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[University of Glasgow psychologist Rachael] Jack’s research suggests that our faces express just four, not six, psychologically irreducible emotions: Fear-Surprise, Anger-Disgust, Happiness, and Sadness). But none of this is to suggest, as many news sources claimed, that humans have only four feelings. “Nobody in their right mind would say there are only four emotions,” says Jack. “That simply isn’t true. Human beings have incredibly complex emotions.”

Ohio State University cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez has a similar respect for the complexity of human feelings. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences he describes how he and his team [developed] a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions, including those that express seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happy disgust.”

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~ Nearly a century and a half after Darwin’s pioneering studies of human emotional facial expressions, researchers seek to decode the basic emotions we have by reading our faces. (via explore-blog)

For more on this, watch LIE TO ME, a series (available on Netflix) based on the career of a researcher in the field. Compelling! I found myself scrutinizing everyone’s faces for signs of insincerity.

9 April 2014 ·

Urgent security update

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this…

IMPORTANT ALERT!!

9 April 2014 ·

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.
Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.
A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.

Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.

A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

(via nprfreshair)

5 April 2014 ·

bobbycaputo:

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart Act Like NYC Tourists

Two awesome Brits!

(via npr)

5 April 2014 ·

southcarolinadove:

The 800 year old oak tree of Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina


Isn’t this tree beautiful?

southcarolinadove:

The 800 year old oak tree of Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina

Isn’t this tree beautiful?

(via npr)

5 April 2014 ·

Let The River Run - Carly Simon - YouTube

Say what you will … I listened to this several times, full blast, as Dan and I headed to my dissertation defense.
Thanks anotherbrilliantzinger for leaving me your ancient mix CD. 🎶

26 March 2014 ·

Why I Wore Red Shoes to My Dissertation Defense

I had defended my dissertation last spring. Needless to say, it did not go well. My research had more loose ends than the hem of well-worn, fraying jeans. Yet, I don’t fail academically … or do I?

I let the document sit for almost three months before I had the guts to face its shortcomings. Much of it hit the trash pile. Three subsequent submissions to my advisor, pages and pages of feedback before the short, simple message arrived: “You have a defensible document.”

I wore a simple black pantsuit, crisp white blouse, a locket with pictures of my sons and granddaughter, my anniversary necklace. While I carried my family with me, one final talisman would remind me of Glinda’s words. YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER MY DEAR, YOU JUST HAD TO LEARN IT FOR YOURSELF.

Why I Wore Red Shoes to My Dissertation Defense

I had defended my dissertation last spring. Needless to say, it did not go well. My research had more loose ends than the hem of well-worn, fraying jeans. Yet, I don’t fail academically … or do I?

I let the document sit for almost three months before I had the guts to face its shortcomings. Much of it hit the trash pile. Three subsequent submissions to my advisor, pages and pages of feedback before the short, simple message arrived: “You have a defensible document.”

I wore a simple black pantsuit, crisp white blouse, a locket with pictures of my sons and granddaughter, my anniversary necklace. While I carried my family with me, one final talisman would remind me of Glinda’s words. YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER MY DEAR, YOU JUST HAD TO LEARN IT FOR YOURSELF.

26 March 2014 ·

"Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know – there’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers."

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson adds to history’s finest definitions of science in the second episode of his Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, reminding us that the art of not-knowing drives science.   (via explore-blog)

The sin lies in claiming to know it all.

23 March 2014 ·

aakashnihalani:

"Loading" by Aakash Nihalani
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aakashnihalani:

"Loading" by Aakash Nihalani
(site-specific gif, tumblr dash)

20 March 2014 ·

Allergen-Friendly Baking: Guide to Gluten-Free Flours

forkandbeans:

Trying to go gluten-free but are confused by all of the flour options out there? Here is a helpful guide to get through your confusion:

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For the full guide, you can find it here: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/12/30/guide-gluten-free-flours/

(via udis-glutenfree)

20 March 2014 ·

nprfreshair:

These cupcakes are gluten-free. Really.
Tomorrow we talk to Jack Bishop and Julia Collin Davison of America’s Test Kitchen about their favorite gluten-free recipes and cooking tips.
Hungry yet?

photo courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen

This broadcast explains the nuances of G-F, which I’ve yet to master!

nprfreshair:

These cupcakes are gluten-free. Really.

Tomorrow we talk to Jack Bishop and Julia Collin Davison of America’s Test Kitchen about their favorite gluten-free recipes and cooking tips.

Hungry yet?

photo courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen

This broadcast explains the nuances of G-F, which I’ve yet to master!

20 March 2014 ·

Don’t be a writer; be writing.

Don’t be a writer; be writing.

18 March 2014 ·

I think of my life as one extended play soundtrack. When that playlist ends, I hope I’m worthy of this final track. 
FYI anotherbrilliantzinger, please note.

I think of my life as one extended play soundtrack. When that playlist ends, I hope I’m worthy of this final track.
FYI anotherbrilliantzinger, please note.

18 March 2014 ·

npr:

Weather got you down? Cheer up. Your social network feels — and is amplifying — your pain. 
"Foul Weather Begets Foul Moods Online" 

The notion that we magnify one another’s misery on FB and other social media strikes me as obvious. 😒

npr:

Weather got you down? Cheer up. Your social network feels  and is amplifying  your pain. 

"Foul Weather Begets Foul Moods Online" 

The notion that we magnify one another’s misery on FB and other social media strikes me as obvious. 😒

(Source: blackandwhitewolf)

14 March 2014 ·

explore-blog:

Happy Pi Day! Celebrate with some beautiful data art by Martin Krzywinski, visualizing the digits of pi. For good measure, pair with David Byrne on how to be an educated consumer of infographics.

It’s Pi Day!

explore-blog:

Happy Pi Day! Celebrate with some beautiful data art by Martin Krzywinski, visualizing the digits of pi. For good measure, pair with David Byrne on how to be an educated consumer of infographics.

It’s Pi Day!

(Source: )

14 March 2014 ·

About Me

As I complete my doctoral studies, I’ve naturally grown reflective, not just about my research, but also about my life. One predominant thought: I must write more and about a wider range of subjects.

So many things stir my passion: equality for all, lifelong learning, living right to live longer …

So I begin transforming “Eating to Save My Life” into “Making the Rest of My Life the Best of My Life.” I hope you’ll join me on my journey.