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The Origin of Life on Earth: Our Role in the Universe

“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”   Lately, my mind has been plagued with thoughts of goals. What do I want out...

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Self-Reflection: Looking Fear In The Face

Has your fast paced life and heavy workload kept you from enjoying everything around you? When was the last time you looked up, observed your surroundings, and awarded your brain with some time to self-reflect? We all are guilty of being too busy, but are we to blame for our own busyness? These questions rushed through my mind a few days ago when I suddenly...

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Personalized Medication with Pharmacogenetics

“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.” -Peter Drucker       Some of us react differently than others to the same medications that we take, or we may even experience contrasting side-effects from drugs. The way we react can be due to the genes we have so gladly inherited. What this means is that our distinctive genetic...

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Success: How Unique and Unknown You Are

“The road to success is always under construction” ― Lily Tomlin I recently asked the question, “What is your definition of success?” I am not one to use the word success very often as I feel the word is just thrown around to any little achievement in an individuals lifetime. My theory was that I would get the same basic answer each time, but for the...

Searching for the Limitless Drug: A Stimulating Experiment

“There were five exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every two days.”     Information Overload Do you see the wonderful message in quotations, only slightly above where you are reading now? This is what we have come to. We exist in a world swarming with instructions, information, and potential enlightenment. Such an...

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Get Off Your High Horse

So a couple weeks ago me and Old Crow got into a little scuffle. For those of you who might not have the acquired taste of whiskey, it has been called the drink of choice for a few famous people. Besides Blackburn, many American politicians have declared their love for Old Crow. It has been said that it was the drink of choice for American...

The 7th Kingdom of Life, Technology Ensues

  “The basis and essence of life is not carbon, but information.  Life is an information processing system.” The Technium I recently finished watching a neat presentation by Kevin Kelly that has left my brain boggled for a few days, and I need to discuss it with someone.  So let me break it down for you and give your brain some nourishment for the remainder...

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Claiming Your Place In The World

  “The first step is you have to say that you can.”- Will Smith   Do you ever feel like you are trying to figure out your position in the world? How do you fit in? Where precisely do you belong? We are measures of all things and we all have convinced concepts, dreams, or values that are fundamental to all knowing people. Evaluate your...

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Dating: It’s Not in Those Jeans They’re Wearing, It’s in Those Genes You’ll Be Sharing

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion. -Scott Adams Why I have chosen this idea for a post, I simply cannot answer. It could enhance your observational awareness of human interaction, clue you in to the silly things we do to attract a mate, or...

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Impossible is Only an Option

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, I am changing myself.” – Rumi 13th century poet This topic was requested by a few of you loyal readers who always find inspiration in my articles. I thank you for those kind words. You have now inspired me and taught me a very valuable lesson, which I will share...

Teleportation, Invincibility, and Those Other Nifty Things Humans are Accomplishing

If at first an idea does not sound absurd, then there is no hope for it. -Albert Einstein Let me start off this lovely session of tickling your mind by enlightening you that before you pry into this, you should slide over to Logan’s last post on Inspiring your Curiosity. The link is simply a few lines down. I re-read it this morning, and realized...

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Inspire Your Curiosity Into Action

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”  ~Bernard Baruch I am a research-driven person. It truly bothers me when I discover a challenging question that I have trouble resolving. Asking questions provides valuable learning moments for all of us that sometimes we neglect. Action must be taken. This is the step where a lot of people simply fall flat on their face. Don’t...

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The Wolverine Inside You

Vacation has now come and gone for me this summer and I am trying to get back to my “normal” schedule. After spending a few hours at the airport this past week I had plenty of time to read a very inspirational book by Blake Mycoskie, Start Something That Matters. Blake is the founder of TOMS, the shoe company who gives a pair of shoes...

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The Birds, the Bees, and Other Various Bits of Outlandish Nonsense

“There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.” -T.F. Hodge Note: I wanted to try a new style of writing today. I would like to begin including some pictures...

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The Reflection In The Mirror

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ― Albert Einstein  This article was my first blog post on this site. After rereading it i decided that it was time to do a little update and add a few more curious thoughts. enjoy, and we look forward to staying curious with you all! In today’s EVER-CHANGING market, the consumers have...

