November 29th, 2007

Cults

Female Gurus
Cults continue to fascinate the western psyche, nurturing suspicions of their intentions. Whether there is a reality to these concerns is hard to tell, but most cults have proved to be peaceful and innocuous.
 
The vast majority of cult gurus tend to be male. But this is not exclusively so. There have been a handful of female gurus, most being peaceful, but even here there is an exception. This exception was Margaret Peter, and her activities in the German border town of Wildisbuch in 1823. Her group included most of her family, but things came to a head when Margaret was convinced the Devil lived in her loft and they needed a sacrifice. 

A sister immediately hit herself with a mallet. Six members then battered her to death.
The Devil still there, Margaret decided to be crucified, to be resurrected in three days. 

The group crucified her and battered her to death. Margaret didn’t come back to life, but the police did come to the house and throw them all in prison.
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Hysteria

 Instant Paralysis with an Instant Cure
The word “hysteria” derives from the Greek word for womb, and for centuries the condition was thought to be a feminine affliction arising from bad uterine humors.

Women hysterics outnumber men six to one for reasons yet unknown. What is known is that the womb plays no role. 

Many neurological conditions, including migraine and multiple sclerosis, afflict women disproportionately. The ovaries and the hormones they produce or the double X chromosomes are more likely culprits.
 
Today hysteria is known by the more palatable but still inaccurate moniker “conversion disorder.” 

It manifests acutely in the form of blindness, paralysis, even coma, with no apparent organic disease.
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Intelligence is the Key

The Secret to Raising Smart Humans
Carol S. Dweck claims that teaching people to have a “growth mind-set,” which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, produces high achievers in school and in life.
 
While a “growth mind-set,” is good for young kids to recognize how to process and acknowledge important information, it has no impact on teenagers or adults because the foundation on how we learn and make progress in life has to be established at a very young age. 

There a lot of different factors that play a role on how you think and use your knowledge when you’re teenager.
 
For example, if you’re an outsiders or a loner you will look for a way to impress and get recognized by the people through knowledge about certain subjects. 

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Quote of the Day

“So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.”
 
-Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)-
 
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Lasting Image

Cleopatra's Lost Palace

Cleopatra 7 was born in 69 BC in Alexandria, which was then the capital of Egypt. Her father was Egypt's pharaoh, Ptolemy 12 a.k.a. Auletes. She was only 17 when she became the queen of Egypt. Cleopatra 7 was the last pharaoh; after her death Egypt became a Roman province. In 1994 obscured by murky water for more than 1,500 years, remains of the ancient capital of the Ptolemies were found in Egypt's Port of Alexandria.
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