West in its midwest premiere. The playwright is Naomi IIzuka.

 

Talking about things you can see and not see…. would you like to see how easy it is to find out if going in to your own business is right for you. Do you need to find some way to make more money? If your answer to that question was YES, read on.

 

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE, is a complete guide to starting your own home based business. Fred Broitman is a well known mail order authority and principal at SUNMAN DIRECT, Chicago’s largest independently owned mail order advertising agency has completely revised and up-dated his  book. This comprehensive manual to help you start, run and manage your own mail order business includes an all new section on how  to use the power of the Internet so that you can sell anywhere in the world right from your home.

 

Chapters include:

HOW TO GET STARTED

HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START

HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS

SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS

and an entire chapter of 14 SURE FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS.

 

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George Lauer — The Man Who Changed The Way Everyone Shops!

The Biggest Surprise is That Neither He or His Company Patented It

 

On a Sunday afternoon in 1971, an I.B.M. engineer stepped out of his house in Raleigh, N.C., to consult his boss, who lived across the street. “I didn’t do what you asked,” George Lauer confessed.

 

Lauer had been instructed to design a code that could be printed on food labels and that would be compatible with the scanners then in development for supermarket checkout counters. He was told to model it on the bull’s-eye-shaped optical scanning code designed in the 1940’s by N. Joseph Woodland, who died in December. But Laurer saw a problem with the shape: “When you run a circle  through a high-speed press, there are parts that are going to get smeared,” he says “so I came up with my own code.” His system, a pattern of stripes, would be readable even it was poorly printed.

 

That pattern became the basis for the U.P.C., the Universal Product Code, which was adopted by a consortium of grocery companies in 1973, when cashiers were still punching in all prices by hand. Within a decade, the U.P.C. — and optical scanners — brought supermarkets into the digital age. Now an employee could ring up a cereal box with a flick of the wrist. “When people find out  that I invented the U.P.C., they think I’m rich,” Laurer says. But he received no royalities for this invention, and I.B.M did not patent it.

 

As the U.P.C. symbol proliferated, so, too, did paranoia  about it. For decades, Laurer has been hounded by people convinced that he has hidden the number 666 inside the lines of his code. “I didn’t get the meat,” Laurer said ruefully, “but I did get the nuts.”.

 

This article first appeared in the New York Times Magazine January 6, 2013 under the byline of Pagan Kennedy.

 

Did you know there’s a Museum dedicated  to the bar code? The ID History Museum is run by Bill Selmeier who was interviewed for this story:

You worked at I.B.M. in the 1970’s and then helped promote the U.P.C? Yes, I started the seminars where we invited people from the grocery and labeling industry into I.B.M. We were there to reduce their fear.

 

What were they afraid of? They were afraid that anything that didn’t work right would reflect badly on them — particularly if it was only their own package that wouldn’t scan. The guy from Birds Eye said “My stuff always has ice on it when it goes through the checkout.” So we put his package in the freezer and took it out and showed him how it scanned perfectly.

 

Why are you still so interested in the history of the U.P.C. code? Let me put it this way: What bigger impact can you have on the world than to change the way everyone shops?

 

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How To Find Great Products
How To Make Your Business Profitable Right From The Start
How To Price Your Product or Service For Biggest Profits
Secrets of Creating Winning Mail Order Ads
14 Seure Fire Check Off Lists That Guarantee Huge Profits
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PROOF OF HEAVEN? ….. You Decide!

 Join Doctor’s Journey to the Afterworld’s Gates!

For years Dr. Eben Alexander III had dismissed near-death revelations of God and heaven as explainable by the hard wiring of the human brain. He was after all a neurosurgeon with sophisticated medical training.

But then in 2008 Dr. Alexander contracted bacterial meningitis. The deadly infection soaked his brain and sent him into a deep coma. During that week as life slipped away, he says, he was living intensely in his mind. He was reborn into a primitive mucky Jell-o-like substance and then guided by “a beautiful girl with high cheekbones and deep blue eyes” on the wings of a butterfly to an “immense void”  that is both “pitch black” and “brimming with light” coming from an “orb” that interprets for an all-loving God.

Dr. Alexander, 58, was so changed by the experience that he felt compelled to write a book, “Proof of Heaven,” that recounts his experience. He knew full well he was gambling his professional reputation by writing it, but his hope is that his expertise will be enough  to persuade skeptics, particularly medical skeptics, as he used to be, to open their minds to an afterworld.

