Serve God love me and mend This is not the end Lived unbruised we are friends And I’m sorry I’m sorry
Sigh no more, no more One foot in sea, one on shore My heart was never pure And you know me And you know me
And man is a giddy thing Oh man is a giddy thing Oh man is a giddy thing Oh man is a giddy thing
Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, It will set you free Be more like the man you were made to be. There is a design, An alignment to cry, Of my heart to see, The beauty of love as it was made to be
Vandenberg - New information is emerging regarding a shark attack that occurred this morning at a beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Base officials have confirmed to KEY News that a person has died of an apparent shark attack at Surf Beach.
Does that scare you? Will it make you a little fearful of going into the ocean? Do you think this isolated incident is reason enough to worry that you too might be eaten by a shark?
Then you are a racist.
In fact, even if that fear doesn’t stop you from actually going into the ocean but you talk about how certain more aggressive sharks have a history of eating people in the ocean which gives you pause when going into the water, you are a racist.
Did anyone else see this? Still wrapping my head around it…
And somehow so-called “Intelligent Design” makes it into our schools.
It’s discoveries like this that make Intelligent Design sound as stupid as it is.
Agreed. Also, some pretty great comments at the bottom.
"While Ellis finds the basis for the study "pretty good," there have been other claims about the age of distant space objects that have not held up to scrutiny. And some experts have questions about this one.”
The basis for the study is “pretty good.” Sound like a roundhouse kick to intelligent design’s head!
Here’s my official position on what are called “spoiler alerts”: Before a show is broadcast, I’m very careful about how I describe it. I want viewers to enjoy the same surprises I did. But after it’s been seen by millions of people, if you want to wait a few days to watch it on TiVo — or a few months or years to see it on DVD — that’s your business, not mine.
After all, there are always people who still haven’t seen that movie where the big surprise twist at the end is that the guy is a ghost. Or the girl is a guy. Or the secret word is a sled. How long do we protect them, and keep our critical mouths shut? With movies, it’s fair to keep quiet during its original theatrical run. But on TV, an episode’s national premiere is its original run.
The next time you want to impress your friends with your religious devotion, count it as false religion. And the next time you try to impress God with your worship, count it as heresy. He isn’t impressed. If you’re grateful for what He’s done, thank Him and try to help others. That’s all He asks. And even that is not required, or else grace would be conditional.
This has nothing to do with nuns’ clothing. Habits are those behaviours that have become automatic, triggered by a cue in the environment rather than by conscious will. Health psychologists are interested for obvious reasons - they want to assist people in breaking unhealthy habits, while helping them adopt healthy ones. Remarkably, although there are plenty of habit-formation theories, before now, no-one had actually studied habits systematically as they are formed.
Phillippa Lally and her team recruited 96 undergrads (mean age 27) and asked them to adopt a new health-related behaviour, to be repeated once a day for the next 84 days. The new behaviour had to be linked to a daily cue. Examples chosen by the participants included going for a 15 minute run before dinner; eating a piece of fruit with lunch; and doing 50 sit-ups after morning coffee. The participants also logged onto a website each day, to report whether they’d performed the behaviour on the previous day, and to fill out a self-report measure of the behaviour’s automaticity. Example items included ‘I do it automatically’, ‘I do it without thinking’ and ‘I’d find it hard not to do’.
Of the 82 participants who saw the study through to the end, the most common pattern of habit formation was for early repetitions of the chosen behaviour to produce the largest increases in its automaticity. Over time, further increases in automaticity dwindled until a plateau was reached beyond which extra repetitions made no difference to the automaticity achieved.
The average time to reach maximum automaticity was 66 days, although this varied greatly between participants from 18 days to a predicted 254 days (assuming the still rising rate of change in automaticity at the study end were to be continued beyond the study’s 84 days). This is much longer than most previous estimates of the time taken to acquire a new habit - for example a 1988 book claimed a behaviour is habitual once it’s been performed at least twice a month, at least ten times. In fact, even after 84 days, about half of the current study participants had failed to achieve a high enough automaticity score for their new behaviour to be considered a habit.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, more complex behaviours were found to take longer to become habits. Participants who’d chosen an exercise behaviour took about one and a half times as long to reach their automaticity plateau compared with the participants who adopted new eating or drinking behaviours.
What about the effect of having a day off from the behaviour? Writing in 1890, William James said that a behaviour must be repeated without omission for it to become a habit. The new results found that a single missed day had little impact on later automaticity gains, either early in the study or later on, suggesting James may have overestimated the effect of a missed repetition. However, there was some evidence that too many missed repeats of the behaviour, even if spread out over time, had a cumulative effect, reducing the maximum automaticity level that was ultimately reached.
It seems the message of this research for those seeking to establish a new habit is to repeat the behaviour every day if you can, but don’t worry excessively if you miss a day or two. Also be prepared for the long haul - remember the average time to reach peak automaticity was 66 days.
This research has a serious shortcoming, acknowledged by the researchers, which is that it depended entirely on participants’ ability to report the automaticity of their own behaviour. Also, the amount of data made it hard to form clear conclusions about the need for consistency in building a habit. However, the study provides an exciting new approach for exploring habit formation and future research could easily remedy these shortcomings.