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Parallel Universes and You

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.     The Universe is a strange place. A place that we really don’t know much about. We tend to focus our thoughts on the smaller picture, which is our lovely Earth. People really couldn’t care less about what goes on outside...

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Preparation Meets Opportunity

Who doesn’t want to be in the right place, at the right time? It certainly beats being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Is life decided by chance? How? Like it or not, problems, or trials, are a repetitive part of everyday life. The majority of us subconsciously associate the term problem with negativity. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason....

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A Quick Way to Increase your Social Abilities

Social Animals We were born into a strange world where we, humans, just happened to be at the top of the food chain. We run the show, so to speak. Do you ever wonder how that happened? Why didn’t we become extinct and cease to exist like many species? Why aren’t we at risk of being eaten every day, or squashed like a bug? Lucky...

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The Champion of Tomorrow

  I ask you though, in listening to what I say, to remember that all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it. What is truth to one may be disaster to another.”   – Hunter S. Thompson If you think you are beaten, you are. No matter how awful things may seem, there is always someone who has it worse...

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Change through awareness

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” -Eric Hoffer No matter how well we plan, life happens and we get side tracked. Organization, time management, and communication are imperative if we wish to reach our end goals in life. There’s always another way of doing things, another way of resolving a situation, another path to follow....

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A Few Thoughts on Dreams and Their Purpose

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. ” ~William Dement Logan recently sent me a journal article on the ability of a slight brain stimulation to induce a certain kind of dream. Although the research was fantastic, it led me to realize how strange the idea of “dreaming” really is. Each night, we...

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Stop Making Excuses

As you go through life you’ll seeThere is so much that weDon’t understandAnd the only thing we knowIs things don’t always goThe way we planned.”-Lion King I’m a huge Lion King fan…in fact, I named my dog after a character in the movie, Mufasa (picture at bottom of page). Anyways, I believe that the Lion King can teach us many life lessons. One is that...

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Seize Opportunities

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk I find it very amazing that every day, every hour, and every second there is always something new to learn. This thought came to me as I researched a very interesting scholar, Alhazen. As I started to gain more insight and become inspired by Alhazen, my...

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Are you a Polymath?

“The real master has no tools at all, only a limitless capacity to improvise with what is at hand. The more fields of knowledge you cover, the greater your resources for improvisation.” From the time you are born, the current world-view enlightens you that it’s time to get going, and decide on that one thing you will specialize in for the rest of your life....

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Learn from Discomfort

Do what you fear and fear disappears.- David Joseph Schwartz In my past posts, Fail to Succeed, No Exceptions!, and Being the Difference, you will notice that all of these articles not only include ways in which all of us can better ourselves in one way or another, but also includes ideas that will require you to go out of your comfort zone. So lets dive...

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Fail to Succeed

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”                         -Kobe Bryant Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success. If you are in sales and you fear rejection, you’ve picked the wrong profession. Its okay to feel anxious and concerned when faced with something new. The difference in...

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Amplifying Your Cognitive Functioning with Electricity….and Whatnot

New Dogs, New Tricks Recently, I have been doing a lot of searching into the possibilities of making the human brain and body, particularly mine, more efficient. Sure, Adderall is a fun, 6 hour boost. Who doesn’t love tweaking that three pounds of squishy stuff inside their skull to get the house a little cleaner, or to finish studying for an exam? Sadly, these effects...

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Gain Control of Your Emotions, Let Your Neurons do the Work for You

Where are you? In a coffee shop, in your office, sitting at home? Take a look around you and find the nearest human. If you cannot locate one, go take a look in the mirror. Do you see it? Do you see the epitome of advancement in living things? Go ahead, you’re allowed to stare and ponder for a while. Take a look at your...

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No Exceptions!

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”– Christopher Columbus Dare to Explore. While making the move 1,500 miles away from family and friends to pursue better opportunities in my professional career, I came across the above quote from Christopher Columbus. If you have made a big move from what you have known your whole life to a...