Dr. Alexander acknowledged that tales of near-death experiences that reveal a bright light leading to compassionate world beyond are as old as time and by now seem trite. He is aware that his version of heaven is even more psychedelic than most — the butterflies, he explained, were not  his choice, and anyway that was his “gateway” and not heaven itself.

Still, he said  he has a trump card: Having trained at Duke University and taught and practiced  as a surgeon at Harvard he knows brain science as well as anyone. And science, he said, cannot explain his experience.

“During my coma my brain wasn’t working improperly,” he writes in his book. “It  wasn’t working at all.”

Simon & Schuster, which released the book on Oct. 23, is betting that it can appeal to very different potentially lucrative audiences: those interested in neuroscience and those interested in mystical experiences. “This book covers topics that are of interest to a lot of people: consciousness, near death and heaven” said Priscilla Painton, the executive editor at Simon & Schuster, who acquired the book. After being published simultaneously in hardcover, paperback and e-book format, it rose instantly to No. 1 on the New York Times’s paperback best-seller list and was there again a week later. Ms Painton would not elaborate on what type of audience  the book had attracted so far, but she did say she expected it to continue to be a big seller. The publisher has printed nearly one million copies, combined hardcover and paperback , to be snapped up at  airports and as stocking stuffers at big retailers like Target and Walmart. Another 78,000 digital copies have been sold.

In a recent interview at the Algonquin Hotel lobby in Manhattan, however, Dr. Alexander made it clear that he was less interested in appealing to religious “believers,” even though they had been a hard core audience for similar books.

He rejected the idea that readers of his book would be the same as those who bought “Heaven is for Real a mega best-seller about a preacher’s son who sat on Jesus’ lap during a near-death experience.

“It is totally different,” he insisted. “Those who believed in heaven when they read the book were not happy. They didn’t like the title. They say, “This is not scientific proof.” In fact, he said, “Proof of Heaven” was not his idea for a title. he preferred “An N of One,” a reference to medical trials in which there is only a single patient. Wearing a yellow bow tie, Dr. Alexander talked about his career and his years at Harvard, sounding every bit the part of a doctor one might  trust to drill open skulls and manipulate their contents.

He left Harvard in 2001, he said, because he was tired of “medical politics”. In 2006 he moved to Lynchburg VA., where he did research on less invasive forms of brain surgery through focused X-rays and digital scanners. Then the meningitis felled him.

After recovering, he originally planned to write a scientific paper that would explain his intensely vivid recollection. But after consulting the existing literature and talking extensively  to other colleagues in  the field he decided no scientific explanation existed.

“My entire neocortex — the outer surface of the brain, the part that makes us human — was entirely shut down, inoperative”, he said. He hesitated nevertheless. It took him two years, he said, even use the word God in discussing his experience. But then he felt an obligation to all those dealing with near-death experience, and particularly to his fellow doctors. He felt compelled to let them know.

So far he has spoken at  the Lynchburg hospital, where he was treated, and said he has been invited to address a group of neurosurgeons  at Stanford. But these invitations, he acknowledged, do not mean that his theory is gaining ground among doctors. In private conversations. he said, very few of his colleagues offered counterarguments. Some agreed with his conclusion that science could not explain what he saw, but none of them were willing to be named in his book.

Other former colleagues reached for comment were not convinced. Dr. Martin Samuels, chairman of the Neuorolgy department at Brigham and Women’s hospital, a Harvard teaching affiliate, remembered Dr. Alexander as a competent  neurosurgeon. But he said: “There is no way  to know, in fact, that his neocortex was shut down. It sounds scientific, but it is an interpretation made after the fact.”

“My own experience,” Dr. Samuels added, “is that we all live in virtual reality, and  the brain is the final arbiter. The fact that he is a neurosurgeon is no more relevant  than if he was a plumber”.

Dr. Alexander shrugs off such analysis. He still hopes to tour “major medical centers and hospices and nursing homes,” he said  to relate his experience in distinctly medical environments.

His message to those who deal with dying is one of relief. “Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body” he said, “It is eternal, and no one has seen one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.”

This article appeared in  the New York Times, The Art Section, November 26, 2012.

While your brain is working overtime to absorb the information contained in Dr. Alexander’s fascinating new book, take a time-out  to consider your future.

Have you ever wanted to own your own business? To become free from the dependency of a job?

