If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!
For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine.
Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain.
Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.
3. The Island of The Color Blind
Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind. He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.
4. Uncle Tungsten
A book about Sacks’ childood;
his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.
5. An Anthropologist on Mars
This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior.
6. Seeing Voices
A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”
Yall remember that game on Tumblr when you anonymously send a ask with your number and you text for a week and get to know people before seeing them and vibe?
Can we bring that back? I literally met some of the best people.
Basically you just reblog. Go through the tags and just pick random people and connect to meet new people. You might find your soulmate 👀👀
Reblogg like shit. BLACK TUMBLR WHERE YALL AT!
REBLOG ASAP so we can get this shit going.
1. Do not be an asshole.
2. You must stay anonymous for the entire week.
3. You basically call each other by the name of your city.(whatever nickname you come up with whatever)
4. When the week is up, reveal your URL and however else you tryna reveal yourself.
5. If somebody not feeling you and they don’t want to text you any longer. Do NOT abuse said number. Thank you.
IMPORTANT. My nigga have fun.
Black Marble: NASA View Illuminates Earth at Night
When the sun goes down, the lights on Earth
shine bright. A new look using our satellite data captures the lights
coming from our neighborhoods, vehicles, buildings, factories, fishing vessels
and other human activity brightening the night.
Our scientists have just released the first
new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime view of our home
planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective
of human activities around the globe.
By studying Earth at night, researchers can
investigate how and why cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate
energy use and economic activity, and aid in disaster response in near-real
VIIRS captures visible and infrared light,
allowing researchers to glimpse the Earth as it looks to astronauts peering out
of the International Space Station. The new map is a composite of data
collected in 2016, and it took several months of processing to filter out
clouds, moonlight, airglow, and other interfering features to create the global
image. In the coming months our scientists will release daily nighttime lights
data at even finer resolutions for the first time.
To get images like these from the satellite
data, our scientists had to filter out moonlight, aerosols and other sources
of extraneous light – the goal is to eventually be able to detect the lights
from a single building or fishing boat.
Daytime satellite images, like this one from
Landsat 8, can show us the forests, deserts, mountains, waterways and built-up
cities. Add a nighttime view, and scientists can study when and how people are
using these limited resources – like the lights tracing the Nile River leading
to the metropolis of Cairo, Egypt.
Lights aren’t confined to land. With the
global nighttime view, the ocean is dotted with fishing fleets, including boats
that try to attract their catch with bright lights.
What lights illuminate your neighborhood?
Download a high-resolution version of the Black Marble HERE, and find out more about our new night lights data HERE.
I spent a lot of time wishing that I could’ve been the pretty girl, but my eyes were never blue enough (they’re brown), and my skin was never smooth enough. And, then I desperately wished I could’ve been the smart girl, but come this fall I will not be attending Dartmouth. A small part of me even wanted to be the sporty girl, but I was the type of girl to skip gym class. The type of girl to drink coffee at 2:00 A.M. so, she could read into the night. The type of girl to love boys with fickle hearts. The type of girl to get lost. The type of girl who who found her self amongst a bed of roses, and heartbreak. In trying to be what I couldn’t be, I became who I am. I am that girl.
m.n // excerpt from a book I’ll never write (19)
Jacob was simply a perpetually happy person, and he carried that happiness with him like an aura, sharing it with whoever was near him. Like an earthbound sun, whenever someone was within his gravitational pull, Jacob warmed them. It was natural, a part of who he was.
Common Micro-aggressions: African Americans and/or Black People
Anonymous said: What are some common micro-aggressions that a black american will regularly have to deal with?
Behold this masterpost of common micro-aggressions towards African Americans and/or people in the African Diaspora, several of which may be applicable to other PoC. Micro-aggressions can be perpetuated by White people as well as fellow Black people and People of Color.
This is just to give a thorough understanding of some of the things a Black person (often in America) deals with. Don’t run forward and jam-pack your Black character with every one of these experiences, though I can say I’ve personally experienced every one of these or know someone who has.
New study finds that moving out of segregated neighborhoods lowers black people’s blood pressure
What if I told you that getting away from things like over-policing & police brutality, constant stop-and-frisks, concentrated poverty, bank redlining & blockbusting, food deserts, limited public transportation, environmental racism, higher unemployment rates, and all the stress those things bring, what if I told you getting away from all of that is going to lower anybody’s blood pressure? Getting away from the structural racism that specifically targets black neighborhoods is good for your health. Who knew? I mean, besides black people
Conversely, if you removed all of those things from black neighborhoods—and yes, that’s entirely possible to do—then black people’s blood pressure would also drop. I’m not knocking desegregation, because that has repeatedly been demonstrated to be the greatest equalizer of all (that NIMBY America still doesn’t fully embrace) but, yeah, black people can leave the hood to escape racism, or society and racist institutions could stop targeting black neighborhoods. That could work both ways
Funny how something as simple as equal opportunity and equal treatment can lower blood pressure, huh?