Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Why I like Shakespeare
Shakespeare uses a linguistic technique known as functional shift that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb. Researchers found that this technique allows the brain to understand what a word means before it understands the function of the word within a sentence. This process causes a sudden peak in brain activity and forces the brain to work backwards in order to fully understand what Shakespeare is trying to say.And they know this by studying the brain activity of people listening to the Bard's works.
Professor Philip Davis, from the University's School of English: "...By throwing odd words into seemingly normal sentences, Shakespeare surprises the brain and catches it off guard in a manner that produces a sudden burst of activity - a sense of drama created out of the simplest of things."
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Vegetarians Are Smarter
From the BBC
Men who were vegetarian had an IQ score of 106, compared with 101 for non-vegetarians; while female vegetarians averaged 104, compared with 99 for non-vegetarians."We've always known that vegetarianism is an intelligent, compassionate choice benefiting animals, people and the environment"
Liz O'Neill, of The Vegetarian Society