Consider owning your own mail order business with little cost to get started. With the help of the Internet you can start and run your own business with low overhead right from your own home.  You can sell a product or service direct to the consumer no matter where they live…. and  it’s easier to get started than ever before.

My book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE was written to help men and women start their own lifetime business and become independent and successful. It has been described by experts in the field as “the definitive guide to starting your own home based business.”

Long time mail order expert Fred Broitman’s newly revised edition will help you to get started in a business of your own.

You’ll learn:

  1. HOW TO GET STARTED
  2. HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE
  4. HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  5. SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  6. 14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE PROFIT
  7. and included in this new edition… COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for $29.95 and shipping is FREE. Send check or money order along with your name and address to: SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago IL 60601.

The book is sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfaction or your money back.

FIRE — SPARK OF GENIUS

Did fire influence  the evolution of the human mind?

Thomas Wynn is the author of this article which appeared in the December 2012 issue of SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE.

The next time you find yourself lost in thought while gazing at a fireplace ablaze or even a solitary candle flame, consider this: Being mesmerized by fire might have sparked the evolution of the human mind.

It’s well-known that fire enabled the survival of early humans by providing warmth as well as a means to cook food and forge better weapons. Yet research into cognitive evolution — a field  of study that brings together psychology, anthropology, neuroscience and genetics — suggests that fire’s most lasting impact was how our responses to it altered our brains, helping endow us with capabilities such as long-term memory and problem-solving.

FIRE — led to a profound change in how our brains regulate time

Archaeological evidence suggests that the controlled use of fire began with Homo erectus who emerged nearly two million years ago. For those early hominids, a fire at night served as a light source and a way to deter predators. John Gowlett, a University of Liverpool archaeologist, argues that this innovaton led to a profound change in how our brains regulate time. After the sun goes down, our ape cousins spend the entire evening asleep or inactive in nests. But the creation of artificial daylight enabled the hominid brain to adapt and evolve to the point where humans now remain alert and active for over 16 hours a day.

Psychologist Frederick L. Coolidge of the University of Colorado further argues that fire altered the quality of sleep. During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the most vivid dreaming occurs and the brain consolidates long-term “procedural memories,” which allow us to retain skills and repeat previously learned tasks.

The downside is that REM sleep is accompanied by a form of near paralysis known as muscle atonia — not the state you want to be in if you’re surrounded by animals that want to eat you. Using fire to keep predators away would have made it safe for early hominids to indulge in more REM (modern humans spend 25 percent of sleep in REM, compared with up to 15 percent for apes and monkeys), improving their ability  to learn multistep tasks such as tool manufacturing.

Fire might also have improved our ability to think about many things at once and relate them to one another. This “working memory” is an essential trait for imagining and executing complicated plans. Psychologist Matt Rossano of Southeasten Louisiana University speculates that small social groups first achieved  this altered mental state some 100,000 years ago around the campfire.

Focusing on a specific object — in this case, fire — is a way to achieve a meditative state. The brain regions that activate to trigger meditation overlap extensively with the regions governing working memory. And, since meditation also has benefits for health, Rossano proposes that evolution would have favored those who were good meditators, allowing them to pass their ability along to their progeny.

By regulating attention, our ancestors were able to make contingency plans — in which alternative responses to problems were planned in advance. These attributes gave us a marked advantage in the face of competition from archaic humans such as Neanderthals; they also underpin our ability to cope with the huge variety of tasks required by modern life. The most enduring tool that fire ever made might just be the human mind.

Now that I have a better idea of how we learned to think…. Think about how you can solve the problem of how to survive. Now may be the right time for you to consider a business of your very own.

      Here’s a business of your own that you can start with very little money and you can operate right from your home. Very little cost! it’s a no-brainer. The business is MAIL ORDER. The internet allows you to sell a product or service anywhere in the world for very little out-of-pocket cost and with the newest edition of my book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE to guide and show you  the way, it’s easier than ever.

As a reader of my postings I would like to offer you a way to get started and save you $10 to boot.

This book has been described by many experts in the field as a Complete Guide to Starting Your Own Home-Based Business
you will learn:

  • HOW TO GET STARTED
  • HOW TO  FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE FROM THE START
  • HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  • SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  • 14 SURE FIRE CHECK-OFF LISTS  THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS
  • and included in this revised edition: COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO  SUPER CHARGE YOUR MAIL ORDER BUSINESS

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can order it direct from the publisher for only $25.95 and no charge for s&h.

Send check or money order for $25.95 along with your name and address to: SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago IL 60601


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