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From Homeless Shelter To Science Star!

Talent Finalist Is An Incredibly Amazing Kid, once was Homeless!

 

In March, Lane Gunderman, a senior at the University of Chicago Lab High School, will fly to Washington, D.C. to compete for one of the nation’s most prestigious high school science awards. The 18-year-old is one of 40 finalists — out of more than 1,700 applicants — for the Intel Science Talent Search.

 

Such an achievement may not seem unusual for a student at an elite private school. But Gunderman’s journey to reach this point has been anything but typical. Six years ago, he and his family were homeless and living in a crowded Chicago North Side shelter. Schoolwork, he says, is what helped him get by.

 

There wasn’t much to do at the shelter, and there was very little privacy“, he said the other day. “I focused my attention on on schoolwork — especially since lights had to be out at 8 P.M. Through his tenacity in the classroom, Gunderman who now lives in an apartment with his mother and younger sister, has found a niche in the intellectual hive of the University of Chicago.

 

Lane was brought into a completely different part of the city and culture; he started out a little introverted and shy,” Lab School Assistant Principal Asra Ahmed said, “he’s an incredibly amazing kid that’s never asked for any special treatment — even when he should have. He rose to the challenge of this school and has done exceptionally well.”

 

Gunderman said his family has been “poor or extremely poor” for his whole life. They always managed to scrape by, but in 2006, Gunderman, his parents and two siblings lost their apartment. Over the next several months, they stayed with a relative in a pop-up trailer and moved around the Chicago area.

 

When his parents divorced that same year, the bottom fell out. One night his father dropped the family at a police station and drove away. Gunderman and the others slept on a bench in the police station, later moving to a temporary overnight shelter. The family spent the next year or so in various homeless shelters. Previously home-schooled by their mother, Gunderman and his siblings enrolled in public school for the first time.

 

Gunderman gained the attention of teachers for his dedication to schoolwork. He received high grades and did well on tests, leading teachers to suggest he could make it to the U. of C. Lab School. Gunderman’s application to Lab and back story stood out, Ahmed said. he was accepted and awarded a full scholarship from the Malone Foundation, a group that provides educational options for gifted children.

 

After a year of living in homeless shelters,, Gunderman and his family managed to stay in various apartments. And after 3-1/2 years at Lab School, Gunderman is thriving both academically and socially. He was accepted last year into the school’s Summer Link Science Research Program, which helps place science-focused students in real lab settings. Gunderrman was able to work with Greg Engel, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, in a lab where his Intel Science project was born.

 

Last summer Gunderman joined a working team of scientists and graduste students on a project that “explains how photosynthesis uses quantum physics,” Engel said. After just a few weeks of working together, Engel said he realized Gunderman’s immense potential in the field. “Lane jumped into a dfficult project in a complex system. It was great fun watching him tackle big questions in the field,” Engel said. “He’s so driven and talented, I think he’s someone with potential to be a truly spectacular scientist.”

 

Over the summer, Gunderman created a computer simulation of his project, along with an in-depth analysis of the work.  That was submitted to Intel in November and this week he found out he was one of 40 finalists and could win up to $100,000. “It’s the dream of a science teacher to see someone achieve what Lane has,” said Lab School biology teacher Sharon Housinger, who had encouraged Gunderman to apply to the Summer Link Program.

 

Gunderman has big plans for his future. He has applied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago and is also looking at schools like Harvard, Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. The trip to Washington, though will be his first time aboard an airplane. He admitted he’s a little nervous about that. “It’ll be an adventure to my next adventure,” he said.

This article written by Chicago Tribune reporter Bridget Doyle appeared in the Tribune January 25.

 

Hope you were as inspired as I was when I first read Lane Gunderman’s story. It truly shows what an individual can do when one has the right attitude and is willing to seek their next adventure. Perhaps your next adventure could be owning your own business. I know it made a difference in my life when I opened my own business in 1970 and saw it grow into Chicago’s largest independently owned mail order advertising agency and it could make a difference in your life, too.

 

With just a computer and an internet connection you could be in business for yourself in just a few months selling your products all over the world from your own home. The book I wrote HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE contains everything I’ve learned about mail order selling. Mail Order experts have called it “the definitive guide to success in direct response/mail order.” It is a complete guide to starting your own business.

