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From a West Virginia newspaper about a local tattoo artist, Portraits gaining popularity among choices for tattoos

“Lots of people are coming in to have me do portraits of their children or to do a memorial for a parent or special person. I get a lot of those.”

[   ]…Stephens said his artistic bent started when he was only a child.

“I’ve been drawing people since I was 6 or 7 years old,” he said. “It’s something I really get into. I enjoy it, and I really like seeing the people’s reactions when they are pleased with a portrait.”

A thick portfolio shows the breadth of Stephens’ talent. From elaborate pictures created in his imagination to provocative designs people have in mind, the book is filled with every kind of tattoo imaginable.

Knowing that as a country we’re still cursed with record levels of child abuse it is worth taking a moment to see the flip side. Most parents adore their children and a tattoo is one way to celebrate that. Though I cannot help but imagine a story line from Modern Family where Phil Dunphy(Ty Burreel) shows his teen daughter his tattoo and her reaction to a tattoo he had done of her where she was five years old.

Do you ever get tired of thinking, the those wheels in your head that keep spinning. What about thinking about the thinking that is causing the wheels to spin. Research on Memory/Learning

In their paper titled “A Stability Bias in Human Memory: Overestimating Remembering and Underestimating Learning,” Kornell and Bjork write, “To manage one’s own conditions of learning effectively requires gaining an understanding of the activities and processes that do and do not support learning.”

In psychology, experts use the term metacognition to talk about how people think about their own cognitive processes — in essence, thinking about thinking.

To probe the way people think about their capacity for remembering, Kornell and Bjork asked people to look at a list of words and predict how well they would be able to remember the words after subsequent periods of study and testing.

Their results led the researchers to the suggestion that people are under confident in their learning abilities and over confident in their memories. That is, people failed to predict that they would be able to remember more words after studying more — although in reality, they learned far more — instead basing their predictions on current memory. Kornell and Bjork call this a “stability bias” in memory.

Many of us probably underestimate our capacity to learn, as it is related to memory, because we forget so much of what we learn. If we do not use that skill set. Aced your trig class eight years ago. How much trigonometry can you do today. Probably not much unless your job requires that knowledge.

Terrible name for this post, which is much more complicated than the title implies – Where do atheists come from?

What is more, the survey shows a far stronger correlation between education and certain “irrational” beliefs: for example, only 29.6 per cent of those without even an elementary education believe in telepathy, compared with 51.8 per cent of people with degree-level education.

Those with even partial higher education tend to have more atheistic or agnostic views than those that do not. This seems to be closely related to having a non-religious world view than shunning any beliefs that smack of what some of us would call extraordinary powers. Maybe bright educated people think that things like telepathy can be explained – some day – by science. Uber rational and intelligent people can and do believe in some odd stuff: Issac newton believed in a Christian God, but did not believe in Satan or the Holy Trinity. The article is not hiding anything, but those unfamiliar with what a correlation is might get some erroneous impressions.

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