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« on: December 05, 2007, 04:43:39 PM »
[...] Understandably Bobby had done such a things many times before for fun (a tingling sensation results).
It was a very funny scene when the prosecutor asked Amos to cover his finger in lubricant to demonstrate how little coke would Roberta be able to introduce into her female private part had she done what Amos said she did!
« on: December 05, 2007, 04:11:48 PM »
I prefer my Colombian coffee.
I don't think the Colombian thing is a good idea. I mean, emotional liberation, breakdown of communication barriers, increased feelings of self worth, elimination of the need for sleep and lack of appetite granted, what about the heightened risk of cerebral hemorrhages (stokes), heart and circulatory failure and paranoid psychoses?
« on: December 05, 2007, 03:57:51 PM »
Skinner had the "wonderful" idea to bring up his daughter in a Skinner Box. How anyone could admire this man is beyond me. His book, "Walden Two," is a utopian presentation of how he imagined the application of his theories would work out in real life. Of course, they never have worked out in real life despite his assertions and beliefs. In "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," Skinner put forth the notion that Man had no indwelling personality, nor will, intention, self-determinism or personal responsibility, and that modern concepts of freedom and dignity have to fall away so Man could be intelligently controlled to behave as he should. Despite the fact of the degree of implied human degradation involved, the question always remained just who would decide what Man should be, how he should act, and who would control the controllers? In a traditional behavioral approach, Skinner followed in the footsteps of Pavlov and Watson. This view postulates that the subject matter of human psychology is only the behavior of the human being. Behaviorism claims that consciousness is neither a definite nor a usable concept. The behaviorist holds, further, that belief in the existence of consciousness goes back to the ancient days of superstition and magic and is useless.
« on: December 05, 2007, 03:48:46 PM »
[...] One way in which DNA -- which, as everyone knows, takes the form of a double-helix (which looks like a twisted ladder) -- can replicate is by splitting the double helix up the middle into two pieces. Cut the rungs of the 'ladder', and the posts fall apart. But if the DNA is in the form of a closed circle, something interesting happens. When it is split down the middle, it will fall -- unlike our BILATERAL ribbon did --into TWO separate closed circular ribbons.
You can see how that works by making a bilateral ribbon (with one "full" twist of 360 degrees). If you cut it up the middle, the two bilateral pieces it falls into will be linked like the two links of a paper chain -- with one "cross over." Furthermore, as the number of full twists in the bilateral ribbon that you start with increases, the more times the two resulting ribbons will cross over each other. When you split a bilateral ribbon with 7 full twists, you get 7 "crossovers" in the two offspring ribbons -- which will look like the figure above [...]
The double-helix of DNA replicates by untwisting and separating its two strands, then each strand links with free available amino acids to form an exact duplicate of itself, creating a new double helix. While the linking between the bases along the helical strands, adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine (A,T,C,G), is key-in-lock, forming AT, CG, TA or GC pairs, the overall resulting strands are exact duplicates of the original--mirror images. DNA strands are not complementary opposites; there isn't a male strand and a female strand or even a right strand and a left strand. The DNA molecule reproduces by reflection, by forming a mirror image of itself. DNA replicates, so to speak, "homosexually"
« on: December 05, 2007, 03:08:42 PM »
At one time or another, all of us have wondered what we'd do in the face of death. Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine check-up, distinguished psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work. He feels compelled to contact his patients of long ago. Has he really made an enduring difference in their lives? And what about the patients he failed to help? What has happened to them? Now that he was wiser and riper, can he rescue them yet? Reaching beyond the safety of his thriving San Francisco practice, Julius feels compelled to seek out Philip Slate, whom he treated for sex addiction some 23 years earlier. At that time, Philip's only means of connecting to humans was through brief sexual interludes with countless women, and Julius's therapy did not change that. He meets with Philip who claims to have cured himself -- by reading the pessimistic and misanthropic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
Much to Julius's surprise, Philip has become a philosophical counselor and requests that Julius provide him with the supervisory hours he needs to obtain a license to practice. In return, Philip offers to tutor Julius in the work of Schopenhauer. Julius hesitates. How can Philip possibly become a therapist? He is still the same arrogant, uncaring, self-absorbed person he had always been. In fact, in every way he resembles his mentor, Schopenhauer. But eventually they strike a Faustian bargain: Julius agrees to supervise Philip, provided that Philip first join his therapy group. Julius is hoping that 6 months with the group will address Philip's misanthropy and that by being part of a circle of fellow patients he will develop the relationship skills necessary to become a therapist.
Philip enters the group, but he is more interested in educating the members in Schopenhauer's philosophy -- which he claims is all the therapy anyone should need-than he is in their (or his) individual problems. Soon Julius and Philip, using very different therapy approaches, are competing for the hearts and minds of the group members. Is this going to be Julius's swan song -- a splintered group and years of good work down the drain? Or will all the members, including Philip, find a way to rise to the occasion that brings with it the potential for extraordinary change. This novel knits together fact and fiction and contains an accurate portrayal of group therapy in action as well as a presentation of the life and influence of Arthur Schopenhauer, Philip's personal guru and professional inspiration.
Great signature, colombus!