 

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  1. HOW TO GET STARTED
  2. HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START
  4. HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  5. SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  6. 14 SURE FIRE CHECK-OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEES SUCCESS

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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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HOW TO FAIL… THE KEY TO SUCCESS!

A String of Failures Is Far More Valuable Than A String Of Wins.

Very early in my advertising career, a client taught me a very important lesson.

At the first agency I worked for my boss, the man in charge of recommending which magazines should carry this clients first advertisements asked me to make these recommendations. A little scared and not wanting to make any mistakes, I did my best to do some research. My boss went on vacation and was not available. Not wanting to delay my task, I recommended 5 magazines for their first advertising with our company. Shortly after their ads ran I called the client to find out how their advertising performed and was told that 4 did well but the 5th did so poorly they would never ever place another ad there. I was devestated and apologized for making this mistake.

 

Not a mistake at all, our client said. When this magazine failed to produce sufficient profits from our investment we learned that other similar magazines should also not be used. You probably saved us far more dollars than the cost of this one magazine. How To Fail… The Self-Hurt Guide Augusten Burroughs #1 New York Times Author of Running With Scissors newest book THIS IS HOW explores age old questions in his delightful easy to read book. From his cover blurb. “If you’re fat and fail every diet, if you’re thin but can’t get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can’t get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it’s your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don’t want to have sex with your spouse and don’t know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you’re lost in your life.  If You Have Ever Wondered HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE THIS? THIS IS HOW Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decreptitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.”

 

One of his chapters is headed HOW TO FAIL. Mr. Burroughs writes: “You will learn much more from failing than from making straight A’s in life. A string of failures is far more valuable than a string of wins. The reason is that our brains were programmed in the factory to look for and pay special attention to novelty. Which is to say the unique.”

 

“So if you’re a straight A student in school or a metaphorical straight-A student in your adult life, that’s a whole lot of same old, same old. One A+ paper blends right into the next. It’s when you get a D that you learn something valuable. It’s when you fall on your ass that you actally make progress. I am a complete and total fuck-up. Which is exactly why I am equipped to write this book and tell you how to live.”

 

“I make rings out of gemstones and bronze and I never went to school for this. I never took a design class and I have no business, actually handling 1,525 degree metal and chrysoberyl cat’s eye gems. But I do it anyway. And when I began, I made one hideous disaster of a ring after another until I had made maybe three hundred. Each time, I tried  to make one nice ring. Each time, I totally failed. Until ring number 301. Which was suddenly, inexplicably cool.”

 

“Now I make more good rings than lousy ones. There are always new mistakes to make. But I never make my old rerun mistakes. Perfectionism is the satin-lined casket of creativity and originality. If you’re a perfectionist, at least stop telling everybody you’re one and try to get over it yourself, alone in your home with the lights off.”

 

Here’s just a few other chapter headings in THIS IS HOW:

 
How To Find Love
How to Be Fat
How To Be Thin
How To Feel Sorry For Yourself
How To Be Confident
How To Get The Job
How To End Your Life
How To Get Over Your Addiction To The Past
How To Finish Your Drink
How To Hold On To Your Dream Or Maybe Not
How To Identify Love By Knowing What It’s Not

 
This is just a small sampling of what this book contains. Mr. Burroughs book is published by St. Martins Press and is available from Amazon as is my book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE. Lauded by industry experts as “the definitive guide to success in direct response/mail order” If you have always had the desire to start a business of your own there is no better time than now. Using the power of the Worldwide Web you can sell a product or service to anyone no matter where they live and you can start your own business where you live.  In the beginning you can do it without employees or outside office expense… This newly revised edition will help you learn:
 
How To Get Started
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 Sure-Fire Check Off Lists That Guarantee Huge Profits
Complete Up-To-Date Information On How To Use The Internet To Make Easy Sales

 

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 only $29.95 and shipping is FREE. To order send check or money order along with your name and address to: Superior Press 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago, IL 60601. Sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfaction or your money back.

Seeing Ourselves in a Grain of Sand!

Science Can Really Deflate You!

You really think human beings are special? Well, crows can use tools, chimps can paint, and Neanderthals had bigger brains.

Heck, octopuses can open jars. Is earth special? Not really. Astonomers have found well over more than a thousand planets orbiting distant stars and they will probably find a “mirror earth” — a rocky doppelganger with liquid water — within the year. In a book review by Sam Kean, “THE UNIVERSE WITHIN” written by Neil Shubin and first appeared in the Saturday/Sunday January 12-13 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

Sam Kean, continues. Surely, though, the universe itself is unique, almost by definition. Afraid not. Physicists now routinely invoke the “multiverse” with its bazillions of parallel universes to explain how space-time works. As Neil Shubin writes in his book, “you could legitimately wonder if it is part of the job description of scientists to make people feel utterly puny and insignificant.”

So is science inherently depressing? Absolutely. At least at first. But once you accept our cosmic triviality, and let go of the man-is-the-measure-of-all-things attitude, you can learn to see science in a more affirming manner. Books like “The Universe Within” teach us how to see things the right way around.

Mr. Shubin, a professor of biological sciences, at the University of Chicago, wrote this book as a sort of sequel to “Your Inner Fish” (2008), which traced the origin of various human body parts back to fish and worms and their ilk, to show how we can still see vestiges of our fishy ancestry inside us today. “The Universe Within” reaches even deeper: It tracks  the very atoms in our bodies back to the Big Bang, and shows how all the molecules that comprise us have roots in the formation and maturation of Earth. As Mr. Shubin puts it, “the bodies in the graves, and the stones that mark them, are united by the history they share.”

That might sound like one more disheartening fact — we came from nothing, and in the long run, we’re all dead. But Mr. Shubin makes it all seem rather glorious. You mean there are traces of the moon’s cataclysmic birth inside of every human being? (We owe the length of our days, seasons, and circadian rhythms to the moon.) You can see remnants of ancient supercontinents in the birth of little old me? (The rift that created the Atlantic Ocean long ago raised oxygen levels worldwide and allowed mammals to gestate their babies intenally.) It is downright flattering: Every speck around us betrays a hidden compliment, and anyone can learn the trick of identification with a little training.

Seeing our connections to the natural world is like detecting the pattern hidden inside an optical illusion.” Mr Shubin writes. “When you learn to view the world through this lens, bodies and stars become windows to a past that was vast almost beyond comprehension.” Amid the poetry, Mr. Shubin interlaces anecdotes about hunting for fossils in Greenland as part of his own fieldwork, as well as historical tales about oceanography, geology, and natural history. (I especially enjoyed the “experiment” where two Harvard professors chucked a bucket of frogs off a five-story building.) The leaps from one domain to another can be dizzying.

When discussing the origin of color vision in primates, he comments, “every time you admire a richly colorful view, you can thank India for slamming into Asia, continents for retreating from Antartica, and the poles for becoming frozen wastelands.” But he also takes the time to explain, quite clearly, how a cooling earth, by reducing the supply of edible vegetation, created conditons that favored those organisms that could discern one color of a plant from another. After he has lain out his chain of reasoning, it does seem reasonable to think about color vision and plate tectonics together. More than reasonable. It seems inevitable.

Mr. Shubin doesn’t present, and doesn’t claim to present, any profoundly new facts or theories here. What is special about the book is its sweep, its scope, its panorama — how physics, biology, geology, chemistry and seemingly every other science are brought to bear on the most intricate details of human life.

The romantic poet William Blake had many misgivings about science, in part for the reeason Mr. Shubin mentioned above—science dehumanized us, made humankind seem trifling. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Blake might have enjoyed parts of “The Universe Within.”  In “Auguries of Innocence” Blake wrote with rapture about the ability: “To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wildflower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” Mr. Shubin’s ability to do all this comes from long experience, not blissful Blakean innocence. But the two ends some-how wrap around and meet: They tap into the same awe, and this makes science seem a very uplifting enterprise indeed.

Another uplifting enterprise, especially if you find yourself on the outside looking in as far as your career goes these days is owning your own business. Many highly qualified men and women have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. Companies have downsized or sent jobs overseas or just plain shut down due to the present economy.

One business, however, is doing better than ever and that’s Mail Order. The reason is because of how easy it is to sell products or services to eager buyers all over the world using the power of the World Wide Web. Your potential customer can live anywhere in the world and you can reach them just as easily as if they live in your own home town.  My book How To Become A Mail Order Millionaire answers all your questions on how to succeed.

You’ll learn:

HOW TO GET STARTED

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 OFFERS

14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE PROFITS

and included in this newly revised edition:

Complete Up-To-Date Information on How To Use The Internet To sell All Over The World

Sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfacton…..or Your Money Back!

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 only $29.95 and postage 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

A Truly Amazing Inventor You’ve Never Heard Of!

 
This obituary of Mr . Ovshinsky originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune October 24, 2012 reported by Elaine Woo.
 

Self-taught inventor Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason.

He invented the nickel-metal hybrid battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars.

He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long.

He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see “ovonics”) and led to such marvels of modern life as the flat-screen TV.

Scientist’s work in hybrid cars, flat screen TVs: ‘Only genius I ever met,’ says University of Chicago physicist

Mr Ovshinsky, who never went to college yet transformed the alternative energy,  information and automotive industries with his inventions, died of prostate cancer Oct. 17 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, according to his son Harvey.  He was 89.

The self-taught scientist-inventor pursued audacious ideas throughout his long career,often attracting the scorn of other scientists who said his schemes were foolish, impractical or just plain impossible.

In some respects, they were right. He ran Energy Conversion Devices, a product development company for 40 years, few of which were profitable. Although it drew blue-chip investors such as General Motors, 3M and Intel, it performed so poorly from a business standpoint that Forbes magazine once described it as “a high-tech Roach Motel” where the money goes in but it never comes out.”

But Mr. Ovshinsky’s path-breaking discoveries led his admirers to associate him with other brilliant minds.

“It’s difficult to compare one genius with another genius,” said University of Chicago physicist Helmut Fritzsche, who consulted for Mr. Ovshinsky and later became a vice president of Energy Conversion Devices, “but I’ve known great people, having been at the University of Chicago for over 40 years, and I consider Stan Ovshinsky the only genius I ever met… Everything he touches is new, different, wonderful.”

Mr Ovshinsky made a scientific name for himself in 1968, when he went public with research showing that glass could be engineered to conduct electricity. He predicted that glass semiconductors would one day replace crystalline transistors.

To argue as he did, that cheap noncrystalline materials such as glass could perform as well as more expensive silicon crystals sounded preposterous and derided by readers of Physical Review Letters, the prestigious journal that published Mr. Ovshinsky’s findings.

But his paper eventually became one of the five most cited publications in the journal’s history, and his prediction became prophecy, spawning a new field he called ovonics.

Born in Akron, Ohio, on November 24, 1922, he  was the son of Bertha Munitz and Benjamin Ovshinsky, a Lithuanian immigrant who later entered the scrap business.

Young Stan fell in love with machinery while accompanying his father to foundries and machine shops.

A mediocre student he spent hours in the Akron public library, where his real education took place. “His teachers didn’t understand him, but his librarian did,” his son said. “The librarian let him take out adult books.  ….. He was tireless in his curiosity.”

Mr. Ovshinsky’s formal education ended when he graduated from high school in 1941. Exempted from military service during World War II because of his asthma, he worked as a toolmaker and married Norma Rifkin, a childhhood sweetheart.

That marriage ended in divorce. In 1959 he married Iris Miroy; she died in 2006. He later married Rosa Young, who survives him along with three sons from his first marriage, four stepchildren, a brother and six grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

In 1960 he and his second wife, Iris, founded what became Energy Conversion Devices with the goal of using science and technology to solve the world’s environmental and social problems. It’s nickel-metal hybrid batery, often called the NiMH, was one of its most successful products, used in electric and hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.

Mr. Ovshinsky’s commitment to alternative energy sources earned him a spot on Time magazine’s list of “Heroes for the Planet” in 1999.

He retired from Energy Conversion Devices in 2007. The company filed for bankruptcy this year.

But Mr. Ovshinsky, who held more than 300 patents, did not stop inventing. “A real inventor,” he told the Detroit Free Press in 2008, “is not motivated by money. It’s about the idea and the creation.”

 

If only Mr . Ovshinsky was aware of the book on how to sell by mail order written by Fred Broitman. He might have been more successful in selling the wonderful products he invented.

 

Have you ever thought you had a great ideas for a product but didn’t know how to go about selling it?

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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.

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You’ll learn:

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  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.

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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.

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Darwin vs Creationists – All in Favor of Darwin Say Eye. The Eyes Have It!

New research suggests vision arose only once and earlier than expected, before 700 million years ago.

Until recently it was possible, even plausible, to think that the faculty of vision had originated several times during the course of animal evolution. New research suggests not: vision arose only once and earlier than expected, before 700 million years ago.

David Pisani and colleagues from the National University of Ireland have traced the ancestry of the three kinds of “opsin” protein that animals use, in combination with a pigment, to detect light. By comparing the genome sequences of sponges, jellyfish and other animals except sponges, but including a flat, shapeless thing called a placozoan. Some time after 755 million years ago, the common ancestor of ourselves and the placozoa duplicated a gene and changed one of the copies into a recognizable opsin.

Placozoans still have just that one kind of opsin, and it lacks the key amino acid change at position 296 that makes light detection possible, so Dr. Pisani concludes that the last opsin common ancestor, dubbed LOCA, had no vision. But on the other branch, the common ancestor of ourselves, insects and jellyfish made the change to light detection, then experienced two more duplications some time between 711 million and 700 million years ago to give the three kinds of light-sensing opsins we still possess today.

That vision was a single evolutionary innovation is a discovery that would have suprised an earlier generation of evolutionary biologists, who contrasted the compound eye of the insect with the the camera-like eye of human beings and imagined several parallel inventions. But some years ago it emerged that  the very same gene, called Pax6, commands the development of the insect eye and the human eye, hinting at a common origin. Still more surprising, a version of a Pax gene was then found directing the development of simple eyes in jellyfish. So the single origin of vision has become gradually more plausible.

All this would come as a relief to Charles Darwin, who worried about eyes, because their perfect complexity seemed to defy gradual evolutionary assembly: What use is half an eye? In 1860 he wrote to the American botanist Asa Gray: “The eye to this day gives me a cold shudder, but when I think of the fine known gradation my reason tells me I ought to conquer the odd shudder.”

In fact, the anatomy of eyes shows every gradation between simple light-sensitive spots and full cameras. The detailed genetic evidence of descent with modification from a single common ancestor further vindicates Darwin and has largely silenced the Intelligent Design movement’s use of the eye as a favored redoubt.

After the duplications that led to working opsin molecules, there seems to have been a long pause before complex eyes appeared. The first lensed eyes  that fossilized belonged to the trilobites which dominated the Cambrian oceans after 525 million years ago. Andrew Parker of Oxford University argued in a book a few years ago that newly perfected eyes explain the sudden appearance of many kinds of hard-bodied animals, the so-called Cambrian explosion. With predators hunting by sight for the first time, prey needed protection and mobility, so an arms race led to a plethora of new hard-body designs.

Just as eyes suddenly enabled our ancestors to see the world around them, so the capacity to read genomes enables us to see deep into the past. Long before LOCA there lived a creature called LUCA, the last universal common ancestor. It was only about 50 years ago that the unity of life became apparent for the first time. The molecular biologist Frances Crick, surveying the experiments that were deciphering the genetic code in bacteria, animals and yeast cells, and seeing that they were all converging on the same universal cipher, concluded that there is only one kind of life on the planet: that plants, animals and microbes must have once shared a common ancestor.

This wonderful scientific article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2012 written by Matt Ridley.

If our eyes hadn’t developed over the millions of years to give us the gift of sight not only would I not have been able to write HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE, no one would be able to read it.

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You’ll learn:

HOW  TO GET STARTED

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 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS

and included in this new edition…COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SUPER CHARGE YOUR MAIL ORDER BUSINESS.

The book is sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfacton or Your Money Back!

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 direct from the publisher for only $29.95 and free shipping. Send check or money order along with your name and address to:
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Beware the Placebo Effect!

It’s All In Your Mind!

Everyone knows that a placebo — a fake medication or sham procedure, typcially used as a control in a medical trial — can nonetheless have a positive effect, relieving real symptons like pain, bloating or a depressed mood. The placebo effect is a result of the patient’s expectation that the treatment will help.

But expectations can also do harm. When a patient anticipates a pill’s possible side effect, he can suffer them even if  the pill is fake.  This “nocebo” effect has been largely overlooked by researchers, clinicians and patients. In an article recently published in the journal Deutsche Arzteblatt International, we and our colleague Ernil Hansen reviewed 31 studies, conducted by us and other researchers, that demonstrated the nocebo effect. We urge doctors and nurses to be more mindful of its dangers, particularly when informing patients about a treatment’s potential complications.

The placebo effect is a result of the patient’s expectation that the treatment will help.

Consider the number of people in medical trials who, though receiving placebos, stop participating because of side effects. We found that 11 percent of people in fibromyalgia drug trials who were taking fake medication dropped out of the studies because of the side efects like dizziness or nausea. Other researchers reported tht the discontinuation rates because of side effects in placebo groups in migraine or tension drug trials were as much as 5 percent. Discontinuation rates in trials for statins ranged from 4 percent to 26 percent.

In a curious study, a team of Italian gastroenterologists asked people with and without diagnosed lactose intolerance to take lactose for an experiment on its effects on bowel symptons. But in reality the participants received glucose, which does not harm the gut. Nonetheless 44 percent of people with known lactose intolerance and 26 percent of those without lactose intolerance complained of gastrointestinal symptons.

In one remarkable case, a participant in an anti-depressant drug trial was given placebo tablets — and then swallowed 26 of them in a suicide attempt. Even though the tablets were harmless, the participant’s blood pressure dropped perilously low.

The nocebo effect can be observed even when people take real, non-placebo drugs. When medical professionals inform patients of possible side effects, the risk of experiencing those side effects can increase. In one trial, the drug finasteride was administered to men to relieve the symptons of prostate enlargement. Half of the patients were told that the drug could cause erectile dysfunction while the other half  were not informed of this possible side effect. In the informed group, 44 percent of the participants reported that they experienced erectile dysfunction; in the uninformed group, that figure was only 15 percent.

In a similar experiment, a group of German psychologists took patients with chronic lower back pain and divided them into two groups for a leg flexion test. One group was told that the test could lead to a slight increase of pain, while the other group was told that the test had no effect on pain level. The first group reported stronger pain and performed fewer leg flexions than the second group did.

Just knowing that a drug can have side effects may increase your chances of suffering them.

A doctor’s choice of words matters. A team of American anesthesiologists studied women about to give birth who were giiven an injection of local anesthetic before being administered an epidural. For some women, the injection was prefaced by the statement, “We are going to give you a local anesthetic that will numb the area so that you will be comfortable during the procedure.” For others, the statement was, “You are going to feel a big bee sting; this is the worst part of the procedure.”  The perceived pain was significantly greater after the latter statement, which emphasized the downside of the injection.

“Words are the most powerful tools a doctor possesses, but words, like a two-edged sword, can maim as well as heal.” – Dr Bernard Lown

The nocebo effect presents doctors and nurses with an ethical dilemma: on one hand, they are required to tell patients about the possible complications of a treatment; on the other hand, they want to minimize the likelihood of side effects. But if merely telling patients about side effects increases their likelihood, what is to be done?

Better communication is the answer. When talking with patients, doctors and nurses often say things with intended negative suggestions, like “it’s just going to bleed a bit” or “you must avoid lifting heavy objects — you don’t want to end up paralyzed.” We recommend more extensive training in communication for doctors and nurses, to help them use the power of their words appropriately. As the great cardiologist Bernard Lown once said, “Words are the most powerful tools a doctor possesses, but words, like a two-edged sword, can maim as well as heal.”

This article writtenby Pail Enck, a professor of psychology at the University of Tuebingen and Winfried Huser, an associate professor of psychosomatic medicine at the University of Munich first appeared in the August 12, 2012 issue of The New York Times.

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